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Carly

Melbourne, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Portrait of a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (967)

    Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

    jb says: "Superb New Volume in Silva's Gabriel Allon Series"
    "Great book, average recording."
    Overall

    The narrative is wonderful as all Baldacci books are... but the recording is way too heavy on the sound effects which made certain parts seem trite. Dialling them down would have lead to a 5/5 review.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Verdict

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nick Stone
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?

    Carly says: "Totally brilliant legal thriller - enthralling"
    "Totally brilliant legal thriller - enthralling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So glad I went by the reviews not the publishers summary (which didn't sound overly exciting) because this is easily the best book I've listened to this year. Firstly it's so nice to have courtroom drama from the UK perspective, having worked as a court typist for a number of year I found it highly authentic, particularly the leering tones from the prosecutor! The narrator did a brilliant job with that. The story itself was engaging, kept me guessing and I couldn't stop listening. Most importantly, I'm sad now I've finished because I just want more. Witty, beautifully paced and clever - this is a must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (33)

    The mission is to enter one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The target is one of the toughest to reach. The result could be momentous - or it could be Armageddon. There is no margin for error. US government operatives Will Robie and Jessica Reel have to prove they are still the best team there is. But are they invincible when pitted against an agent whose training has been under conditions where most would perish? An old man is dying in an Alabama prison hospital, it seems there is one more evil game he has still to play. And it's a game which comes close to home for Reel and Robie.

    Archer says: "Best Will Robie book. Very Entertaining."
    "Pushes credulity too far"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Baldacci stories always push the boundaries of credulity to the limit - and the first two Robie stories most of all - but this goes way too far. It's also poorly put together, with two separate stories that have no overlap other than the highly contrived. There's also way too much unnecessary back story on the North Korean side - and when those characters hit US soil the story just gets even more painful. These narrators are always decent but htere wasn't much they could do with this, I feel sorry for them. Oh and the sound effects are always highly unnecessary but they seemed particularly grating this time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3018)
    Performance
    (2595)
    Story
    (2607)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Love this story but narrator lets it down."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I absolutely love Kate Morton and that's basically the only reason I stomach this narrator who I find particularly atrocious. I've listened to a fair few of her books now so I feel I'm entitled to say that! The Australian twang of a narrator pretending to do English accents is so appalling to me, even as an Australian (or maybe because of it?) really lets down the side which is such a shame given how incredibly inventive these novels are. The Secret Keeper is one of my favourites, this story has so many twists and turns and all my guesses about the ending were all wrong which is just the way I like it, too many books are predictable these days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Visitor: Jack Reacher 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Hayward Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.

    Rod says: "Good Story"
    "Good book but agree narrator is awful."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having just listened to Tripwire... the change in Reacher's voice is one thing but Jodie's is super hard to get one's head around! haha. And eye-talian ... again and again and again ... seriously?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3011)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1626)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Complete rubbish, waste of my credit"
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    Performance
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    Seriously disappointed given the reviews. Knew I would be battling upstream as soon as the narration started, remind me not to pick anything from this narrator again. If that's a New Zealand accent I'm a monkey. Story is so ridiculous I had to ask myself why I was listening. Stopped an hour and a half in and I'm miffed I've wasted that credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Man: Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    After alleged serial killer Edgar Roy is apprehended and locked away in a psychiatric unit private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy’s lawyer—an old friend of Sean King— to look into the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins: while en route to their first meeting with the lawyer, King and Maxwell discover his dead body. A rash of terrifying events begins to unfold and it is up to King and Maxwell to uncover the truth: is Roy a killer or not?

    Carly says: "Great book, average recording."
    "Great book, average recording."
    Overall

    The narrative is wonderful as all Baldacci books are... but the recording is way too heavy on the sound effects which made certain parts seem trite. Dialling them down would have lead to a 5/5 review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5688)
    Performance
    (3629)
    Story
    (3641)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    I was already in a sad mood when I read this which given some of the reviews would have put me into even more of a funk... but instead I found it uplifting and strength giving! Enjoyed it so much that for the first time ever I listened to it in one epic six hour block, I simply could not turn it off. Beautifully written and beautifully narrated... one of those books where I just knew the superb narration gave me a higher level of enjoyment. Was twittering throughout the six hours about how incredible it was & got replies from strangers agreeing with me... which surely is a sign of a book that has touched many other people. Easily the best book I've read/listened to in recent years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (265)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "Love the story but the narration not good."
    Overall

    The story is great (currently about three hours in) but the narration is terrible. The narrator sounds like she's struggling with the different voices (especially the child) and just sounds strained. Its not enough to disrupt the story which is brilliant, but it does get annoying from time to time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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