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Jack

Brisbane QLDAustralia | Member Since 2004

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  • 152 titles in library
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  • Death in Holy Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    Atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. Not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to investigate the death, the college is torn apart by another death, a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

    Jannice says: "Death in Holy Orders - good PBS"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    This is the best audio book I've heard. The narration is excellent, perfectly paced for the subject, with great accents. The plot and characterisation sustain interest throughout.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Private Patient

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    When notorious investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn booked into an exclusive clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring facial scar, she had every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, followed by a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses and the beginning of a new life. She was never to leave Cheverell Manor alive.

    Traci says: "The Private Patient"
    "A bridge too far!"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed so many P D James novels but after "The Private Patient", I'm over it.
    This book is ponderously slow - it is simply boring. There are detailed descriptions of every face, house, piece of furniture culminating in a description of traffic lights changing. In the meantime the plot inches forward.
    Baroness James - time to retire from published writing - it's over!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Resolution

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    After the bloody confrontation in Appaloosa, Everett Hitch heads into the afternoon sun and ends up in Resolution, an Old West town so new the dust has yet to settle. It's the kind of town that doesn't have much in the way of commerce, except for a handful of saloons and some houses of ill repute.

    Jack says: "Rootin, Tootin, Shootin!"
    "Rootin, Tootin, Shootin!"
    Overall

    A real old time gunslinger story with plenty of goodies, baddies, saloon girls, whiskey and, above all, the dry quip. Uh huh! Yep! There were many "I said" followed by "He Said" statements which should have been edited out as they are obvious from the character voices but overall it is a good narration. Light and enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4207)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1761)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Classy!"
    Overall

    I am yet to be disappointed by a Michael Connelly book and "Brass Verdict" was no exception. Connelly combines Harry Bosch and "the Lincoln Lawyer" in this story which has many twists and keeps you interested all the way. Classy and well narrated!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sail

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Jennifer van Dyke
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Peter is a broken man. He appears to struggle to contain his grief as he holds a heartfelt TV interview about his loss. But all is not as it seems, beneath the grief lies a more sinister side, Peter is involved with a beautiful - and dangerous - younger woman and it soon transpires that he knows more about his family's disappearance than he is letting on.

    Jack says: "CORNY!"
    "CORNY!"
    Overall

    Suspend reality anyone who enters here! This book makes "Indiana Jones" look like non-fiction. If you can cope with man eating snake on a Carribean Island then this is for you.
    How could this book be a best seller - it defies imagination?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Original Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    The Peverell Press, a Thameside publishing house, is ripe for change. The Chairman has just died, and his French partner retired, leaving the latter's ruthless son, Gerard Etienne, as Chairman and Managing Director. Etienne has made many enemies including his discarded mistress and a rejected author; and he has even threatened members of the Peverell staff. When he is found dead on the premises there is no shortage of suspects.

    Nina says: "Ms. James is irreplacable!"
    "One out of the top drawer!"
    Overall

    This was my third P D James after Death in Holy Orders and the Murder Room and I thoroughly enjoyed it - as I did the other two. It is a little slow to develop but by a quarter of the way in it really has you hooked. The pressure builds to a big finish. Michael Joyston as narrator does not have the superlative English dialect skills of the narrator in the other two books but he is certainly no slouch. For mine it dead heats with Death in Holy Orders as an outstandingly good listen. Highly recommended.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Hugger Mugger

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (45)

    Somebody is shooting horses at Walter Clive's Three Fillies Stables, and Clive has hired Spenser to find out who before they claim the life of champion two-year-old Hugger Mugger. Amid unsightly family secrets, crooked security guards, an apathetic sheriff's deputy, and a jockey the size of a ham sandwich, Spenser's case takes a deadly turn when the attacker claims a human victim - and Spenser could be next.

    Jack says: "Really good listen"
    "Really good listen"
    Overall

    I'd previously listened to Robert Parker's "Potshot" and enjoyed it. This book has the same mix of old style private eye, tough guy, glamorous and intelligent girlfriend, sexual references etc and it all works - and works well. The narration is first class and fits the character of the book; the plot gets you in and is well developed. I really enjoyed this listen and recommend it to others who want a light and stimulating thriller / detective story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Show Me the Buffet

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By John Pinette
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Don't think John Pinette is funny just because he's fat and is always talking about food. What's wrong with you? Don't you eat? Even if you don't tip the scale, you'll be able to find common ground with his hysterical routines that have landed him appearances on such important stages as Caroline's Comedy Hour, Showtime's Comedy All Stars, and An Evening at the Improv. Or perhaps you already know Pinette as the "fat mugging victim" on the last episode of Seinfeld.

    Jesse says: "It gets no better!"
    "Unsubtle and humourless"
    Overall

    No subtle humour in this one. Just loud, raw, smutty, toilet humour that's not particularly funny. Not memorable and very missable.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Winner of the 2001 Audie Award for Classic Fiction, this is an unparalleled presentation of Maugham's stories, complete with sound effects and music.

    Jack says: "Jewels!"
    "Jewels!"
    Overall

    I found these "period piece" short stories an absolute delight. Imperialism, racism and class culture are rampant throughout - not "politically acceptable" in today's world but they define an earlier period.
    Few authors can observe and write as well today.
    The pace and quality of the narration compliments the high standard of the stories.
    Most enjoyable listening.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2583)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (355)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Not for me!"
    Overall

    Initially I found it difficult to follow the time travelling sequences in this book. When I did pick up what was going on in "time travel land", I became bored with the continual sequence of time changes. It works as a love story, its concluding stages are poignant and emotion stirring but the narration does not do the characters justice. I am fascinated that so many reviewers have appraised this book so highly. Individual differences, I guess. Not for me - I was glad when it finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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