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Glenden, Australia

  • 40 reviews
  • 97 ratings
  • 224 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"

    This is the best book I have read in some time. about two hours in I stopped and did a search for Owen Meany on the internet and was very dissapointed that it is fictional character. Irving has created a superb person and a very good story. it is full of lessons and the reader will be better for it after reading the book. I laughed, I cried and more than often sat in the car to listen to just that bit more. I bought the hard copy to read and to make notes at the many good parts of the book. This is not just fiction, it is self development. I have read three other books after Owen Meany and... I am spoiled for life, none makes the cut. If you have only one book to read, THIS IS THE ONE.

    47 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

    Joseph says: "Hilarious and a little scary"
    "Watch the movie!"

    Not worth the time to listen to this, get the movie, sit through it, wonder what it's about, then forget it. That is what I have done, not saying you should!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Teaglass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emily Arsenault
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

    Ed says: "Enjoyable Book with Great Characters"
    "Worth it, I think"

    Story is good to keep you at it. I think it is worth the credits and if you want something to read have a go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Nothing can stop the grey man!"

    The GREY MAN just goes on and on and on and on.... survives attacks by the worlds best assasination teams, wipes out eight men without one of them getting a shot off and he does it WITH HIS HANDS!!! The narrator makes it laughable with the voice changes, a grown man can not talk like a eight year old girl. I did not enjoy this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "Good listen"

    Enjoyed this one, easy listen. The story flowed well from the begining and kept me to it. Characters is good and the twist is there. If you listen well you wll "solve" the case before the book does it!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "I liked it"

    Good book to listen to. Story very well developed, more than enough twists to keep you going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "I liked it, but did it go on for to long????"

    This started of as a nice story then had a twist and another twist and yet another, but here was long nothingness between those twists. I kept on listining to the end and are now on book two of the three. I like the "futureristic" feel, I like the characters but can Katniss be that out of it? Watch this space for my thoughts on the rest of the trilogy!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese in years, so her call surprises him. She's in Paris: her estranged husband has been murdered and she is the prime suspect. Then comes a piece of evidence that turns the entire case upside down. Caught in a foreign landscape where nothing is as it seems, Myron must search the city for answers.

    Lia says: "good listen"
    "Typical reliable Harlan Coben"

    It is good, Harlan Coben delivers everytime. He does not dissapoint. I would buy any of his books for a nice read. I now drink Makers Mark bourban.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

    Alan says: "Tops"
    "This can be better"

    It was good the narrator had the thing down. The author know how to do this and entertains and draw the reader in, but so often loose the reader again. I think it is to long. The story ended to abrupt as if the author lost intrest and "skipped" across it. It felt like the objective was to write a 36 hour 52 minute book. The lead in was fast and full of action, the middle part just crawled on and on and then the end just like that!!!! Still good liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Player Piano Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel

    Kurt Vonnegut's first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a super computer and run completely by machines. Paul's rebellion is vintage Vonnegut - wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.

    Michael says: "Dated but good."
    "I wonder"

    Read it and make up your own mind, on the fence with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

    Sara says: "Such Potential Wasted"
    "This was ... strange"

    I did not like it, I liked it, not like, like, not like......... Nothing mindblowing, good twists and surprises but had to work hard at getting to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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