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Jason

Irritating mook.

Ringwood, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (404)

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    Ethan M. says: "A great techno-spy-Lovecraftian-horror-comedy"
    "Promising but with a bit too much technical jargon"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Atrocity Archives again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the book - I'd listen to it again because I found the concept of a government agency that handles the creatures that lurk in the shadow, while fighting their own government bureacracy amusing.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Drop most of the jargon. I'm something of a nerd and understood most of it, but it was boring as hell hearing talk of someone "grepping" a log.


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

    A genuine english accent.


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

    Bureaucracy that kills.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (887)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Authors self insert drivel"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Stieg Larsson and/or Saul Reichlin?

    No.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The stand


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

    I have not listened to any of their other performances, however found the performance to be sufficient.


    What character would you cut from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    The main character. He is an author self insert with few real flaws, whom is loved by everyone and is a sex-magnet for every female character in the story with a personality above "cardboard cutout".


    Any additional comments?

    Genuinely disliked the story, and have no idea why people found the story to be engaging at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jennifer Morgue: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (294)

    Bob Howard is a special operative for the British agency called The Laundry, and his task is to stop a rogue billionaire from using an artifact, known as Gravedust, with the power to reanimate the dead. The U.S. Black Agency sends the lethal Ramona Random to aid Bob’s mission, but she seems to have a different agenda.

    Torah Cottrill says: "Fabulous"
    "Bond Babe Bonanza"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Jennifer Morgue in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery Madness Marathon


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jennifer Morgue?

    The ending reveal of how the macguffin powering the plot actually worked.


    Which character – as performed by Gideon Emery – was your favorite?

    The main character. He's both naive an d competent enough to make the plot work.


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

    Bond never had to deal with Advanced computational demonology.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite being a sequel, I'd strongly recommend this one as a starting off point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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