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Steven

Esperance, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    Jack Reacher walks alone. No job, no ID, no last known address. But he never turns down a plea for help. Now a woman tracks him down, because she needs a break with her new job. Her task? Protecting the vice-president of the United States from someone trying to kill him.

    Steven says: "A Very Big Stretch"
    "A Very Big Stretch"
    Overall

    This has all the components that readers will enjoy in a Reacher novel but the whole plot is simply too implausible. Also has long sections where nothing much happens. Probably the worst Reacher I have read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: Jack Reacher 18

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (87)

    After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had. Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn't a woman. Why is Susan Turner not there? What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next.

    Peter Grobler says: "Great book"
    "Bit different, but same Reacher!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only to friends who enjoy this sort of genre


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Go Back?

    Busting out of prison.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a bit different to past Reacher stories and it is a complex plot which is slowly revealed. My favourite part of this was the naming of one of the hitmen "Baldacci'. Wonder if this was a swipe at Baldacci for the John Puller story which is a Reacher take off - so many similarities even in plot. However no-one can do the Reacher character like Child.
    Enjoyed this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Adam Hill is 26 years old and in his first year at a top Chicago law firm. He volunteers for the toughest assignment any lawyer could ask for. His prospective client doesn't want Adam or his law firm. He is an unrepentent and outspoken racist with a violent past. He is on Death Row for the murder of two Jewish children in a horrific bombing in 1967. Why would he take on Adam, a complete novice, to defend him? And why would Adam want his case so desperately?

    Steven says: "Did Grisham really write this??"
    "Did Grisham really write this??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Chamber better?

    This was a good plot and there were many many different scenario possibilities that would have given the story an interesting, tense, worthwhile ending. JG didn't use any of the these and it is a very limp ending.


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

    The most interesting part is the relationship between the lawyer and his grandfather. Sections of the book are predictable and very tedious. I have great difficulty in believing that John Grisham wrote this.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration did not add to the book. I think it is the narrators style - didn't seem able to really get into it, didn't show empathy and passion. Was all a bit ho hum.


    What character would you cut from The Chamber?

    The characters were all fine but I still don't understand why Grisham didn't use them to their full extent.


    Any additional comments?

    I would be reasonably sure that any Grisham fans who read and love the earlier material (the Testament, Rainmaker, Pelican brief, The Firm, etc) and some of the later ones like the racketeers will be pretty disappointed with this. It is like Grisham had a great novel going with lots of 'irons in the fire' and then suddenly he just gives up and attaches a very mediocre ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Hidden beneath the floorboards in a house he's remodelling, Christopher Flynn discovers something very tempting - and troubling. Summoning every bit of maturity and every lesson he's learned the hard way, Chris leaves what he found where he found it and tells his job partner to forget it, too. Knowing trouble when he sees it - and walking the other way-is a habit Chris is still learning. Chris's father, Thomas Flynn, runs the family business where Chris and his friends have found work.

    A User says: "An interesting study of human nature"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    Pelecanos writes realistic believable stories that enable you to engage with the plot and really identify with the characters. This story tends to be a bit flat in places and you are left wondering when the pace will pick up again, but in a way this enhances the realism of the story, because it mirrors real life. At the end of this story you feel like you have listened to something worthwhile and memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Lauren Heller is in the middle of a nightmare. Viciously attacked on a night out with her husband, Roger, she wakes 24 hours later to find that he has disappeared without trace. With the police investigation at a standstill, Lauren has no choice but to turn to the only other person who is able to help: Roger’s estranged brother. Nick Heller is a private investigator for a corporate security firm. He is also ex-Army Special Forces. If he is to find his brother, Nick is going to have to call upon all his skills.

    Lia says: "Good but not great"
    "The plot is weak."
    Overall

    There is no doubt that Joseph Finder is a talented story teller and I find myself engrossed in the story from the start. Joesph Finders life experiences are evident in the financial and business detail which is interesting and realistic. However by the end of the story I realise that the plot is unbelievable - the plot is just weak. This is the case with each of the Joseph Finder books that I have listened to. I get to the end of the story, the completion of the plot, and I am disappointed every time. The 'Vanished' is probably one of the worst. I guess I will keep reading / listening to Finder because I am sure that sooner or later he will get the plots sorted out (maybe get some advice from an editor) and then his stories will be excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those in Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Hazel Bannock is the heir to the Bannock Oil Corp, one of the major oil producers with global reach. While cruising in the Indian Ocean, Hazel's private yacht is hijacked by African pirates. Hazel is not on board at the time, but her nineteen year old daughter, Cayla, is kidnapped and held to ransom. The pirates demand a crippling twenty billion dollar ransom for her release. Complicated political and diplomatic considerations render the civilized major powers incapable of intervening.

    Lia says: "Not what I expected"
    "Disappointing, Did Wilbur Smith really write this?"
    Overall

    It is sad to see one of the great story tellers of my generation descend to this sort of rubbish. This story is obviously based on the real incidents of pirate activity off Somalia in the Indian Ocean / Arabian Sea area and the plot has great potential. However Wilbur Smith's plot is unbelievable at so many points that it borders on the ridiculous. The narrative contains unnecessary gratuitous explicit violence and laboured, detailed sexual activity that becomes monotonous. The story line is like a simplistic portrayal of what a vengeful person would dream of happening to the 'darker than evil' Somali pirates. There are glimpses of the great story teller but the overall package leaves you in disbelief, that Wilbur Smith actually wrote this. I f you purchase this book I can guarantee you will be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Out: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben’s release: Find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben’s unit who has stolen 92 torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Great book, superb narration"
    "Nicely read - only part of the story"
    Overall

    Eisler did a great job as narrator - very impressed. Disappointed in the book. It was well crafted and had more depth and quality than some of the Rain books, but when I got to the end it seemed a bit plotless - at least the plot was thin without any definitive resolution to the story. I accept that Eisler was also hoping to make significant social commentary through the text but even there I am left wondering what exactly he is talking about. The whole conspiracy seemed a bit too nebulous, and all encompassing.
    One of those stories which could have been great but sadly fell short as a social / political commentary and also as a novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (5)

    Twenty years ago, Tommy Molto charged his colleague Rusty Sabich with the murder of a former lover; when a shocking turn of events transformed Prosecutor Rusty from the accuser into the accused. Rusty was cleared, but the seismic trial left both men reeling. Molto’s name was dragged through the mud and while Rusty regained his career, he lost much more.

    Steven says: "Brilliant"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    This ranks up there as one of the best books I have ever read. (and i have downloaded hundreds of Audible books)It is clever, engaging, sensitive and the dialogue is excellent. There are subtle dilemmas and the whole story is believable. I am sure that people downloading this will not be disappointed. It is classic Turow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4154)
    Performance
    (3140)
    Story
    (3114)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Fast paced and engaging"
    Overall

    Very fast paced engaging novel on a themes that has been done before, but this is a bit different. Parts of the book are implausible and the dialogue varies a bit. I suspect that this is Mark Greaneys first book and if so it is a very good first effort. Suspect he will gather a few fans. Enjoyed the book and will wait for the next one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Move to Strike

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sydney Bauer
    • Narrated By Bill Ten Eyck
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Doctor Jeffrey Logan, daytime TV's most loved psychologist, has a top-rating talk show seen around the world – and his picture-perfect life is completed by his talented lawyer wife, Stephanie Tyler, their 16-year-old daughter Chelsea, and 13-year-old J. T. But this image of domestic bliss is shattered when Stephanie is killed instantly by a bullet from a big-game rifle in the family's pristine Beacon Hill kitchen.

    Steven says: "Disappointing - dont bother"
    "Disappointing - dont bother"
    Overall

    The overall plot in this book is an interesting scenario. However the execution of the plot is appallingly bad. Many of us aspire to write a novel and I try to cut authors a bit of slack because they have got out there and done it - and because many of them improve along the way. What is difficult to overlook is an author who has been slack. This story has been ruined by an author who has not taken the time and effort to review the material and remove material which is wholly implausible. I regard this as a very poorly written and researched novel. The story is so implausible, relying on huge leaps of faith. I expect most readers would be disapointed and give up long before I did. Be interested to see if Sydney Bauer improves with his next effort.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Private

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jack Morgan is a war hero. Returning home from Afghanistan after being wounded, Jack is called into California State Prison to visit his father, Tom, who is serving a life sentence for extortion and murder. Before being incarcerated, Tom ran a private investigation firm called ‘Private’. Tom wants Jack to re-start the company, to make it great again, and gives him access to a $15 million dollar account in the Cayman Islands to do it with.

    Lia says: "Excellent - couldn't stop listening"
    "Excellent - couldn't put it down"
    Overall

    This is a great listen which went all too fast for me. The story is fast paced, interesting and believable. The characters are well developed and complex, particularly the hero. I can imagine Patterson using this as a base to launch a new series and I for one will be waiting eagerly for the next offering.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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