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W

CAPE TOWN, South Africa | Member Since 2005

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  • Above Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Young detective Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case, and it couldn't be a more horrific set of killings. They began eight years earlier; now the body count is up to six. After another body is found, Anna stumbles on a vital piece of evidence which links one man to the killings. However, he's a household name, a much-loved actor, and an arrest would create a media frenzy. And, if he was found to be the wrong man, his career would be finished, as well as Anna's.

    Geoff says: "Above Suspicion"
    "ENJOYABLE"
    Overall

    This is an enjoyable read, no more - the story takes somewhat long in the telling, the ending is too predicatable too soon, the protaganist is naive and somewhat simplistic. The primary difficulty lies with the fact that there is only one suspect from start to finish, and the entire book then focusses on the police getting sufficient evidence to arrest this suspect. The book lacks suspense. The enthusiastic narration makes up for some of these shortcomings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3199)
    Performance
    (2791)
    Story
    (2802)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "A GOOD READ"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    Compelling subject matter, clever structuring, great characterisation


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

    My Sister's Keeper - by the same author


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    it brought the book to life - one can identify with the characters


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a 'carny' in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss, and your first heartbreak.

    Janie says: "King's the best story teller in the world."
    "BORED TO TEARS"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Joyland better?

    This must rate as one of SK's worst books - a naive and gullible goodie-goodie main character of the 'o shucks' variety coupled with a storyline that reads like the diary of someone that stayed in bed to avoid anything happening to him and a narrator that sounds as if he is selling sweets to three-year olds - made me gave up half-way.

    stay with the earlier SK books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    yes, the old stuff


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    see above


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Impostor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Damon Galgut
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    5-star reviews on amazon.co.uk from the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Good Doctor comes a gripping novel of guilty secrets, obsession and self-reinvention, set on the African savannah. When Adam moves into the abandoned house on the dusty edge of town, he is hoping to recover from the loss of his job and his home in the city. But when he meets Canning - a shadowy figure from his childhood - and Canning's enigmatic and beautiful wife, a sinister new chapter in his life begins...

    K. Parks says: "A deep, dark fascinating story"
    "A WASTE OF MONEY"
    Overall

    The book could have been an enjoyable listen (although some plot elements are downright beyond belief) but the narration reduces it to farcical levels. The narrator adopts a psuedo South African accent and strange voice intonations for all the characters, which makes them not only comical (at best) but wholly unbelievable and simple minded (at worse). It is off-putting and unnecessary - South Africans do not speak like that. I perservered only because I thought the author could not be blamed for the clownish performance, but my advice is: DON'T BUY THIS BOOK.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (696)

    Lisbeth Salander lies in Intensive Care with a bullet lodged in her head. She will face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Salander is now ready to fight back.

    Olga says: "A Fabulous Finale"
    "PAINFULL"
    Overall

    This book suffers from a lack of a strong editing - it drifts on and on and on, getting bogged down in irrelevant detail of little interest to any reader who wants to know 'what happens next?'

    Not nearly in the same league as the previous books in the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (614)

    Oliver Stone and the Camel Club are back in their most dangerous adventure yet, a war on two fronts. Casino king Jerry Bagger from The Collectors is hunting Annabelle Conroy, who conned him out of millions. Stone and his colleagues Reuben, Milton, and Caleb marshal all their resources to protect Annabelle. Yet all their skills may not be enough when a deadly new opponent rips off the veneer of Stone's own mysterious past.

    A User says: "Stone Cold"
    "A PAINFULL LISTEN"
    Overall

    I must differ from the many rave reviews of this audiobook. Cardboard characters, two unrelated and contrived plotlines that never meet, stilted dialogue, overworked cliches, and improbable feats by men aged sixty-plus made this one of the most painful listens I have ever experienced. I perservered bacause I was hoping that something would redeem to story, but in the end there wasn't really much of a story. One star for the narrator who tried his best.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Up in Honey's Room

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Walter Schoen, German born but now running a butcher shop in Detroit, is a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the Gestapo. They even share the same birthday. Honey Deal, Walter's American wife, doesn't know that Walter is a member of a spy ring that sends US war production data to Germany and gives shelter to escaped German prisoners of war. Along comes Carl Webster, the hot kid of the Marshals Service.

    W says: "VINTAGE LEONARD"
    "VINTAGE LEONARD"
    Overall

    Funny, fast pace, great dialogue, larger-than-life characters, a seamless plot and superlative narration makes this a must-read. Go into it with an open mind - it is unlike anything else being written today in the 'crime genre' - and simply enjoy the ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    The story of the enigmatic Kurtz and his outpost in deepest Congo is superbly narrated by the gifted Ralph Cosham. Also included is The Lagoon, a story of courage and love in the South Pacific.

    jerry says: "Good Narrator"
    "FULL MARKS"
    Overall

    In a word: superb. Ten out of ten for style, characterisation, narration. An Audible must listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • No Safe Place

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    When it comes to presidential campaigns, fiction can be more thrilling than truth. Such is the case in the extraordinary story of high-stakes presidential politics told in Richard North Patterson's No Safe Place. Browse more Patterson.

    Snoodely says: "If Only It Had Happened That Way ..."
    "ONE LONG YAWN"
    Overall

    If you can, get the abridged version of this book. Better still, avoid this book altogether if you dislike predictable storylines, cardboard characters, over-the-top descriptions and verbage that fill the pages but achieve nothing else. This book MAY be of interest to readers who want to find out more about the American electorate system.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2840)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1069)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "EMOTIONAL ROALER COASTER"
    Overall

    Yes, this book makes for compelling listening (perhaps because of the seven narators which allows one to identify with the characters) and Jodi Picout knows how to hook the reader emotionally, to the point where one FEELS for the characters, but it has one major flaw which spoiled it for me - throughout the book the main character comes accross as self assured, independent, witty, and streetwise whereas, when the book ends, one is left with the feeling that she was no more than another victim or worse, that she, despite all her positive attributes, neverthelass allowed herself to be a victim, leaving the listener with the question 'was that done just to serve the plot?'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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