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Doug in syd

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Druga
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Without warning the United States is invaded and attacked. The result: World War III. In the sanctity of her shelter, Joanna Collins reconciles her life on the pages of a notebook. In doing so, she gains the determination to discover what has become of those she loves in a world that has turned to dust.

    Robert says: "Painfully Amateurish"
    "Good Story, Excellent Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a well presented and interesting story of The end of days or perhaps the beginning of other days.It's about an average groupe of people who think they have prepared for the end.
    They discover very quickly that things never go as planned however their plans do in some cases save some lives. the characters are well developed and feel real. they go through hell and jacqueline Druga Takes you right along with them. They stagger and fall, dis obey and dis-honor each other while slowly forging their life needing bonds.Excellently told by Druga. wish she would narrate all her story's.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Island 731

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (147)

    Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working onboard the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by 30 miles of refuse, the ship and its high-tech systems are plagued by a series of strange malfunctions and the crew is battered by a raging storm. When the storm fades and the sun rises, the beaten crew awakens to find themselves anchored in the protective cove of a tropical island...and no one knows how they got there.

    Matthew says: "Beware of your next Pacific cruise"
    "Bit creepy"
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    This is a dark and strange tale. Enjoyable no doubt but... be warned its full of wierd monster types and there's lots of strange killing. I suppose it's a typical scary si-fi, with mad scientist, bio-logical experiments and genetic mutations all running wild. If that's what you like jump right in. i did and although at first i thought I'd bail out persistence paid off and eventually i was content that i had not wasted a credit...Not in a hurry to read more of Jeremy Robinson but will eventually.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (277)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "McKinty Excellence"
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    Story

    Once again Adrian McKinty has written a compelling yarn and as always Gerard Doyle brings the story to life with such authenticity that you feel your listening to some ones biography rather than a fictional tale. The story is full of twists and turns. The story is original and though it covers Ierland and america, like so many of his story's do.It remains fresh and original. Hope you enjoy listening to it as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conquest: Star Force, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1564)
    Performance
    (1430)
    Story
    (1438)

    Conquest is the next chapter in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force must stop the machine invaders once again - but how?

    In the fourth book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has freed Earth from the chains of the Macros - but at what cost? The Macros no longer trust him. He is a mad dog that must be put down - and all Star Force must be stamped out with him. The war expands in this story, and mankind is once again faced with annihilation.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally stands his ground"
    "Just gets better with each chapter"
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    Excellent chapter/episode. this series continues to impress with each instalment off to read episode 5. give this man a movie contract please.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (760)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "More please"
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    I rarely read zombie books cause there about zombies. this one is not, its about people and how their lives inter lock. It's way too short but that works also .I,d like to hear a full account of the books situation especially in the style that this has been written. well done Peter Clines another grate listen.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rebellion: Star Force, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1772)
    Performance
    (1619)
    Story
    (1626)

    Rebellion is the turning point in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force is on the side of the machines...but for how long? In the third book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs learns just what kind of war Earth is caught up in. At the mercy of the Macros, his marines fight against new alien races, big and small. They battle the innocent and the vile alike, until their situation becomes grim. Rebellion is a military science-fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Amazon Customer says: "Awesome,and original."
    "Three and still strong"
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    Performance
    Story

    I like most who have reviewed this series, thoroughly enjoyed the first two episodes and have just finished the third and its terrific. If you like action,aliens and tongue in cheek plots take a ride you wont be disappointed. narration is good, story is interesting and the price is right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Philip Wylie
    • Narrated By Christopher Robin Miller
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    On a lazy, quiet afternoon, in the blink of an eye, our world shatters into two parallel universes as men vanish from women and women from men. After families and loved ones separate from one another, life continues in very different ways for men and women, boys and girls. An explosion of violence sweeps one world that still operates technologically; social stability and peace in the other are offset by famine and a widespread breakdown in machinery and science.

    Doug in syd says: "Venus Vs Mars"
    "Venus Vs Mars"
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    This I belive is a great Story and back in 1951 was most likely considered controversial and a good hot read. Today however it takes a little more to shock us. Basically the story is the world is split in two one for women one for man and we dance between the two watching how they cope without the other.So much promise and opportunity there. Thing is, it then stars to rave on in long boring speeches of pilosophy , Using the story and the characters in it to moralise about the evils of soscity, capitalist and Americans. It sets up a basic Women are from venus men are from mars comparison. which in !951 may have seemed quite clever and then it uses scrouge as an ending. The narration is fairly tedious and at times felt like the drone of an engine. the characters voices we're not to bad but too often you felt the narrator wanted to hurry through to the end .If you love old sci-fi or Philip Wylie then give it a try if not you may want to try another of his books first,
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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (602)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Crystal says: "GREAT story. HORRIBLE narrator!"
    "Saturday arvo horror flick"
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    When i was a Kid we would go to the picture theatre on saturday and watch horror films. they we're fun, Fantastical stories about all kinds of monsters and such. this book is like one of those movies a bit too Fantastic to be considered real but a good "scary" listen. I do prefer Kootz when his story reflects a more real situation but this one is still worth a listen

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lighthouse Land: The Lighthouse Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    When Jamie’s mother inherits a small island and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares. Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak. But Muck Island is no sanctuary, and it offers more than solitude and sea views. Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title—Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage—and certain otherworldly responsibilities.

    Kathy says: "Brilliant!"
    "Childrens fantasy"
    Overall
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    I clearly missed the fact that this book was created for children when i read the reviews . that being the case I at first did'nt think it was up to Adrians normal standard. Once the penny dropped i became a little less critical. As a childs story i think its probably good, though somewhat violent and a little thin on morals and ethics. I finished it but probably won't continue with this particular trilogy. Prefer his books for us crustys.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4076)
    Performance
    (3637)
    Story
    (3633)

    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!!"
    "K9 cop"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Robert Crais will no doubt be writing more dog cop story's as this one is excellent. a nice tight story with well balanced empathy for dog human relationships. the story is not to complicated and doesn't bog down with endless detail, just enough to give you the picture you need. very little gore and plenty of story. characters are enjoyable. worth a credit. Going back to try another from Mr Crais

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sirius

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Olaf Stapledon
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Sirius is Thomas Trelone's great experiment - a huge, handsome dog with the brain and intelligence of a human being. Raised and educated in Trelone's own family alongside Plaxy, his youngest daughter, Sirius is a truly remarkable and gifted creature. His relationship with the Trelones, particularly with Plaxy, is deep and close, and his inquiring mind ranges across the spectrum of human knowledge and experience. But Sirius isn't human and the conflicts and inner turmoil that torture him cannot be resolved.

    Victoria says: "Unusual, yet compelling."
    "Man Vs dog"
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    a very interesting story, mostly concerning relationships between animals and people. a some-what sad tale. Illustrating human beings poor record on animal empathy. certainly not a happy dog tale where fido saves the day. this story gets pretty dark at time as we follow the narrator through the human animal relationships this unfortunate critter has to bear
    wortrh a credit worthy listen. Keep the tissues close

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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