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Steve

Westleigh, Australia

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  • Void Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (1402)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (761)

    In L.A., Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run - with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job.

    Snoodely says: "Connelly rules!"
    "Good - but not his best"
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    I am a Michael Connelly fan and while I found this book an easy read like most of his writing, the storyline just did not grab me as much as some of his other works.

    The plot involves a woman who gets out of jail for a "cat burglary" in which the love of her life died - and she decides to do one last job so she can start a new life with... (I will leave that plot line for you to find)

    The narration was great - clear and characters were distinctive - but the story was just not as good as a normal Connelly that keeps me wanting to come back to finish the book. For some reason, I just did not connect with the characters in the way I have done with other books. The technical details of surveillance equipment was plausible but there were a couple of areas of the plot where it stretched the imagination a little... and it did not flow and just did not ring true.

    I gave it four stars (just) because it is still a good read and will not really disappoint Connelly fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2183)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1790)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "Lots of twists - but predictable ending"
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    This is a legal thriller that has plenty of twists and turns in the plot as the various players manipulate the pathway of the story. It keeps enough mystery to have you guessing most of the way... but sadly I anticipated the ending about 90 minutes before it happened.

    That didn't reduce the enjoyment, but just took some of the suspense away. For me, the story would be more a 3.5, rather than a 4.

    Although he was a bit too laid back, I liked the narrator but marked it down because of poor technical production, which was probably not the fault of the narrator. There were a number of very obvious edits, where it appears sentences or phrases were added in later, using a different studio or microphone. The different tonal quality in the edits was too obvious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader, Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Of all Robert Ludlum's bestsellers, the Bourne novels remain among his most-read, most listened-to, and most-loved. Re-enter the shadowy world of Jason Bourne, an expert assassin like no other, in this latest fast-paced, action-packed instalment that shows why Ludlum still remains the unsurpassed master of the genre.

    Steve says: "Overwritten - tries too hard"
    "Overwritten - tries too hard"
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    I was very disappointed with this book, although as another reader has suggested the Bourne books make better films than a good read. The plots are always a little far fetched, especially when the heroes can always take out 10 bad guys.

    The writing was too contrived and when I say over-written I mean the author tries too hard to describe things that could be left to the reader. The most over-used word in this book is "like" because it overuses similes..... as in "like a string of rotten pearls".. or a dog's arched back looking "like a scimitar". Once I noticed that I couldn't help counting the similes and in one 10 minute segment I heard four. Sometimes the words don't need to be explained... we get it. Many other authors (eg Grisham, Connelly etc) paint just as good a picture without having to explain what a common sound or smell is "like". I just found this distracted me from the plot and it became annoying.

    The narrator had a clear voice and differentiated the characters, but I found him a little staccato for my liking.

    I also found it annoying that the producers had to put theme music in to signify the mood (fast and dramatic for the action scenes, slow for the wistful). My impression was they didn't think the narrator could convey the mood (he could) or they didn't believe I could work out it was a dramatic scene.... or maybe they were into similes too. Background music works in the movies... doesn't work here. I marked the performance down because of that.

    I could easily have stopped listening to this book halfway through. I did finish it and thoroughly enjoyed the next book from my library all the more, just for the pleasure of hearing simple effective writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    Go the F--k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s profane, affectionate, and radically honest verses perfectly capture the familiar - and unspoken - tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night.

    Garry says: "SAMUEL L JACKSON!!!!! Enough Said"
    "Brilliant - can't beat Samuel's narration"
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    I had heard pieces of this and had heard people rave.

    It's great - and despite the language my 88 year old mother (who never swears) thought it was very funny too.

    SLJ - just has a brilliant voice and carries this off better than every other version I've heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of the Condor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Grady
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    When CIA operative Malcolm, code-named Condor, discovers his colleagues butchered in a blood-spattered office, he realizes that only an oversight by the assassins has saved his life. He contacts CIA headquarters for help, but when an attempted rendezvous goes wrong, it quickly becomes clear that no one can be trusted.

    jonathan says: "Oldy but a Goody"
    "Fast pace - enjoyable read"
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    The underlying premise of the story is great and the story flows well, as does the narration.

    I did find it a bit of a stretch to think that someone who was not a field agent would have all the skills needed to take on the "bad guys" in the way the hero does....(which is why I went for 3 stars - the underlying plot is more 4+)... but it is fiction after all.

    Never-the-less it kept me listening and wanting to come back for more until it was finished.

    The narration was well modulated and clear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Cloud

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Fred Hoyle
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff, Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    As an immense cloud of gas enters the solar system, it blocks the sun, threatening to wipe out most of life on Earth. In Britain, a team of scientists gathers at a secret location to deal with the crisis. But as the months pass, what they learn will challenge everything they believe about the nature of life and the universe.

    Mark says: "Exceptional old-school British Sci-fi!"
    "Good old fashioned sci-fi that educates"
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    I read this book as a teenager and found this audio version just as good - and it took me back. Because of its time-frame (mid-20th century) some people might find it a little old-fashioned, but the story is plausible. Sir Fred Hoyle's scientific background helps educate while he entertains.... which makes the plot believable.

    The story flows well and keep you engaged and the narration is clear and crisp. The characters are well defined by both the writer and the narrator. I was not disappointed in my memory of the original read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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