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Gideon

Will read just about anything. Favourites include Tom Robbins, Umberto Eco, Michael Connelly, Chris Brookmyre, Julian Barnes, James Joyce, Tim Butcher, Barbara Kingsolver, Ettienne van Heerden, Deon Meyer and ....

PRINCE ALBERT, South Africa | Member Since 2009

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  • What It Was

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn's turf, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well.

    Alisha says: "Who's writes street better?"
    "Have some time? You could do a lot worse."
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    What did you like best about What It Was? What did you like least?

    Clever plot, believable characters, well-paced.


    Would you be willing to try another book from George Pelecanos? Why or why not?

    Pelecanos tells stories well. He's always worth reading or listening to.


    Have you listened to any of J. D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was a first for me. Don't think it'll be the last.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1560)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (861)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "Murakami is even better than many people think"
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    What did you love best about Kafka on the Shore?

    Everything. Funny, challenging, suspenseful, magical, gripping.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kafka on the Shore?

    The slaughter of the cats. Not a favourite moment, but a memorable one.


    What about Sean Barrett and Oliver Le Sueur ’s performance did you like?

    Their pacing is superb.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing is at it seems.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't discovered Murakami, you should.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Devil Drives

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Sarah Barron
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Private investigator Jasmine Shar has been hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace. What begins as a simple search awakens a malevolence that has lain dormant for three decades. As Jasmine uncovers a hidden history of sex, drugs, ritualism, and murder, she realises she may need a little help from the dark side herself if she's going to get to the truth.

    Alexandra says: "Not a classic Brookmyre, but a solid one"
    "Better than ever."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Devilishly clever plot, great characters, wonderfully read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multi-layered texture with which Brookmyre takes one under the skin of contemporary Scotland. The way it weaves different strands together to make a not-too-neat whole.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the one where Jasmine takes the last train home. The shooting scene at the Lodge was also in contention.


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

    The ending. And the torching of Jasmine's car.


    Any additional comments?

    Brookmyre seems to have found a second breath if not an entirely new voice - thankfully. The anarchy, black humour and surprising insights are all there, and in Jasmine Sharp and the other companion characters he has created a pond in which I suspect he'll play for some time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where the Bodies are Buried

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Chris Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Sarah Barron
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In Glasgow, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly - and incompetently - earning a crust working for her Uncle Jim's private investigation business. When Jim goes missing, Jasmine has to take on the investigator mantle for real. Soon she stumbles into a web of corruption and decades-hidden secrets that could tear apart an entire police force - if she can stay alive long enough to tell the tale...

    Gideon says: "Brookmyre for beginners"
    "Brookmyre for beginners"
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    What did you like best about Where the Bodies are Buried? What did you like least?

    The central mystery is really clever and the various story lines weave together nicely. The characters are well imagined. Jasmine Sharp, the wannabe private investigator around whom the story unfolds, is sure to be with us for a while. Having said that, everything is a little too contrived. Brookmyre (who claims to have moved into a more serious, less anarchistic mode - he now writes as "Chris" as opposed to "Christopher") seems to be trying too hard to be conventional. "Where the Bodies are Buried" lacks some of the irreverence and exuberance of earlier works like Quite Ugly One Morning and the Unsinkable Rubber Duckies, but is still well worth the effort.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A little too predictable.


    What does Sarah Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The book is really well read with Sarah Barron's Scottish lilt adding a level of atmosphere and intensity that a reading of the book would lack.


    Was Where the Bodies are Buried worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Brookmyre has long been a favourite author and I have both read and listened to all his books. Here's hoping he finds the groove he is looking for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandaemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Kenny Blyth
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The senior pupils of St Peter's High School are on retreat to a secluded outdoor activity centre, coming to terms with the murder of a fellow pupil through the means you would expect: counselling, contemplation, candid discussion and even prayer...not to mention booze, drugs, clandestine liaisons and as much partying as they can get away with. Not so far away, the commanders of a top-secret military experiment, long-since spiralled out of control, fear they may have literally unleashed the forces of Hell.

    Gideon says: "Not for the fainthearted."
    "Not for the fainthearted."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not everyone will enjoy this book. But I can think of several who will.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Brookmyre? Why or why not?

    Have read or listened to just about everything he has written.


    What three words best describe Kenny Blyth’s voice?

    Right, rich, convincing.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not sure I would.


    Any additional comments?

    Black as the night, light as the day. Brookmyre at his anarchistic, acerbic best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cut: Spero Lucas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (118)

    Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. He's good at it, and he has carved out a niche: recovering stolen property, no questions asked. His cut is 40 percent. But is any cut worth your family, your lover, your life?

    Cori says: "So entertaining and surprising!"
    "What you see is what you get."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Clever thriller with a believable protagonist - he's Black, he's Greek, he's adopted, it works.

    Wouldn't change a thing.


    If you’ve listened to books by George Pelecanos before, how does this one compare?

    This is one of my favourite books by Pelecanos.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Difficult to say which scene was my favourite. Probably him and his mom or the final shoot-out.


    Do you think The Cut needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No doubt. Methinks there are plenty readers waiting for Spero Lucas to show up again.


    Any additional comments?

    Light, quick, plausible and well read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In One Person

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love - tormented, funny, and affecting - and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of the novel, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a "sexual suspect," a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of "terminal cases", The World According to Garp.

    Kathryn says: "Irving at his best!"
    "Irving has lost his magic"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Irving's earlier books drew one into a surreal reality that was simultaneously wickedly funny and disquietingly wise - Garp, Cider House Rules, Hotel New Hampshire come to mind, and Owen Meany, and Son of the Circus. In fact, all of them, the earlier ones.

    Somewhere between then and now he seems to have lost that magical edge. "Last Night in Snowy River" was a little better than "Until I find you", but this last offering is probably the last I'll read. Which is seriously sad.

    Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.


    What could John Irving have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should stop trying to be controversial and just tell us a story.


    What does John Benjamin Hickey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    JBH is a great reader. His pace, inflections and voices always work. If it wasn't for his reading I wouldn't have finished the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not a chance!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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