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Anne Carmichael

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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,828
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,849
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,823

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a human story

  • By Amy Featherstone on 03-12-18

An honest And inspiring account of an amazing life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-19

This was such a good read, from Michelle’s early life through the romance of meeting Barak and founding a family to the rigours of the presidency. Narrated by Michelle, her reflections on life are fresh and perceptive.

  • Still Alice

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent insight, weak narration

  • By Solesio on 21-03-15

Sharing a journey

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-04-18

This book takes the reader through the experience of Alzheimer’s Disease with extraordinary insight and sensitivity. The ravages of the disease are not played down, but the essence of the person who is Alice is retained in a beautiful way. The impact on family members and the strength of family bonds is portrayed faithfully.
A satisfying read, well narrated.

  • The Nursing Home Murder

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Sir John Phillips, the Harley Street surgeon, and his beautiful nurse, Jane Harden, are almost too nervous to operate. The emergency case on the table before them is the Home Secretary - and they both have very good, personal reasons to wish him dead. Within hours he does die, although the operation itself was a complete success, and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn must find out why....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical yarn

  • By Teresa on 25-07-16

A quiet read that keeps you guessing.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Very dated and rather slow but gently enjoyable. Some Characters rather incredible but their parts were well read.

  • Small Great Things

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456

The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First but not last

  • By TinaàRaven on 12-01-17

Probably Jodi Picout's best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-17

I enjoyed every aspect of this novel - the characters were real, and read so well by each narrator. The story was powerful, requiring the reader to challenge their own assumptions.. it also read almost as a thriller, building up suspense to the end. A very satisfying read.

  • Less Than Angels

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Less Than Angels follows the loves, works and hopes of a group of young anthropologists. Catherine Oliphant is a writer and lives with handsome anthropologist Tom Mallow. Their relationship runs into trouble when he begins a romance with student Deirdre Swann, so Catherine turns her attention to the reclusive anthropologist Alaric Lydgate, who has a fondness for wearing African masks. Added to this love triangle are the activities of Deirdre's fellow students and their attempts to win the competition for a research grant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful 'old fashioned' novel , entertaining but providing food for thought.

  • By Anne Carmichael on 19-02-17

A delightful 'old fashioned' novel , entertaining but providing food for thought.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-17

The author has great skill in describing situations, characters, appearance in a way that brings them to life. The book is full of wry humour and perceptive observation of a way of life and an ordering of society which is long gone, yet in a way seems bang up to date. It has the flavour of everyday life with added piquancy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 652

The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. The electrifying new thriller. Lacy Stoltz never expected to be in the firing line. Investigating judicial misconduct by Florida's 1,000 judges, her cases so far have been relatively unexciting. That's until she meets Greg Myers, an indicted lawyer with an assumed name who has an extraordinary tale to tell. Myers is representing a whistle-blower who knows of a judge involved in organised crime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is

  • By M on 31-12-16

Narration outstripped the plot

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-16

Would you try another book written by John Grisham or narrated by Cassandra Campbell?

Possibly.

If you’ve listened to books by John Grisham before, how does this one compare?

A long time ago, had similar feeling about it.

Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favourite?

Lacey was a very likeable character - in fact the only one that made much impression

Was The Whistler worth the listening time?

I found it hard to keep up the momentum because of other things happening which may account for the fact I lost interest to some extent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful