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Paul

I am a sales rep. I spend many hours in the car often travelling to see my parents 16 hrs each way. These books are such an intergral part of travelling for me...

Quakers Hill, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • 59 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Hornblower and the Atropos

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By C.S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    After near disaster on board a canal barge, Horatio Hornblower is given his first assignment as captain, taking charge of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop that will act as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon the Atropos is part of the Mediterranean fleet’s assault upon Napoleon, and Captain Hornblower must execute a bold and daring salvage operation for buried treasure lying deep in Turkish waters.

    Paul says: "The First Command"
    "The First Command"
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    Story

    Hornblower and his own command continues to grow in character. Not as fast paced as some of the other books but with some unusual story lines. This book is a little slow and drawn out in the early section but pays good attention to the traditions and protocols of the RN. The story does pick up as Hornblower is sent into service and builds to a climax expected of a Hornblower story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Navigator

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Years ago, an ancient Phoenician statue known as the Navigator was stolen from the Baghdad museum, and there are men who would do anything to get their hands on it. Their first victim is a crooked antiquities dealer, murdered in cold blood. Their second, very nearly, is a UN investigator who, were it not for the timely assistance of Kurt Austin and Zavala, would now be at the bottom of a watery grave. What's so special about this statue? Austin wonders. The search for answers will take the NUMA team on an astonishing odyssey through time and space....

    Paul says: "Good break into the Numa Files"
    "Good break into the Numa Files"
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    Story

    This is my first taste of the Numa files after reading the Dirk Pitt series. Same flare and excitement but you can listen to these stories around the kids.. The stories are believable and not too far fetched. The violence and language is enough to give it an edge but not gratuitous. The story moves with a solid pace and has you asking what is history and what came from the imagination but with plot twists enough to keep you more than interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flying Colours

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    Hornblower becomes a national hero when he escapes a French firing squad. But the 'Terror of the Mediterranean' becomes Europe's most wanted man, forced to fight alone for England - and liberty.

    Jean says: "Flying Colours"
    "The Character study"
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    This is not in the usual ripping yarn style.. It is a good drama but more of a character study of Hornblower. The story is much slower paced than normal and the whole story revolves around his escape through and out of France. The reader is taken on as much a ride through his emotions, weaknesses and uncertainty as we are a flight to freedom but it is very well written and a must read if you are to maintain both the story and the man himself. However I would not reccomend as a one of sample book to read unless you are a school teacher looking for an excellent book for students to do a case study of a character which would hold the interest for either gender.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (123)

    The final Horatio Hornblower story tells of Napoleon’s plans to invade England. Set in 1805, Hornblower and the Crisis finds Horatio Hornblower in possession of confidential dispatches from Bonaparte after a vicious hand-to-hand encounter with a French brig. The admiralty rewards Hornblower by sending him on a dangerous espionage mission that will light the powder trail leading to the battle of Trafalgar.

    Jean says: "Forester's last book"
    "Fast paced, Excellent story and very well read"
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    The Reader- Christian Rodska is the star of this book. Very well read with great pace and excitement. This is probably a favourite so far (reading in chronological order of Hornblowers career). Very believable story with neat twists that tie this story to the real history of the day. Forester does a fantastic job of keeping this work of fiction in tune with historic events. So much so it is easy to believe (almost understand) how the fictional Hornblower influenced the histroy of the RN and the battle of Trafalger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the Hotspur

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    On the day of his marriage to Maria, Hornblower is ordered to take the Hotspur and head for Brest – war is coming and Napoleon will not catch His Majesty’s navy with its britches round its ankles. With thoughts of his new life as a husband intruding on his duties, Hornblower must prove himself to be not only the most capable commander in the fleet, but also its most daring if he is to stop the French gaining the upper hand. This is the third of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester’s inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

    Paul says: "Excellent continuation of the story"
    "Excellent continuation of the story"
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    A comfortable passage of the early years in Hornblowers life. Plenty of action and a good backstory to boot. Brings home the hardship of service in a HM Ship during the many years of War with both the French and Spanish Navies

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lieutenant Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (222)

    The nineteenth century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower faces the fury of the French and Spanish fleets combined. Amidst the hissing of wet wads, the stifling heat of white-hot cannon shot and the clamour of a mutinous crew, new Lieutenant Hornblower will need all of his seafaring cunning to overcome his first challenge in independent command on the high seas.

    Jean says: "Hornblower off to the Caribbean"
    "More than a ship of the line"
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    As near as can be to fact. The story could have been about Nelson himself but would not have been half as interesting or action packed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trojan Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Dirk Pitt battles his most dangerous foe ever - with help from a very unexpected source. There is a black tide infesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua. Whilst trying to determine its origin, startling things begin to occur and the inhabitants of a floating resort find themselves directly in the path of a violent storm. Dirk and the NUMA crew rush to their rescue, but they discover that there is an all-too-human evil at work and the black tide is only a by-product of its plan. Soon its work will be complete - and the world will be a very different place....

    Paul says: "Action packed but believable"
    "Action packed but believable"
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    Classic action. This is like the Matthew Reilly or Andy McDerrmott you can listen to in front of the kids. Same action packed story lines mixing history, fiction, fact and myths but without the bloody battle descriptions and four letter words. This is a mix of a "today" story line full of techno wizardry and villans; but combined with the classic Greek myths that actually makes the Greek myths sound more believable than Homer did. I could never understand how Odysseus could get lost in the Meditterranean Sea for years....until now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hover Car Racer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    From the best-selling author of Seven Deadly Wonders and Contest comes a thrilling racing adventure. In the world of the near future, the most popular sport is hover car racing. Superfast and dangerous, its heroes are the racers: part fighter pilot, part race-car driver, all superstar. But to get to the Pro Circuit, you must first pass through the International Race School, a brutal cauldron of wild races on even wilder courses, where only the best of the best will survive.

    A User says: "Racy"
    "I was under the impression this was for kids!!!!"
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    Wow different from Matthew's other books but every bit as good. Some artistic licence taken and some imagination needed but it works. Car racing of the future but he has nailed bringing it all together. I am 52 and very much enjoyed it so ages 8 to 68 pick it up and give it a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Island

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Hell Island does not appear on any maps. It is a secret place where classified experiments have been carried out. Experiments that have gone terribly wrong. When all contact with the island is inexplicably lost, four crack Special Forces units are dropped in. Their mission is to land on Hell Island and discover what has happened. Nothing can prepare them for what they find there. You could say they've just entered Hell. Only that would be wrong. This is much, much worse.

    Paul says: "Great story but priced wrong"
    "Great story but priced wrong"
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    Another great story for Matthew and a "MUST READ" for fans of the Scarecrow story line but this story was written for a story was written as a short story for School use in Australia. I have to question the bang for my buck. The same price for just 2 hours of listening is not justified against the 10 to 13 hours of the other books. The story is great and well in keeping with the Scarecrow story line. Toned down in language and in gory detail it is a good listen around the kids but it retains the action and feverish pace worthy of the Scarecrow

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Temple of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andy McDermott
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    NEW YORK CITY, USA. Archaeologist Nina Wilde's life has fallen apart - her husband, ex-SAS soldier Eddie Chase, is on the run, falsely accused of murder. Her only diversion has been investigating the origin of three strange statues stolen from her just before his disappearance. When Nina discovers they may be dangerous relics from the lost civilisation of Atlantis, it's clear that she has to get back in the game, and fast.

    Paul says: "Fast action with a touch of humour"
    "Fast action with a touch of humour"
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    What made the experience of listening to Temple of the Gods the most enjoyable?

    The strong man and wife team of Eddie and Nina but from differing worlds of the SAS and archeology combine well to make this story revolving around ancient cities from mythology and the destruction of the civilisations involved make this a very good read/listen. Similar story style to Matthew Reilly ... Just as fast but with added touches of fun relationships make this story a great read. Based around mythical history it is believable and Andy makes the strory plausable. This is my first story from Andy and while I wish I had read the other books first (in order) this story does stand up well as a standalone book and very much worth the read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Temple of the Gods?

    For me this audiobook was really brought to life by the reader. He handled the accents very well and this is especailly the case with Eddie being a Yorkshire man. While I live in Australia I was born in Yorkshire and loved listening to this reading. The story starts with Eddie and Nina apart but brings them back together in a wonderful way and then whips the action up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final battle. ... not overdone and it was kept believable but full of action and the occasional surprise.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end. it was a bit .... well I shall not spoil the end but it ios worth the jouney there


    Any additional comments?

    worth the read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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