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Simon

Innaloo, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 65 purchased in 2014
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  • A Discovery of Witches: The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

    Eleanor says: "Wonderful book"
    "Started well but got lost"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about A Discovery of Witches? What did you like least?

    Started ok but the story just petiered out


    What was most disappointing about Deborah Harkness’s story?

    It's ending just stopped as it was getting interesting again


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

    Good vocal skills nicely read


    Did A Discovery of Witches inspire you to do anything?

    No not really may be read the scores and reviews more clearly


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't think I want to read the second book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3772)
    Performance
    (3511)
    Story
    (3509)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Another great story tHanks"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Another strong story well read as before


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It's a story not a text book so not really a valid question


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes it's very well written with good story and interesting characters


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22277)
    Performance
    (13681)
    Story
    (13824)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Do your selve a big favour and download this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    A great story brilliantly told


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bean a great counter point


    What does Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A realism to some interesting and challenging plot ideas


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I was really sad when it ended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Phillip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

    Darwin8u says: "Spooky how Roth bends the edge of the possible"
    "Not my usual book but I enjoyed it a lot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Human Stain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle but with fond memories


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's realism


    Which character – as performed by Dennis Boutsikaris – was your favorite?

    Silky silk


    If you could take any character from The Human Stain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The narrator


    Any additional comments?

    It's an interesting book and I enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Steven Briggs
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Dodger is a tosher – a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn’t.But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him.And Dodger’s tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins.

    Jennifer says: "Familiar faces, even if it's not Discworld"
    "Thanks Terry another great story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Dodger?

    I loved the mix of known characters and story


    What other book might you compare Dodger to and why?

    Oliver Twist a bit but that's intentional a cleverly done


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

    He has a great skill for this and brings the characters to live


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

    The real artful dodger


    Any additional comments?

    It's not disc world but I am so glad I did not let that put me off and that my faith in the skill of Terry Pratchett was rewarded hugely

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10952)
    Performance
    (9937)
    Story
    (9958)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A must listen"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    Great story very well read


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    Nothing quite like it a great mix of sifi and real people


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure hard to say when so many good ones


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

    Oh yes and never end


    Any additional comments?

    Listen you will be so glad you did

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Light: Morpheus Road Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By D. J. MacHale
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, sixteen-year-old Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. The eerie clues pile up quickly, and when people start dying, it's clear whatever this is - it's huge. Marshall has no idea what's happening to him, but he's soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend, Cooper, who's been missing for over a week.

    Benjamin says: "Why doesn't Kvothe just use sympathy already?"
    "Listen and enjoy a good story brilliantly read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Light to be better than the print version?

    Never read the book but very glad to have listened


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

    Some great plot turns


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It's was one of the books that i worried about ending as I was enjoying it so much

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

    Gabriele says: "Where's the sequel?!"
    "Just buy download and have a fantastic time"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes yes yes, it's a great sifi story with ideas about a dark future and of course some young heros


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    The brilliant story and fantastic narration


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    He's just very very good as doing this I hope he's well paid and I hope more he continues


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

    I laughed frequently and there were sad parts as well


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks more please like this i would hadv paid 2 credits for this much enjoyment

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5602)
    Performance
    (5080)
    Story
    (5093)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "So much fun and interesting story as well"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Hard Magic again? Why?

    Yes it's a great story well told


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The big guy


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    The grey eyed girl he makes her seem so real


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

    Yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Orion and the Conqueror: Orion Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    John O'Ryan is Orion - more than human, less than a god, cast away on the seas of Time to do battle among the Creators for the future of mankind. Now the eternal warrior finds himself separated from his great love, Anya, and marooned in Macedonia under the reign of Phillip - fighting alongside the young Alexander, and at the mercy of a Queen Olympias who is far more than she seems.

    john says: "My first Ben Bova book, and I loved it"
    "Worth the money enjoyable sifi fantasy opera"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Orion and the Conqueror in three words, what would they be?

    Value for money


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Orion he's the hero


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

    Good voices easy to keep track who and what's happening


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

    No but was wanting more when it ended


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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