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Hans

Australia | Member Since 2007

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  • 264 titles in library
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  • The Secrets of the Chess Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Lohr
    • Narrated By Richard Burnip
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Vienna 1770: Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen unveils an amazing invention, The Mechanical Turk, an unbeatable chess playing automaton. Hailed as the greatest innovation of the century, the chess machine is really a brilliant illusion, secretly operated from inside by the Italian dwarf Tibor. But when a beautiful and seductive countess dies mysteriously in the presence of the automaton, the machine and its inventor become the target of espionage, persecution, and intrigue.

    Hans says: "Fact or Fiction"
    "Fact or Fiction"
    Overall

    The story makes you wander what is fact and fiction. The story is well written and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. D. Wingfield
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (94)

    The discovery of two teenage girls' bodies and a video of a snuff movie showing the death of one of the victims leaves Detective Inspector Jack Frost in a race against time before the killer can strike again.

    Loreen says: "This is a favorite"
    "A killing audio-book"
    Overall

    R.D.Wingfield wrote for any years radio-dramas for the BBC Radio and every play is worth listening too. Stephen Thorne won my heart (years ago) when I listened to him reading "The river-god". Putting Wingfield and Thorne together is a total winner. This is probable my number one audio-book of all times. Hoping for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (350)

    On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

    Thomas says: "awesome"
    "Well worth a read"
    Overall

    A very interesting story which tells the full story of the complete space race.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Save Us

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Jenna Blum
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    For 50 years Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy's sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturnfuhrer of Buchenwald.

    Jill says: "Tried but could'nt do it"
    "10+ for both story and narrator"
    Overall

    A fantastic moving story.
    The narrator is first class.
    Worth a download.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Company of Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karen Maitland
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

    Richard says: "A teller of tales"
    "Great story - it will chill you to the bone"
    Overall

    The story is set against a very bleak landscape and will chill you to the bone. It is a very long and at times slow moving story but realy worth the read. Looking forward to read more from Karen Maitland.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hoover's FBI: The Inside Story by Hoover's Trusted Lieutenant

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cartha D. DeLoach
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    As director of the FBI for over five decades, J. Edgar Hoover left a profound and lasting legacy on this most celebrated institution. Only the few who were part of Hoover's inner circle know the truth about his controversial years of authoritarian rule and the organization's inmost secrets.

    Mark says: "good FBI stories mixed with apology for hoover"
    "Good and less good"
    Overall

    Some parts of the books are very interesting while other parts will struggle to interest readers outside The USA

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5397)
    Performance
    (3387)
    Story
    (3416)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Realistic"
    Overall

    Worth reading this realistic story. It can happen tomorrow.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loves, and the world as he knows it.

    Jenna says: "Warning!"
    "Good old fashion SF / Horror"
    Overall

    A well written good old fashion story. Well read and keeps you interested from start to finish. If you like a horror story without blood and guts, this is it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    Now in theaters, a re-release of the classic horror flick The Exorcist is promising to be scarier than ever. Restored by the film's director, William Friedkin, the new cut includes a full reel of previously unreleased footage, eliminated before the film's first release. To prepare for the frightening film, listen to the audiobook version, read by the author.

    Parusski says: "Why did I wait so long to read the book?"
    "The best horror story ever."
    Overall

    Written and read by the author, wow what a talent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (185)

    Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

    Lawrence D. Clayton says: "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
    "A great documentary"
    Overall

    The killing of JFK will always make interesting reading and this story is very will written. Listing to this "documentary will take away the doubt about who was lone killer.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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