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  • The Poisonwood Bible

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent read

  • By metalwork on 22-09-10

Compelling

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-09

This is a compelling, multi-layered novel. It tells the story of Nathan Price, a bigoted Baptist minister who takes his wife and four daughters away from the comfort of their American home to the diseased and famine ridden Congo. This move eventually leads to tragedy and to the break-up of the family. Although sad in parts it's not a heavy listen - it's hard to put down as it's written with great humour, particularly the passages relating to the eldest daughter Rachel with all her Malapropisms.
My only criticism is that the author spent far too long expounding her political views in the last quarter of the book. Those views of the ignorance of imperialism speak for themselves through the story. Aside from that, well worth the read, thought provoking and interesting from the historical perspective.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • The Millennium Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Martin Wenner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Millennium publisher Mikael Blomkvist has launched an explosive investigation into the sex-trafficking industry in Sweden and its international links. When two journalists are found dead in a Stockholm apartment, police are baffled by what appears to be a professional killing. Ex-security analyst and former child delinquent Lisbeth Salander is wanted for murder, but the trail has gone cold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Linda on 25-01-09

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-09

I just couldn't put this down...in the last 24 hours I've found myself finding excuses to iron clothes, wash the dishes, sweep the porch etc etc - any mindless task as long as I was left alone to listen to this book. And I am not a mystery/suspense fan. I normally go for high quality literary fiction and dramas.
The story, like the first book in this series, centers on the brilliant but antisocial computer hacker "The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo" who becomes mixed up in a series of murders, and so the suspense builds. But it's not just the gripping storyline that makes the writing excellent but rather the characters who are interesting and multi faceted. I'd say that this second book in the trilogy was even better than the first which I also liked. It can be read separately and understood perfectly well although I'd advise reading them in order if possible. The narration was really good - he managed to get his tongue round the difficult Swedish names that I promptly forgot (I had to rewind a few times as the plot gets quite complicated in parts). He also acted out an impressive variety of different accents and voices for the different characters.
The abridgement was seamless - had the unabridged version been available I would have taken it as it would have afforded me more hours of pure pleasure listening to this book.
In summary, first rate for its genre - even if you're not a suspense fan you won't regret trying this one. Roll on Jan 2010 for the next part!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Exit Ghost

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Philip Roth is the most decorated American writer of his generation. In Exit Ghost, this master author crafts what may be the final chapter in the story of his beloved hero Nathan Zuckerman. After 11 years of isolation in his New England mountain refuge, Zuckerman returns to New York City and makes three important connections that threaten his carefully protected sense of isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage Roth

  • By Linda on 14-11-08

Vintage Roth

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-08

In this book Roth deals with the trials and tribulations of ageing and illness. Zuckerman, the main character, is torn between the rational course of action and the self destructive desire for a young woman. The futility of this relationship is emphasized by the fact that it can never be consummated due to his impotence. Roth gives us great insights into ageing, sickness and the turmoil caused when the the mind and self are still full of overwhelming, infatuous desire but are trapped in a sick, decaying body.
But you don't have to be old or sick to identify with the sentiments here...Roth just mirrors and magnifies our typical human weaknesses. Anyone who has suffered the pain of an irrational, all consuming desire will understand this too well. It's a powerfully written book with convincing narration - strongly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What Was Lost

  • By: Catherine O'Flynn
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

A lost little girl with her notebook and toy monkey appears on the CCTV screens of the Green Oaks shopping centre, evoking memories of junior detective Kate Meaney, missing for 20 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching and funny

  • By Andy Parsons on 09-10-09

A well written, sad tale

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-08

This is an engaging story that follows the disappearance of an unusual and lonely little girl and the effect it has on the later lives of of many of those connected with her. It's about loneliness and loss and how people can be surrounded by the bustling environment of a shopping mall and yet feel so alone. Even though there are sad underones don't think that this book is dreary: the dialogue is lively and convincing, the characterizations amusing and the narration with the great 'Brummy' accents makes it an entertaining as well as thought provoking 'read'.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Tenderness of Wolves

  • By: Stef Penney
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year, 2006.
Shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger Award, 2007.

Canada, 1867: As winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Dove River, a woman steels herself for the journey of a lifetime. To clear her son's name, she has no choice but to follow the tracks from a dead man's cabin and head north into the forest and the desolate landscape that lies beyond it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A poignant tale and a page turner

  • By Linda on 22-12-07

A poignant tale and a page turner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-07

This is a beautifully told story with a gripping plot that unfolds like the best of thrillers. But it's much more than that and also deals with the themes of love,loss and isolation in a moving but not over sentimental way. The author succeeds in the simplest of language to describe the most complex of human emotions and to set the scene so well that my own toes felt almost frozen by her description of the cold.
The narrator has a clear voice and does a good job of distinguishing between most of the characters.
I didn't want to put the iPod down and finished this in one day. I'd strongly recommend to anyone who likes a little suspense, a little love and some very good writing.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful