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  • Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    An old Soviet weapons installation in the Arctic has fallen into disrepair. Known as Dragon Island, the facility is home to a next-generation weapon with the potential to unleash a destructive force upon the world that was developed during the Cold War and subsequently forgotten. When a terrorist organisation known as the Army of Thieves takes control of the fortified island and activates the weapon, a small band of Marines and civilians is sent in to stop them.

    A User says: "Scarecrow equal to his best"
    "Adrenaline rush of noble intent!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This book is lightning-fast, creepy, and fascinating all in one. Matthew Reilly writes with such authority that everything he says feels as though it COULD be real. Sean Mangan has the perfect voice for this book.


    What other book might you compare Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves to and why?

    Ice Station is the closest to it - for obvious reasons.


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

    Sean Mangan's voice makes a poor replacement for pure imagination sometimes, but his U.S. accent suits the book. He does a good job with foreign accents and voices. Someone who cannot pull a French or Chilean accent might find this especially interesting.


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

    A few moments made me laugh, and several times I was stomach-struck with horror. Multiple scenes and descriptions had me gaping in wonder at either months of careful editing or an amazing eye for detail.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little put-off by how invincible some characters were. Matthew Reilly once said at a talk that his characters ("even Captain Schofield!") could all die at any moment in the storyline, but that did not shine through as well as it could (and perhaps should).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (167)

    Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.

    James says: "Dry and Hilarious"
    "Brilliant concoction!"
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    If you could sum up Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) in three words, what would they be?

    Desperately funny - side-splitting!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is no end to irony, and everything is presented in such an amusing way. The narrator is often sarcastic, but not always - sometimes only the author is using sarcasm.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Jarvis – was your favorite?

    The narrator, certainly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Why take the train if you can row?


    Any additional comments?

    If you appreciate humor, this book is more than likely for you. If you appreciate language, this book is a good choice for you. If you appreciate life, this book is certainly for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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