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Peter

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  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1014)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Unlistenable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I tried to get started on this several time - unlistenable


    What could Adrian McKinty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't think its possible


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spies of the Balkans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Nick Rawlinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Salonika, 1940. In the backrooms of barbers, envelopes change hands, and in the Club de Salonique the air is thick with whispers. Costa Zannis is the city's dashing chief detective, and as unknown ships and British “travel writers” trickle through the port, he is a man very much in demand. Having helped defeat Italy in the highlands of Macedonia, Zannis returns to a city holding its breath.

    Peter says: "Really Enjoyed"
    "Really Enjoyed"
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    Well crafted story about a Greek Detective and the events leading up to the invasion of Greece during the Second World War. Characterisation excellent, reading excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Micro

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (26)

    An instant classic in the vein of Jurassic Park, this boundary-pushing novel has all the hallmarks of Michael Crichton’s greatest adventures with its combination of pulse-pounding thrills, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research.

    Tan says: "Crichton's final novel"
    "Crichton would have been disappointed."
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    Story

    This is the book Michael Crichton had supposedly partly written before he died. In reality I suspect that Crichton did no more than construct a plot outline and the book was largely the work of Preston. Like so many other books that purport to be 'co-written', it trades on the name and reputation of the established author but does not possess the quality writing that gained the author his original reputation because in actuality it has been write by someone of much lesser capability.

    The plot is a great idea. It is all about a company that develops (and uses for badness and evil) a variant of nanotechnology where it actually shrinks things and people to a tiny proportion of their original size. It covers the adventures of 6 science students who discover something is wrong and are shrunk themselves and dumped in the jungle in Hawaii and their battles to survive against insects and birds (and of course, the baddies). However the characters are poor, the dialogue is atrocious and it is just badly written and presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruddy Gore: A Phryne Fisher Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (180)

    The glorious Phryne Fisher returns to the spotlight in her seventh adventure. Fisher is an independent, unconventional PI with competence, unflappability and flamboyance in equal measures.

    Running late to the Hinkler gala performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, she meets some thugs in a dark alley and handles them convincingly before they can ruin her silver dress. Phryne then finds that she has rescued a gorgeous Chinese, Lin Chung, and his grandmother, and is briefly mistaken for a deity.

    Pam says: "Great fun!"
    "A Delightful Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Kerry Greenwoods books provide a wonderful picture of Melbourne between the wars. With Phriony Fisher and the competent, smart and beautiful lady detective who none can get the better of. A delightful read (listen) beautifully read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1327)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    Jean says: "Against All Enemies"
    "Where are you Tom?"
    Overall
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    Atrociously written and badly read. I refuse to believe Tom Clancy was any where near this publication in anything apart from name. I did listen to the end only because I refused to believe it could not get worse - I was wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mill Murder: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (279)

    Phryne Fisher is doing one of her favorite things -dancing at the Green Mill (Melbourne's premier dance hall) to the music of Tintagel Stone's Jazzmakers, the band who taught St Vitus how to dance. And she's wearing a sparkling lobelia-coloured georgette dress. Nothing can flap the unflappable Phryne -especially on a dance floor with so many delectable partners. Nothing except death, that is.

    Su says: "The best so far"
    "Delightful"
    Overall
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    Really enjoyed this superbly read and written story. Actually checked some to the historical facts and couldn't fault them. Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    tess says: "Very typical of Dan Brown. Easy brilliance."
    "Dan Brown has lsot more than a Symbol!"
    Overall

    I was totally and utterly disappointed in this book which trades on his (Brown's) past success. It is repetitive, predictable, stupid and badly written!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Peter says: "One of my top 3"
    "One of my top 3"
    Overall

    This is one of my top three books for the last 5 years. I read it about a year ago and was entranced by it so when I saw it as an audio, I had to listen to it as well. The audio production is excellent, maybe the best I have come across so far.
    It is really hard to explain to someone who has not read it. The Historian is is not a horror story but it is about vampires. It is set across Europe with wonderful characters and descriptions. The story subtly builds up tension as it replays the lives of father and daughter who are fascinated to the extent of becoming addicted to the mysteries surrounding Vlad the Impaler, a middle European tyrant who fought invaders five centuries ago and managed to dispose of a fair proportion of his own people along the way. As they chase the trail he left in manuscripts and maps in cities across Europe and they delve deeper, strange things start to happen and suspense rises in this beautifully written and well read audio book

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Romanov Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (185)

    In 1917, Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man.

    Christopher says: "This was well worth it."
    "How can I say this nicely?"
    Overall

    This has to have been one of the most frustrating and annoying books I have ever listened to. I cannot believe a supposedly intelligent lawyer (hero) and his Russian Acrobat girlfriend (heroine) can be so continually thick as they are thrown from one assasination attempt to the next with the obvious villians turning up again and again as if invited. Each time the hero and heroine walk straight into the trap oblivious of doing exactly the same thing last time and the time before and of course miraculously escape with their lives (though I am not fortelling the ending). The only mitigating factor is the fascinating history around which the plot has been woven. Berry would have been better to have focus on that topic. The other factor making it bearable was that it was well read.
    If you are looking for a well constructed, clever and twisting plot, forget this book. If you are looking for a relatively fast paced entirely predictable read, well, you may be able to get through it.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Wheel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1909)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (881)

    FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

    Henrik says: "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."
    "What a Rollercoaster!"
    Overall

    The hero is just too good (as is the heroine), the baddies are particulrly bad and the story is just a little too bizarre. I also found the reader a bit hard to take at the start. But with all that negativism, (I clearly need to meditate and get back to my innerself) I have to admit that I listened right to the end and that once into it, I mostly enjoyed the trip into Tibet, the wild sea journey and the moral overtones about our decaying society.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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