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Mim

HUGHENDEN, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (552)

    I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

    Lisa says: "Some good, Some annoying!"
    "What can you see in Mind-space?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Bought the title on sale and enjoyed the narrator and the narrative. Adam is a junkie and spends a fair bit of time resisting the siren call of his drug which happens just enough to empathise with his guilt and his pain. The narrator has the right voice for the character and makes it work well for the narrative. Plenty of strong female characters, and the story crackles along at great pace. Told in a non-linear style many of the reasons for Adam's thoughts and actions don't become clear until well into the story. I like that in an author, making a reader think and wait a while. Dresden Files fans may enjoy this entry in the genre.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Hallowed Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (310)

    The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

    Rose says: "Magic and Kingship in the Land of the Five Gods"
    "Gets better on the second listen"
    Overall
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    Story

    Was not too impressed the first time round it was sufficiently out of time from the first two books that I had trouble relating to the time and setting. On the second listen, being more aware of the story line I found it quite intriguing and quite cleverly written. Be prepared for it to be different and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (481)

    1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

    Diana says: "The Greyfriar Rocks!"
    "Alternate world view, non-sparkly vampires"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Voiced by the Divine James Marsters, I found the story to be generally pleasing with a mixture of canon and alternate views of Vampires. I enjoyed the mix of magics in the pot but found the American war leader clichéd. Big mark for the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brewster’s Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By George Barr McCutcheon
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Would you be able to spend a million dollars in cash and leave yourself penniless if it meant you would then be given many more millions? That’s poor Monty Brewster’s dilemma in this charming tale.

    Mim says: "Charming piece of a different era"
    "Charming piece of a different era"
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    Bought this on the strength of fond memories of the film with Richard Prior. Yes the original story is different, thank you Hollywood. Even so, it is a charming story about holding your nerve, keeping your eye on the prize and trusting in your ability to do what no-one else has done, on purpose. I do like Monty Brewster and the trouble he had to become a pauper and how he knew who his friends were by the ones who stuck with him. Old fashioned but delightfully well written full of colloquialisms of the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (4237)
    Performance
    (3715)
    Story
    (3750)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Interesting information about Gamers"
    Overall
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    Story

    Took a while to get into this but once I did it was quite interesting in its information about the world of gamers and the construction and maintenance of computer RPGs. The mystery and terrorism bits were reasonably passable too but I found the last 6 hours or so quite tedious, the final battle just seemed to go on and on and on. A fair read in general but not much more for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8247)
    Performance
    (7306)
    Story
    (7297)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "More guns required..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Larry Correia has a wide knowledge of guns and he uses it at every opportunity. The conceit of the tale is amusing enough and the pop references are fun but I read the Hard Magic books first and really enjoyed them, so this title suffers by being the second sequence I have read by this author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glory Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (444)

    . C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

    ShySusan says: "Heinlein's only fantasy"
    "Be careful what you wish for..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was taken right from the start and enjoyed the various ways Oscar deals with the being a Hero. Grand narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unknown Ajax

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (428)

    Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

    bebe says: "Another great Georgette Heyer romance"
    "One of my favourites"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I kept seeing one of the Hemsworth brothers as the Ajax. (Liam or Chris would be lovely) A wonderfully charming tale with the least amount of problems for the characters. Narrator does a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2477)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1658)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "A decent procedural"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Worth the purchase, interesting protagonist, bustles along at a decent clip. A few interesting insights into the effectiveness of profiling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Marco Chiappi
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Jack Irish has no shortage of friends: jockeys and journos, lawyers and standover men, people in nameless occupations who aren't in the phone book. These days, though, the only family he sees are Irish men in faded football team photographs on the pub wall.So when Des Connors, the last link to his father, calls to ask for help in the matter of a missing son, Jack is happy to lend a hand. But sometimes prodigal sons go missing for a reason.

    Mim says: "The Irish have an interesting life"
    "The Irish have an interesting life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Used to the characters and the language used and enjoy being thrust into an age before we all became too Politically Correct. (The Australian ABC films do a grand job of bringing the stories to life.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (3901)
    Performance
    (3477)
    Story
    (3511)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Living in your own head"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Charming story, narrated well. Enjoyed the detail the author used to paint the pictures inside Mr Mitty's head. Don't we all have a need for time to think?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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