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barbara

Chiswick, Australia | Member Since 2007

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  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1739)
    Performance
    (1519)
    Story
    (1503)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "If you like American dramas....."
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    The reason that I don't like American dramas is that the characters are predictable in many ways: heroines and heroes are always 'beautiful' - tall, slim, muscles etc. they always have an offsider who is not 'tall, slim, muscles etc in fact they are the opposite and are always shorter then the hero/ine with a slave devotion to their master/mistress.
    So predictable I don't want to even bother writing anymore...even the story line is predictable....this sums up Delusion in Death - end of review.
    PS
    The narration by Susan Ericksen was impressive - she does so many voices and characters - quite amazing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (397)

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    Rebecca says: "A more mature Michael..."
    "Just so dark...."
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    I really appreciate the fantastic work that Gerard Doyle does with these books, amazing characters he creates, but Adrian McKinty writes a very dark story, really hard work at times due to the incredible tension, the fear and depth of violence that overfalls the whole story but i needed to finish. Will I buy another one and keep torturing myself? Definitely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1240)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1051)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "demeaning to women but the male readers wont care"
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    I read mostly detective stories and mainly with middle age males as the hero but this one just take the macho too far. Every time a woman comes into the story the author has to spend time describing her body, there is even advice to women on how to act and look, it is just so demeaning to women that it impacted on the story for me and I had to ask for a refund. I note tho that not one other person - mainly male - has picked up this issue. Interesting but not surprising.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5469)
    Performance
    (4172)
    Story
    (4168)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    A User says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "So corny yet so addictive"
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    I have listened to over 7 of these books and I must say that each time it takes me a few chapters to relax and enjoy the story as the overall story is very corny - about a predictable hero, modest yet highly skilled and brave tho he never admits it - self depreciating constantly.
    However despite this I will continue to buy these addictive books and listen to the wonderful performance of James Marsters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1112)

    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!!!"
    "McKinty and Doyle are an amazing pair"
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    It must say something about an author when you start to see the bad guys as heros. To be able to place you on the other side of the fence and see the world through the eyes of very bad people is quite an experience. There is some very graphic violence in this novel and I must admit that I had to fast forward so I did not hear it - the bits i heard were very graphic although correctly in context - there is enough violence of a tolerable level for me to get the idea. I loved the detail Adrian went into describing the 'tinkers' and their beliefs and history - made me do a bit of research on the side to see if Adrian was accurate - he was! Gerard Doyle is amazing, changing his voice and accents for so many people. Some books should never change their narrator and thank goodness Gerard appears to narrate all of Adrian's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Postern of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books. While rustling through a copy of The Black Arrow, Tuppence comes upon a series of apparently random underlinings.

    barbara says: "just too old"
    "just too old"
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    I am a great agatha christie however this one was just too old on many levels..constant conversation between the husband and wife sleuths..and in the end there was no point trying to work out 'who dun it' as agatha just introduced a random person in the end who was the murderer...very hard to stay involved

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael Brandon
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    When Mickey Haller is invited by the Los Angeles County District Attorney to prosecute a case for him, he knows something strange is going on. Mickey's a defense lawyer, one of the best in the business, and to switch sides like this would be akin to asking a fox to guard the hen-house.

    PAOLO says: "Master orchestration of Connelly's best characters"
    "Never enough Connelly"
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    I think now I have read all of Michael Connelly books - sometimes the authors just don't write quick enough. I loved this book, two of my favourite characters together with lots of tension throughout the story so you could not stop listening. Michael Brandon is excellent with his amazing ability to depict each character so exactly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Night

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Gipsy's Acre was a truly beautiful upland site with views out to sea, and in Michael Rogers it stirred a child-like fantasy. There, amongst the dark fir trees, he planned to build a house, find a girl, and live happily ever after. But as he left the village, a shadow of menace hung over the land, for this was the place where accidents happened. Perhaps Michael should have heeded the locals' warnings: "There's no luck for them as meddles with Gipsy's Acre."

    Roxalanne says: "Twist in the tale"
    "A very different Christie"
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    Having read most of Christie's detective books I found this one a major change. Still a mystery though with no detective taking the lead. Written in first person the husband takes us on a journey with a great twist - just loved it. Hugh Fraser is amazing. So may characters I had to keep reminding myself they were all the work of one man.
    I had no idea Agatha Christie had written books such as this, so it is with excitement I head back into the Audible catalogue to search for more of her unexpected and unusual works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (339)

    Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own. Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Most exciting by Todd Yet"
    "too much too fast"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not particularly, I liked the setting - just after WW1 - the author created a very interesting setting and it was also very interesting to hear how England life was affected by the war.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Confession?

    Not one particular moment


    What aspect of Simon Prebble’s performance would you have changed?

    I'm sorry but Mr Prebble just reads too fast. He does all the characters beautifully but I found I had at times needed to 're wind' to hear what he had said. It made it particularly difficult as there are so many characters and it was quite difficult to keep up with who they were and where they fitted into the story.
    I was a bit more used to it by book 2, but still quite difficult to keep up with all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Best read on long drive when you won't have any interruptions - very hard to keep up with the story otherwise

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7987)
    Performance
    (6017)
    Story
    (5995)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Book I and 2 a surprisingly good scary read"
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    Where does Fool Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fool Moon ranked highly among all the audiobooks I've read so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the character who is telling the story - although a 'wizard', he presents as a very nice person - simple as that - you appreciate his skills, his humour and his need to earn money to pay his bills like the rest of us,


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

    James Marsters voice makes this story - it could have been just yet another story about vampires, magic and werewolves..but James makes the main character a sane, likeable, down to earth type person - you gotta love him.


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

    A scary book - great fun


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe a few too many werewolves in it.........and a bit too much emphasis on stunningly beautiful naked females....tho this is so typical of male writers........they dream....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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