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Stephen Halstead - The Leptonian

United Kingdom | Member Since 2002

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  • 9 reviews
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  • Murder Must Advertise (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael, Full Cast
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    When copywriter Victor Dean falls to his death on the stairs of Pym's Advertising Agency, everyone assumes it was an unfortunate accident. His replacement doesn't think so and begins asking a lot of questions. The new man is something of a mystery to his colleagues, and he certainly dresses well considering his meagre writer's salary.

    Ellen says: "Abridging books is like amputation."
    "A full Bob's worth for your Bob"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Listened to this with a friend while we were travelling to and from a days walking. The story is easy to follow, enjoyable if somewhat predictable. Ian Carmichael is excellent as Lord Peter Wimsey and we both recognised some of the other players.We were both amused at times by how much a bob (£0.05) could buy in those days. As is usual in stories of this period Lord Peter's set are all pretty good chaps and the bad guys are cads and bounders and we have a femme fatale to add a little spice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Country Music: Where Did Country Music Come From?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lynette Barton
    • Narrated By Hairl Hensley
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Country music grew up in the mountains of Appalachia, in the cotton fields of Georgia and Mississippi, the car and truck plants in Detroit, and in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. It was - and is - the music of the people. Hairl Hensley tells of Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family; of Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb, whose music played in honky tonks...and Roy Acuff , whose music was heard in Madison Square Garden; of the Girls of the Golden West, but also of Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.

    Stephen Halstead - The Leptonian says: "The History of Country Music in Words"
    "The History of Country Music in Words"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Maybe not for those in the USA, but I enjoyed The History of Country Music. I like country music and found this history to be entertaining and informative. The background music is generic and therefore it doesn't detract you from the story. If you enjoy country music give it a try but don't expect a block-busting epic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Robert Littell has created the CIA "legends" Francis and Carroll, dubbed "The Sisters Death and Night" by their cohorts. They've located the perfect pawn, the Potter, the exiled ex-head of the KGB sleeper school - and, with artful deception, the Sisters coerce him into betraying his last and best sleeper, the man he considers his son. Once awakened, this sleeper, will launch a mission of death - unless the Potter can stop his protegé from committing the Sisters' perfect and world-shattering crime.

    John R. Brown says: "Littell Light"
    "Doesn't Stand Up Well Against "The Company""
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Sisters in three words, what would they be?

    Somewhat lack lustre


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

    No, but it kept me shuffling around quite a bit. An intriguing plot and you wonder who is pulling who's string. The story unfortunately is let down by a very fast wind down to a disappointing end.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The Potter was my favourite character a soft outer shell hiding a very hard centre. So much happens to him and he seems to be easy going, but then that hardness erupts.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as some of Littell's other novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lords of the North: Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The third installment in Bernard Cornwell's King Alfred series, following on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, both of which were top 10 best sellers.

    A User says: "Somethings missed"
    "Lets! do some Viking- ing"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Book three is the best of first three excellent books of the Saxon chronicles. Book two was good, but here we have much less of the pious King Alfred, full of god and goodness he may be, but godliness and piousness don't make stories for telling in the feast hall.

    In The Lords of the North we experience more of the savagery of the times. Uhtred's fortunes are twisted and turned by the Spinners throughout the story. Serpent Breath and Wasp Sting Uhtred's swords run with blood many times. This chronicle climaxes with Uhtred doing what Uhtred does best boasting and killing.


    What about Jamie Glover’s performance did you like?

    His narration is clear. While he may not be a Saxon or a Dane you can easily imagine he is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Galleon's Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Martin Stephen
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    It is 1588, and King Philip of Spain has assembled a great fleet and army to crush the English and end Queen Elizabeth's reign.

    One man who has inside knowledge of this event is the young Henry Gresham. His good looks, youth, and wealth are the envy of some at court, so his position as spy for Walsingham further endangers his life.

    Steven says: "A Wonderfull Swim"
    "A tale of Elizabethan treachery and deceit"
    Overall
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    Henry Gresham is he an agent, double agent, triple agent, a traitor or an honourable man. Gresham and his manservant Manion step carefully and sometimes savagely through treacherous Elizabethan England and Europe. A gripping tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur: A Novel of Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the Company. He's a quiet man with a quiet job in a back office. But when terrorists shoot his fiancee in cold blood and Heller learns that the Agency has decided not to pursue those responsible, his life takes an abrupt turn. He was not a blackmailer but he will force the CIA's hand. He was not an assassin but he will penetrate the Iron Curtain with the intent to kill. Heller is an amateur with a one-in-a-million chance of success.

    Pamela says: "Robert Littell is no amateur"
    "The Amateur is unpredictable"
    Overall
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    Charlie Heller works for the CIA but he is not a professional spy. Revenge for the death of his girlfriend drives him. He is only an amateur in a world of professionals, that may seem a disadvantage, but his unpredictability turns into an asset. He goes behind the Iron Curtain seeking his revenge, and discovers that friends can be enemies and enemies can be friends. Did Shakespeare really write Shakespeare, the answer is in the stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pale Horseman

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Sellwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Uhtred, Northumbrian born, raised a Viking and married to a Saxon, is a formidable warrior, and he, together with the thoughtful and pious Alfred, Alfred's family, and a few of Uhtred's companions, are apparently all that remain of the Wessex leadership after a disastrous truce. Uhtred still thinks of rejoining his Danish foster brother and the victorious Vikings, but he finds a growing respect for the stubborn leadership of Alfred.

    Frederick says: "Excellent... Again..."
    "We can defeat the Danes"
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    Uhtred's story continues. Do you! have the guts to stand next to him in the shield wall. Where does his allegiance lie, with the Danes or the Saxons, can past loyalties survive. Plenty of Dark Age battles with buckets of gore. Excellent historical based novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1178)
    Story
    (1187)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "Love or Hate"
    Overall
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    It doesn't matter if you loved or hated him this book is an excellent biography of a man who was passionate and driven by everything in his life. His attention to detail was obsessive. This book may reinforce your love or hate for Steve Jobs, or like me give you a better perspective into a very complex character.
    His legacy whatever your opinion will live on, but like him you and I won't be around to test the validity of our views.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5131)
    Performance
    (2228)
    Story
    (2224)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Long But Excellent"
    Overall

    The first 30 minutes plus is scene and character setting and I found it a little confusing. You begin to understand as you get into the novel for real. Even though the book is long it is very interesting and well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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