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Johannesburg, South Africa | Member Since 2014

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  • Thirteen Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They killed her best friend. Now they are chasing Rachel Anderson through the streets of Cape Town. The young tourist doesn’t trust anyone - except her father, back in America. When he puts pressure on the politicians, they know that they must find Rachel before the killers do. So Benny Griessel - detective, maverick and father - has just 13 hours to crack a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.

    Lia says: "Captivating"
    "What an epic, action-packed romp!"
    Where does Thirteen Hours rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Thirteen Hours is among the top 5 most enjoyable audiobooks I've listend to.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bennie Griesel, the main character, is easy to enjoy. However, I really like some of the supporting cast, such as police commissioner John Africa, etc.

    What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

    He has a massive range of voices which he uses to great effect. His pronunciation of difficult Afrikaans words is spot-on, and his performance has a constant energy that sets it apart.

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

    The way that the entire plot unfolds, as per classic whodunnits, is really the pivotal moment in the book. The reader is kept in suspense for hours, until, eventually, it all comes together beautifully.

    Any additional comments?

    Deon Meyer's books have become some of my favourite reads. 7 Days is even better than 13 Hours, though it is better to read 13 Hours first. His characters are rich and easy to relate to, even if you aren't a South African. Overall, 13 Hours had it all: Comedy, suspense, drama and a great audio performance to bind it all together. I can't wait for the next instalment in Bennie Griesel's life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Visitor: Jack Reacher 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Hayward Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.

    Waldo says: "Average story severely compromised by narrator"
    "Average story severely compromised by narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, no. The story itself was pretty average, but the narration made it all but unbearable.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I had it figured by the end of the third chapter, so was hardly surprised by the ending. Predictable and slow.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's normal reading voice is fine, but his characters are horrible. Reacher sounds like something from Loony Tunes, every female sounds like a granny, and there's a fair bit of Pluto and Daffy Duck mixed in too. Reacher sounds like he is mentally impaired (no offence meant to those unfortunate souls), and the two supposedly hot women in the plot both sound like they are in their late eighties. Horrible.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Surprisingly, yes. I think it could make a fairly interesting film - if the possible baddies aren't revealed so obviously early in the storyline.

    Any additional comments?

    This has been a low-point for me, in my Jack Reacher life. Echo Burning used to sit at the lowest rung of the ladder, but now that spot belongs to The Visitor. If I hadn't waited so long to start listening to this book, I would've returned it. The story was below par for Child, and the narration was terrible. No more Wayward Morse-read books for me - Jeff Harding does it so much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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