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Pita

North Shore City, New Zealand

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  • 6 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 132 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (644)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "Dark American Classic Expertly Read"
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    Commonly felt to McCarthy's masterpiece and a classic of American literature, this novel set in American wild west is dark and murderously violent, but the language is beautiful and poetic with a ruggedness that mimics the landscape. There are no heroes in the book and the main character, "the kid", is as blood thirsty, cruel and violent as all in the Glanton gang, but the anti-hero is "the Judge". Huge, pale, completely hairless and often naked, he is well read, educated and interested in all there is to learn. He is also supremely sadist, a child molester and child killer and kills or evokes killing purely for his own entertainment. His influence on the gang and on "the kid" lead down an ever increasingly violent path.

    This book shows the birth of America not out of hard work, enterprise and strong values, but out of murder, killing and war - man's desire for war and the evil that lurks in men. The native Americans, Mexicans and even the buffalo are all slaughtered as the characters plunder and rampage through America's beginnings.

    The language is extraordinary and incredibly, vast and amazingly descriptive - awe provoking. The reading of this is perfect. Poe brings the language to life, his accent, tones and understated reading is just brilliant.

    I cannot recommend this book enough and I will no doubt listen to this again (in a while after recovery), but this is absolutely NOT a book for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (207)

    One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming of age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.

    Dana says: "The narrator!!"
    "Loved it. A fantastic introduction to Dicken's"
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    Enthralling, intelligent, riveting, engaging, while still quaint and amusing, and sill amazingly relevant. This is thought to be Dickens' most readable book and with Simon Prebble performing it certainly is. I recently heard an English actress claim that Dickens' must be read aloud and she used Great Expectations as an example. Having listened to this I would have to agree with her and Prebble's performance is impeccable. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Honourable Schoolboy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy", a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game.

    Pita says: "Great story, but not Le Carre's best"
    "Great story, but not Le Carre's best"
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    This is an engaging and involving spy story that begins where Tinker Tailor ends. The characterizations are brilliant and the plot intricate and involved. However the plot doesn't capture the reader in the same way as Tinker Tailor or The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and the ending was somewhat predictably disappointing. Michael Jayston once again is absolutely superb reading this story and I can't even imagine reading Le Carre without hearing his voice. Still a good buy for those Le Carre fans, but those wanting to start off on the spy game i would definitely recommend The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and then Tinker Tailor first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Alec Leamas has ended his time in Berlin. Or his time has ended him. The last of his Eastern agents has been killed, like the others, by the Abteilung. Back at the Circus, Leamas is put on the shelf. He turns to drunkenness and dishonesty and finally disappears from view, a seemingly broken man. But unknown to anyone except George Smiley and his master, Control, Leamas has been given his toughest mission ever. He will have to be himself but more so.

    Pita says: "Outstanding Novel, Brilliantly Read"
    "Outstanding Novel, Brilliantly Read"
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    Le Carre's classic spy novel is brought to life by a wonderful reading. Jayston's British voice goes so perfectly with the novel and the character's of "the circus" are brought to life right in front of your ears!

    This novel is intricate with great depth of characters and twist and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat guessing till the end. The descriptions of the service, the agents, the "circus" and the enemy brings to life this Cold War classic. Do not go past this novel and this reading!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2579)
    Performance
    (1844)
    Story
    (1864)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Fascinating and unique classic novel, well read"
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    Brave New World is Huxley's best known novel and a classic for good reason. This is a unique novel and a gripping expose on human nature. With overtones of Orwell's Big Brother this novel is set in a Utopia where the focus is on happiness, and where freedom and truth are removed from society. Huxley explores what happens when there is a clash with tradition ideals of moral obligation, religion, family, truth and free will.

    This is a novel that is well ahead of its time and the description of the world is very clever and the language and turn of phrase employed is wonderful.

    Micheal York really brings this to life with a masterful performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brighton Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    An unabridged audio edition of Graham Greene's classic gang-war thriller. A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold, who is determined to avenge a death.... Read by Samuel West.

    Pita says: "Chilling classic novel. Authetically read"
    "Chilling classic novel. Authetically read"
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    Brighton Rock is a superbly chilling novel. The characters are incredibly well developed and despite the main character Pinkie being an manipulative, murderous psychopath, Greene still manages to make the reader entirely enthralled in what happens to him. The plot is enthralling and the writing style shows Greene's genius. Samuel West's reading is entirely in character and only increases the enjoyment of this remarkable novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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