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tim

Retired in Nanoose Bay ,British Columbia, having lived and worked in Canada, USA (Connecticut), UK and Singapore

Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada | Member Since 2014

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  • Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now - As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Craig Taylor
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck, Stephen Crossley, Sartaj Garewell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Here are the voices of London - rich and poor, native and immigrant, women and men. From the woman whose voice announces the stations on the London Underground to the man who plants the trees along Oxford Street; from a Pakistani currency trader to a Guardsman at Buckingham Palace - together, these voices paint a vivid, epic and wholly fresh portrait of 21st Century London.

    tim says: "An interesting look at what makes London tick."
    "An interesting look at what makes London tick."
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    Having lived near London over the last 10 years, now living on Canada's West Coast near the author's origin, I really enjoyed this book.I learned a lot about many facets of life in London that normally you take for granted (the tube train announcer, for example)
    It was fun to move onto each new experience and reminiscence and I looked forward to listen to what was coming next
    The narrators were spot on and often very amusing.
    A really good listen


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (855)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "In answer to the pronunciation of Hole"
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    I am addicted to Nesbo's books. Just downloaded Batman and have listened to all Nesbo's audiobooks except Ghost which I read. I am a fan of Sean Barret as a narrator.
    I wanted to check how Hole should be pronounced and found an interview with Jo Nesbo in the UK where he is asked the question. The link gives his response. An interesting guy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Java Spider

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A British minister is a pawn in a deadly game played out in one of the world’s most explosive countries - Indonesia. His kidnapping does not fall under British jurisdiction and the authorities in Jakarta claim that he has been seized by a guerrilla movement .But their investigation makes no progress as horrific satellite pictures of him are released on national television. The government sends Nick Randall to rescue him.

    tim says: "Picked for narration"
    "Picked for narration"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really


    Would you be willing to try another book from Geoffrey Archer? Why or why not?

    I have read most of Archers books. Quite entertaining. I picked this based on the narrator but was also interested in the Indonesian theme. His books are easy to read and quite entertaining. This was no exception


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

    Unfortunately I have bought a few books where the narration has ruined the enjoyment and have left books unfinished. I listened to Christian Rodska before with Storms of War and thought he was superb.When he uses the different British dialects he does them very well ( I am a Brit)


    Do you think Java Spider needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Story line was fine


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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