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Trevor Collins

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  • The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Bill Bryson's hilarious memoir of growing up in middle America in the Fifties, complete, unabridged and read by the author. Born in 1951 in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Bryson is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24 carat memoir gold.

    Robin says: "I just loved it!"
    "Boyhood dreams"
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    Story

    A whimsical look at childhood memories in the US. Sometimes interesting, sometimes sentimental with enough humour to carry the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Servants of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

    Marg224 says: "Different spin"
    "Not Dean's best, a little light on reality"
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    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Angela Dawe?

    Dean, yes.
    Angela Dawe, NO. Too shrill in delivery, sounds like she;s shouting all the way through the story. Shouting does not indicate tension to me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    A different take on a cult story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Using a more realistic tone would help, along with better modulation or variety in delivery. The boy's voice was OK.

    Too shrill in delivery, sounds like she;s shouting all the way through the story. Shouting does not indicate tension to me.


    Could you see The Servants of Twilight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not every story should be a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bear Pit: The Scobie Malone Novels, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jon Cleary
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Scobie Malone's job as a homicide cop is to try to keep murder at bay. His job as a father is to keep his family safe. Now, as the eyes of the world are turning toward his city, both of Malone's careers are in serious jeopardy. An important politician is murdered in high-profile public as his nation rushes toward center stage in the international arena. The assassination is clean and professional - and senseless on the surface. Malone knows, however, that violent death is sometimes politics' strangest and darkest bedfellow.

    Trevor Collins says: "Good story spoilt by poor pronunciation of names"
    "Good story spoilt by poor pronunciation of names"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader needs to pronounce local names correctly.
    He also needs to change the harsh "a" sound for his Aussie accent, as it's the wrong one. Listen to a REAL Aussie, better still use David Tredinnick or listen to his pronunciations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bear Pit?

    The hit man stalking Malone and his daughter at the TV station.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By his poor pronunciations.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bear Pit?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Ring Circus: A Scobie Malone Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Cleary
    • Narrated By David Tredinnick
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    As Sydney prepares for its grand role as host of the next Olympic Games, Scobie Malone is confronted with solving a scam that does nothing for the city's image. Lurking beneath a facade of respectability, illicit deals are being struck and money from Hong Kong is being banked in large quantities. But whose money is it, and where is it really from?

    Trevor Collins says: "Correctly pronounce Australian names"
    "Correctly pronounce Australian names"
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    Would you listen to Five Ring Circus again? Why?

    I don't typically reread or listen to books more than once, same with movies.


    What other book might you compare Five Ring Circus to and why?

    None I can think of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None I can think of.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    At last, a reader who can pronounce Australian names correctly.
    Having suffered through many of Jon Cleary's books with horrendous mispronounciations, it was a joy to hear it done correctly.
    I assume Shaun Grindell is an American who "does" an Australian accent. In the early Cleary books read, he alternated between Australian, New Zealand and South African accents, getting better as he went. Obviously no one thought to ask REAL Australians how to pronounce place names.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sunburn

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    As the dictator Franco teeters on the edge of death - a death that will completely overturn the political structure of Spain - two couples are entwined. One, a husband and wife bored with the existence they have drifted into. The other, a passionate, combative pair who relish every moment of life. Into this potent mix a young American arrives, seeking his missing lover - bringing a shadow of danger into the machinations already at work. Soon the political tension in the country reaches the breaking point....

    Trevor Collins says: "What sunburn?"
    "What sunburn?"
    Overall
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    This story seems to wander aimlessly from scene to scene like a teenager seeking alcohol, then getting totally lost in it. There is an occasional burst of action followed by aimless waffle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maralinga

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Judy Nunn
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    During the darkest days of the Cold War, in the remote wilderness of a South Australian desert, the future of an infant nation is being decided ... without its people's knowledge. A British airbase in the middle of nowhere; an atomic weapons testing ground; an army of raw youth led by powerful, ambitious men - a cocktail for disaster. Such is Maralinga in the spring of 1956.

    Jane says: "Skilful interweaving of fact and fiction"
    "Good story, shame about the narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Judy Nunn and/or Deidre Rubenstein?

    I have read several books by Judy Nunn, this is up to her good standard which I enjoy. It was almost entirely destroyed by the the narrator Deidre Rubenstein reading it as if it were a bodice ripper romance.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The history of Maralinga was so far from what it was portrayed by the government of the day.The least interesting/annoying part was the way the Lord from MI6 was portrayed as shouting all the time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It should have been read as a mystery novel not a romance story.


    Did Maralinga inspire you to do anything?

    I may look up more about it on the internet.


    Any additional comments?

    Just because it was a story from history doesn't mean it's an historical novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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