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Jim

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  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (519)

    Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

    Brodie says: "On the Day we lost Bryce"
    "Well worth the time"
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    Would you listen to Jack of Diamonds again? Why?

    I would listen again - and I plan to do just that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed most of the characters - but Jack was by far the most interesting.


    Who was the most memorable character of Jack of Diamonds and why?

    Jack's Mother.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Apocalypse Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    Deep in the Hausruck Mountains of Austria, there is a remote hideaway—the fortress-like nerve center of an ominous movement, the Brotherhood of the Watch. American agent Harry Latham has penetrated the movement, a neo-Nazi organization that was born in the days after the Third Reich's defeat and whose deadly tentacles have spread to the United States and beyond. Now, after three years in deep cover, and on the eve of his most spectacular success, Harry Latham has disappeared.

    Jim says: "First Time Review"
    "First Time Review"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Ludlum and/or Michael Prichard?

    This is the first time I have felt the need to comment on a novel. I spend a lot of time driving so I go through a book quickly. I tend to go for novels that last awhile. I was pleased when I saw this book because I really like novels by Ludlum, having read most of them. This is the first one I've had from Audible. The story might be OK - and I say might because it is fairly difficult to follow if the narration is hard to follow. I have to say the man reading it is truly bad. It is impossible to understand who is saying what. There is no pause between sentences - they just seem to run together. Think back to High school ( or maybe Grammar school) - remember when someone had to stand in front of the class and read something? Monotone, kind of slow, unsure of him/herself? That's Mr. Prichard's narration in a nutshell. The man has a dynamic voice - and I'm sure he has had a great career doing commercials - but please, please keep him away from novels.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Ludlum? Why or why not?

    Only with another narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Prichard?

    Sadly, I believe anyone would be better suited to narrate.


    Did The Apocalypse Watch inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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