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Charmaine van der Merwe

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  • War Doctor

  • Surgery on the Front Line
  • By: David Nott
  • Narrated by: David Nott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 139

For more than 25 years, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993 to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out lifesaving operations and field surgery in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major London teaching hospital. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man on a Mission

  • By Mark on 02-03-19

A moving heroic tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-19

The story being told in this book is simply unbelievable. I cried at what people do to other people. I cried for the efforts of good people to help those affected by war or disaster. I have not come across a hero as Dr Nott. May his efforts be blessed.

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  • Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

  • By: Michael J. Sandel
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Sandel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Considering the role of justice in our society and our lives, Michael Sandel reveals how an understanding of philosophy can help to make sense of politics, religion, morality - and our own convictions. Breaking down hotly contested issues - from abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage to patriotism, dissent, and affirmative action - Sandel shows how the biggest questions in our civic life can be broken down and illuminated through reasoned debate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An accessible introduction to political philosophy

  • By Neil on 13-04-13

Brilliant. Makes you think

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Friends have been sharing the journey with me, as I would relay bits and pieces in our conversations. Very topical.

  • Daddy's Girl

  • By: Margie Orford
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

A deserted street below Table Mountain. A six-year-old ballerina waits alone for her mother. Then an unmarked car approaches, and she is gone. With no trace of why she’s been abducted, suspicion falls on her divorced father, Captain Riedwaan. Powerless, he watches helplessly as the search for his daughter is called off. In desperation, Riedwaan turns to investigative journalist Dr Clare Hart, whose TV documentary about Cape Town’s missing young girls has made her something of a local celebrity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Totally missing the plot

  • By Charmaine van der Merwe on 24-06-18

Totally missing the plot

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-18

The beauty of a Margie Orford story lies in the authenticity of the people. This story is set in Cape Town. To get someone who has no idea how to pronounce words unique to Cape Town just messed up the whole thing. Voeltjie Arend is not from Saudi Arabia. Why would you pronounce Arend as Agrend? The Malmesbury brei is crucial to the story - yet in this version it sounded more like someone who just likes to emphasize rrrrr. Rather don't do accents or intonations if you do not know what the correct sound is. However, the story has Afrikaans words in it - it is not a surprise that happens along the way - get someone who can pronounce it correctly!

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All you need is Ove

  • By Kaggy on 22-09-14

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-16

I know and love a couple of people like Ove. Grumpy old men with hearts of gold. it simply is a brilliant read and this audio book was read brilliantly!

  • My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

The hilarious, heartbreaking novel by the author of the international best seller A Man Called Ove. Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, to get her to practise Granny's secret language, and a little because Granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can't quite put her finger on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully engaging, great story well read.

  • By Catherine Smith on 27-08-15

Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-16

From laughing to crying to laughing. Everyone should have a Granny that can tell fairytale like this. A Granny who isn't scared to live life!

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 740

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more

  • By max on 04-07-16

A very "human" story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-16

I probably listened to this story at the exact right time and that is why I enjoyed it so much. I just finished a scifi with very little human interest in the story line when I chose this book. It doesn't have nail biting incidents or irritating antagonists - Just people making the best of a bad situation - but I enjoyed the journey with them. The ending could've been a bit better - some things are still unresolved - but it didn't take much away from the experience.

  • Dawnbreaker

  • Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 3
  • By: Jay Posey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

The final audiobook in the acclaimed Duskwalker trilogy. Wren is living in Greenstone under the temporary care of Charles and Mol and the protection of Chapel. Unable to determine the fate of his mother and those he left behind in Morningside, Wren believes there is nothing left to do but wait for Asher's final blow...until a man named Haiku walks into the Samurai McGann, looking for Three.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A neat conclusion, tied the trilogy up nicely.

  • By Skegg on 15-12-15

Loved the series!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Loved the series. Narrator was very believable. Will listen to the trilogy again and again!

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  • Macbeth: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Russ on 09-07-12

I loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-16

Very well told. A fresh perspective on an old story. I enjoyed the whole book

  • The Witch's Daughter

  • Shadow Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 568

My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is 384 years. Each new settlement asks for a new journal, and so this Book of Shadows begins… In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transported to another dimension!

  • By Jenny on 13-04-16

Good read

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

Reviewed: 29-04-15

I was attracted by the book because somewhere it was compared to Rothfuss. It's no Rothfuss, but it is still a good read (listen). At times the story felt a bit like Jane Austen or similar classic authors. Milking cows and plowing and family bladibla and not going anywhere. The problem with listening is that the book tends to lose me at those bits. Mind wanders off. But overall it was fine to listen to.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful