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John

NuriootpaAustralia | Member Since 2008

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  • White Hunters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brian Herne
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    A little over 100 years ago, East Africa was terra incognita to most whites: a land largely unmapped, sparsely settled by Europeans, and teeming with wildlife. It was the hunter-adventurer's paradise, and by the early 20th century, a small, lionhearted clan of explorers and big-game hunters began leading safaris there for money.

    Stephen says: "A fascinating account ...."
    "White Hunter, tales of Gentlemen Adventurers"
    Overall

    If you are interested in tales of high adventure, safaris and big game hunting in Africa, this is a book for you.

    "White Hunters" details the adventures, lives and often deaths of some of Africa's explorers, white professional hunters, and characters from a period of African history which can no longer be experienced.

    Having heard or read of some of the individuals portrayed in the book it was fascinating to hear of more of their exploits. Some of the individuals in the book are still alive but fewer each year. It is fascinating to meet these adventurers in person as well as in this book.

    Listening to the safaris and big game hunting exploits brings forth "the smell of cordite in the morning" from their double rifles firing cigar sized Nitro Express cartridges.

    Audible bring us more books like this one.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gai-Jin: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (261)

    A sequel to Tai-pan, this is the sixth novel in Clavell's Asian saga and takes place in 1862. The gai-jin (foreigners) have arrived, intent on doing business with the Japanese. With laws against the use of the wheel in carriages or carts, the Japanese, their tradition-bound Emperor, and competing warlords detest the foreigners, who have ruined the Chinese with the Opium Wars.

    Caleb says: "Good, just not as good as the rest of Clavell"
    "Story not up to the Clavell standard"
    Overall

    Enjoyable book but not up to the usual Clavell standard set by Shogun, Noble House and Taipan. But it does help to fill in the story gaps somewhat and the rivalry and enmity between the HK corporate houses. Worth reading or listening too for that reason at lease.

    The character development in the book is a little flat and more akin to a cheap romance novel but not quite! It lacks the depth of machinations of the other books.

    John Lee is a good narrator.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (502)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy Judge says: "A great audio book"
    "Asian Swashbuckler!"
    Overall

    A swashbuckling adventure about the establishment of Hong Kong and the Struan company in the days of gun boat diplomacy and opium trading. Struan's is based on a true company by another name which had its tentacles throughout Asia.

    James Clavell again produces a book not to be missed and with Shogun forms a loose beginning for his other Asian books.

    John Lee is a great narrator too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Plague

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    A warm day in Dublin, a crowded street corner. Suddenly, a car-bomb explodes, killing and injuring scores of innocent people.From the second-floor window of a building across the street, a visiting American watches, helpless, as his beloved wife and children are sacrificed in the heat and fire of someone else's cause.

    DJM says: "Good story once through"
    "Topical for current times"
    Overall

    While this book was written some years ago and thus sometimes is dated the subject matter is very topical for current times.

    There is interesting investigations into the social consequences and reactions within the book.

    Not up to the standard of Frank Herbert's other books but still worth listening to if the subject matter is of interest or wish to enjoy another Herbert book.

    Scott Brick the narrator could perk his narration up however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Noble House

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (443)

    The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure, from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes: fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong, the heart of Asia, rich in every trade: money, flesh, opium, power.

    Lily says: "Great story, great narrator"
    "The Smell of Money"
    Overall

    Great story and excellent narrator. An enjoyable story of Hong Kong and the business machinations of its European Taipans. I visited HK for the first time in 1988 because I enjoyed this book so much and have been back since. Although it has changed since the period of this story, HK still has the smell of money. A story of a time recently past.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Joseph Conrad was a native of Poland, yet many critics regard him as one of the greatest English novelists. This is all the more remarkable, since he did not learn to speak English fluently until he was in his 20s. He became a naturalized British citizen in 1886. He wrote many books and stories, but the two that remain most popluar are Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim. Lord Jim is both an adventure story and a story of tragedy and repentence.

    Sandinic says: "raw but good"
    "Poor audio and dull reader"
    Overall

    Gretchen is spot on with her review: "Although the storyline was good, the audio was poor. It sounded like the narrator was in an empty room with a bad echo."
    To this I would add the reader Jim Roberts reads the story in a flat monotone which makes an interesting story almost unbearable.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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