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Althea

I'm an illustrator/concept artist currently living about an hour away from town via public transport. During these times, audiobooks, radioplays and podcasts are my best friends.

Guildford, NSW, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Unholy Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (277)

    They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

    Ryan says: "A nice twist to the greatest story ever told."
    "More!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It is an art to weave a new quilt of quality from fine old threads. I never thought Seth Grahame-Smith could outdo himself with his work on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but it seems he ain't a one-hit wonder. He has a knack for retelling stories in a whole different light. Although I grew up knowing the story of the new testament, I often found myself googling to double check some facts. There is something about the way he crafts the twist to an old story. I certainly look forward to more of his work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (221)

    Dan Savage’s mother wants him to get married. His boyfriend, Terry, says “no thanks” because he doesn’t want to act like a straight person. Their six-year-old son, D.J., says his two dads aren’t “allowed” to get married but that he’d like to come to the reception and eat cake. Throw into the mix Dan’s straight siblings, whose varied choices form a microcosm of how Americans are approaching marriage these days, and you get a rollicking family memoir that will have everyone—gay or straight, right or left, single or married—howling with laughter.

    Michelle says: "Amusing, but missed Dan's voice"
    "Have your cake and eat it too"
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    Story

    Being a regular listener to Savage Love, it was unusual to hear Dan's words spoken by someone else but I grew accustomed to it quickly. It was very nice to know Dan and his family better; where some of his famous ideas and values come from. It is as consistently entertaining as his work on SLOG and the podcast.

    I regret absolutely nothing from purchasing this audiobook... except for maybe the fact that I now have a strong craving for cake. Thanks Dan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Relentless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (172)

    Best-selling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children's book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed "Spooky," and a non-collie named Lassie, who's all but part of the family. So Cubby knows he shouldn't let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him.

    Derek B. says: "I cant sleep!"
    "Not my favourite"
    Overall

    Having read a few of the earlier reviews I was excited about listening to this so perhaps I had higher expectations of this book from the start. I felt it was a little bit far fetched, particularly the second part of this book. It builds up towards an enormous climax and sets up the story to have a massive ending but it ends so soon. I found myself saying, "Is that it? No, it can't be..." My favourites of Koontz are 'Lightning' and 'By the Light of the Moon' and I guess I was expecting something like those masterpieces of thriller/suspense. This was a bit of a disappointment but Koontz is still amongst my favourite authors and I will read/listen to more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "A woman's novel"
    Overall

    I did enjoy it but I felt it was sometimes repetitive and really long. When I say, it's 'A woman's novel,' I mean it is a book about relationships and love. I admit, I rarely become emotional when it comes to books and films. I was not emotionally involved in this book as much as others who recommended it to me and so this is not the kind of book I would normally pick up off the shelf. Still, the book has its moments, is very sensual and has a good structure, revealing the story orderly despite being a jigsaw puzzle in terms of the mismatched chronology of events. I loved the performance of the two narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By the Light of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (445)

    Dylan O'Connor, a gifted young artist, is attacked by a mysterious "doctor" and injected with a strange substance. He is told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life. Then he is told that he must flee before the doctor's enemies hunt him down. Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life - and straight into an adventure that will turn the next 24 hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery, and wondrous discovery.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Superb"
    "Another brilliant sci-fi thriller"
    Overall

    My favourite books out of Koontz are those with a bit (or a lot) of sci-fi in them and this is one of them. There were parts in it that I just couldn't stop listening to it! I'm almost glad for when the calmer bits come just so I have a bit of time to breathe again.
    The character dynamics are as frustrating as they are lovable. I enjoyed every bit of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nest

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Paul Jennings
    • Narrated By Stig Wemyss
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Sixteen-year-old Robin lives with his single father in the Victorian Alps where they run a snowmobile hire business. Robin lives in fear of his bullying father and believes that it was his (Robin's) fault that his mother left them when he was a baby, which is why his father hates him and is the cause of all his problems. Robin has a mental condition - a fear of fear. As events unfold he runs from his father, he runs from the girl he loves, he runs into trouble, he runs from himself.

    Althea says: "Hmm..."
    "Hmm..."
    Overall

    I blame part of my disappointment came from this being falsely advertised in shops as a book geared to adult audiences. Apart from that, the book was a little predictable and I found it difficult to identify with the character. What I do like is that this book is a collection of short stories (which were rather crude but very interesting) all tied together with a longer story about the main character, Robin who authored them but doesn't seem to know where they come from. This theme is discussed thoroughly in the interview with Jennings at the end. This book is a lot darker than other books by the author but I wouldn't mind if Jennings wrote more books like this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Harry Bates, Edmund H. North
    • Narrated By Michael Rennie, Jean Peters
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Starring Michael Rennie and Jean Peters - An alien space craft, lands on Earth just after the Second World War, and in the new era of history. A mighty robot emerges from the craft, to bring an important message from the alien 'Klaatu'. Listen how, after in initially hostile reception, he tries to bring his message to the people of Earth! One of the classic Radio Theatre Productions you will want to listen to over and over again!

    Althea says: "Must have been scary back then..."
    "Must have been scary back then..."
    Overall

    I can see why this caused a lot of panic to listeners who tuned in on the radio back when this was released! I would be pretty scared too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Incurable: The Ellie Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Marsden
    • Narrated By Mikaela Martin
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Ellie has struggled to put the war behind her and lead a normal life. Although what's normal about your parents having been murdered; trying to run a farm and go to school; and bringing up a young boy who's hiding terrible secrets about his past?

    Bev says: "Don't want a cure"
    "Addictive"
    Overall

    The action just never ceases for poor Ellie! Trouble seems to follow her everywhere, whether she's in friendly or enemy territory! I guess that's what makes this series and whole franchise so addictive. Out of all 3 books of the chronicles this has to be oddly my favourite. (Odd because it's the middle book and I usually find the middle book the weakest of a trilogy.) It's a lot shorter but it's full of action. Marsden has a way to make you feel what the characters feel. Just one question though... why is this in audible kids? Teens, okay I understand. But kids?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Intensity: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (228)

    Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity.

    Connie says: "One of the best Koontz Books!"
    "enjoyable"
    Overall

    I found Chyna to be quite frustrating as a main character and could not sympathise with some of the choices she made. She's a lot different to the heroes of Koontz's other novels but then again, so is this villain. Perhaps this is Koontz playing out new personalities? Towards the end you do get inside Chyna's head and understand, even just a little bit. It is quite an enjoyable book, with a different pace and time frame to the rest. Kudos to Kate Burton, the narrator who made the experience even more enjoyable.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • From the Corner of His Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (493)

    Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

    Ric says: "Great Book"
    "Unpredictable"
    Overall

    Koontz really has a way of catching your attention with the unpredictable nature of this book. I love how everything just all ties together. I love the moment when the words of the title make their appearance of this book. It's science fiction as much as it is faith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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