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Oakleigh South, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Rum Diary: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s.

    Peter says: "i own this paperback.."
    "Another world does exist!"
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    Would you listen to The Rum Diary again? Why?

    It creates another world in space, time and perspective.
    It really is quite refreshing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reality of the characters, if such a thing is possible in that world.


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

    I don't think so.


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

    Eat s--t, then crash and burn, then get up next morning and do it all again.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a wonderful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Way Station

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Clifford D. Simak
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (617)

    In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

    Noe says: "A very special novel that will inspire you."
    "Wonderful relaxing story from a Master of SCI-FI"
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    If you could sum up Way Station in three words, what would they be?

    Felt I was there


    What other book might you compare Way Station to and why?

    Not sure, maybe Arthur C Clarke's "The Songs of Distant Earth", (one of my favourite books.)


    What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

    His narration was a perfect fit for the stories cadence, and his voice is lovely to listen to.
    He has a peaceful flowing voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes the end, it was very well done.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like I was on a wonderful journey and was just happy to be in the story space as it unfolded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3143)
    Performance
    (1196)
    Story
    (1211)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Not pure scifi"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Diamond Age to be better than the print version?

    NA


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's sheer cleverness. That I really liked the characters, they seemed real to me.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Wiltsie – was your favorite?

    Nell


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When little Nell was safe.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not pure scifi ie it does not take current science/world and extrapolate to a plausible possible future.

    It takes literary elements from the past and some aspects of current science and creates a mish mashed future dystopian world.

    This may annoy some readers.

    However after I got over being annoyed it is very well written and the voice while annoying is appropriate for the story, if that makes sense.

    It does deserve its HUGO award.

    A great audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1231)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Boring derived only military nothing else"
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    What disappointed you about Into the Black?

    It was very derivative, it was unimaginative, it was only about the military , so if you want to read a whole book consisting of one military person naval gazing about the nuts and bolts of the military command structure, which is exactly the same as it is in the early 21st century enjoy by the way, enjoy.


    What was most disappointing about Evan Currie’s story?

    The boredom.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Benjamin L. Darcie’s performances?

    NO


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO, that it has an end.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazon should be honest in their returns policy and state only 2 every 6 months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Ocean of Night: Galactic Center, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    It is 2019. NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy it, he instead discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe - a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal….

    Michale says: "Very Different from "Hunger for the Infinite""
    "2nd rate sci fi"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Make the story interesting, not a plodding story , make it interesting and unpredictable, with interesting convincing sex scenes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Any book but one by Gregory Benford.


    Any additional comments?

    An uninteresting plodding story, ordinary and predictable, with boring unconvincing sex scenes.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eve

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anna Carey
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (308)

    Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose - and the horrifying fate that awaits her. Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive.

    Amanda says: "Loved It! But heartbroken! Must read!!!"
    "Warning its a TEEN novel,"
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    What would have made Eve better?

    That Audible has categories so I don't get TEEN novels! ie So know I what I am getting.When I look in my library it is not evident what category any book is.Its a TEEN novel and the sub category is SCi-FI.If you like Teen novels fine of course.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    HOPEFULLY NOT A TEEN NOVEL!


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    yes narrator was very good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eve?

    That Audible has categories so I don't get TEEN novels!ie I so know what I am getting. ie list it under the category "TEEN Novel"Have categories and subcategories.When I look in my library it is not evident what category any book is.Its a TEEN novel and the sub category is SCi-FI


    Any additional comments?

    That Audible has categories so I don't get TEEN novels!ie I so know what I am getting. ie list it under the category "TEEN Novel"Have categories and subcategories, so within TEEN Novels you can search for whatever category you want.When I look in my library it is not evident what category any book is.Its a TEEN novel and the sub category is SCi-FI

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (456)

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    L Lee says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "Not my type of story"
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    Would you try another book from A. Lee Martinez and/or Marc Vietor?

    Maybe. I suspect not. This Science fantasy book was not my type of book . It was written in the American detective style but using robots and type writers,.. whatever. I did not enjoy this story, it did not work for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Waste of my time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader: Jack Reacher 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. But he has a burning desire to right wrongs - and rewrite his own agonizing past. When Reacher witnesses a brutal kidnap attempt, he takes the law into his own hands. But a cop dies. Has Reacher lost his sense of right and wrong?

    Daniel says: "One of my favourite Reacher stories!"
    "My 7 th in the Jack Reacher series, all excellent."
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    What made the experience of listening to Persuader the most enjoyable?

    The wonderful nail biting build up to the final battle.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes. Buy bringing me into the world of Jack Reacher, I felt as though I was there.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one when he battles Paulie.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Dick Hill is the best narrator for these books, the others are good but I think for Jack Reacher he is the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (89)

    Hitching rides is an unreliable mode of transport, but Jack Reacher's adrift in the fearsome heat of a Texas summer, and the last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up. He never expected it to be someone like Carmen. She's alone, driving a Cadillac. She's beautiful, young, and rich. She has a little girl who is being watched by unseen observers. And a husband who is in jail. Reacher is no stranger to trouble. And at Carmen's remote ranch in Echo County there is plenty of it.

    Lia says: "Really good"
    "Clever gripping Story, as usual in the series."
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    If you could sum up Echo Burning in three words, what would they be?

    Great ending,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one.


    Any additional comments?

    The "Jack Reacher" series by Lee Child is a consistently great series. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Visitor: Jack Reacher 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Hayward Morse
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.

    Rod says: "Good Story"
    "Fantastic series."
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    Would you listen to The Visitor again? Why?

    The funniest book yet. For a hardcore pulp fiction like book its very funny, in a good way. Clever humor as a natural part of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As usual the story as a whole and the way all the pieces delightful fit together.

    Help! The series is sooo addictive I cant stop listening!


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

    NO


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

    YES! Tired now.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach. Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

    kathryn says: "stupedously silly enjoyment"
    "Great fun story exiting"
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    If you could sum up Die Trying in three words, what would they be?

    Tense, Satisfying, wild ride.


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

    He is not as good for this type of book as Dick Hill the narrator in the Killing Floor the previous book in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, but he is good and I did enjoy the story very much.


    Any additional comments?

    So far the "Jack Reacher" series is very good. I am reading through it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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