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Saikungbob

saikungbob

Hong Kong | Member Since 2006

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  • 14 purchased in 2015
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  • The Mission Song

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By David Oyelowo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (45)

    Abandoned by his parents, Bruno Salvador has long looked for guidance. He found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence. Working for Anderson in a clandestine facility, Salvo (as he's known) translates intercepted phone calls, bugged recordings, and snatched voice-mail messages. When Anderson sends him to a mysterious island to interpret during a secret conference, Bruno thinks he is helping Britain--but then he hears something he should not have.

    Peter says: "Audio Triumph"
    "good book, good & appropriate narrator"
    Overall

    These folk who complain about the narrator don't get it. If they can't understand his various accents, well, I'd say that they must not venture far from home. This narrator was completely appropriate for this book and the character he enacted.
    I enjoyed the book. It wasn't my favorite le Carre book, but it was good. As those who have read him before know, he doesn't adhere to a formula and requires more of his readers than do the writers of most "airplane" mysteries. This is worth a listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3032)
    Performance
    (2669)
    Story
    (2674)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Kathryn says: "Worth the listen"
    "Lame"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I should have know better. The story is lame and the performances of the two narrators are only marginally better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (272)

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Susan says: "Superb narration"
    "A really enjoyable book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an intelligent, stylish and enjoyable book superbly performed by a very skilled reader. It couldn't have been better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Cut: A Brit in the FBI, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (537)

    Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.

    Ronda says: "A very good beginning for a new series!"
    "Lame"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well, it was cheap. I guess I now know why it was on sale. It started well enough (for airplane fare), but grew increasingly preposterous. The writing is embarrassingly bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1021)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "This is unadulterated garbage"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Tehran Initiative?

    This book and everything by the guy should carry a warning label: propaganda by the unhinged Christian radical right wing,


    What could Joel C. Rosenberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing


    How could the performance have been better?

    Read something else


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (362)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    John Grigas says: "Not for the timid - delicious graphic content!"
    "Worst ever!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you ever listen to anything by Allen Dusk again?

    No, terrible trash. I guess he's trying to be a Carl Hiassen-type writer, but this guy doesn't have the style or sense of humor.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rose Caraway?

    Anyone. She's a terrible narrator. She shouldn't quit her day job!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The book cost $3.95 and that was much too much.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1882)
    Story
    (1889)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "just okay"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Okay, so this isn't great literature, but it's okay for a long flight; however, I really wish that they'd drop those truly cheesy sound effects.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (701)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Crystal says: "GREAT story. HORRIBLE narrator!"
    "Lame & very predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different book and a different narrator — I should note that the narrator was far from the biggest problem with this audio book.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    Very predictable


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Buck Schirner?

    Wouldn't wish this book on anyone!


    Any additional comments?

    Luckily, I only spent $4.95 for this book. Had I spent more or used a credit, I would have felt cheated. I probably would not have finished the book, but I was traveling and had finished everything else. I was able to make a game of guessing the next step in the plot. It wasn't hard!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3490)
    Performance
    (3052)
    Story
    (3092)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "truly lame"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to the whole thing, but that has more to do with the amount of traveling I've been going lately (several trips back and forth across the Pacific) than the book. I think that this book can't figure out what it is trying to be.

    I'd write more, but don't want to waste any more time contemplating this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    A sharp, witty, and hugely entertaining debut novel, The Devil Wears Prada is The Nanny Diaries set in the world of high fashion. Welcome to the dollhouse, baby! When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She's never heard of the world's most fashionable magazine, or its feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Priestly.

    Lia says: ""Enjoyable Easy Listening""
    "watch the movie, skip the book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Admittedly I only saw the movie once years ago, but as I recall it was quite funny. The book, though, gets old quickly as all we see (hear) is a whiny Ivy League graduate who seems to think that the world owes her success as a writer. (We only see any evidence of any talent in that area in the last chapter or two). The Miranda Priestly characters (the evil boss) in the book is simply a cardboard cutout with all the depth that suggests. The character that Meryl Streep played in the book was not so narrowly (shallowly) drawn and, as such, obviously had made a Faustian bargain to gain success. There is little sense of that in the book.

    So, unless you're in to whiny, entitled college grads, skip the book and watch the movie. You'll thank me.

    I think that most of the positive reviews were, in fact, thinking of the movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Schumann Frequency

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Christopher Ride
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    An adventure not only through time and humanity, The Schumann Frequency races through various corners of the globe from the Mayan ruins in Mexico, to the Giza Pyramids in Egypt and finally Stonehenge for the book's thrilling climax. Christopher Ride takes you on a gripping journey that will keep you riveted until the very last page.

    Saikungbob says: "this is a book that begs for a negative rating"
    "this is a book that begs for a negative rating"
    Overall

    First, there is the book. Suddenly Dan Brown's books look tight, well-written and plausible -- by comparison. The language is painful, the leaps in the story incredible. When I though it couldn't get any worse, it did!

    Then there is the narrator. I hope this was his first effort. In any case, I'd suggest that he not quit his day job. Of course, with material like this, I don't think anyone could do very well.

    As I said in the subject line, this book deserves a negative rating. Save your money and time, give this book a miss.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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