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Stuart

rd5 Hamilton, New Zealand | Member Since 2013

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  • The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day.

    Sherrill says: "Captivating"
    "Michael delivers"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant to Hollywood to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elephant to Hollywood?

    The whole thing is a big picture


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All good


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

    Live it as best you can


    Any additional comments?

    It's Michael's life as written and read by Michael. Loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonraker: James Bond, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax - a man who, it seems, cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, Sir Hugo's exposure could threaten Britain's latest defense system, so James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London's most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant, Gala Brand, discover there's more to Drax than meets the eye.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very Different from the Movie"
    "Flemming at his best"
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    Sadly Fleming is a very under rated writer dye to the deviation grin the original books the films have evolved. If you have not read any of the books , do so , they are of the highest quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23668)
    Performance
    (21751)
    Story
    (21760)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Well crafted tale."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nice to see a well researched intelligent Sci Fi for a change these days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot: Jesse Stone, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Reed Farrel Coleman, Robert B. Parker (Created by)
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York City hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been. He left more behind him than unresolved feelings about the play that ended his baseball career. The darkly sensuous Kayla, his former girlfriend and current wife of an old teammate is there in New York...

    Dave Staats says: "So GOOD! Great Tribute to Dr. Parker"
    "Beware! Not all is as it first appears."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Reed Farrel Coleman and Robert B. Parker (Created by) and/or James Naughton?

    Reed does not seem to have a grip on the true nature of a Jesse Stone book. I would go so far that the only thing he has captured and reproduced is the character's names. Had I been more observant I would not have purchased this knowing it was not by Parker.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Reed Farrel Coleman and Robert B. Parker (Created by) again?

    No.


    Which character – as performed by James Naughton – was your favorite?

    All of the performance was fine, the material is the let down.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a Jesse Stone book, so long as you are aware of that you may well enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Learn Japanese - Ultimate Getting Started with Japanese Box Set, Lessons 1-55

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Innovative Language Learning
    • Narrated By Peter Galante, Naomi Kambe
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Start speaking Japanese in minutes, and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Ultimate Getting Started with Japanese Box Set, a completely new way to learn Japanese with ease! Ultimate Getting Started with Japanese Box Set will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and arm you with cultural insight and other information to utterly shock and amaze your Japanese friends.

    Ulee says: "I listened to the Whole Thing in 24 Hours"
    "Helpful for starters"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only as a add-on to other Japanese study material, the lack of a written refernce is a bit of a problem


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not really applicable


    What does Peter Galante and Naomi Kambe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Helpful to hear Japanese when you are studying it


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

    Not applicable


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37843)
    Performance
    (28564)
    Story
    (28971)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "What is all the fuss about?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Hunger Games better?

    A more believable story line, far too many 'just introduced' elements with no logic attached. The love story thread was simply annoying and frustrating and no resolution delivered.


    What didn’t you like about Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    She did as good a job as she could have, just not sure such a light voice was suited to what was basically a fairly violent and heavy story, it just did not jell.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hunger Games?

    The final battle scene and the ending, just made you think you were being treating like an idiot who would not notice the flaws in the plot


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4744)
    Performance
    (4231)
    Story
    (4232)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Good listen"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about Suspect?

    The whole thing just jelled and worked as a total


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

    Not edge of your seat sort of stuff really, more just sort of always interesting


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

    The reading was surprising, you really felt the relationship between the main character and Maggie (the dog)


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

    Yep


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1564)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1389)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "A winning delivery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Deliverance?

    The story had it's problems really, but the narration was good enough to smooth over them. Considering the age of the book now it has lasted well.


    What other book might you compare Deliverance to and why?

    Not sure, maybe an early version of Hunger Games, bit more reality based.


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

    The rhythm and cadence is just right.


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

    Not really, just engaging right from the start.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Casino Royale (with Interview)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn’t be higher. 007’s mission is to neutralise the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to ‘retire’ him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in – that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall.

    Irina Alexander says: "Bond - A Stranger To Present Generations!"
    "Much more of a literary effort than I expected"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I have not read any Fleming before and was probably judging him unfairly based only on the movies, but the book was well constructed and the writing much better than expected, I think I thought it would be more comic book style. Thoroughly enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Stevens does a good job of the narration - maybe even a little hint of Connery about the phrasing and cadence every now and then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (568)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
    "Sir Ian is fabulous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Odyssey?

    The narration style of Sir Ian McKellan


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

    A very unique rhythm to the narration that keeps you listening with no fatigue at all despite this being a very long epic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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