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Paul Grobler

Cape Town, South Africa | Listener Since 2010

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  • Adam

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (109)

    FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark has been made famous by his argument that religion is one of society's greatest antagonists. What Daniel doesn't know is that his obsessive pursuit of a serial killer - known only as "Eve" - will end in his own death at Eve's hand. Twenty minutes later Daniel is resuscitated, only to be haunted by those 20 missing minutes.

    Roy says: "Adam"
    "Great page turner"
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    If you could sum up Adam in three words, what would they be?

    Fast-paced, clever, informative


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

    First time I listened to narrator, who did a great job


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a clever story which addresses some interesting questions. It is clear that Dekker researched his material very well. His character developments were done really well, and he clearly has insight into both religious and non-religious minds.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Safari

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seegers (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Lemmer is a professional bodyguard. Silent, invisible, he never gets involved. Emma le Roux is convinced she's seen her brother on the news as a suspect in the recent killing of four poachers. But her brother is supposed to have died twenty years ago. When le Roux hires Lemmer to watch her back while she goes looking for answers, it becomes clear someone wants to keep them in the dark. And when that someone tries to murder them both, for once in his life Lemmer steps out of the shadows.

    Leila says: "Excellent story. Bring Saul Reichlin back."
    "Wrong narrator for Meyer's work"
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    What disappointed you about Blood Safari?

    The narration.


    Has Blood Safari turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I want to be clear: Simon Vance is an excellent narrator, but for a South African listening to a South African story with South African characters, I could not get passed the first few chapters. These books need to be narrated by a South African, or the brilliant Saul Reichlin who is an absolute master in the South African accent department.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Bring back Saul or get a South African narrator for Deon Meyer's books. His stories are great, but an appropriate narrator (even a very good one like Vance) takes the joy away from the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trackers

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin, Rupert Degas, Sandra Duncan
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    A housewife running from years of domestic abuse. A bodyguard hired to escort a smuggled rhinoceros. A group of Islamic terrorists based in a quiet residential street. A secret government agency threatened with amalgamation within a bigger department. A retired policeman trying to get used to his new career in the private sector.

    C van den Berg says: "great book compromised by inconsistent narration"
    "Great book, not so great narration"
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    I enjoyed this Deon Meyer novel for a number of reasons. His insight into human behaviour and how he can get into his character's heads is remarkable. He had completely different storylines which came together at the end (this aspect could perhaps be done a bit better), but the story lines were interesting and intriguing in and of themselves.

    Saul Reichlin is by far one of my favourite narrators and I am always amazed at his excellent rendering of various accents, especially his range of South African ones. But herein lies my criticism. With respect to the other narrators who also participated in this production, why did he not narrate the whole book on his own? He would have been more than capable of handling it himself. In my opinion the other voice actors detracted from the production and lowered the quality of the final product. Their accents were also not well researched at all, not getting basic words right like the Afrikaans "Oom".

    The other thing I found strange is the use of the term "hell's bells" as a form of mild cussing. I have only listened to the English translation and don't know what the original Afrikaans term was, but I don't know of any Afrikaner who uses that term. Since I don't know the original I might be out of my place with this criticism, but I find that a highly unlikely and unauthentic translation of whatever the Afrikaans was.

    Having said all this, I still think it is worth getting and listening to as Deon Meyer is an excellent author, Saul Reichlin is an excellent narrator, and the two of them makes a good team.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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