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Evan

Subiaco, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    The pivotal sixth instalment in King's bestselling epic fantasy saga provides the key to the quest that defines Roland's life. In the next part of their journey to the tower, Roland and his band of followers face adversity from every side: Susannah Dean has been taken over by a demon-mother and uses the power of Black Thirteen to get from the Mid-World New York City. But who is the father of her child? And what role will the Crimson King play? Roland sends Jake to break Susannah's date with destiny.

    Evan says: "A finely crafted entry in the Dark Tower"
    "A finely crafted entry in the Dark Tower"
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    Story

    The penultimate entry in the Dark Tower saga is also one of the shorter books, but lacks nothing for its comparative brevity. With a fine performance by George Guidall, this rates up there as one of my favourite audiobook experiences ever...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Michael Carman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Villani's life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. But now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all the certainties of his life are crumbling. Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honor and deceit. And it is about truth.

    Evan says: "Masterpiece"
    "Masterpiece"
    Overall

    If "The Broken Shore" was Temple's evolution from the world of hard-boiled crime fiction to poignant crime drama, then "Truth" is his evolution from poignant crime drama to crime epic masterpiece. No longer content with small settings and particular crimes, with "Truth" Temple takes on the institutions charged with fighting crimes - the police, state politics and the money men behind the politicians. What emerges is a complex narrative that follows the head of the Victorian state homicide unit as he tries to negotiate the continuance of his career amongst a crumbling family life and a case with too many political implications. "Truth" paints a very vivid portrait of the crime scene in Victoria, and those responsible for policing homicides - and in that way stands out far above its contemporaries in Australian crime fiction more interested in police procedurals or unstoppable private investigators. Highly recommended for those of you who watched and enjoyed "The Wire".

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shooting Star

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By David Tredinnick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Frank Calder - ex-soldier and sacked police hostage negotiator - is just eking out a living as a mediator when he's approached by Pat Carson, patriarch of the dynastic Carson family. Pat wants him to deliver ransom money to kidnappers who've abducted his great-granddaughter. Frank urges Pat to call in the law, but he refuses, since police bungling nearly cost the life of another Carson child kidnapped years before.

    Evan says: "Quality hard boiled fiction"
    "Quality hard boiled fiction"
    Overall

    This is a quality early novel by Temple - not as good as "The Broken Shore" or "Truth", the latter being his undeniable masterpiece to date, this shows Temple's evolution from standard crime mystery writing to a higher standard of crime fiction. Whilst far from perfect, it makes for a very engaging read and has a "cold ring of truth" to its conclusion. Fast-paced, well edited, but in some places a little too convenient or a little too under-developed. Like a James Ellroy novel pre-L.A. Quartet. If you're after the lush descriptive passages of Bryce Courtenay, you will not find it here. But the terse and often darkly comedic tone is highly reminiscent of early hard boiled crime fiction, albeit with an Australian setting, and so if you like that sort of crime fiction, definitely give this a shot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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