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Bruno

I need some C8H10N4O2

North Shore City, New Zealand | Member Since 2007

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  • 21 reviews
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  • 578 titles in library
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  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (668)

    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.

    30 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1253)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Jen says: "Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way"
    "Lovely listen"
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    This was the first book I've listened to by this author, and it was well worth the credit.
    The narration was great too. It was a thought provoking tale of death and life as viewed by a young boy. I felt a real emotional connection, it was a plausible story. I enjoyed the slow pace of the book, it suited the time and place and allowed for contemplation. Worth while checking this one out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24236)
    Performance
    (22254)
    Story
    (22263)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Absolutely amazing!"
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    This was just amazing, loved every single second of it. The characters are just so real and the story sucks you in from the get go. Highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blinding Knife: Lightbringer, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Gavin Guile is dying. He'd thought he had five years left - now he's got less than one. With 50,000 refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin's got problems on every side. As he loses control of his magic, all magic is running wild, threatening to destroy the Seven Satrapies. The old gods are being reborn. Their army of color wights is unstoppable, and the only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole 16 years ago.

    Galaxie says: "Great story great narration"
    "Utterly Entertaining"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Blinding Knife to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition, but the audio book production is fantastic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are what makes the is book. I love them all to bits even the bad guys are great. I can't wait for the next instalment in the series!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism: Lightbringer Trilogy Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Galaxie says: "Great story ruined by robotic narration"
    "Brilliant!"
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    This is my second time reading this, and it is just brilliant. Really refreshing take on magic and all its forms. But what I love most about it is the characters! I highly recommend this as a great listen and highly enjoyable book too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    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
    (245)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (229)

    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: W.A.R.P. Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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
    (67)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    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
  • 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
    (6347)
    Performance
    (5741)
    Story
    (5800)

    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.

    Amazon Customer 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
    (3785)
    Performance
    (2144)
    Story
    (2156)

    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

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