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Paul

Hi, I work in I.T. and am a freelance photographer. Just love this site, and always happy to discuss books, photography or just plain life. Feel free to drop me a line, I'm always looking to meet interesting people.

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  • The Black Box

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    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"
    "Bosch is back!"
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    Would you listen to The Black Box again? Why?

    complex plot, realistic policing, fast interesting plot. Great characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry off course, this guy just will not stop, ever.


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

    He simply sounds the way I imagine Harry to speak.


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

    Yeah, but that would give away the plot. Needless to say Bosch gets himself into very sticky situations.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Bosch fan, download this one, you will love it...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stormy Weather

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (281)

    Stormy Weather centers on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The devastation of the storm has attracted crowds of voyeurs and impostors to Florida. Drawn by the chance to prey on Andrew's victims, misfits like the murderous ex-con Snapper and the dangerously seductive Edie find easy targets for their insurance scams. They're not prepared, though, when they meet their opposition, led by a hoary ex-governor who smokes toads.

    Both hilariously funny and deadly accurate, Carl Hiaasen's novel will take you into a Florida that is far from the frilly palms and pink flamingos of its post cards.

    Edmund says: "You love it or hate it...."
    "Hits the funny bone, repeatitly!"
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    Would you listen to Stormy Weather again? Why?

    Yes, complex wierd funny plot, great charicters, go skink!


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

    More twists and turns than a mountain highway.


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

    Ouch, stop it, my stomache hurts! Great narration, felt like I was there.


    If you could take any character from Stormy Weather out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Has to be Clinton Tyree aka Skink, he is impossible and querky, whats not to like!


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is Carl Hiaasen best most complex yet, well worth the listen, if only for the laughs!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1916)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1315)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    Jean says: "Against All Enemies"
    "Tom Clancy just gets better, its that simple."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Against All Enemies to be better than the print version?

    Read and listened, the audio version brings its fast paced action to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All good, but Max Moore make one hell of an action figure.


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

    No I haven't, but based on this one I will be looking for more of this narrator.


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

    Long, wordy and impossible to put down, sleep is not an option!


    Any additional comments?

    Bring on the bad guys, John Clarke has an equal!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (787)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "King nails the truth about American gun obsession!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absoloutly, as an Australian I value our gun ownership laws, King has a balanced view.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intelligent thoughtful commentry.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    Its really more factual commentry.


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

    No, I found it to intense for one session.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well balanced and researched opinion.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (690)

    Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

    Louann says: "Narrator not so great"
    "Narrator sucks, that simple."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would love to recommend, story is great, ruined by text to speach narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Debt of Honor?

    Frustration with the incredibly poor quality.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John MacDonald?

    I love Lou Diamond Phillips, great actor and top narrator in latter Jack Ryan novels!


    Did Debt of Honor inspire you to do anything?

    Yep, turned it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, you really need to weed monsters like this one out!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1717)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Intelligent, witty, evidence based, DO NOT MISS!"
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    Where does The Willpower Instinct rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This tittle is easily the top listen if you want to change your life for the better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Willpower Instinct?

    Funny, humourious and intelligent, to many revelations to mention.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    I loved this narrator, so entertaining and easy to understand. Will listen to again and again.


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

    Impossible to nail down one, it really makes sence why we are like we are.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a faviour and download this one - its a real page turner!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    "First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms." For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift.

    Garry says: "Love it, love it, love it"
    "Kings best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is very interesting and an absoloute page turner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    Lots, it a long story with many memeorible moments.


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

    no


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

    I guess there were several, many sad moments were well balanced against the action.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2: Harry Bosch, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2658)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1570)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "Bosch is on the case, harder than ever!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, not the best Bosch, but still well worth the effort


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

    Got a bit slow in places but once I got into it, I got the usual Bosch rush.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill is Bosch, listened to others try but dick Hill just nails Harry, bet he even looks like him!


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

    No, I needed a break here and there, didn't grip me like some of the other Bosch novels, still worth the listen..


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3607)
    Performance
    (3086)
    Story
    (3069)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Jack Ryan rides again. Lou Diamon Phillips=Great!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Locked On to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, but I cannot belie it could be better than this!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Locked On?

    Lou Diamond Phillips just nails these charactors, he makes me duck for cover every time!


    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    He is so talanted, clear precise charactors, hard to believe all these people are read by just Lou. He even gets the foreign accents right, his reading makes Tom Clancy's novels come to life. Well done Mr Phillips, encore, oncore!


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

    Ryan, Clark and Chevez are back, stap on your body armour and hold on tight!


    Any additional comments?

    I just hope Lou Diamond Phillips keeps reading these Ryan series, I got away from Clancy for years but listening to Lou read one, and I'm hooked all over again...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4840)
    Performance
    (2620)
    Story
    (2637)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Wow, is Tom Clancy psychic?"
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    Would you listen to Dead or Alive again? Why?

    Hell yeah, what a ride, just when you think the worlds safe, guess what?


    What did you like best about this story?

    John Clark, I know guys just like him. Clancy understands "hard men".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to pick, all the action scenes where very realistic, never overdone. Just great story telling.


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

    Laugh, no, cry, no. shake in my boots, hell yeah, I can still smell the centex!


    Any additional comments?

    If you feel like relaxing, don't listen to this one, its like a combination of a tornado meeting an earthquake, well done Mr Clancy, AGAIN!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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