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Marcus

Middle Park, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • 23 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 162 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (121)

    In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pay, but if defence attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail have to make cut-backs, it seems.

    Lia says: "Good but not great"
    "As good as it gets"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fifth Witness to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition.


    What other book might you compare The Fifth Witness to and why?

    The Lincoln Lawyer - same character - same fast pace.


    What about Peter Giles’s performance did you like?

    He portrays characters cleverly, making each unique and easily distinguishable.


    Any additional comments?

    A stunning, clever, fast moving book with more twists than the road to Kosciusco.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

    Bruno says: "Fantastic"
    "Another spellbinding Mickey Haller courtoom romp"
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    Connelly is a masterful writer whose awesome skills have never been more effectively applied than in this engaging story of the dangerous fight to set an (almost) innocent man free.

    Having produced thousands of voice-overs, I'd have to rate Peter Giles up there with Humphrey Bower as one of the best narrators (actors) I've ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (460)

    Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brilliant, Funny, a GREAT READ"
    "Wonderfully entertaining & inventive"
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    Wow! I've now discovered another fabulous author. I particularly like legal thrillers (especially Grisham & Connelly) but it took Rosenfelt to put a golden retriever in the witness box!
    Play Dead is a great story, wonderfully told and performed by Grover Gardner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3230)
    Performance
    (2774)
    Story
    (2795)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Girlie gossip"
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    I couldn't stand more than the first hour of this book. Maybe it gets better. It looks like a girlie book from the frilly pink cover. My wife didn't think any more of it than I but obviously it appeals to some.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he’s a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him. This new heartstopping, nailbiting book in Lee Child’s number-one best-selling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris - and then to London.

    Greg says: "A swing and a miss"
    "Not up to Mr Child's usual standard"
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    Lee Child doesn't have a bigger fan than me. But this is a little disappointing - for two reasons. Firstly, he's spending way too much time explaining in minute detail how Reacher mangles bad toughguys and how he creeps through corridoors. And secondly - what was the Producer/Director thinking!?! Some of the characters' voices (brilliantly read by Jeff Harding) are inaudible (travelling in a car or where there's anything other than pristine silence). Didn't anyone look at the VU meters in the studio! This is a 'Childish' mistake - for which the Producer/Director must take responsibility.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (134)

    For almost a quarter of a century, John Grisham's A Time to Kill has captivated readers and listeners with its raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice. Now, its hero, Jake Brigance, returns to the courtroom in a dramatic showdown as Ford County again confronts its tortured history. Filled with the intrigue, suspense and plot twists that are the hallmarks of the world's favourite storyteller, Sycamore Row is the thrilling story of the elusive search for justice in a small American town.

    Madeleine says: "Grisham is all about the craft"
    "A towering epic. Grisham at the top of his game."
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    Wow! This story and the fabulous characters provide some insights we can only hope are purely fictious - yet the gnawing knot in our gut tells us that this is how the law can be used or abused - to dispense or deny justice. Absolute edge-of-the-seat stuff! Magnificently narrated (I'm tempted to say 'acted').

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (576)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "Superbly etched characters in a compelling story"
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    I've just discovered this author. And I'm so glad I have. I can't wait to discover more of his books. The narration by Rich Orlow is absolutely outstanding. Highly recommended listening.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    May 1992, and after four LAPD officers were acquitted after the savage beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles is ablaze. As looting and burning take over the city, law and order are swept away in a tidal wave of violence. But under threat of their lives, homicide detectives like Harry Bosch are still stubbornly trying to do their job. With no effective police presence on the streets, murder just got a whole lot easier - and investigating them got a whole lot harder.

    Bruno says: "Another Great Read from Connelly"
    "Another riveting detective triller from Connelly"
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    Another terrific story with plenty of surprising twists and turns.
    Brilliantly written. Superbly narrated (performed) by Michael Connohie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.

    leon says: "Fantastic"
    "Totally weird and awfully gruesome"
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    This may stretch your imagination. It certainly stretched credibility - to breaking point.
    The book is at least twice as long as it ought to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blow Fly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Dr. Kay Scarpetta has left Virgina in quest of peace, but instead finds herself drawn into baffling, horrific murders in Florida, where she becomes entangled in an international conspiracy that confronts her with the shock of her life.

    Marcus says: "Frivilous girlie pap"
    "Frivilous girlie pap"
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    Nothing had happened after an hour and a half so I gave up. Dont bother with this. I think Ms Cornwell is just trading off her reputation from years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Shadows: The Adrien English Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (273)

    Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

    Tony Squared says: "A Good Mystery, Well Read"
    "Nought would be more appropriate than ones."
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    This is appalling gay drivel. I put up with this pap for an hour and couldn't stand another minute. It's so awfully, awkward, painfully, pathetically, theatrically GAY!
    Shame on Audible for not making that clear in their description of the 'book'.
    I think gay's will like this even less. Every gay man doesn't fancy every man he ever meets and assumes they all want him. Yuk!
    I'll be asking Audible for a refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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