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SARA-MADGE WYNNE

EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
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  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new dimension of fiction and sleep

  • By Clare on 24-07-08

Murakami at his best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-13

Unmissable for any Murakami fan, beautifully read, it is a must have. It is the only one where I feel the narration does the book justice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lost on Planet China

  • By: J. Maarten Troost
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When the travel bug bit, J. Maarten Troost took on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. As Troost relates his gonzo adventure - dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead) - he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really enjoyed this book - excellent!

  • By Joanne on 14-10-11

China at it’s best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-13

Brilliantly narrated, this is the best journey through China I have yet to find. From the hilarious to the frightening, it is a fantastic listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Touching the Void

  • By: Joe Simpson
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Joe Simpson, with just his partner, Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in June of 1995. But before they reached the summit, disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frostbitten, to tell their non-climbing companion that Joe was dead. For three days he wrestled with guilt as they prepared to return home. Then a cry in the night took them out with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen whilst driving!

  • By Andrew Matthews on 10-06-15

A harrowing listen that will keep you gripped

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-13

A truly amazing account of survival that will keep you listening to the end and stay with you long after.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Michel Thomas Method

  • Japanese Introductory Course
  • By: Helen Gilhooly, Niamh Kelly
  • Narrated by: Helen Gilhooly, Mikiko Kurose
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Learn another language the way you learnt your own. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Japanese in the same way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent for total beginners

  • By SARA-MADGE WYNNE on 19-02-13

excellent for total beginners

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-13

This is a good way to break into the language for the first time. The pace is good, sentence structure is well explained and the classroom approach helps retain new words and grasp new concepts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful