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Van

Melkbosstrand, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (217)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "Cuckoo's not calling Harry Potter"
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    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say somewhere in the middle. It is an excellent story skilfully told. The end fizzled out a bit and it was rather predictable two-thirds into the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a fresh story, new plot and some really interesting characters. It has left us with many questions about the characters and I see a next instalment.


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

    No but he is very good!!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The biggest surprise was that it was written by J.K. Rowling. Totally different. I loved the main character. Her best book (including Harry Potter).


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a writer but I would advise J.K. to work on her endings (with respect).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (784)
    Story
    (775)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "Excellent fresh novel"
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    What did you love best about The Bat?

    The story was modern and approached in quite a different way.


    What other book might you compare The Bat to and why?

    Any Robotham novel. The stories unfolds in the same way.


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

    He is one of the best in the business!!!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Harry returning to alcohol.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wreckage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    In London, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz rescues a young woman from a violent boyfriend but wakes next morning to find that he’s been set up and robbed. As he tracks down the thieves, he discovers the boyfriend’s tortured body and learns that powerful men are looking for the girl. What did Holly Knight steal that is so important to them?

    Sandy says: "Robotham and Barrett are now on my Watch List."
    "Another excellent Michael Robotham thriller"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wreckage to be better than the print version?

    I have to drive long distances every day, for me, there is no more written word.


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

    I love the way Michael keeps changing his main characters between books but keeps the environment familiar. In this way we get to know the characters but the story stays gripping and fresh.


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

    I love Sean's narration as much as the books. He is excellent!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Wreckage and why?

    It would be the "Courier". He is a dark and mysterious psychopath using war as a backdrop to satisfy his murderous needs.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book, well done Michael.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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