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Bruno

I need some C8H10N4O2

North Shore City, New Zealand | Member Since 2004

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  • 18 reviews
  • 216 ratings
  • 534 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

    Bruno says: "Fantastic"
    "Fantastic"
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    I really enjoyed this story, I think it is probably the best so far. A lot happens to Mickey and his team, and not all of it good, so there were times I was shocked, surprised, and just overwhelmed with sadness! But... So worth it. A truly great read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (167)

    Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

    Garry says: "Dan Brown at his best"
    "A Lackluster Blockbuster"
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    Even though I enjoyed this novel, I found it somewhat lacking. There was no end of thrills and twists and turns in the story, but it lacked the sheer enjoyment that I received while reading his previous novels.

    To the readers considering this novel, go ahead and read it, it is good enough, just don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • W. A. R. P. The Reluctant Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    If Artemis Fowl is “Die Hard with Fairies”, then W.A.R.P. is “Oliver Twist” meets “The Matrix”…The Reluctant Assassin is the first book in the W.A.R.P. series. W.A.R.P. stands for ‘Witness Anonymous Relocation Programme’. The assassin of the title is young Riley who has been apprentice to Albert Garrick, a Victorian illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and taken to using his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims’ dwellings.

    Bruno says: "A good foundation to a new series"
    "A good foundation to a new series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a good story, with interesting characters who you can't help liking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Albert Garrick was by far the most memorable character, but then the villains always are. I have a feeling that we have not seen the last of him yet.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Maxwell Caulfield?

    Not sure, he did a good job, but I could not help thinking that the story would have really flourished with some of the great narration of Nathaniel Parker from the Artemis fowl series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime reporter. Forced to take a buy-out from the LA Times as the newspaper grapples with dwindling readership and revenues, he's got 30 days left on the job. His last assignment? Training his replacement, a low-cost reporter just out of J-school who couldn't find the police station if it was right next store to the Times, which it is.

    Lia says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Fantastic! Could not stop listening!"
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    The 2nd instalment of the Jack McEvoy series was just great. I could not stop listening and finished the book in just a day. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (252)

    I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

    William says: "Amazing. I want you to listen to this."
    "One of the best book's I've read in a long while"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    The first book of The King-Killer Chronicles is a breath of fresh air, in a genre that can become pretty stale at times.

    The book follows two story-lines, the present day story of a humble inn-keeper, and the past remembered history of a young child, who goes from a loving family, to begging on the streets, to the famous university of magic to become one of legends most well-know figures.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young Kvothe is by far my favorite character. His many adventures & miss-adventure kept me entertained.

    I do however wonder how this all-mighty and powerful child became the unassuming and humble inn-keeper, I eagerly await the third book in the series, just so this mystery can be resolved.


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

    It was my first time listening to Rupert Dega, and can only sing high praise of his narration skills.


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

    At times, I laughed out loud, and at times I found my eyes wet with tears. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone by divulging the details. So my only advice is, read the book!


    Any additional comments?

    Looking at the Publisher's Summary:

    'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep."

    All I can say, without saying too much, of the eight proclamations in the above extract, I have now read about four of them (in addition to many more not stated) in the first two books, so, there is still a lot more to come.

    I await eagerly...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4247)
    Performance
    (3866)
    Story
    (3909)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Mike Koch says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "The end is in sight"
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    I like many have waited for this day to come, I first picked up the first book of this series when I was just a kid and I have read and re-read this series numerous times always waiting for the next book to be released.

    For all those fans out there, this book does not disappoint, everything comes full circle, and we can only marvel at the genius of Robert Jordan in conceptualising this whole world and its many characters.

    For all those that have thought about reading the series, I urge you to start. Ahead of you lies many, many hours of pure listening bliss. Enjoy!

    4 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3179)
    Performance
    (1600)
    Story
    (1608)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "It was OK, I expected more..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a bit slow, the pace could have been a bit faster. Plot-line was good, if somewhat convoluted


    What other book might you compare The Windup Girl to and why?

    The Lord of the Rings, it is a good story, with many twists and turns, but a tad bit long in some sections, which can make it a bit dreary to plod through


    Did Jonathan Davis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He was ok, I have heard better narrators, It might have been a totally different book in the hands of Humphrey Bower, who knows? I might have enjoyed it more.


    Did The Windup Girl inspire you to do anything?

    Not really, in the end I just wanted to be done with it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book, just not to my tastes. You might enjoy it more than I. If you asked me if you should read it or give it a miss, I would tell you to read something else, you can always try "The First Law Series" ...now that was something spectacular!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell; her brother and sister have been stolen and she's going to have to return to her bad old ways if she's ever going to see them again. She sets off in grim pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he's hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier.

    Raphael says: "A pleasant read"
    "Blood Will Flow"
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    What a pleasant surprise to find this book, I have read and enjoyed all the previous books and was looking forward to reading this once I found it.

    While you don't need to read the previous books to enjoy this story, it will certainly bring a whole new depth to the story if you have read the previous novels. There are many, many appearances by some favourite (and some not so favourite) characters, scattered throughout the book, and the author slowly reveals some of them to you, teasing you with the information, and sometimes he just reveals them straight away. Interestingly, the story is told through the eyes of a whole cast, and it brings a fresh look, a different perspective to how we see these old characters.

    I thoroughly endorse this addition to the series, and do wonder at the genius of Joe Abercrombie, for his amazing storytelling talent, and for the masterful production and narration of Steven Pacey, brilliant as always.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    May 1992, and after four LAPD officers were acquitted after the savage beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles is ablaze. As looting and burning take over the city, law and order are swept away in a tidal wave of violence. But under threat of their lives, homicide detectives like Harry Bosch are still stubbornly trying to do their job. With no effective police presence on the streets, murder just got a whole lot easier - and investigating them got a whole lot harder.

    Bruno says: "Another Great Read from Connelly"
    "Another Great Read from Connelly"
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    A very good read, Harry Bosch is back and on form. I'm a recent fan of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, but I've now read the whole series. This ranks high among the series and I can recommend everyone to read it, not just the fans.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (466)

    Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

    Brodie says: "On the Day we lost Bryce"
    "The Final Book From Bryce"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A Great read, an amazing roller-coaster of a story, it will bring tears and laughter.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jack of Diamonds?

    I found that Jack placing himself in harms way to prevent the beating of a cook the most memorable part of the story. It really resounded with me.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Joe, my absolute favourite


    If you could take any character from Jack of Diamonds out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be Joe, and very wise man indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    Bryce was an amazing writer, we will miss you and your amazing fabrications.

    29 of 31 people found this review helpful

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