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Jim Foreman

Los Angeles, CA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (368)

    Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

    britishbob says: "Worth The Time"
    "Excellent Narration, weak and pedestrian story"
    Overall

    A new Bond book. Who could resist? I wish I resisted.

    It is clear from the get-go that Jeffery Deaver must have become bored with the characters and story early on. Though, from the length, he must have been charging per word.

    This 'Modern Interpretation' of Bond is hollow, shallow and uninteresting. Nothing daring, clever or even thought provoking.

    The most interesting and dynamic character is 'Q' Sanu Hirani and Bheka Jordaan's grandmother. Everyone else is is just filler including Bond.

    This story is sadly lacking in intrigue, excitement, fun, wit, believability and pleasure for the reader. Instead the reader/listener is dragged, by a leash, from one plot point to the next. Mr. Deaver could have benefited by actually reading a Fleming novel to see why they were actually so compelling and interesting.

    The Benson novels and even Faulks' 'Devil May Care' are light-years ahead of this yawn. Even 'Man With A Golden Gun' is infinitely more interesting. You actually get to know Scaramanga and even find out what makes him tick. Dunne is rejected lover desperate to regain the affections of his desire. How brilliant?

    None of the plot points even make any sense when put together as a whole. It simply leaves one feeling like they just watched Star Wars Episode One. Strike That.... The Phantom Menace was actually more desirable.

    While the story suffers (a Lot) the Narration is quite good. It's the one redeeming factor that allowed me to finish this yarn to the end.

    Don't waste your, considerable, time with this bore. Re-listen to a Fleming or Benson novel and enjoy an engaging and fun story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified - but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

    Robin says: "Disappointed"
    "A brilliant story that Agatha Christie would LOVE!"
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    Would you listen to The Monogram Murders again? Why?

    The Story was very good and entertaining. The Narration was spectacular!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's got to be Poirot, this time. I was reunited with an old friend (Poirot) and it felt great!


    What does Julian Rhind-Tutt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He artfully hits the mood, tone and drama characterized in the book. Bravo!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's 10 hrs. I listen in my car. I found myself looking for opportunities to drive and enjoy the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a triumph and well deserving to be part of the Agatha Christie collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One More Day Everywhere: Crossing Fifty Borders on the Road to Global Understanding

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Glen Heggstad
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In 2001, martial arts-trained biker Glen Heggstad began a journey from California to the tip of South America on his motorcycle and made it as far as Colombia, where he was kidnapped by local rebels and held captive. Undeterred by more than a month of traumatic incarceration, the 'Striking Viking' finished his trip after being released. Three years later he set out into the world on his bike again, this time searching for truth on his own terms in a world that had become strangled by a climate of fear.

    Amazon Customer says: "A must read for someone attempting a distance ride"
    "One man's journey to discover humanity"
    Overall
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    Where does One More Day Everywhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks quite high. It is filled with honest and unwashed reality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inclusion of the relationships he formed along his journey. So often this aspect is ignored or whitewashed.


    What does John Morgan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Though he doesn't sound like Glen, he does convey the emotion and spirit of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many points moved me to laugh and smile.


    Any additional comments?

    An exciting and riveting adventure that connects a man to his humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2091)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (572)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Thrilling and factual account of these divers"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Shadow Divers again? Why?

    Yes. It was so interesting and captivating, it is well worth a re-listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Chatterton. His backstory and character offer tremendous insight into the man who whould risk so much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When John exhausts his air supply trying to free himself from the wreckage.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when they talked with the surviving crewman.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Motorcycle Therapy: A Canadian Adventure in Central America

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jeremy Kroeker
    • Narrated By Jeremy Kroeker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    From the Canadian Rockies to the Panamanian Jungle, Motorcycle Therapy rumbles with comic adventure as two men, fleeing failed relationships, test the limits of their motorcycles and their friendship. Join the horn-honking, signal-flashing, wheelie-popping pair as they endure painful bee stings, painful snakebites, and (when they talk to girls) painful humiliation.

    Jim Foreman says: "Light and fun exploits of some adventure riders."
    "Light and fun exploits of some adventure riders."
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    Would you listen to Motorcycle Therapy again? Why?

    Yes. It's fun and sometimes quite silly in is real-life account of two Canadians bumbling through Latin America.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Motorcycle Therapy?

    There were several 'bust out laughing' moments.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Kroeker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I believe this is the only one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end when he re-connected with his long-suffering riding partner.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth a listen. It won't change your world, but it will entertain you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under Asian Skies: Australia to Europe by Motorcycle - an Enthralling Journey Through One of the World's Most Colourful and Diverse Regions

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sam Manicom
    • Narrated By Sam Manicom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In Sam’s second book, Under Asian Skies, you'll find yourself immersed in an enchanting mix of drama, majesty, laughter, mystery, love, and his usual disasters. Sometimes a traveller's plans simply don't work out as intended, but for Sam every mishap is the beginning of a unique adventure; silver linings do exist. You'll travel on a journey across the vastness of Australia, through the twists and turns of New Zealand, and on up into the exotic lands of Southeast Asia.

    Amazon Customer says: "A suprise, well written and engrossing travel bio."
    "A charming and insightful tale of motorbike travel"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Under Asian Skies to be better than the print version?

    Certainly.... With one exception. The print version contains illustrations and photos of some of the people and places Sam describes in this book.
    Since the author is reading the narration, there is a lot of subtleties in his tone to emphasize a certain point. Other times humor can be injected where it doesn't quite jump out on the written page.
    As with Sam Manicom's other audio book, Into Africa, the listener can pick up sam actually smiling as he reads and recalls certain moments offered up in this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is non-fiction, so Sam remains the primary and most interesting character. The other people jump into imagination as Sam is able to present them with humanity and color.


    What about Sam Manicom’s performance did you like?

    Sam, himself, is the author. It is like Sam is sitting with you chatting about this rich and colorful journey.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many parts made me laugh. I feel much closer to a world I know little about from this narrative.


    Any additional comments?

    Though it is not necessary, it is recommended that you enjoy 'Into Afrcia' first as a means to gain context and the backstory.
    The book holds up perfectly on it's own, but I believe the experience is more complete enjoying the books, in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Slight Trick of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mitch Cullin
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    He's 93-years-old, in retirement in Sussex, beginning to lose his memory, and subject to emotions he has resisted all his life. His name is Sherlock Holmes.

    Jennifer says: "Worth more than five stars!"
    "No mystery and a labourious listen."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Mitch Cullin and/or Simon Jones?

    Mitch Cullin, No. Simon Jones, Yes.


    What was most disappointing about Mitch Cullin’s story?

    There was no intrigue, mystery or even interesting characters including Holmes himself.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Jones – was your favorite?

    The woman who played the Armonica.


    Did A Slight Trick of the Mind inspire you to do anything?

    Fall asleep several times.


    Any additional comments?

    The stories were simply narratives with little satisfaction at the end of their telling. It's a caricature of what the 1970's Holmes would have become.

    Remove Holmes and retitle it, "Reflections of a dying old man" and it may be a better book, but the inclusion of Holmes leaves a reader/listener expecting something memorable and interesting.

    The Author, Mitch Cullin has managed to strip nearly every enjoyable aspect of Holmes and left us with a rambling old imposter or character impersonator who thinks he was once Holmes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Africa: Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sam Manicom
    • Narrated By Sam Manicom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    A liberating motorcycle journey through Africa with descriptions of the amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape destiny. Into Africa tells the story of a novice motorcyclist who takes on the challenge of riding the length of the continent just because, 'it seemed like a great idea’.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another great travelogue by Sam Manicom"
    "A touching and human account of Africa"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Into Africa the most enjoyable?

    The author reads this book. In this case it becomes much more intimate. While it is based on a journey on a motorcycle, the focus of this book is the humanity and experiences of Africa and the people he meets, both native and visiting along the way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The easy and non-embellished style of telling the accounts without a political or preachy perspective.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he is haggling over the price of a mango at the fruit stall with in the market.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt like I was a part of this journey. It was richly described and experienced. I felt sad at the conclusion as I felt a great journey had just concluded.


    Any additional comments?

    Though this journey takes place mostly on a motorbike, it is NOT focused on the motorbike. It a journey of humanity and the experiences of the author in Africa over a year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

    Elizabeth says: "HILARIOUS"
    "Light and entertaining with some unexpected depth"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It is capable of reaching listeners/readers at multiple depths and levels. It may be seen as simply comic and filled with one odd episode after another or as an interesting transformation of one caught in the rat race into one who actually can break out and be useful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clearly the author as he is writing in first person.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Toward the end, when they return to the US and realize that all the daily minutiae we think of as life is not living at all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, audibly, quite often.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the title fool you. This is a funny yet deep book that does NOT exploit the inhabitants of the islands.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (927)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "Worthy and entertaining story."
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    I took to 'House of Silk' with great eagerness. Horowitz is a good writer and he captures the essence of Holmes and Watson quite well.
    The performance is top notch and makes up for some of the story's mild shortcomings.

    While I felt guided through a series of events through London in the late 19th century, I felt the story offered little chance for the reader/listener to deduce anything on their own. What clues that Horowitz does leave are obvious and offer no red herrings.

    We're left with the last minute revelations of wires to Dublin, Belfast and Boston to have Holmes magically come to the conclusion giving the listener no opportunity to work it out them selves.

    That said, I did enjoy this story and do recommend it to those who enjoy Holmes.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1375)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1028)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Excellent Story and very engrossing reading"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was riveted to Simon Vance's reading of this excellent story.

    You can easily believe you are there alongside Watson as he follows Holmes and tries to stop the Whitechapel Murders.

    While an brilliant and well thought out story, this one is even better for Holmes fans as it combines two famous and richly covered phenomenon.

    John Douglas' book 'The Cases That Haunt Us' is an excellent companion for the Whitechapel murders.

    This one is bound to please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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