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Andrew

I love listening in the car on the way to work. I like history and stuff.

Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Lustrum

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    It’s Rome, 63bc. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power. Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic’s greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, and Clodius is an ambitious playboy. The stories of these real historical figures - their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes - are all interleaved to form this epic novel.

    Simon Forsyth says: "Brilliantly told story of ancient Rome"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    A little hard to keep up in the car, need to give this great book a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Officer and a Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    They lied to protect their country. He told the truth to save it. A gripping historical thriller from the bestselling author of Fatherland. January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of twenty thousand spectators baying ‘Death to the Jew!’ The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army’s youngest colonel and put in command of ‘the Statistical Section’ - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus.

    A User says: "Excellent Read"
    "Excellent Read / Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up An Officer and a Spy in three words, what would they be?

    I wish I had this this all those years ago in O level history. At times I felt I was trapped in Kafka's "The Trial" such was the claustrophobic feel of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was like fabulous acting, excellent.


    If you could rename An Officer and a Spy, what would you call it?

    J' accuse !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2927)
    Performance
    (2646)
    Story
    (2637)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Just a regular guy doing an extraordinary job"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does American Sniper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A very good listen, very interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Sniper?

    In Iraq


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding the sniper spots


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

    The Real Lethal Weapon


    Any additional comments?

    Surprisingly good and easy to listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Ashes: The Morningstar Strain, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (873)

    Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio want only a vaccine, but to find it, they must cross a countryside in ruins, dodging not only the infected, but also the lawless living. The bulk of the storm has passed over the world, leaving echoing thunder and softly drifting ashes. But for the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure is just beginning.

    Scott says: "The strain continues, for now."
    "Wonderful follow up..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Thunder and Ashes?

    It picks up from where the last finished, phew!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The return of the well worn characters and the continuation of the journey.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's got a hold of the characters and continues his good work for this book too.


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

    Oh yes, sat in my car (having arrived at my destination) not wanting to switch off. Excellent!


    Any additional comments?

    Who would of thought zombies would be so much fun...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1842)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1310)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Surprisingly very very entertaining."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Plague of the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well it's not a classic and I thought I may give up on it. But wait, it gets better and in fact has a great storyline with a good engaging narrator and funny quirky characters too. You know a nice easy, entertaining read for the daily car journey.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think it's the general or the sarge.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's really good with the characters actually after persevering becomes addictive.


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

    I don't think its that deep.


    Any additional comments?

    Stick with and enjoy the series for an easy listen. My daily commute is far more enjoyable with this book and if you love zombies...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones (Part One): Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (544)

    This is Part One of Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is unabridged and split into two parts. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

    Darrell says: "Great story and performance."
    "Wonderful addition to the TV series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones (Part One) again? Why?

    The narration alone is marvellous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the sheer size of the story, epic.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voices are wonderful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (664)

    America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight.

    Glenn says: "Good Story Line"
    "Excellent stuff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Survivors?

    This was really enthralling...


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

    It certainly did...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The attack on the gang


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

    As the book, I guess.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good listen and I loved the the voice and dramatisation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34556)
    Performance
    (25675)
    Story
    (26034)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Surprised Myself"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    I really enjoyed this audio book, I looked forward to the journey and was left wanting more.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    I guess I would say it was in the vain of a popular vampire series...


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

    No I read the second and hope to listen to the third.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but very enjoyable, I'm sure there is a message in there...


    Any additional comments?

    Great to listen to the audio for name pronunciations and I liked the reader too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remains of the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Nigel Hawthorne
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    It is 1956. Stevens, the ageing butler of Dalington Hall, has just embarked on a motoring trip through the west of England that will become a journey deep into his past. As he winds his way through the English countryside, from the medieval charm of Salisbury, through Dorset and Devon and on to Cornwall, Stevens reflects on a life in which professionalism and service have been the guiding principles, and personal relations have been kept in their proper place.

    HEELS says: "Enjoyable Experience"
    "The Remains of the Day"
    Overall

    I love the film which always helps when listening to the audio as you can picture the characters and the house too.

    Well, the audio wasn't the best went quiet on several occasions to the point it sounded as though it had been rerecorded. At one stage there was a very strange jump in the audio where I felt I had lost my place.
    I would hope that Audible fix this, please. Overall the narration was good and captured the style of the author well.

    As for the story, Ishiguro adopts a writing style where the reader / listener is asked to view the main character with some pathos. I found this extremely difficult until the scene in the bus shelter (near the end) where there is some recognition of his "...remains of the day. For this passage alone it is worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2041)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (734)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I couldn't get hold of the book but the audio was excellent. I have seen the movie countless times and helped visualise the characters for the car journey. Unabridged really added depth to the story and was a good choice. The narration was spot on and the pace typically McCarthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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