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GS

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  • The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

    Anne says: "Another great mystery with Cormoran Strike."
    "Above average novel, but the polish doesn't shine"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    Yes. But the next book better be good, or I might drop the series.


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

    It was edgy towards the end, until they started looking for evidence and there was bigger sense of danger.


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

    He does the British accents really well which bring out the characters a bit more.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    50-50


    Any additional comments?

    This is a middle novel, if this is a triology and clearly a weaker book.

    It's not bad, but it dragged in some sections (not for long though). I do hope JK Rowling picks up the game in the next book, otherwise it might be my last for Cormoran Stryke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (733)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "Boring, inaccurate and ordinary!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Military is all about discipline and exacting standards. If you read any military biographies - it talks about how tough the initiation is. Even then - the training continues. Here, the guy goes through boot camp - there it is. He's now a hero :S. I gave up listening after a third of the book in.

    Talk about unrealistic...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marko Kloos again?

    Not really


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narrator was OK. It's the story that sucked.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and cynicism


    Any additional comments?

    not really.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (765)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Lessa says: "Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Great debut novel! Minor probs w/ scifi & drag."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Timebound?

    Complex interwining of emotional as well as sci fi issues. Obviously, I love time travel, and this was done to the hilt.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting aspect was everything. The bit I didn't like was the characters repeated stupid mistakes, and the complicated sci fi. Hats off to Rysa Walker for attempting it, but explaining time travel paradoxes and how they can get resolved was never going to be easy.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd is brilliant and has done some brilliant books. Check out her other work.Obviously, she does old and young characters (particularly female) quite well.


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

    Death of a particular character.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, although Rysa would do well to cut down on circular scenarios. Clearly, this book could have been shorter, crisper and be even more wonderful.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1781)
    Performance
    (1661)
    Story
    (1670)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Unrealistic patronizing plain novel and a fake"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People addicted to military sci fi and fans of the author.


    What was most disappointing about B. V. Larson’s story?

    Sheer unrealistic behavior. The main character looked at most women from a sexual interest viewpoint. Also, the whole training regime was a sham. Key elements of any military regime is enrollment, training and cohesive order. The main character and the military regime he was a part of - had none of that. It was just an ego trip for the main character. His "superior skills" gained from playing video games meant he was better as a soldier and could out think his superiors. Yeah right!


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

    I haven't heard him before. I wouldn't give him extra credit or blame him - it was a pretty ordinary book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't laugh or put the book down in disgust despite being revolted at times.


    Any additional comments?

    People - please don't rate such books so highly just because it has sci fi and raptors. This was a pretty ordinary book and I will not touch this author ever again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (874)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Well written dystopian fantasy - good not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Red Rising? What did you like least?

    I liked the bits where the human conflict was brought out and dilemmas were explored.The bits I disliked were the whole "communism" theme with the sickle and hammer bits. Also, how contrived was it at times. There some small plot holes as well, e.g. the proctors didn't pick him up on singing the song, or when he says Righto to another gold towards the end. I also thought that Pierce Brown couldn't quite pull plot together. So, there were instances which didn't quite work for me, e.g. how golds were hogging all the power and were quite nepotic - yet they allowed some of the young golds to be killed.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    What I liked was that all the characters were interesting.I again disliked the whole communism theme.


    What three words best describe Tim Gerard Reynolds’s voice?

    Good... but the main character is shown as having an irish/scottish accent, which is a little tough on the ear. When speaking as other characters, it was great.


    Did Red Rising inspire you to do anything?

    Write this review!


    Any additional comments?

    I can see the series going downhill from here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go Do!: For People Who Have Always Wanted to Start a Business

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jeremy Harbour
    • Narrated By Kris Dyer
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    If you've ever dreamed of starting your own business, this refreshingly simple, easy-to-read guide will give you the information, inspiration, and reassurance you need to get started. It encourages budding entrepreneurs to take the leap into the dark, while shining a bright light on the first six months of a successful start-up. It breaks down what appears to be an Everest-sized challenge into a series of small hills for you to conquer.

    GS says: "EXCELLENT! MUST READ!! (IN CAPS COZ IT'S SO GOOD)!"
    "EXCELLENT! MUST READ!! (IN CAPS COZ IT'S SO GOOD)!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Go Do!?

    Everything. It's clear, well written, narrated and invaluable.


    What other book might you compare Go Do! to and why?

    Surely you're joking Mr Feynman! and The Thunderbolt kid come to my mind. Even though both of these are memoirs, they surprised me. Well, this book surprised me, was challenging and a real eye opener.


    Which character – as performed by Kris Dyer – was your favorite?

    There's only one! Jeremy Harbour!


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

    Go Do! Coz there's nothing better!


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it. It will change your life for the better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles. As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing....

    Melanie says: "2D Chalk Monsters - not remotely scary!"
    "Good book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Brandon Sanderson comes to young adult fiction finally.

    Firstly, the magic. To an extent the magic in this one is similar to some of the Japnese manga cartoons where people battle using "playing cards".

    Characters are interesting and very reminiscent of the mistborn series with particular characteristics defining people. Michael Kramer's narration also gives you the same feeling - but do note the sameness is in style not in the background or storyline. So, overall it's good.

    Story is interesting, and covers an alternate dystopian world. But, it's interesting nonetheless. Some of the world weaving felt a bit strained and hence I've rated it as 4 stars rather than 5. I think the background could have been built up more particularly, the underlying politics and government structure/beliefs.

    Overeall, it's a good book and I recommend it with the hope that the background storyline becomes more fleshed out in a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shade's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Charles Carroll
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no human shall live a day past their 14th birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the children of the Dorms are taken to the Meat Factory, where they will be made into creatures whose sole purpose is to kill. The mysterious Shade - once a man but now more like the machines he fights - recruits the few teenagers who escape into a secret resistance force. With luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade’s children come closer than the others to discovering the source of the Overlords’ power - and the key to their downfall.

    Kindle Customer says: "Wish the narrator was Australian"
    "Sci Fi, Young Adults, Dystopia, AI, the lot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent pot boiler! Taut writing by Garth Nix and colourful characters mean that this book is a hit.

    In a futuristic dystopian world, a reality altering event means all the adults are gone and kids brains are being farmed by the "Overlords" in a sick game. Our heroes go about trying to fight the overlords with the help of AI.

    Overall, I was totally hooked and enjoyed it. My only minor problem was with the storyline vaguely being similar to movies from the 60s, but you hardly notice it. The characters get you hooked as you move from scene to scene. The scenes are interrupted by "audio" excerpts from the characters in different scenes - just to provide an interlude. It makes for a great effect as it is not so commonly used, even though its a well known method.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Stella Saved the Farm: A Tale About Making Innovation Happen

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Vijay Govindarajan, Chris Trimble
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    How Stella Saved the Farm is a simple parable about making innovation happen. Written by the authors of the New York Times best-selling Reverse Innovation: Create Far from Home, Win Everywhere, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, the story resonates in organizations of all types - public sector, private sector, and social sector, from mammoth corporations to small organizations employing just a few dozen people.

    Avery says: "Hilarious! and insightful too."
    "Laudable effort, story was a bit lame though"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a laudable effort to use a story to convey messages about business. There were some good business insights in there about business.

    The problem I found though was that there were too few insights compared to the length of the book, and the story was so cliche - that the business authorship showed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (576)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "Nice, different viewpoint, but slightly dull"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Eric Greitens yaks on. He's got a good story but an average editor. Great insights into war torn country as he tours them as an aid worker. Some drawn out insights from boxing in his college days. Great travel story about China. Fascinating interactions with war torn refugees.

    But, Eric's voice grated a bit. He really should have gone for a narrator other than himself.

    He also showed some insight into the bigger issues. To an extent though, it lacked the profoundness that the title suggested. Yes, there are reasons to go to war and Eric's got some - but these were written more plainly than I would have liked. I guess watching Zero Dark 30 gives you some convuluted notion of a high level perspective - and it reduced the impact of Eric's service period.

    However, Eric does have a good cause post service, and it is worth applauding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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