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Hannes

cupertino, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1433)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (820)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Janet says: "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    "47 years too late"
    Overall

    (I'm 57) I haven't finished the book and probably won't. They are reasonably well written, well-narrated and so forth, but as I was listening to the rather predictable "plot", I realized how much I would have enjoyed this at age 10....seriously, these are excellent children's books.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Over the course of his seemingly irreproachable life, Magnus Pym has been all things to all people: a devoted family man, a trusted colleague, a loyal friend - and the perfect spy. But in the wake of his estranged father's death, Magnus vanishes, and the British Secret Service is up in arms. Is it grief, or is the reason for his disappearance more sinister? And who is the mysterious man with the sad moustache who also seems to be looking for Magnus? In A Perfect Spy, John le Carré has crafted one of his crowning masterpieces.

    Darwin8u says: "Remembrances of loyalties past"
    "cut your losses"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    sadly i'm with the minority who find the endless back-and-forth of the past and present tiresome beyond my own endurance, the narcissistic autobiographical aspect of page after page after page, meandering about with clever phraseology leading to nowhere or perhaps at a snail's pace to a later point in the book that i will never reach. if i want this sort of literature, i'll go to ulysses. i go to le carre for expertly done spy thrillers, no more no less. i was on a roll with the other superb readings by jayston, until i ran into this clothesline.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Honourable Schoolboy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    The mole has been eliminated, but the damage wrought has brought the British Secret Service to its knees. Given charge of the gravely compromised Circus, George Smiley embarks on a campaign to uncover what Moscow Centre most wants to hide. When the trail goes cold at a Hong Kong gold seam, Smiley dispatches Gerald Westerby to shake the money tree. A part-time operative with cover as a philandering journalist, Westerby insinuates himself into a war-torn world.

    Darwin8u says: "Conrad's Ghost Floats & Haunts this Sad Spy Novel"
    "nice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This applies to all the Jayston readings...excellent in general, but he gets a bit tripped up on accents in this one, although admittedly a challenge to manage Chinese, American and other accents. But his rendering of Ricardo's Mexican accent was more of a bland eastern European sound. At times I just wish he didn't bother. The story is vintage Le Carre, verging on less believable at times as he goes international.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Samarcand

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    This stand-alone adventure from the mighty Patrick O'Brian begins just where his devoted fans would want it to: with a sloop in the South China Sea barely surviving a killer typhoon. But the time is the 1930s and the protagonist a teenaged American boy whose missionary parents have just died. In the company of his rough, seafaring uncle and his elderly English cousin, an eminent archaeologist, young Derrick sets off in search of ancient treasures in central Asia.

    Hannes says: "kid stuff"
    "kid stuff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been more enjoyable if I were a 12 year old. Couldn't make it past the 1st few chapters.


    Has The Road to Samarcand turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I was drawn to O'Brian, being wildly devoted to the Aubrey/Maturin series, but this is a very early work by O'Brian involving fairly shallow predictable characters.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Vance is normally an excellent narrator (Dragon Tattoo trilogy is a triumph of narration) but his exaggerated accents were a bit much on top of the somewhat maudlin dialogue.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Road to Samarcand?

    don't know...I only listened to the first couple of chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want O'Brian at his best with a narration above all others, go to the Patrick Tull reading of the Aubrey Maturin series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pale Criminal: Berlin Noir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (175)

    The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.

    Old Hippy says: "Esxcellent Historical Fiction; Gripping ..."
    "better than some and worse than others"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Pale Criminal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As above.rates better than average but the story varies from semi-believable to fairly absurd.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pale Criminal?

    The author is good at evoking the era and was clearly influenced by The Thin Man, in a good way.


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Pretty good but one character is differentiated by a corny New York accent that was grating to the ears.


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

    I wouldn't...a ridiculous question.


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned is reviewing the first of the trilogy, the tough guy dialogue becomes VERY tiresome, almost a caricature of Dragnet-style terse catchy stuff that is corny beyond belief. Also, the sex scenes....hit fast forward for those, you're not missing anything....a major detraction from these books, and I'm not a prude.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March Violets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (272)

    Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.

    King says: "Nazi Noir"
    "definite plus/minus situation"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to March Violets again? Why?

    fairly clever plot, enjoyed the historical evocation of an era, one of my favorite narrators


    What other book might you compare March Violets to and why?

    the second in the series, already listening


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes...about the same. at least he doesn't try to fake a german accent


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

    ridiculous question


    Any additional comments?

    the corny tough-guy dialogue and overblown similes became quite tiresome. also, the sex scenes....could definitely do without...i'm not a prude but they detract and are completely pointless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2382)
    Performance
    (2175)
    Story
    (2201)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "accent soup"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Dracula rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    OK for a period piece. Very heavy on superstition, of course, but the Christian near-proselytizing would be unbearable out of context with the era.


    What other book might you compare Dracula to and why?

    Other Victorian schlock...no titles come to mind


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Phony accents galore. One of the main characters is Dutch but his accent is depicted by other characters in the narrative to sound like a bizarre combination of Russian/German or unidentifiable Eastern European daibolical. If you can't do a Dutch accent, just give it up and don't torture us.


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

    Stupid question


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1772)
    Performance
    (1102)
    Story
    (1104)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Yuriko says: "Wow"
    "straight into the unlistenable wastebasket"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Bored people who like to read. Not a bad


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Quality literature


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No, not the problem.


    What character would you cut from The Beekeeper's Apprentice?

    The protagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    Tedious, predictable, uninteresting.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (723)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

    Judy says: "Another great tale!"
    "i've heard better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Juggling the story lines gets a bit tedious.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Evokes an interesting atmosphere I will never live in


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ralph Cosham?

    Nope. Kind of a snooty monotone.


    Do you think Bury Your Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not in its current form, no.


    Any additional comments?

    Central character is good but the story gets outlandish in so many ways. character depth is minimal, at least as portrayed and conceived by this author.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Confidential Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Trusted by no one, trusting nobody, the Confidential Agent is sent to England. But before his mission has barely begun, he comes face to face with an agent from the other side. As the car he is driving is run down in the fog, a thought strikes him: "It isn't probable - not in England, but it seems to be true, nonetheless - they're going to kill me."

    connie says: "approach it as a fable"
    "I did it again"
    Overall

    I am such an avid admirer of Patrick Tull that I have tried books other than the Aubrey/Maturin series just to partake of his genius for narration. I did so for King Solomon's Mines and couldn't make it through the third rate work (check my review), and while The Confidential Agent isn't in the same trash league as K S's M, it is composed of shallow characters, a very weak story line that kind of meanders along, punctuated by some of the corniest pseudophilosophy I've heard in a while. Tull's narration is brilliant, however, a mixture of 10-15 different British dialects, but just as the main protagonist is some kind of mystery man not really worth trying to figure out, Tull has to make up some generic southern/eastern European accent.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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