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Marcus

Middle Park, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Second Son: A Jack Reacher Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Ever wondered what early experiences shaped Reacher's explosive career as butt-kicker supreme, the one-man guided-missile battler for justice? In this original new short story, Lee Child looks back on an incident in his hero Jack Reacher's teenage years as the younger son of a tough career US Marine, on a faraway military base in the Pacific.

    Chris says: "Good to learn about Reachers childhood"
    "What a rip-off"
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    I am one of Lee Child's greatest fans but this so-called 'book', that wasn't much more than one hour long was a great disappointment. Could Lee Child be losing it - or just cashing in on is fame and success?

    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
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (142)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (130)

    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
    (575)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (511)

    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
    (120)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    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
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (28)
    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
    (282)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (264)

    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
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2976)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1688)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "This book deserves 6 stars."
    Overall
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    Connelly has excelled himself with this stunning, suspense murder mystery with more twists & turns than the track to Everest's summit.
    Dick Hill's narration is flawless. It's almost like a 'production' with a full cast, rather than a narration. Start listening now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matter of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sydney Bauer
    • Narrated By Bill Ten Eyck
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    It's been a long time since criminal defence attorney David Cavanaugh has heard his childhood friend Chris Kincaid speak of Marilyn Maloney; for hers is a name from the past, from a time when David, Chris, and the third in the gang of three, Mike, vowed never to let a girl get in the way of their friendship. But now Chris is the "successful, happily married US Senator for New Jersey", and when he pleads with David to return home to help him locate the girl he "used" to love, David reluctantly agrees..

    virginia says: "So very bad"
    "Absolute rubbish"
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    I recently read Sydney Bauer's 'Undertow' which is one of the best books I've read this year. I immediately went looking for other books by this sensational author (I'd never heard of). I listened to two hours of this meaninglyless drivel and gave it away. I felt insulted that an authour could waste a reader's/listener's time with such meaninless nonsense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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