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  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2909)
    Performance
    (2743)
    Story
    (2757)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "The best performance of a book I've read to date"
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    I've loved listening to this book. I read it in hard cover many years ago but the terrific performance of Marc Thompson just bought the whole story to life - unlike some who's questionable performance is just a distraction.

    With all the added sound effects it was almost like watching a movie (or maybe I just have a great imagination ;D).

    The story is set a few years after Return of the Jedi. Leia and Han are married and expecting twins, and Luke is trying to train Leia to be a Jedi, meanwhile Grand Admiral Thrawn is travelling the Galaxy trying to drag the Empire back to it's former greatness and among his other plans, is trying to capture Leia...or Luke....or is he? And could there be another Jedi other than Luke working with Thrawn?

    It's an exciting ride, and there are some new characters like Mara Jade who become pivotal to the future of Luke and the Republic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2254)
    Performance
    (2089)
    Story
    (2081)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "Funny and Fun - well written and well read"
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    Another instalment in Molly Harper's universe of ordinary life with a twist of the supernatural. All her characters are believable and likeable....the one's you're meant to like anyway; and there's always a twist in the tale to keep the story interesting up to the end.
    These aren't deep and meaningful stories and they aren't meant to be, what they are is a lot of fun, and funny to boot. This book in the series is no exception.
    This is the story of an Irish lass who comes to Half Moon Hollow to collect some special items once held by a long lost, now deceased relative who owned the bookshop now owned and run by likeable, disaster magnet Jane, who just happens to be a vampire.
    ....and then there's the drop dead gorgeous neighbour who seems to have an aversion to wearing shirts.
    This is a wonderful lighthearted 'read' that will give you a laugh, and leave you feeling much better about your day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (606)

    Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

    smartchickdina says: "Read by the author, my eye!"
    "A man with more substance than just muscle"
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    Being in a similar age group to Mr Schwarzenegger I could relate to the times and social climate he grew up in. I've read critics remarks that the book demonstrated his huge ego blah blah. Well folks, that's true - but it's an autobiography. Who was he supposed to be talking about? I really enjoyed the way it was written in the first person, and that he narrated a few chapters himself - that really helped to get into it.

    All in all, he has led an interesting and extraordinary life propelled by his self-confidence and determination. Yes he has a big ego, but he wouldn't have made much of himself if he hadn't. This is well worth buying and it's well narrated too. I found the chapters on those parts of his life not covered by the media to be fascinating; ie. his youth and the events that made him the larger than life figure he became.

    I recommend this to anyone interested in people and what makes them who they are.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Once again Brigadier General Hannay is taken from the trenches of the front line to save his country on a desperate mission. This time he must find the genius behind a vast network of spies infiltrating English pacifists and conscientious objectors. Hannay finds the man only to have him evade capture at the last moment.

    Jazztyke says: "I think this is the best book in the Hannay series"
    "I think this is the best book in the Hannay series"
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    Mr Standfast has so much going on in it that you really need to listen to it more than once. Buchan had really reached his stride by the time he came to this book and wove a compelling and intricate story around his hero and recurring characters.

    I would say there is more wartime propaganda espoused in this than in any of the other books, but considering where the world was in the course of the first world war when this was written, that's perfectly understandable. I found the characters better rounded too. Even the newer characters introduced just in this book.

    Another standout for me was the detail given to Hannay's friendship with his best friend Peter, when he went to nurse him back to health. Nowadays if an author tried to go into that detail everyone would be crying 'Gay', but there was no question in Mr Buchan's narrative of anything but a deep respect and regard for his closest confidante. That kind of writing is a rare and wonderful thing.

    Along with the author's mastery of words was to immerse the reader (listener) in the taste and texture of life and war in those times.

    As for the narrator, I can't speak highly enough. He did (for me at least) what few narrators seem able to do, and that is to present the story without a sense that he was doing anything but presenting a voice in my head to impart the progress of the characters and events they found themselves a part of. By this I mean, I forgot I was listening to someone else reading and simply absorbed the story much the same as I would if I were reading it to myself.

    I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2769)
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    (1876)
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    (1896)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Lose yourself in the Holmes Universe"
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    Where does The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is among the best presentations of all the classic books I've bought. Well, how can you go wrong with Arthur Conan Doyle?


    What aspect of Charlton Griffin’s performance would you have changed?

    It is a shame, that Mr Griffin's mispronunciations of names, places and commonplace words are so regular as to be really distracting, and after a while very annoying.His dramatisation however is exemplary. The range of his voice to play parts and imitate male, female and children's voices is quite extraordinary. Easily the best of any I've heard in any of the books I've bought.


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

    I tried valiantly to listen to all of the book at one sitting, but of course it's a too long for that...but I tried my best.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who loves detective stories and wants an engaging audiobook to keep them company whilst driving or going about their chores, you won't find better than this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter - and spending time with her new boyfriend, Jace. Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city - only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realising that the war they thought they’d won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day - if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge….

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "The Mortal Instruments just keeps getting better."
    "The next story in the Mortal Instruments"
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    What did you love best about City of Fallen Angels?

    The development of the present day Shadowhunters universe seems to be moving toward a juxtaposition with The Infernal Instruments books. Cassandra Clare is brilliant.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That last scene with Jace had me on tenterhooks until the City of Lost Souls came out. I can't wait for it to come out in Audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent series, I recommend it to everyone who like a little action with their romance in a supernatural 'verse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greenmantle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Secret agent Richard Hannay travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic messiah. He is joined by three others: John S. Blenkiron, an American who is determined to battle the Kaiser; Peter Pienaar, an old Boer Scout; and the colorful Sandy Arbuthnot, who is modeled on Lawrence of Arabia. Their success or failure could change the outcome of the First World War.

    Johnny says: "Incredible!"
    "Wonderful story from 1915"
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    Where does Greenmantle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story is the perfect sequel to The Thirty-Nine Steps. It's so well written it's easy to imagine yourself walking the same streets and living in pre WWI.


    What other book might you compare Greenmantle to and why?

    This is a story of espionage and I kept thinking back to Callan (book by James Mitchell, currently out of print) - a TV series from the 1970s. Like Hannay, Callan was an 'everyman' and a reluctant spy living in dangerous times.


    What does Robert Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader really made the characters come alive. His accents were quite believable and not at all distracting (as some are in their 'awfulness'). I've listened to a couple of different readers 'do' this book, but Robert Whitfield is the best in my opinion.


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

    Yes, definately a one-sitting book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3364)
    Performance
    (3084)
    Story
    (3065)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "Really entertaining and funny"
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    If you could sum up The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires in three words, what would they be?

    funny - suspenseful - erotic


    What did you like best about this story?

    Really liked the humour. This is a very entertaining book with interesting characters. Makes me want to listen to/read more of this author's books.


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

    Amanda Ronconi reads this story so well, I'm definately going to look out for more of 'her' reads.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is addictive. Once I started I found myself putting everything else off as much as possible to listen to it all. But it was a very enjoyable, very entertaining hole out of my day. I've recommended it to several of my friends and family already (and that was before I'd even finished it).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11.22.63

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (296)

    What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

    keith says: "Excellent!!! sai King"
    "Interesting Premise - classic Stephen King"
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    If you could sum up 11.22.63 in three words, what would they be?

    interesting, heart-warming, entertaining


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

    I listened to this over the period of a day and a half while I repaired a dozen laptops, and I only wanted to fast forward it once as it got toward the end. That was only because I was exhausted and didn't want to go to bed without hearing the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this story - it's quite unique, and reminiscent of the quality of books Stephen King wrote 20 or 30 years ago. I highly recommend it. In addition, while I found Craig Wasson's New England accent a little hard to bear at some points, all in all, he read the story well with very few mispronunciations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3177)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (967)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Funny, poignant, shocking"
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    Where does Charlie Wilson's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    CWW is definately at the top of the list of audiobooks I've listened to. Very entertaining.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found some of the 'disclosure' horrifying. The things we citizens aren't told about is shocking....and yet we are held to account for our country's actions. More than anything, this book brought home to me how flawed the American Political System is.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining book, and a great 'read'. Put it on when you're leaving on a long trip, I guarantee it will keep you interested up to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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