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Tamara

Johannesburg, South Africa | Member Since 2008

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  • 18 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 197 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • A Taste for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    When two men are discovered, with their throats cut, in the vestry of St Matthew’s Church, the police are faced with an intriguing challenge for one of the victims was ex-Government minister Sir Paul Berowne, the other, Harry Mack, a local tramp and alcoholic.

    connie says: "one of her best"
    "Jolly Good Read"
    Overall

    P.D.James develops her characters very well and sustains the suspense throughout the story.Michael Jayston is becomming one of my favourite narrators.He captures the characters nuances and verbal idiosycracies perfectly.I always know which character is speaking and can visualise the whole scene from his tone and accents.I found the ending a little disappointing but on the whole a very entertaining story.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories: The Thinking Man's Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins, Edgar Wallace, Charles Dickens, and others
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas, Martin Jarvis, Jonathan Firth, and others
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    This carefully compiled collection is the perfect gift for Father’s Day or a special birthday and a rich listening experience for both women and men all year round. This truly eclectic collection of unabridged short stories from the audiobook specialist CSA Word encompasses stories by and about intriguing, inspirational, charismatic and even unusual and extraordinary men.

    Linda says: "Mixed"
    "Stories Very Dated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Apart from the story about the race horses, which was very enjoyable, the stories are all very dated . They seem to ramble and be very verbose and not get to the story. Several presuppose a suspension of rational belief and a general belief in the supernatural which I do not believe is common today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found.

    Lia says: "Exciting and captivating"
    "Beware if you don't like violence"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a well crafted story with a start, a middle and an end. It certainly gripped me to the end. But for my liking this story had far too much very graphic violence. and the hero is a very flawed character indeed. I prefer my heros if not perfect than at least a little admirable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Delicate Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Tamara says: "You will love it !"
    "You will love it !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This novel is not strictly in Le Carre's usual genre of the spy novel but it has the pace and mystery and well written characteristics of his other novels. What sets this one apart is Le Carre's interpretation / reading of his own characters..He really brings them all to life and gets the accents and manerisms just down pat, to the extent that I could easily visualize each and every one of them and felt I knew them all intimately. Obviously he has an advantage in narrating his own work but I would still rate this the best narration of any book I have yet listened to. Somehow his writing has become more subtle and sophisticated with amusing nuances or perhaps it is his interpretation of his material that makes this a truly a great listen. Great story as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5129)
    Performance
    (2226)
    Story
    (2222)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Slow start but gripping good listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps I was not paying enough attention in the beginning but I could not quite figure out who was who and what was going on but once I got into the story and figured out the characters, I was fascinated.It is quite a long listen but does not feel that way as the story keeps moving at a fairly fast pace and is very interesting.Definitly worth a credit.Only one small complaint - I know a lot of people actually talk this way but the raised tone at the end of some sentences as if they were questions, that are not actually questions was a little jarring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeff Ashton
    • Narrated By Jeff Ashton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    It was the trial that stunned America, the verdict that shocked us all. On July 5, 2011, nearly three years after her initial arrest, Casey Anthony walked away, virtually scot-free, from one of the most sensational murder trials of all time. She'd been accused of killing her daughter, Caylee, but the trial only left behind more questions: Was she actually innocent? What really happened to Caylee? Was this what justice really looked like?

    Wade says: "The Casey Anthony Saga - required reading"
    "Repetitive and too long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No


    What other book might you compare Imperfect Justice to and why?

    N/A


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Ashton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A fairly good story but the book repeats itself endlessly.If it had been edited properly this would have been much shorter and more enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Search of the Rose Notes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Emily Arsenault
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (49)

    Eleven-year-olds Nora and Charlotte were best friends. When their teenage babysitter, Rose, disappeared under mysterious circumstances, the girls decided to investigate. But their search - aided by paranormal theories and techniques gleaned from old Time-Life books - went nowhere. Years later, Nora, now in her late 20s, is drawn back to her old neighborhood - and to her estranged friend - when Rose's remains are finally discovered.

    Barbara says: "Held my interest"
    "Who Cares ?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Emily Arsenault and/or Khristine Hvam?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Emily Arsenault again?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Khristine Hvam?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disapointment


    Any additional comments?

    really a very drawn out story which could have been half the length.Characters were not particularly credible or likeable.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (4333)
    Performance
    (3296)
    Story
    (3274)

    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.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "Very violent not for the faint hearted"
    Overall

    I took this book as a favour to my husband who quite enjoyed it.We both felt it was not realistic.For my part the blood guts and gore were too graphic too much and really not enjoyable .The charcaters were poorly developed stereotypes and the assumptions and motivations of the characters childish and unbelievable.Ladies leave this one to the men.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Devil May Care

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Devil May Care will be published in May 2008 to celebrate the Centenary of Ian Fleming's birth. This new instalment in the adventures of the world's most iconic spy has been written by one of Britain's most admired novelists, Sebastian Faulks.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: ""Old School" Bond is back"
    "Worst sort of Potboiler"
    Overall

    The author tries to cash in on the popularity and formula of the Bond mystique but fails badly.This bond is not too bright, not witty nor very brave.The story did not follow logically from a start to a middle to an end an quite frankly I did not much care, and could not wait for it to be over.Towards the end I only listened with half an ear. Really bad story , no glamour and not much else to reccommend it.Also too much gratuitous violence for my liking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of an Expert Witness: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    A young girl is strangled. Then the senior biologist in the forensic lab where her body is taken is also found dead. Adam Dalgleish has a baffling enquiry on his hands.

    Kathy Matthews says: "good mystery"
    "Jolly Good Read, Well Developed characters"
    Overall

    I have to agree with one of the prior reviewers that too many characters are introduced too quickly in the beginning of the story, some of whom appear at first to be superflous to the story.I had to go back and re-listen to get the characters straight.However once I had sorted out who was who I found the narration excellent (as always with Michael Jayston) and the charcaters developed in depth as the story unfolds.The suspense builds to a good conclusion and I was sorry to lose the characters at the end wanting to continue with their life stories after the "murder".

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper to the Blood: A Kate Shugak Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Inside Alaska's biggest national park, surrounding the town of Niniltna, a gold mining company has started buying up land. The residents of the park are uneasy. Then there are two murders. Part-time P.I. and newly elected chairman of the Niniltna Native Association Kate Shugak has her hands very much full.

    Margo says: "another visit with Kate"
    "Anthropological Study rather than a Novel"
    Overall

    I downloaded this book because I had enjoyed one of the other Kate Shugak novels.Having listened to that fairly recently most of the Alaska "atmosphere" and references to the development vs jobs debate and the foetal alcohol syndrome problems were repetition and rather tiresome.The storyline was good but a little dis-jointed and the author leaves a little too much blank for the listener to fill in for themselves.I kept going back to listen to what I thought I had missed only to find the climatic moments she had carefully built up were not there.Very well read by the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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