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basildon, United Kingdom | Listener Since 2002

  • 4 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 206 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Not that good"

    I decided to give this book ago after reading up on the book. It looked promising.
    The book started well then went down hill very quickly.
    I found it very drawn out and overly long - the layout of the story was also very confusing at times with too many paper thin charactors.
    The plot seems to jump all over the place which made the book painful to listen to.
    I really wanted to like this book but im sure it will now end up in my libary gathering dust.
    The ideas were very good but i think the author just couldnt pull this one together as a thriller, infact its one of those books that you cannot help but let your mind wander making it even more confusing.
    The reader done a good job with the material, if i was reading the wood pulp version im sure i would have quit it.
    This book maybe good as a abridgement, as unabridged its around 30 hrs too long.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Stag and Hen Weekend

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mike Gayle
    • Narrated By Thomas Judd, Jane Collingwood

    For anyone who is even thinking of getting married. The Stag and Hen Weekend is the story of Phil and Helen, a couple in their 30s about to commit their lives to one another . . . that is of course if they can just manage to get through their respective stag and hen weekends (his: Amsterdam; hers: a country house and day spa in the Peak District) without falling apart. Told in the unique form of two separate stories that have common characters as well as themes and conclusion. Feisty, fun and thought provoking.

    ilovegadgets says: "Mike does it again"
    "Mike does it again"

    Ive always loved Mike Gayles work and this book is typical of his work.
    The story is as usual very easy going, and deals with normal aspects of life (in this case the ups and downs of hen / stag parties).
    Saying that this book is different to many of his other works, normally his books are very male sided views on relationships etc, but this one seems to get both genders equally, i suspect that he may have had help from female friends.
    The book starts of on the stag night and approx half way though steps back in time then goes to the hen night.
    This book though sadly didnt have the humor (very british humor) in the quantities as his other works but was still very enjoyable.
    The readers of this book were very good, both the readers done very passable accents for the required people.

    Mike Gayle is in my mind a Male Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones) - if you like her sort of books you will love Mikes books, I just wish his best book Mr Commitment was released in unabridged audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11.22.63

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

    ilovegadgets says: "Excellent!!! sai King"
    "Excellent!!! sai King"

    I dont often write review, but this book has just cost me two nights sleep, i could not stop listening to it.
    The story construction was excellent, it really got the grey matter turning..
    That said its not the typical Stephen King novel, horror was lacking which is a breath of fresh air.
    Stephen King just shows what a truely great story teller he really is in this very long but highly enjoyable book.

    This is the first time ive listened to the narrator, Craig Wasson was perfect, i now rate him among the best and will be looking for more titles he reads,
    thankyou thankyou thankyou, now for some catch up sleep...

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "Still cool even at this age"

    I read this book many years ago and fell in love with it, still now it holds that wow element.
    George Wilson is perfect narrator for this book - his way of reading made returning to this book that little bit more special.
    I remember the first time i read it and how mind boggled i was trying to understand the concept of distant travel and the effects it would have on earth, and now im still thinking about it.
    Joe Haldeman made a true classic scifi book here, if you love scifi then you have to give this book a listen,
    I just wish they would record the third in the series - forever free

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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