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Nathan

I listen to audiobooks on my 2 hour commute to work every day. Favourite authors include Michael Connelly, Stephen King, and D J Molle

PORIRUA, New Zealand | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 148 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman, George Guidall
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr. Wednesday, claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god, and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town.

    Ian says: "A Benchmark Title"
    "Strange, slow moving, story"
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    The characters in American Gods are interesting and the reading performance is superb. American Gods deals with the weird, the strange, and the unreal - all of which I like. However, I also like stuff to actually happen, and this novel kept me waiting too long between the main events. The plot was too slow moving for my liking. It kept me interested until the end, but only barely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1744)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Awesome series!"
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    I'm not really into zombie stories or novels filled with non-stop action. Zombies just seem too unbelievable and non-stop action without any substance bores me. Also, despite listening to numerous audio books over the years, I have never listened to a whole series continuously one after the other - as I tend to get bored and want a change.

    This was all until the Remaining series came along. The story includes zombie-like creatures ('the infected') and lots of action, but it also includes great characters, an ever-developing plot, and a whole heap of tension and drama.

    This is a very compelling series. I couldn't stop listening to the whole series of The Remaining, one-book after the other.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Stephen King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special 12-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

    Ian says: "King By The Numbers"
    "Better than The Shining"
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    It's a big call, I know - but I enjoyed this book more than it predecessor The Shining. Why? I think because the evil in Doctor Sleep is more tangible; Rose the Hat and her 'True Knot' have human-like characteristics and emotions, but they must do the unspeakable in order to survive.

    One thing I love about Stephen King is his ability to create interesting and complex characters, and draw us close to them. His characters are often likeable despite their flaws. Sleep Doctor is no exception. Through Dan Torrance we glimpse the world through the eyes of an alcoholic with a disturbing past and an ability to 'shine'. Through Rose we see a vicious yet alluring leader struggling to keep her family, her True Knot, alive. And through Abra, we see a typical teenager, cocky and naïve, but with powerful physic abilities and a vengeful streak.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Sleep Doctor and would recommend it to those who enjoy a good Stephen King thriller/horror.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13366)
    Performance
    (5785)
    Story
    (5857)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Good, but a little overrated"
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    I enjoyed this story, but frankly it wasn't in the same league as some of my all-time favourites that are also highly rated, like Pillars of the Earth or Ender's Game. There is great characterisation in this novel and the performance is superb. The story was a little slow at times. I don't think it deserves all the hype, praise, and five-star ratings it has received. Overall, however, I think this is a good book and I would recommend it to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22273)
    Performance
    (13676)
    Story
    (13819)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Just fantastic"
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    A perfectly executed story and audiobook. It deserves its place as a science fiction masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11.22.63

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (279)

    What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

    keith says: "Excellent!!! sai King"
    "Too slow and I lost interest"
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    I have really enjoyed Stephen King audiobooks in the past, including The Shining and Under the Dome (which is one of my all -time favorite audiobooks). But 11.22.63 was too long-winded for me. It started well with an interesting situation and I had high hopes. However, about half way through the book, I lost interest and gave up. The story did not move fast enough for me. I say, however, that Craig Wasson is a good narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6656)
    Performance
    (2959)
    Story
    (2971)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Outstanding!"
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    I loved this audiobook. The story is intriguing and moves along at a good pace. I find that some audiobooks are hard to follow because the action and settings jump around too much. That is not the case with The Lincoln Lawyer, which is both easy to follow and exciting.

    I really liked the main character, Mickey Haller. He is passionate, smart, well intentioned, but also flawed (eg he has addiction issues). I also liked that his view of the world, and the criminal justice system, is not black and white. Sometimes guilty people get off, and sometimes the innocent get convicted. And even when the system gets it right and the guilty person gets convicted, this doesn't necessarily mean the outcome is fair and just. Haller (and probably Connelly) recognizes that, more often than not, criminality does not equate to 'evil'. Just because a person offends, it does not automatically mean they are 'bad' or 'evil'. Mickey Haller knows the legal system isn't perfect, but he works within the system to help those who have offended but not are necessarily bad. Occasionally, however, Haller is confronted with 'evil', and he has to deal with that too.

    The Lincoln Lawyer has great characters, and is an exhilarating legal thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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