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Alan T Alcock

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  • 32 ratings
  • 273 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The Associate

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Kyle McAvoy is one of the outstanding legal students of his generation: he's good looking, has a brilliant mind and a glittering future ahead of him. But he has a secret from his past, a secret that threatens to destroy his fledgling career and, possibly, his entire life. One night that secret catches up with him in the form of some bad men in a dark alley -- they have a deeply compromising video of the incident that haunts him. The men make it clear to Kyle that he no longer owns his own future.

    Alan T Alcock says: "Ordinary"
    "Ordinary"
    Overall

    Having read all of John Grisham books I looked forward with anticipation to listening to one. What a light weight book this is. It would seem that maybe John Grisham is turning out too many books and is turning simple ideas into long drawn out melodramas.
    Don't bother.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In January 2007 the young and optimistic soldiers of the 2-16, the American infantry battalion known as the Rangers, were sent to Iraq as part of the surge. Their job would be to patrol one of the most dangerous areas of Baghdad. For 15 months, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Finkel was with them, following them almost every grueling step of the way. The resulting account of that time, The Good Soldiers, is a searing, shattering portrait of the face of modern war.

    Alan T Alcock says: "Sobering"
    "Sobering"
    Overall

    Close to the best audiobook I have listened too. Graphic descriptions of the war, of the effects on those who took part, on their families and friends. Gives an honest and at times gut wrenching look at what the newspaper and tv media do not report on. The narrator is also to be complimented on his delivery. David Finkel, thank you for this up close insight into "the surge"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Boone

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Half the man, twice the lawyer. In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he's only 13 years old, Theo Boone thinks he's one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk - and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom. But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than he expected. Because he knows so much - maybe too much - he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial.

    Alan T Alcock says: "You have to be kidding!"
    "You have to be kidding!"
    Overall

    This is my second review on a John Grisham book and seriously this is almost kindergarten stuff. Boring, sentimental rubbish. Nothing like pumping out a book that barely rises above mediocre. Dont bother wasting a credit on this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Journey

    • ABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tony Blair
    • Narrated By Tony Blair
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    A Journey is Tony Blair’s first-hand account of his years in office and beyond. Here he describes for the first time his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death to the war on terror. He reveals the leadership decisions that were necessary to reinvent his party, the relationships with colleagues, the gruelling negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, the battles over education and health, the implementation of the biggest reforms to public services since 1945.

    Roberta says: "Lots I didn't know."
    "Right up there"
    Overall

    What a wonderful narrator, maybe not the BEST politician but certainly the BEST of his time. An insightful book, humour, sadness and at times a brief look into the soul of probably the best British prime minister for a long time. His voice has that magic quality that makes you want more. His explanation of events at times will make you wonder but hey after all he is just another fallible human being. Well worth the listen and a pity it was abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight of the Intruder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    Experience the thrills of naval aviation during the Vietnam War and learn of the intense pressures of the profession through naval pilot, Jake Grafton, who soars off carriers, bombs from tree-top levels and makes treacherous night landings.

    Alan T Alcock says: "Authors Best ?"
    "Authors Best ?"
    Overall

    Listening to this brought back a lot of memories of reading this book more than 20 years ago. The production by a multi cast is great because each character is well and truly brought to life. The important thing though is the plot and how it progresses. Having read all of Stephen Coonts novels in my humble opinion this is his best. The descriptions of flying in the "intruder" seemed so real that if you shut your eyes you could imagine yourself being there. A very believable and at times thought provoking production.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Crispin Redman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    Joseph O'Loughlin appears to have the perfect life: a beautiful wife, a loving daughter, and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. But nothing can be taken for granted. Even the most flawless existence is only one loose thread away from unravelling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient - and the biggest lie of his life.

    Alan T Alcock says: "Top of the class"
    "Top of the class"
    Overall

    This is the first Michael Robotham book I have listened too, this after reading Bombproof.
    This book holds you in suspense until the end. Fast paced with characters fleshed out so they become almost real. The reader Crispin Redman deserves a lot of praise for his portrayal of the various characters in the book and in no small way adds to the listening pleasure. Well worth the purchase.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Vietnam: The Australian War

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Paul Ham
    • Narrated By Peter Byrne
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Drawing on hundreds of accounts by soldiers, politicians, aid workers, entertainers and the Vietnamese people, Paul Ham reconstructs for the first time the full history of our longest military campaign. From the commitment to engage, through the fight over conscription and the rise of the anti - war movement, to the tactics and horror of the battlefi eld, Ham exhumes the truth about this politicians' war - which sealed the fate of 50,000 Australian servicemen and women.

    Alan T Alcock says: "Fascinating detailed account"
    "Fascinating detailed account"
    Overall

    Anyone interested in Vietnam, the good, bad & ugly should listen to this Australian perspective. If it has a fault it lies in that not a lot of attention is given to the Air Force & Navy roles in this conflict, but the detail on the Army role is exceptional. There are passages that will make you both laugh and cry but most importantly will give you a birds eye view of the Australian Forces role in this conflict. Well worth the listen.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • A Prison Diary

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    On Thursday 19 July 2001, after a perjury trial lasting seven weeks, Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in jail. He was to spend the first 22 days and 14 hours in HMP Belmarsh, a double A-Category high-security prison in South London, which houses some of Britain's most violent criminals. This is the author's daily record of the time he spent there.

    Alan T Alcock says: "Well worth the listen"
    "Well worth the listen"
    Overall

    Typical Archer. An absolutely boring existence behind bars brought to life by this fantastic storyteller. Please give us volumes 2 & 3.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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