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Paul

Kent Town, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • The Thorn Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their 7 children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister. It ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, embarks on a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

    Anne says: "disappointing"
    "The narration is an international embarrassment."
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    I love this book. It's the classic 70s romance novel. Forbidden love, fate, tragedy, all that good stuff. All set in Australia.

    BUT.

    The narration is the worst I have ever heard. The woman speaks with an American accent other than the character's voices, WHY?? All the characters are Australian!! The book is entirely SET in Australia! I don't even think the word American is in the book!!

    When she does speak in an Australian accent it is embarrassingly bad. All the characters end up sounding like in bred backwards fools. She even had the basic pronunciation of things like Emu's and Galas completely wrong. I can only assume this recording is ancient. I would wait for a replacement or skip it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (511)

    When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

    Jill says: "BRAINRUSH an exciting, thrilling, adventure!"
    "SOOOOOOO STUPID!"
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    I am clearly not the target audience for this book. It's a cliche of action/adventure. Lots of guns, hot chicks and hard men. Seriously. I don't understand the appeal.

    If you enjoy endless descriptions of weaponry and gunfights go for it. I could barely finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Liza Ross
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.

    S. Brown says: "A sharp beginning"
    "Not Gone Girl but still great."
    Overall
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    I still enjoyed this. It was a well done whodunit with an edge. Flynn is EXPERT at drawing acid tongued, vile women and there is a plethora of them in this fast paced, edgy book.

    I was NOT a fan of the reader. She sounds WAY too old! The girl in this book is in her early thirties and this reader sounds much older.

    It was good, but very different from Gone Girl, which I LOVED, and wanted another one of course. This is very different, but still great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (212)

    We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Rand said of this book: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write."

    Geoffrey says: "Emotionally intense, historically authentic"
    "Horrible."
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    This is such horrendous self indulgent rubbish. WHY this woman is held up as some kind of 'thinker' is beyond me. Vile.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2377)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1309)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Scared the heck out of me, but not too much."
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    I'm not sure what all other negative reviewers are on about. I really enjoyed this. I must say, I'm not a big reader of horror/thriller stuff, but this was great. Scared me so much in some parts I couldn't listen at night. I like the way the different characters and stories wove together. I loved the sense of doom and it built really well.

    I had no problem with Ron Pearlman's performance. I liked his deep tone and he did the growling and creepy bits really well.

    I think most of the negative reviews are very harsh and some of them just simply wrong. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Patrick Moy
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Skippy and Ruprecht are having a doughnut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair . . .And so begins this epic, tragic, comic, brilliant novel set in and around Dublin’s Seabrook College for Boys.

    Paul says: "Perfection. Listened to it twice! *****"
    "Perfection. Listened to it twice! *****"
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    I LOVED this book. The narrator is the best I have heard, completely exceptional in every way, the different voices of all these different boys were all very clearly defined and easy to follow. The changes in pace were perfect... very impressive. The story is complex and yet fast paced, the dialog is brilliant and funny.
    This book is basically about a group of boys at a Catholic boarding school. It's in contemporary times, they have iPods and internet porn. There is a messed up teacher, the kind of 'result' that these young boys can expect from life, he is not the hero. The hero is an unlikely character who dies in the first 10 minutes. We then go back in time to see what lead up to that moment and the final part of the book takes you past the moment of Skippy's death.
    The language is brilliantly written, the interactions between the boys ring so true and are in turns hilarious and heartbreaking. The adults surrounding these boys are far more deluded and messed up than the boys and that's part of the charm. Yes there is sex, and bad language, and descriptions of porn and violence.
    This is not a kids book. But it felt like a very real description of what goes on inside the heads of boys. I am a woman, so I found that fascinating. I must say the writer clearly has an issue with women, all the female characters are pretty unlikeable and mostly one dimensional. I was worried I would not like the book with all this testosterone flying around, but I love love loved it. I miss all the boys, and am still thinking of them...
    It really rewards a second listen as you pick up on stuff and connections you missed in the first. If you liked Dead Poets Society the movie, then you will love this, very similar feel. GET IT NOW!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (872)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "What did I miss???"
    Overall

    This book was SO thin on ANY kind of character development or emotional involvement is was a very empty read. I bought this book thinking it might be a good book for me after LOVING the Hunger Games. WRONG. It's just endless dull descriptions of battle scenes and poor dialog. Sorry, I see many loved this, I just don't know what I missed. Depressingly dull and boring. Wasted credit.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5131)
    Performance
    (2914)
    Story
    (2953)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Forgettable."
    Overall

    This was a real 'meh' story. I loved the narrator, loved the Australian accents (I am Australian) it is well written, I should have loved it, but it was predictable and slow and just...meh! I didn't engage with the characters enough to care about what was happening to them. But it was ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free First Chapter: No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller is exactly what the title promises. This is more than just another book about the Bernie Madoff scandal, this is a fast-paced, blow-by-blow, true-crime story that you have to hear to believe. In a true David and Goliath tale, the underdog number cruncher uncovers the largest financial fraud in history, and has to fight everything and everyone in the system to bring it down.

    Paul says: "First time I actually understood this mess."
    "First time I actually understood this mess."
    Overall

    This is a great listen. The narrator is good, gives the necessary manly gruffness required for what he was saying not to sound too geeky.

    Fascinating story, you really get a sense of understanding Wall Street.

    I do think the author was repetitive with his descriptions of some things, but you liked him and forgave him. You got a real sense of how enraged he was/is about what happened, or didn't happen.

    Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2951)
    Performance
    (1682)
    Story
    (1693)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "Boring bodice ripper"
    Overall

    I should have known from the cover that this was a good old fashioned bodice ripper, complete with the brutish man and waif like girl.

    It's SO predictable, the sex scenes were completely cringe worthy and the narrator had the most bizarre intonations, drove me crazy.

    I liked the bits with the dogs, but overall, disappointing, dull, predictable, boring, meh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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