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Poetic language, scattered story

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Reviewed: 2020-04-01

My first attempt at Beloved was in print. I could not finish it. I was confounded in trying to reconcile my reaction to the book and all the laudable reviews. I then tried this audiobook version and found my mind wandering again. It was a struggle for me to finish this book. I think that I have good book-picking instincts, but alas my instincts deserted me on this one.

I will try another book by Toni Morrison. Perhaps I will return in the future and give Beloved another try.

Very good story

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Reviewed: 2020-04-01

Took a while to get going, but once it picked up speed it was a great introduction to Vera Stanhope and her ways of detection. Excellent narration by Janine Burkett.
Overall, a satisfying listen.

A narrative of tragic consequences of addiction

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Reviewed: 2020-03-25

The so called 'war on drugs' is a 'war' that cannot and will never be won. This book goes a long way in confirming that assertion.

Aside from the individual stories throughout, there isn't much that is new if one follows current events and is aware of what goes on in one's neighbourhood. This point does not minimize the importance of this book. This is an important work that stands well against many others that cover the same general subject.

This is not a fun listen or read, but books of this nature are not intended to be. They are wake-up calls for all of us. Highly recommendable.

Real, direct and humane memoir

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Reviewed: 2020-03-24

This is a powerful look at wartime Vietnam by a strong woman who endured much. Her simple but highly effective narrative is hard to put down. It reflects her life during a difficult time, but told with conviction and much love. There are no recriminations and forgiveness abounds.

At the end of this short but wonderful book, I can't resist but recall the most memorable lines from Edwin Starr's song: "War, (...) what is it good for? Absolutely nothing."

Nancy Kwan's narration is excellent.

Oblivion haunts us all!

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Reviewed: 2020-03-23

I first read this book about 40 years ago and my memory of it had become very vague. Given today's headlines a revisit was in order.

This book is about the human condition--suffering and recovery, despair and hope, and uncertainty and confidence with the specter of death's inevitability all around. As characters look back on the outbreak and consider a memorial to the dead, Rieux notes that... "there will be speeches. I can almost hear them saying: our dear departed. Then they'll go off and have a snack... Just life!" This book is not a fun listen or read, but is thought provoking.

The narration by James Jenner is very good.

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Highly topical

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Reviewed: 2020-03-13

This is a concise look at plagues, epidemics, pandemics and other "demics" that have plagued the world (no pun intended).

The book is written with no pretension of scholarship and therein lies its strength. It presents well-researched factual information that will enlighten and amuse you. The humour throughout alleviates some of the more unpleasant descriptions.

I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the Spanish Flu, which spread much like the current coronavirus (COVID-19). Given the subject matter, this is a highly enjoyable and recommendable listen/read.

The narration by Gabra Zackman is spot on.

Very enjoyable mystery

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Reviewed: 2020-03-09

I am very impressed by this book, my first by Peter May. His writing is very good with excellent descriptive passages about the landscape and weather elements; makes you want to visit the Hebrides, especially the Isle of Harris. I also enjoyed how the author weaved the latest research on bee colony collapse into the story. Very nicely done!

The narration by Peter Forbes is excellent.

We've come a long way...

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Reviewed: 2020-03-06

This book is above all a biography of Joseph Lister with a shorter description of the life and contribution of his mentor and father-in-law, James Syme. It is a great history book on the development of antiseptic techniques as applied to surgical procedures.

The narration by Ralph Lister is excellent.

A worthy start to the Shetland series

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Reviewed: 2020-03-05

This story starts very well, slows a little in the middle and ends well. This is my first book by Ann Cleeves and I will listen/read more of her books. I like her writing style.

The narration by Kenny Blyth is spot on.

Your attention is required!

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Reviewed: 2020-03-03

This book presents a wonderful and concise overview of Origins. It requires one's attention; I found myself backtracking and listening to certain passages in order to internalize the ideas presented. Lots of learning here. Very good narration by Jamie Jackson.