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Euan Thomson

Wellington New Zealand | Member Since 2004

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  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Keith Richards
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley, Keith Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock-and-roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done. Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life....

    David says: "A rare insight into a rock legend"
    "Thought this would be a bore, but..........."
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    If you could sum up Life in three words, what would they be?

    Surprisingly good


    What did you like best about this story?

    Most narrated by Keith himself, the book gives a somewhat biased view of the Rolling Stones by somebody who is not Mick Jagger. Often the band is perceived as Mick Jagger and the rest of them, but this book tells a different story. It is not a book of gossip, but just a recollection of experiences and the authors view on relationships.
    Although I grew up listening to the Stones I would not have considered listening to this book ever, but a penfriend in Nashville (I live in New Zealand) told me how much he was enjoying reading the book so I thought I would give it a go. I am glad I did.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Keith is Keith. Johnny Depp tries to be Keith. Interestingly, Johnny Depp based his Captain Jack Sparrow accent and mannerisms on Keith Richard, who actually played Captain Jack's father in one of the movies.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    hisThis may be a strange comment, but the book made me interested. There were no "LOL" moments but at times it made me sympathetic to the rock & roll heroes. I have not been a huge fan of the band, although I have all of their albums, but this book made me want to get them all out and re-evaluate them based on what was happening to the individual band members at the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Surprising good listen - well worth the 5 stars I gave it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolves of the North

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated By Nick Boulton
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    AD 263 - the Roman Empire is in turmoil, with violent uprising threatening the balance of power. Ballista undertakes his most treacherous journey yet in a covert attempt to turn the barbarians against each other. He must face the Heruli - the Wolves of the North - the most brutal tribe of them all. But is it possible that the greatest threat may come from within Ballista’s own familia?

    Euan Thomson says: "More of the same"
    "More of the same"
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    Where does The Wolves of the North rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have enjoyed all of the Warrior Of Rome books and alway7s look forward to the next one. This was simply "the next one".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunset Limited: A Novel in Dramatic Form

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Austin Pendleton, Ezra Knight, Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    In a small apartment, Black and White, as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history, mining the origins of two fundamentally opposing world views. White is a professor whose seemingly enviable existence of relative ease has left him nonetheless in despair. Black, an ex-con and ex-addict, is the more hopeful of the menthough he is just as desperate to convince White of the power of faith as White is desperate to deny it.

    Wilfredo says: "Wow"
    "Interesting!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narator did a good job with the two men's voices.


    Was The Sunset Limited worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the concept and delivery of the story, but the reality is that the story is simply a conversation between 2 old guys discussing faith, hope and life's realities.
    So....by the end I was ready for it to finish.
    Would make a better play - went to see the movie with friends and everybody was bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Flower: Jane Whitefield Series # 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    In this exciting seventh entry in Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series, Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles-but the price of Shelby's freedom is high.

    John says: "Non-stop action all the way"
    "Thomas Perry Does It Again!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Poison Flower the most enjoyable?

    The continuation of the business of Jane Whitefield - the central character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole concept of the main character as a modern-day heroine putting her own body (and life) on the line for others.


    What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    To me, she is Jane Whitefield.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definately.


    Any additional comments?

    I discovered Thomas Perry in 2011 via the first Jane Whitefield novel, and within 12 months I had listened to all of his books. He is now my favourite author. My favourite series is the Jane Whitefield stories but I also enjoy the Butcher's Boy series as well as the individual stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7624)
    Performance
    (6840)
    Story
    (6858)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "A good action story"
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    If you could sum up Hexed in three words, what would they be?

    Good action story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hexed?

    The fight against a coven of German witches


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book didn't make me laugh or cry.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the 2nd boook in the series that I have read. His relationships with his dog, a werewolf, a vampire (both his 24/7 lawyers), his apprentice and a coven of witches are aspects I am looking forward to hearing develop. I am not a big fan of sword and sorcery, but this is a normal life with a smidgeon of the supernatural to add the spice of adventure - a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flint & Silver: A Prequel to Treasure Island

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Drake
    • Narrated By Tim Gregory
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A swashbuckling triumph of storytelling, Flint and Silver provides a thrilling ride back to the rich and wondrous world of Long John Silver and his fiendish nemesis Joseph Flint in this prequel to the beloved classic Treasure Island.

    Euan Thomson says: "What a surprise!"
    "What a surprise!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Flint & Silver to be better than the print version?

    Having only watched the movie version of Treasure Island, I didn't really know why I bought this audiobook but it was a real dilight from start to finish. It was a good story which seemed to follow (or preceed) what I remembered from the movie so it made me buy the original Treasure Island audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Long John Silver I remembered as a villian, but in this book he was not only a victim, but a genuine hero.


    What does Tim Gregory bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The reading was very good by Tim who seemed to be as much into the story as I was.


    Who was the most memorable character of Flint & Silver and why?

    The author advised that, although Treasure Island was a children's book, Flint and Silver (and the subsequent books) are aimed at adults.


    Any additional comments?

    I cant wait for the 2 sequels (but still prequels to Treasure Island?) to come out on audiobook. Bring It On!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Informant: A Butcher's Boy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (457)

    Married and living in England under the name Michael Schaeffer, the assassin known as the Butcher's Boy is the target of a Mafia hit team sent to exact revenge for his deadly campaign against the Balacontano family years earlier. Schaeffer kills all three attackers, but he knows more will come and needs to find whoever sent them to end it once and for all.

    Darwyn says: "sucker for anything that's the butcher's boy"
    "My new favourite author"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Informant to be better than the print version?

    I became an audiobook reader 9 years ago when I worked for a mission agency. When you wake up in the jungle in PNG because of the heat, can't get out of the mosquito net because of malaria carrying mosquitos and/or snakes, Audiobooks ara a great way to pass the time. Nowdays I don't read if I can listen,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Informant?

    Love the Butcher's Boy concept of riding the center line dealing to the baddies while avoiding the goodies with a healthy respect.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael Kramer does a creditable job with this book as he does with other Perry books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For years I have bought lots of


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know where Thomas Perry has been but I think it's a shame that his books haven't had greater exposure. I would love to see them on the screen one day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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