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Janelle

Book junkie

moree, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • The Museum of Curiosity: Complete Series 5

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By BBC
    • Narrated By John Lloyd, Jimmy Carr
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Museum of Curiosity is hosted by the Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham, Professor John Lloyd C.B.E. (of Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI fame), and the comedian Jimmy Carr. The Museum invites three guests, a mixture of entertaining experts and expert entertainers, to donate one item each to the museum and explain why it deserves a place in the museum. Ever since someone gave the museum the Big Bang it's been expanding at an alarming rate, and now there's no looking back without the aid of a huge telescope.

    Janelle says: "Bloody fantastic !,,"
    "Bloody fantastic !,,"
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    I came across this series completely by accident and love it. This is one of the most refreshingly interesting and funny things I have heard in years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: Jack Reacher 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    When you're as big and rough as Jack Reacher - and you have a badly-set, freshly-busted nose patched with silver duct tape - it isn't easy to hitch a ride. But Reacher has some unfinished business in Virginia, so he doesn't quit. And at last, he's picked up by three strangers - two men and a woman. But within minutes it becomes clear they're all lying about everything - and then they run into a police roadblock on the highway. There has been an incident, and the cops are looking for the bad guys....

    Chris says: "Good to see Reacher is back"
    "Great"
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    I love this series. Intricate plot. Fantastic characters. Great final twist. Jack Reacher Rules. O.K. More please Mr Child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindfield

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Deverell
    • Narrated By Steve Scherf, Maggie Scherf
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    It is 20 below in Montreal, and for the first time in 25 years detective Kellen O’Reilly is going to pieces. Flashbacks frequently take him back to the psychiatric clinic of Coldhaven Manor and the terrifying experiments of Dr. Gregor Satorius.

    Marc says: "Fantastic narration for a great story"
    "Don't waste your money this is really bad!!!"
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    Performance
    Story

    Sorry I could not listen for more than 10 minutes. Maybe the story was great but the quality was bad and the narration was even worse.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Police

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.

    Joseph says: "Say it ain't so Jo"
    "Great great great"
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    Fantastic book , great series. Everything about this book is perfect. Well plotted. Enthralling .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Anne Curzan
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    From new words such as "bling" and "email" to the role of text messaging and other electronic communications, English is changing all around us. Discover the secrets behind the words in our everyday lexicon with this delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Professor Curzan approaches words like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."

    Janette says: "A wordsmith in her own right."
    "Great fun"
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    All the strange stops and starts of the English Language explained succinctly, intelligently and with whimsy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: Book 15 in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and their eternal cycle, upheaval is taking place at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband but, following her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi has joyful news.With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, cobras and a senior aunt, Mma Ramotswe must grapple alone with tea-making, detective work and a new uncertainty.

    Canberra Dilettante says: "Another lovely visit with Mma Ramotswe"
    "Addictive"
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    I can't get enough of these books. So well written I feel I have known the characters all my life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When members of a prominent family disappear from a coal-mining village - and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird's nest - the local constable sends for help from Scotland Yard's new Murder Squad. But Inspector Day and Sergeant Hammersmith have no idea what they're about to get into, and the more they investigate, the more they realise they may never be allowed to leave.

    Janelle says: "Atmospheric ingenious graphic"
    "Atmospheric ingenious graphic"
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    I listened to this book while driving between Brewarrina and Burke in outback NSW. The temperature was 46 degrees celcius and the no car ac. I loved the description of the cold and the snow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Killed His Editor: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (205)

    Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

    Donald says: "And the killer is..."
    "Even the gay sex is boring"
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    Boring banal. Trite silly sexy bits that add nothing to the plot. Silly plot , romance, and men looking into each others eyes like school kids. Even the murders were boring. AND God help the literary world- it's the first of a series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Stuart Woods, the best-selling author of L.A. Times and Heat, has created a haunting thriller full of ghostly images, murder and old family secrets. Part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern gothic - this absorbing novel will fascinate listeners as a small town’s present, past and future converge.

    Richard Delman says: "Early Stuart Woods; early Southern Gothic."
    "Another great book by Stuart Woods"
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    Not as atmospheric as "Chiefs " which the reason I bought this book. A solid story , if unlikely, not that anyone cares . A good listen .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spying in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (299)

    L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300-pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her?

    Annette says: "Very fun listen"
    "Sort of a shopping novel"
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    Just think of how easy it is to eat fairy floss ---- just listen to this and zone out into fluff land .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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