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Lantau, Hong Kong | Member Since 2015

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  • The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles Fishman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    The water coming out of your tap is four billion years old and might have been slurped by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. We will always have exactly as much water on Earth as we have ever had. Water cannot be destroyed, and it can always be made clean enough for drinking again. In fact, water can be made so clean that it actually becomes toxic. As Charles Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this delightful narrative excursion, water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, which is both the promise and the peril of our unexplored connections to it.

    Lynn says: "Informative Book"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Everyone should hear message about water use. It is well written backed by facts and numbers.
    Very good narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Semper Fidelis: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (256)

    As mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to appear in the medical ledgers, it's clear that all is not well amongst the native recruits to Britannia's imperial army. Is the much-decorated centurion Geminus preying on his weaker soldiers? And could this be related to the appearance of Emperor Hadrian? Bound by his sense of duty and ill-advised curiosity, Ruso begins to ask questions nobody wants to hear. Meanwhile his barbarian wife Tilla is finding out some of the answers....

    Margaret says: "Hadrian is here!"
    "best of good series"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    As I have read all series I do not know how it would be as a standalone plot fine but perhaps characters not so enjoyable. The series is good if you like roman setting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cup of Blood: A Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeri Westerson
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When a corpse turns up at his favorite tavern, Crispin Guest-disgraced knight turned detective - begins an inquiry, but the dead man turns out to be a Templar knight, an order thought to be extinct for 75 years, charged with protecting a certain religious relic which is now missing. Before he can begin to investigate, Crispin is abducted by shadowy men who are said to be minions of the French anti-pope.

    Marcheta says: "Enjoyable beginning for the Crispin Guest series"
    "narration errors spoiled it for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Story setting was unusual and added interest to plot. recommend if you do not mind narration


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Campbell’s performances?

    No - clear diction but I found mispronounced words irritating - often simple words. Usually I do not like a narration because of accent -tone but here it was mistakes that could have been checked and edited out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persona Non Grata: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (267)

    At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home - to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words "COME HOME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla to meet his family. But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he'll leave.

    Laurie says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "Excellent series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    lead character -the doctor - is both appealing and appropriate to his time. Author manages to develop both characters life stories through the series and put them in middle of a murder plot without being too far fetched. I recommend reading from start of series. I like Roman era stories but I think anyone who likes mysteries will like.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under Enemy Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant, the son of an English father and a French mother. His abilities and his loyalty to the king of England are beyond dispute, yet his career seems doomed by his "mixed" heritage and lack of political connections. Consequently, Hayden is assigned to an aging frigate, the Themis, under the command of Captain Josiah Hart, a man known as "Faint Hart" throughout the service.

    Blackmac says: "Perfect for first timer"
    "Very good for this genre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Under Enemy Colors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you like books of this naval era this was good read if plot development not unexpected.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I chose because I like Vance as narrator & he did not disappoint


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (274)

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

    Marius says: "Superbly whimsical"
    "Interesting and educational"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Its rather more technical than most Bryson but good for non scientists. it seems up to date and a mix of the science of a number of disciplines and background on personalitites involved. I was expecting it to be read by Bryson but narration by Roberts was good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Convenient Marriage

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (188)

    Horatia Winwood is the youngest and the least attractive of the three Winwood sisters. She also has a stammer. But when the enigmatic and eminently eligible Earl of Rule offers for her oldest sister’s hand – a match that makes financial and social sense, but would break her heart – it is Horatia who takes matters into her own impetuous hands. Can she save her family’s fortune?

    Tracey says: "Armitage did what he could"
    "Not for fans"
    Overall

    The book is abridged which is not clear on audible .com webiste and this means some of heyer's appealing dialogue is lost. .

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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