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Garry

I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

Cannington, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Robert Meldrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor Mark Twain called it: "a strike for liberty". Was this rebellion a fledgling nation’s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes?

    Mr says: "A gentle telling"
    "A masterful piece of storytelling"
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    What did you love best about Eureka?

    As an Englishman born and Australian by choice I had heard of this story but never knew much about it. Peter Fitzsimmons does an excellent telling of a story that defines Australia,


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great Characters


    What about Robert Meldrum’s performance did you like?

    Does the story great justice in the telling


    Any additional comments?

    Peter Fitzsimmons books are well worth being in many book libraries. He leads in telling stories with immense detail.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revelations: Exctinction Point, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Antony Jones
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    There is nowhere left to run. In the wake of the deadly plague that virtually annihilated the human race, a vast red jungle teeming with alien creatures and lethal plants is devouring Earth, swallowing buildings whole, and ruthlessly decimating what life remains. A witness to the terrifying transformation, survivor Emily Baxter thinks the odds against humanity can’t get any worse. She is wrong.

    Garry says: "very enjoyable ride"
    "very enjoyable ride"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a three book saga and kept me interested. It is well written and a fun ride. Emily is tough, fun and someone you want around at the end of the world. our narrator Emily Beresford does an excellent job. Enjoy this three book story as one long ride, it is worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escaping Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (364)

    When society ceases to exist, who can you trust? After the collapse of the nation's power grid, America is under martial law - and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting.

    Linda says: "WARNING! DOES NOT END SERIES! CUT FOR PROFIT?"
    "Get the series you wont be disappointed"
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    Have you listened to any of Duke Fontaine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Duke Fontaine is excellent he made the journey enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    This is book three of the series and I highly recommend getting all three and enjoy them together. They are interwoven, well written and well narrated. I was cautious at first driven off by the author name but the lesson learned, never judge a book by the cover is how I felt after listening. Three very worthy books with worthy narrator. I hope there is a book four.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (817)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Great Story Great Narration"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    What is there not to love about this story, inspired so many copies, so many versions in book and movies. It has an imagination that inspires.


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

    I just love this man's voice. It always sounds like he is having fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great book read by a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Floor: The Infection, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig DiLouie
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    The mystery virus struck down millions. Three days later, its victims awoke with a single violent purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurched toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continued to change, transforming into horrific monsters. America's far-flung military has returned home to wage a horrific war against its own country, engaged in a fierce battle to retake Washington, DC. Two hundred miles away, Ray Young awakes from a coma to learn he has also survived Infection.

    Random says: "MUCH better than the first book."
    "Better than the first, I think"
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    Any additional comments?

    I must say this is a good story, I listened to the first 'The Infection' and then immediately on to this one and very much enjoyed the journey through the two. Mr DiLouie created some interesting characters and they were well presented by Peter Ganim.

    The 'baddies' those creatures were very well described and believable although I think the screeching Mr. Ganim did of the creatures had me rushing for the volume control, but still a good effort.

    I found the human characters to have a variety of different personalities which I could believe in. (read/listen to the book to understand that comment)

    Overall, I enjoyed the ride, the story is excellent and the narration excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Dumb: True Stories of Strange and Screwy Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Leland Gregory
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Sex. It’s something that’s on everyone’s mind. But the minds that thought of the weird, strange, and stupid sex acts that are reported in Fifty Shades of Dumb: True Stories of Strange and Screwy Sex are a breed of their own - and unfortunately some of them try to breed on their own.

    Garry says: "Being Dumb or Dumber is not an achievement"
    "Being Dumb or Dumber is not an achievement"
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    Any additional comments?

    I got this on a whim, my books of late have been on the Zombie type, disasters and such like so I thought something lighter would be a reprieve. It was although I did have the thought some Zombies would act a whole lot better than some of the dumb in this book. It did as I expected give me something lighter, a giggle (barely more) and a sense of 'Oh my God' really!!!

    Do not expect something heavy, hell the book title tells you that it wont be but go into this with a giggle factor and you will get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yesterday's Gone: Season One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray, Chris Patton, Brian Holsopple, and others
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Can humanity Survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.ms Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. A journalist wanders the wretched reality of an empty New York, searching for his wife and son. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species. A mother shields her young daughter from danger through every terror-filled breath.

    justin says: "WOW...do not miss this start to an AMAZING series!"
    "Okay I am in..."
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    Would you listen to Yesterday's Gone: Season One again? Why?

    Yes, I at first found the different storylines a little hard to follow but got into it. I will listen again as the season is worth the second listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable, I like the format and recommend to my fellow audible fans on the genre

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative looking into the suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan’s dogged tenacity uncovered not only financial deceit, but also the existence of a KGB assassin code-named Zenith.

    glen says: "bit disappointing"
    "It is with Regret I finished this."
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    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Lou Diamond Phillips was excellent. Having listened to other of his performances I am glad he did this too.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sorry to finish this as it was Tom Clancy's last. I have enjoyed the wild ride of his stories particularly the John Ryan (Snr) stories and was dubious of the John Ryan (Jnr) trail yet I have grown to love the sagas. Tom Clancy will be missed by this reader/listener and will wonder if Mark Greaney will take on the mammoth steps to continue the stories on, I don't know.

    This is a long way around to say this was as great book as expected, a well written, well told book and one that deserves to be in my library. I will listen to this again and marvel at how the past and present, the injection from other Ryan books and the characters have grown.

    Why the regret, I just hope maybe, there is something more. If not, I will just have to read and listen again and enjoy a master storyteller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombie Wilson Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Guy Williams
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    It should have been the perfect vacation. A beautiful island without a soul in sight. Blue sea so clear I can see the reef. Palm trees swaying in the wind, and a girl with barely a scrap of clothing on. There is only one problem. She is a zombie and she wants to eat me. That's right. My only companion is a creature with a hunger for human flesh. I should bash in her brains and toss her in the ocean, but I don't have a volleyball to talk to. All I have is this diary and my own Zombie-Wilson.

    Erik says: "Witty, funny, creepy, a little deranged..."
    "What would Tom Hanks say."
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    Where does The Zombie Wilson Diaries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say around the middle. I chose this just to hear something different, something a little strange and something fun. Timothy Long did not fail me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Zombie Wilson Diaries?

    Trying to clean his Zombie Babe


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

    Sun, Sea, Palm trees, Sunny beaches and a Zombie Babe what man could ask for more


    Any additional comments?

    I sat here thinking what to put for additional comments and just say, if you have listened to Dead Drunk then this can be compared. I seriously - and will admit it - wondered if Tom Hanks would have been any different? Enjoy - I hope. Be horrified - I am sure

    I can see the semblance to the movie Castaway but then that gives this story an edge. Just how would we act in the same situation? Have fun of course

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (251)

    Timothy was not a good man in life and being undead did little to improve his disposition. What will a man trapped in his own mind do to survive when he wakes up to find himself a zombie controlled by a self-aware virus?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This is no Zombie Fallout"
    "Mark Tufo has one hell of an imaginative mind"
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    Would you listen to Timothy again? Why?

    Yes I would. Just to fully understand some parts of the story I found disturbing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can I really say Timothy was my favorite character?


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

    Yes, to just finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    I really dithered before buying this, I have listened to all the Zombie Fallout series and Riley books and found them all excellent. Therefore something else from Mark Tufo is of interest. Yet this books synopsis gave me a 'give it a miss' thought, yet I purchased, I listened and... I can not say I really enjoyed it as it is disturbing/different/unusual and to say so may be construed 'I am strange' (and I mean that humorously) But Mark Tufo stories voiced by Sean Runnette do not disappoint. This is a different book and yes, I will listen to Tim2 perhaps with the thought 'Dear God what am I getting into' Well done. Writing and narrating done very well. Just what a reader/listener wants.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (607)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Very different and somewhat disturbing."
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    What did you love best about Ashes?

    It is a good story, I felt for the characters


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Less shouting, I do like a narrator that gets into the performance and this is done very well by Katherine Kellgren but there was times I had to turn down the volume or take the headphones from the ears as the shouting/acting was just too loud.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very different view of an apocalyptic event and aftermath and one that seemed possible yet left me a little wanting. I will listen to book 2 and see what develops. Which in many ways is what a author should do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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