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Don

BusseltonAustralia | Member Since 2005

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  • Dead Point

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Michael Carmen
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Jack Irish - lawyer, gambler, and people-finder - is hunting down the villains who hijacked the winnings from his latest betting coup when he is hired by a mystery client to find missing barman Robbie Colbourne. But Robbie turns up dead of a drug overdose.

    Sandy says: "Do yourself a favour"
    "Excellent plot and character establishment"
    Overall

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book and expert use of language. Superbly read.
    Can perhaps appreciate how some of the idiom might be be hard for some cultures ––however no worse than many of the "americanisms" with which we have to come to terms.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (18)

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, return in their most surprising, personal and dangerous case to date. Michelle had chased many things in her life. As a track star and later Olympic rower, she had constantly pitted herself against others in races. As a cop in Tennessee she had run down her share of felons fleeing the scenes of their crimes. As a Secret Service Agent she had been fleet of foot next to limos carrying important leaders.

    Don says: "Contender for Baldacci's worst book..."
    "Contender for Baldacci's worst book..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    absolutely the worst book Baldacci has written with its trite characters and unbelievable plot. The story would be looked down upon the most derring do fifth formers.Can't think who would enjoy it. I must admit on name alone I listened until part 2 but in the 200 odd books I have chosen from audio books this is the first I have not finished.


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    Just the absolute triteness of the oh too macho characters ,including Maxwell, and the heavy so-called humour of her slovenishness.


    What three words best describe Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s voice?

    Soap operaish


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

    Pity that such a good talent would put his name to this rubbish


    Any additional comments?

    No will not waste any more words

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heartshot: An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated By Rusty Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (64)

    New Mexico Undersheriff Bill Gastner is presented with a case that appears to have brought big-time crime, including drug gangs, into Posadas County.

    Ian says: "An Excellent Start"
    "I can see Ole Bill"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heartshot to be better than the print version?

    Yes I think it may well be, as Rusty gives a brilliant believable performance


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

    No I don't think its that kind of book


    What about Rusty Nelson’s performance did you like?

    The voice exactly matches the character and the attitudes he adopts.


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

    Thats not my type of listen-- however I couldn't wait to go walking the following day.


    Any additional comments?

    Only that I have already bought No 2 in the series. Is that testament enough ?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Choke Point

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Government assassin John Rain is a man trying to leave his violent past behind. But after tracking him down in Brazil, his former employers, the CIA, persuade him to take on a high-risk assignment, one to which his particular skills are well suited: to terminate with extreme prejudice a man who deserves to die. For Rain, the death of an evil man offers a shot at redemption. But before he can even get close, Rain will have to draw on his formidable talents just to survive.

    Don says: "Action plus"
    "Action plus"
    Overall

    For thriller listeners Rain definitely becomes the third "R" and ranks with Rapp and Reacher. Well developed character whose forte is in the martial arts .
    Book is brilliantly read and retains excitement to third last page.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hungry Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Russell Boulter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Geoff Howells, a government-trained killing machine, is brought out of retirement and sent to Hong Kong. His brief: to assassinate Chinese Mafia leader Simon Ng. Howells devises a dangerous and complicated plan to reach his intended victim - only to find himself the next target.

    Don says: "Hong Kong Thriller"
    "Hong Kong Thriller"
    Overall

    Triads,Police, MI5, pathological killers and chinese secret agents are all in the mix which kept up a resounding pace throughout.
    Hard to separate the goodies from the baddies but in all great fun

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2011)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (706)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Excellence in an audiobook"
    Overall

    Great story, absolutely beautifully told with great accents in the characters and you can see them as well as hearing their voices. Nobody could award less than 5 stars, with the story keeping you in suspense the whole way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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