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Alistair

Nelson, New Zealand | Member Since 2008

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  • The Honourable Schoolboy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy", a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game.

    Pita says: "Great story, but not Le Carre's best"
    "George Smiley - a quintessentially English spook"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Honourable Schoolboy again? Why?

    I read the book years ago and found this recording gripping


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Deepest English reserve mixed with Asian intrigue. A complex plot that will always stand another listen


    What about Michael Jayston’s performance did you like?

    Well told - handles the complexity well and brings the drama to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to in order - Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy - Honourable Schoolboy - Smilies People. I have always been a fan of the story and the characters. Very English in context with the diminishing place of that country in world affairs whilst its legacy echo is still heard far and wide. A brilliant portrait of context in a world of changing priorities but with real characters and a stunning plot.

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35936)
    Performance
    (26935)
    Story
    (27320)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    A great story well told. I couldn't stop listening and didn't bother with the on board entertainment from Auckland to San Francisco - an 11 hour flight (I moved straight on to Catching Fire and then to Mockingjay as I flew across the States). This is a great post apocalyptic world created by Suzanne Collins. On the one hand it has a range of plot lines and a greater goal that becomes clear as the story moves on; on the other a very human story that could almost be set in the darkest days of the twentieth century.I haven't seen the film, but will be pleasantly surprised if it lives up to the books.


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