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Zachary

Ocean Grove, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • Those in Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Hazel Bannock is the heir to the Bannock Oil Corp, one of the major oil producers with global reach. While cruising in the Indian Ocean, Hazel's private yacht is hijacked by African pirates. Hazel is not on board at the time, but her nineteen year old daughter, Cayla, is kidnapped and held to ransom. The pirates demand a crippling twenty billion dollar ransom for her release. Complicated political and diplomatic considerations render the civilized major powers incapable of intervening.

    Lia says: "Not what I expected"
    "The Worst."
    Overall

    I generally love Wilbur Smith. High adventure, excitement, and action.
    This book is far from Wilbur's usual standards. It's boring, predictable, and at times, so inane it's laughable.
    The start showed promise, and then it degenerated into this stupid farce of a story. I couldn't wait for it to end. The characters are idiotic, the dialogue is atrocious. The whole book stinks.
    I'm annoyed I wasted my time and money on this. Not happy with you Wilbur Smith. You should have burned his manuscript.
    The worst book I've downloaded at audible.com

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4497)
    Performance
    (2647)
    Story
    (2647)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Matterhorn"
    Overall

    One of the best books I've ever downloaded at 'audible.com'
    I listened to this novel continuously, stopping only to sleep.
    Basically I ignored the world and lost myself in the story of a company of US Marines, pushed to their mental and physical limits in the jungles of Vietnam.
    It's not easy listening. It's not a novel for those who are offended by foul language and graphic depictions of men lost in the madness of war.
    It's excruciatingly tense. The suspense is sharp and will have you fidgeting and the actual combat scenes will put you in the fight and have your stomach in knots
    Matterhorn is harrowing. The whole book is filled with the despair, futility and stupidity that war brings. . . but on the flip side it's full of heroism, brotherhood and sacrifice.

    I felt rage, sadness, elation and despair whilst listening to this book. That makes it great
    I loved it.

    117 of 120 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The sequel to Silence of the Lambs marks the return of Dr Hannibal Lecter. One of Hannibal's victims, the influential and rich Mason Verger, a paraplegic confined to a respirator thanks to Hannibal, is bent on revenge, and FBI agent Clarice Starling provides the perfect bait.

    ChrisR says: "The book is so much better than the film"
    "Great read."
    Overall

    This book is chilling. Full of dark characters and despicable acts. Hannibal Lecter is diabolical, truly frightening and completely compelling.
    Harris writes well, detailing the finer points that make the reading much more savory. He also does a decent job of the narrative. I loved it. It's a shame they've abridged such great book. Still very much worth a listen though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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