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MR AJ Moore

Magaliessig, Gauteng South Africa | Member Since 2008

  • 9 reviews
  • 72 ratings
  • 112 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014

  • The Chrysalids

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Robert Powell

    Genetic mutation has devastated the world. In the bleak, primitive society that has emerged from its ruins, any sign of deviation is ruthlessy hunted out and destroyed. David lies in fear of discovery, for he is a part of a secret group of children who are able to communicate with each other by transferring thought-shapes into each other's minds. As they grow older they feel increasingly isolated. Then one of them marries a 'norm' - with terrifying consequences.

    St. Amand says: "We need a sequel!"
    "Classic too"

    When I was a teenager this book was my introduction to Wyndham and the Science Fiction genre. For years now it has remained a favourite and so it was with with interest that I recently revisited the story as an audio book. After all these years the premise still remains bold, even profound. As a South African brought up during the Apartheid years I'm now aware that the subject matter which focuses on physical 'difference' is still especially relevant. The story too is well paced, firstly intriguing, then later on down right exciting.

    If there is a criticism, however, the finale is all a little 'safe'. Perhaps the modern audience is jaded from watching too many 'cliffhangers' at the cinema but I also feel the somewhat anticipated ending is a consequence of the author giving up on the action in order to squeeze in one more moralistic exposition. A serious flaw when the message was already obvious.

    Recommened? Definitly flaws and all!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Was the Train Evil ... or Not?"

    The book and its subject is not something I would normally choose but was intrigued by the idea of shipping out kids into the countryside and dumping them. Was surprised how I invested into the narrative and cared for the principal characters. The story's protagonist and her soul mate experience abuse at the hands of cold foster parents but that's not the final take away message. The ending suggests that a ride on this train might not have been a bad thing. A parallel modern day story also allows us to contrast different foster techniques and one wonders if we have progressed much. Interestingly its was Duchy's story that haunted me long after the story ended.

    Definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Hannah Tinti
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Twelve-year-old Ren doesn't know who his parents were. He doesn't know who left him at St. Anthony's orphanage, or how he lost his left hand when still an infant. He is resigned to life without a family to call his own and terrified of the future. But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren's long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents is enough to persuade the monks at the orphanage to release the boy. But is Benjamin really who he says he is?

    MR AJ Moore says: "Close But No Cigar?"
    "Close But No Cigar?"

    Loved the story! Plot was particularly well thought out and offered a number of suprises. The mood too was well articulated, fog and unease. But most of the characters were a bit one dimensional. I loved them as they were all quirky and strange but I did not believe in them for a minute! They needed a back story to make them real. This is one of those books that should have been longer with more time invested in fleshing out the cast. Still, a good romp!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "Just like a dream"

    I read on the Internet that Murakami suggests you revisit the novel a few times in order to 'get it'. I've finished my first 'reading' and am keen to have another go soon. Its like a dream twisiting and turning at times both profound and startling. My favourite part was when the prostitute expounds in mid intercourse the finer points of Hegel's philosophy in such a way that even I understood! Its a great journey with lots of 'take away' nuggets of insight and quotable moments. Enjoy

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Harrowing yet ultimately beautiful"

    Deeply disturbing 'The Road' is no easy journey. It shows both the baseness that humanity is capable of but also our ability to show tenderness and careing. Eloquent storytelling in a suprisingly minimalist style, makes this book very accesible and once complete you marvel at the way this story has been crafted. A masterpiece.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Victory Story"

    This life afirming story moved me like no other book before! Excellent.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't gone and dropped dead at a karaoke night, Fat Charlie Nancy would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would also have no idea that he has a brother (called Spider) who is also a god. And now this brother is trying to take over his life, and is generally doing a much better job of being him.

    Lesley says: "Neil Gaiman is awesome as usual"
    "Faith Restored"

    This story ain't going to win any prizes but I have to confess it really made me chuckle and once or twice explode with laughter! I loved 'American Gods' but was put off Gaiman when I abandoned 'Neverwhere' halfway through. I felt is just too superficial and fantastical. My faith in the author was restored with this story where the fantasy is revealed with considered and clever pacing. Praise must also go to Lenny Henry, the narrator, who does an excellent job of making each character unique... and funny

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Sadly Dated"

    I felt that the story which rests very heavily on what it calls the Metaverse, but what we would today consider to be an instance of 'Second Life', is now rather badly dated. Problems with rendering, spatial interactions etc in this realm now seem ludicrous. I also took exception to the author's heavily descriptive style which robbed the narrative of any tension or pace. It was as if a postmodern rush of strangely juxtapositioned descriptive terms were thought more important than what later emerged as a really good story.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle

    Perhaps the ultimate in TV comedy madness and absurdity, this cult series, which began in 1969, inspired many of today's writers and performers. This audio programme features many of the legendary sketches, songs, and catchphrases, including "The Dead Parrot", "The Ministry of Silly Walks", "The Lumberjack Song", "And Now for Something Completely Different", and many more.

    MR AJ Moore says: "Classic Monty Python"
    "Classic Monty Python"

    Ever wondered why fans can't resist quoting lines from Monty Python skits? They cackle something absurd and then break into fits of laughter leaving the uninitiated clueless?

    I had this recording on a cassette tape when I was a kid. I played it so often it became stretched and unplayable. Today I was reunited with a recording that is a Monty Python classic. The Flying Circus is a great place to plug into the absurd, mind bending British humour and be introduced to their whacky world perspective.

    Before you know it you will be cackling absurd lines and laughing out loud before you finish leaving others wondering what's going on. They really do 'shine out like a shaft of gold while all around is dark'.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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