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andrew

Singapore, Singapore | Member Since 2008

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  • Bleed for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    When Sienna Hegarty turns up at his family home one night, covered in blood and frozen in shock, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds himself drawn deep into her world, trying to unearth the dark secrets her mind has buried. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna’s house: her father, a retired cop, is face-down in a pool of his own blood, his throat slashed and his skull caved in. The blood covering Sienna was his.

    Sandy says: "Perfect Combination"
    "bloody good"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bleed for Me to be better than the print version?

    never read the book. cannot compare.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bleed for Me?

    the sleazy guys from the escort service...i could see and picture them very well thanks to the description and voice acting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when he finally dispatched the bad guy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not really, but maybe because i listened to another story by Robotham prior to this title, i was a bit 'Robotham-fatigued'. Nonetheless, a great story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Police

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.

    Joseph says: "Say it ain't so Jo"
    "fitting end which I still couldn't guess"
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    Where does Police rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best. At one point I thought I had figured it out (having read many of the preceding books) but, again, the brilliant author was ahead in the game


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Hole, of course


    Which scene was your favorite?

    any scene where you just cannot say, or be sure he is being described as a victim/perpetrator. You know you MIGHT be deliberately lead on but you also cannot be sure that it is what it seems. I held my breath and waited for the other shoe to drop.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it could be. It was good. I liked it better than the preceding book in the series


    Any additional comments?

    sad to let the series go

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Odessa File

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    The life-and-death hunt for a notorious Nazi criminal unfolds against a background of international arms deals. As the story leads to its final dramatic confrontation on a bleak winter's hill-top, the question every reader asked at the end of The Day of the Jackal will inevitably be asked again: Can this be fiction?

    andrew says: "a bit bloated"
    "a bit bloated"
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    If you could sum up The Odessa File in three words, what would they be?

    surprising; overly detailed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Odessa File?

    the ending


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

    the pronunciation of the non-english names


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, the diary entry and the war detail were too long


    Any additional comments?

    i enjoyed the story but it seemed( not true but seemed ) as if the Nazi war stories took up half the story. In my opinion, it was too much, too long.
    Without it, the story would be nice but perhaps some people would feel it was too short.
    Not all the extra layers were necessary, i think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blowback

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (833)

    Something sinister is brewing. A chilling video has already cast its ominous spell over the White House situation room. Now scientists connected to the top-secret Sword of Allah project are dropping dead. Seeking to unravel the enigma, U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath reaches England just in time to rescue British paleopathologist Jillian Alcott from al-Qaeda's top assassin. This expert soon confirms Scott's worst fears and triggers an adrenaline-fueled rush for survival.

    John K Stratmann says: "Thrilling"
    "entertaining but mindless"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I might if they enjoy a story without doing too much thinking


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

    More plausible and less repetitive and less predictable, i.e. last minute solution; always ends well.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He is not trying too hard, and yet he manages to portray some accents, which you don't take too seriously but at least it is not one monotonous listening.


    Do you think Blowback needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no, it doesn't. It was preposterous enough.


    Any additional comments?

    it is my second book by Brad Thor and i will stop now. I cannot take the lack of logic on some important points, or ridiculous details.
    Without giving away too much, one example for all - an assassin is able to dodge and avoid the capture for many years and then he is 'surprised' by a female scientist who is (almost) afraid of her own shadow, totally untrained and yet performs quite well in distress.
    All those villain who tell the main character all he needs to know before they -unexpectedly- are killed, only to leave the main character(s) to follow up on the revelation.
    When special agent with a training LACES fingers of both of his hands and then hits someone on the head (without fracturing all his fingers), then it is time to switch to another author.
    In the first book, it was ok, but it gets too much with the second reading, and i don't think i can stand more of those 'twists' any more. I watch James Bond movies for those, but there i know what is coming. Here, i thought, it would be more realistic, with plot that is based in reality, not on wishful thinking or wet dreams.
    for pure entertainment value it is ok, but it is not what i was looking for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1353)
    Story
    (1373)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "couldn't take it"
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    What would have made Cryptonomicon better?

    i loved Stephenson's Reamde novel but i couldn't take this Cryptonomicon. After 10 hours of listening i skipped ahead a bit, then i skipped a bit more and after about 4 more hours i gave up (the book has over 40 hours of listening time). There is so much tangent stuff that the book could be about 6-8 hours long without it. The math problem descriptions, math explanation are boring and in many cases come across as confusing; even though it might be easier to glean the idea from a written book; in audio format- it just doesn't work; not for me (and i am good in math).
    the narrator does a great job but the story is too convoluted and too damn long that i could not bear it. I enjoyed portions of the story but after while i was left wondering when the "real" story will start.
    I could work out the general outlines of the plot but with so much tangent around it, i lost interest.
    I listened to and liked Snow Crash and Diamond Age, and i listened to and loved Reamde.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neal Stephenson again?

    yes, i would but i would read reviews first (i didn't for Cryptonomicon), and i'd see how long the audio file is.


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

    i cannot say if i did, but i liked his performance. i think it kept me going for much longer than i would keep reading an actual book.


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    i'll chalk this up to my incompatibility with his writing style in this book. I liked the premise, and for the parts i could follow i enjoyed the story telling. There was just too much extra.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Testament: A Memoir by God

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Javerbaum (contributor)
    • Narrated By David Javerbaum
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Over the course of his long and distinguished career, God has literally seen it all. And not just seen. In fact, the multi-talented deity has played a pivotal role in many major events, including the Creation of the universe, the entirety of world history, the life of every human being who has ever lived, and the successful transitioning of American Idol into the post-Simon Cowell era. Now, as the earth he has godded so magnificently draws to a Mayan-induced close, God breaks his 1,400-year literary silence with his final masterpiece, The Last Testament.

    Marc Jaffe says: "I Am Smitten"
    "Divine comedy!!:-)"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely YES! Immensely funny; new; highly entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A-Team


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The celebrities's dirty secrets


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

    The whole book..it shook me...I was shaking with laughter


    Any additional comments?

    Not for religious zealots

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (145)

    Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

    Edie Snow says: "Love that dirty water!"
    "very funny, yet gripping."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. I enjoyed the story; the jokes.


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

    yes, it did. I found it interesting. I don't have an aversion to chemistry, so i found it interesting and 'educational'; the story itself is interesting and unpredictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    any that contains a sarcastic remark by the main character. Hilarious.


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

    not really.


    Any additional comments?

    i enjoyed the performance of the narrator. Very nicely done. It fit the mold of the main character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11.22.63

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

    keith says: "Excellent!!! sai King"
    "overcooked"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't. It is too long. The first two parts of four download files are ok, after that it becomes too long...uninteresting. I mostly skipped the third file and selectively listened to the fourth.


    Has 11.22.63 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, it hasn't but I'll be careful about Mr.King's other attempts out his forte.


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

    Mr. Wasson may provide nice voice acting for some but I found it too slow. I read fairly quickly, so, for me, his reading of the book was painfully slow. Toward the end, I actually find it very annoying - primarily the conversations, or inner dialogues. In some instances, it all sounded like some people were dim-witted. He made the conversations sound like they were from cheap drama with bad acting- exaggerated; predictable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    definitely not. it was taken too far; imagination run wild.


    Any additional comments?

    it was a nice surprise that the Kennedy assassination is actually not the main focus, but I also found the romance uninteresting. After getting through most of the book, the end killed it - preposterous; showing off alternative 'futures'. The final part- after all the time-travel nuances, explanations- was unnecessary. I barely listened to it.Overall, I liked the first half (the first two files of the download). The other two were disappointing; too long; overcooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2801)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1913)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "too much testosterone"
    Overall

    As I recently got fed up with Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels, this book was a big disappointment. It is almost the same stuff (and the same narrator, i think); there is too much of macho BS, too much of wishful thinking, and too many unnecessary sentences/remarks.
    I found it a very improbable story; a lot of unlikely twists and turns; highly predictable overall. There are some unpredictable turns, but then it goes back to its regular predictable plot, and characters who seem to have EVERYTHING going for them.
    The psychology of some the scenes is either sooo predictable, or sooo unlikely.
    If you liked the last two of Child's books (those were the ones that sent me over the edge), then this is for you. Otherwise, you will not be missing out and be better off with another book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1065)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "for open-minded free thinkers"
    Overall

    fantastic stuff; if you liked the Black Swan, this is another of must-read books for free thinking people.
    Most of it you know, but never admit :-)

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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