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Tan

Sci-fi, mystery and action-adventure fan

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia | Member Since 2012

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  • Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terrance Dicks
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    For many thousands of years, the Suthekh had waited... trapped in the heart of an Egyptian pyramid. Now at last the time had come - the moment of release, when all the force of his pent-up evil and malice would be unleashed upon the world. The TARDIS lands in the year 1911, and the Doctor and Sarah emerge to fight a terrifying and deadly battle...against Egyptian mummies, half possessed humans - and the overwhelming evil power of Sutekh!

    Eric says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "A classic novelisation of a classic series"
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    One of the best read Doctor Who novelisations, thanks to the commanding voice of Tom Baker, who played the fourth Doctor in the TV series. Baker here also shows a surprising range of voices that he can do. Writer Terrance Dicks is one of the best writers of Doctor Who, with a great sense of pacing and descriptive action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2618)
    Performance
    (2457)
    Story
    (2449)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Fantastic fantasy"
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    I've been a big fan of Larry Correia's books since reading the first Monster Hunter book, but my favourite series has got to be the Grimnoir Chronicles. This third book in the series amps up the action and brings together many of the threads from the first two books in a very satisfying way. Bronson Pinchot also does a fantastic job with the reading, effortlessly switching voices, accents and genders to bring the characters to life. Great listen and highly recommended!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2862)
    Performance
    (1608)
    Story
    (1608)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Taking it to the limit"
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    The Ice Limit again sees a few characters who have appeared in Lincoln and Child's Pendergast novels making an appearance.

    I'm a sucker for unusual archaeology stories and while this novel is thematically similar to the authors' other book, Thunderhead, I still enjoyed the unfolding of the story.

    Overall, a fun listen if a little slow moving at the beginning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mount Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (624)

    Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

    Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

    Kathy says: "Great grab-you-in-plot!"
    "Two stories in one"
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    Mount Dragon is essentially two genres in one -- first, it's a medical thriller and a pretty interesting one at that. About two thirds of the way through, however, the book takes a different turn and becomes an archaeology/adventure novel with western slant.

    Having said that, both sections of the story are actually quite an interesting listen, although reader David Colacci is the real problem here.

    Colacci's reading tends to have quite major changes in volume -- going from suddenly loud to occasionally so low in volume that I had to rewind and turn up the volume just to hear what was said, resulting in an ear-splitting jump when the volume goes up again later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1341)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (710)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Leesa Scott-morrow says: "Brain Candy"
    "This is archaeology?!"
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    Despite my negative sounding title (a quote from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) I actually quite enjoyed Thunderhead. Despite the implausible ending, the book is quite action packed and is a fun listen especially with the ever reliable Scott Brick.

    It's also quite interesting to see some major characters from the Pendergast novels like Nora Kelly and Bill Smithback having their own stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Riptide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1713)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1020)

    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

    Allan says: "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."
    "Ripping yarn"
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    I'm always a sucker for a good pirate treasure or swashbuckling novel. Riptide isn't a pirate novel, but it is about the search for pirate treasure.

    The story is a bit like a cross between a Michael Crichton novel and a Dan Brown novel in that it features a lot of high-tech equipment with a story that deals with secrets and hidden treasure.

    Riptide starts off a little slowly but it picks up pace eventually and reaches quite an exciting (though slightly far-fetched) conclusion.

    Overall, a good listen, with narrator Scott Brick providing a solid reading, though it's not his best work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5411)
    Performance
    (4645)
    Story
    (4655)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Sherlock short"
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    The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle is a pretty short story in the Sherlock Holmes list of stories, and it's little more than an interesting weekend of couch sleuthing for Holmes.

    Nevertheless, it's a fun listen and Cummings' reading brings it to life with very distinctive voices for each character that appears in the story. A fun, but short, diversion.

    By the way if you google carbuncle, you'd get results that are less than appetizing! However in the story, carbuncle refers to a jewel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (1232)
    Performance
    (1093)
    Story
    (1096)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Susan says: "So much fun!"
    "Wilde Tale"
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    Oscar Wilde's final play is a hilarious farce, well-acted in every way by the excellent cast. I found myself laughing uproariously while listening to it on my morning commute, which is a bit unfortunate since I'm sure I looked like one of those crazy people who talk and laugh to themselves. Get it -- it may not be very long, but it's literally a laugh a minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Terrance Dicks
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    For the first time on audio, this is an unabridged reading of a classic Doctor Who novelisation, based on a serial from the original TV series....Why do so many spaceships crash land on Karn, a bleak, lonely and seemingly deserted planet?

    Tan says: "Doctor, doctor"
    "Doctor, doctor"
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    Every time I see an audible book read by Tom Baker, I snatch it up. Here Baker reads and voices his most famous character, the floppy hatted, long scarfed, curly haired Fourth Doctor. Written by Terrance Dicks, this story has many of he same themes as many Doctor Who stories of the time (megalomaniac trying to take over the universe) but Dicks' writing is so taut and well-paced that you tend to overlook the tropes. Fun listen especially with Baker's fantastic range of voices

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Black Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Black Hawk
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1002)

    This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history - a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis. Perhaps no Indian ever saw so much of American expansion or fought harder to prevent that expansion from driving his people to exile and death.

    Darwin8u says: "A NO HOLD BARRED and unflinching narrative"
    "True story of the Wild West"
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    Having grown up watching westerns and then the later revisionist westerns like Dances With Wolves, I've often wondered what the true Wild West was like especially from the perspective of the Indians. This autobiography answers many of those questions and gives us some insight into the persecution of the Red Indians by the whites, especially with regards to land rights. Throughout, the voice of chief Black Hawk comes through clearly, and shows us that the Red Indians were often forced into fighting for what was rightfully theirs. Excellent listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Colin Meek
    • Narrated By Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry, John Sessions, and others
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    The Doctor and Antimony arrive on the planet Santiny, just as it comes under attack by General Tannis and his Canisian battle fleet. Meanwhile, his other companion, Ace, finds herself under the guidance of the mysterious Casmus, who seems to foresee an important and unusual role in store for her. As the adventure lurches from Santiny to contemporary London and on to Gallifrey, it becomes clear that the Canisians' next target is to be Earth.

    David says: "What could have been?"
    "Confusing"
    Overall
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    Confusing is the only word to describe this Doctor Who audiobook -- the performances, while done very well by the voice actors, are marred by very little explanation of what's going on. There are loads of sound effects but these sometimes almost drown or distort the voices. Even after hours of listening, I just couldn't really get into what's happening or who's who as many voices sound almost alike.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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