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Alessandro

Blacktown, Australia | Listener Since 2006

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2705)
    Performance
    (2416)
    Story
    (2402)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "One of the best!"
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    What did you love best about Speaks the Nightbird?

    Mr McCammon's expertise with descriptions and character development is among the best in my opinion. He paints the scenes like a master artist. Mr. Ballerini's interpretation of each character is masterful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew Corbett, is an interesting and developing hero, without being a super-macho character but tenacious and intelligent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I knew I was on a good story when Matthew got his leg trapped in a skeleton's rib cage! His fight for mere survival with One-eye was heart stopping.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I hope they do a mini-series, there is too much for just one movie. Heart-stopping would be a well used but correct tag-line.


    Any additional comments?

    I am certainly going to read the rest of the series and will have to wait for the one to be published in 2014.

    One additional comment is that the books are excellent value not only because they are so entertaining but because they are long lasting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (265)

    The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

    J. Kelly says: "Dare I say it - a tad lazy."
    "Five is not enough!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The River of Souls the most enjoyable?

    The story, the prose and the narration - all very good indeed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The River of Souls?

    Too many to mention...I panicked near the end, though!


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

    I cannot imagine anyone else in the world narrating Matthew Corbett novels. He is one of the most talented narrators around. I wish that he narrated Game of Thrones, then I could actually listen to them....the present narrator...well, he is at the other end of the spectrum. Mr. Ballerini is an excellent reader, I have listened to many of his narrations.


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

    Yes! ENJOYMENT!


    Any additional comments?

    I NEED no6, 7, 8 etc! NOW!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tim Birkhead
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other.

    Alessandro says: "If you did not love birds before you will!"
    "If you did not love birds before you will!"
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    What did you love best about Bird Sense?

    Very well and entertainingly written and read. Informative but not dull in any way. Amazing and startling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The writer, Professor Birkhead is very knowledgeable and writes in an easy to understand and flowing style that is a pleasure to just sit and listen, and listen...


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    Not applicable. But Robin Sachs is a sensitive and pleasant reader.


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

    Some of the early (two hundred years or more ago) experiments that were performed on some of the birds species made me cringe in shame for our callousness.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I have listened to in a long time. I hope audible will bring to us more of Tim Birkhead's work, hopefully with the same reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (692)

    The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
    "The Professor makes difficult easy!"
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    If you could sum up The Blind Watchmaker in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, illuminating, essential


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable


    What about Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performance did you like?

    The read very well and clearly and the text is beautifully written.


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

    A bit too thought provoking for one sitting, but I did not read anything else till it was finished.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone unsure about the fact that IS evolution should definitely read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

    Ian says: "Classic Bryson"
    "Another great book from Mr. Bryson"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One Summer to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version, but I always prefer the audio version of any book..as long as the narrator is a good one and Mr. Bryson is an excellent reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Summer?

    Too many to mention...but I guess that the one that really sticks in my mind is the lengths the US Government went to stop people from drinking...adding strychnine??


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

    Yes and they are all very well written and read, I cannot remember a single one I did not enjoy. He always provides more that you expect.


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

    Yes as much as was possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely recommend it as a great and informative listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Hilary Norman
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The pretty gift-wrapped box floating in a toy dinghy looks innocent enough, but it holds a bloody secret: a human heart. Nothing is more important to Detective Sam Becket than being able to keep his family safe. But when that gruesome package is found outside their home, they fear it can mean only one thing: that Cal the Hater is back. When a second grisly discovery is made in a crowded resort pool, the great manhunt is back on.

    Alessandro says: "It was Hell getting to the end!"
    "It was Hell getting to the end!"
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    What disappointed you about Hell?

    The smartest and most interesting character was the killer. I wish that he had won. I get annoyed by authors trying to add suspense by getting their charcters to act as morons...that's not nail biting - it's hair pulling!


    Has Hell turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope...it has turned off this author.


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

    Jeff Harding is always a great narrator and if it hadn't been for his work I would have stopped listening half way through. But, there was only so much he could do!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yep - it wasn't too long...shorter would have been better.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately the "you can return this book" option does not work any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1053)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "Just as good as the first !"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and I have! It's a great story, very well written and extremely well read/narrated - 10/10 on all counts!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Queen of Bedlam?

    There are many moments. The whole book is one exciting moment after another. For absolute suspense, the chapters on the 'hunt' by the falcons and insane children have to be right up there. The final meeting between the Masker and his Mum is definitely another great moment.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    he is a very talented narrator. Each character is depicted with sensitivity and understanding of the story. He is not just reading a book to us, he is acting each and every moment of it. I will be downloading more of his narrations, you can bank on that!

    Too many narrators just read the story and it is very difficult to tell which character is actually 'speaking'. But a few talented ones bring the author's work to life, so that you feel like an invisible observer of the action. Mr. Ballerini is one of these, along with Mr. Jeff Harding and Ms Lorelei King one of the two, and now three, of my very best narrators.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Queen of Bedlam and why?

    Matthew Corbett, of course! he is a great character and I like the way Mr McCammon is gradually developing him into a formidable detective.


    Any additional comments?

    I need more Credits!! There are more Corbett books to download!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire: Jack Reacher 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Garrick Hagon
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    For Jack Reacher being invisible has become a habit. He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys.

    Amazon Customer says: "Formulaic"
    "Very disappointing!"
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    What would have made Tripwire better?

    Cut out all the endless description of every movement, room etc that added nothing to the story or characters.
    These days we all own calculators, so endelss calculations of how many seconds how many metres etc were just waffle put in to stretch a poorly developed plot to a never ending story.

    I am a fan of all the Reacher stories, but this one was the exception - it was just plain boring.

    The reader made things worse, he would be more suited to reading cook books for old ladies.

    Why, why would ask anyone else but Jeff Harding to read Reacher ??????


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely nothing read by Mr Hagon, sorry mate look for something else to do.

    Not many Reacher books left on here, but you can't go wrong with Jeff Harding, he makes bad writers sound good and good writers sound better!


    How could the performance have been better?

    A complete re-write.


    What character would you cut from Tripwire?

    None, I would turn it into a first person novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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