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Tony

CanberraAustralia | Member Since 2007

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  • Sourcery: Discworld, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    A "sourcerer" is born in Discworld - a wizard so powerful that he makes all other magicians look like a bunch of fools in pointy hats. Now, suddenly, Discworld is brought to the brink of an all-out thaumaturgical war. The only hope for peace is Rincewind, the failed magician who has a risky plan to save the world. He enlists the help of several odd new characters, including Conina the barbarian hairdresser, Nijel the Destroyer, and a yuppie genie who sees lamps as a growth industry.

    Tony says: "Sourcery (Unabridged)"
    "Sourcery (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    Certainly one of Terry Pratchett's best novels. I laughted all thru the listening (the narrator helped a lot here). It does not depend on a detailed knowledge of Pratchett's characters to enjoy. Some of his other books are best enjoyed once you are familiar with them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Child of Fire: A Twenty Palaces Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Harry Connolly
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He's the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him - or let someone else do the job. Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise's next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone.

    Cliff says: "Good book with a warning."
    "Well constructed but not my sort of book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A well constructed book but a bit of a let down ending. The fight scenesare very convincing

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2329)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2046)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "High Action"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Ballistic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a high action fast pass book - don't expect too much depth to the story


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Jay has great voice ability - he can capture both female as well as male voices which many performers can't


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ballistic


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (135)

    The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

    Alan says: "Very very surprised"
    "First Class"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What other book might you compare The Pillars of the Earth to and why?

    It is difficult to find a book that compaes to this.It could be compared to a pseudo history like Tyrant by Manfredi.There is enough history to be interesting but enough fiction to allow characters to be well developed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (93)

    An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

    Richard Delman says: "Marvelous romp thru colorful LA gangsterland."
    "A good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Strip to be better than the print version?

    I don't find audio better or worse than print - just different. I grew up listening to radio plays and that is what I compare an audio book to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This is not a true thriller it is an interesting tale from various peoples view point.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    Kramer's characters are easy to identify and seem to match the verbal images well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3991)
    Performance
    (3564)
    Story
    (3560)

    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!!"
    "Novel Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The main character gives this book a slight edge on normal detective novels.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The conversations from the dog's view point add a lot to the story telling


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (1348)
    Story
    (1367)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "A great read (listen)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of my favourite scifi books; but it is perhaps better describes as an historical novel.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1825)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1040)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sci-fi Comdey of Manners"
    "Not as good as here others"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about To Say Nothing of the Dog? What did you like least?

    A cute story with a great ending but not as good as the Doomsday Book


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Topper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thorne Smith
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Topper is a hilarious, ribald comedy about a mild-mannered bank manager and two capricious ghosts, George and Marion Kerby, who make it their mission to rescue Topper from the drab "summer of suburban Sundays" that is his life.

    Gary says: "Delighful ride in a haunted car"
    "Light hearted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Thorne Smith and/or Barrett Whitener?

    The is a light hearted romance story with a bit of a twist. Easy listening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Guards a Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Ian Redford
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Who would sever a tongue from a living mouth? Or kill a pathetic, homeless old man? Or frighten a young doctor into silence? The questions are piling up, and Doug McHarg can't stop asking them - especially when he's warned off by both his boss in the local police and by Scotland Yard. The pattern that emerges is of a powerful organisation with links to the throne and the White House. And all that stands against them is McHarg: a discontented copper with nothing to lose.

    Christine says: "Unable to play book"
    "A great read"
    Overall

    A clever little crime thriller - well worth the read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1996)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1375)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Interesting if long"
    Overall

    If you you know little about WWII history this covers a lot of the cryptograhy from the period. The background to the fictional characters is mostly correct. The book has a lot of humour mixed with grim reality. I enjoyed it as a listen but felt it is perhaps a little too long.

    It is not Stephenson's best book

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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