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lynn

Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.

ADELAIDE, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • Smiley's People (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Anna Chancellor, Lindsay Duncan, and others
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    When a Russian émigré is found murdered on Hampstead Heath, Smiley is called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past. What follows is Smiley the human being at his most vulnerable and Smiley the case officer at his most brilliant; and it takes to a thrilling conclusion his career-long, serpentine battle with the enigmatic and ruthless Russian spymaster Karla.

    lynn says: "Excellent modern dramatisation"
    "Excellent modern dramatisation"
    Overall

    I have been a keen fan of John Le Carre for a long time, this dramatisation is excellent. It is at the right pace for the story to unfold the actors fit their roles as though they were made for them and the device of having the character Ann play an active role in the story shows the other side of Smiley. This is a superb piece of work as are the others in this series, and thanks Audible for making the recordings available so quickly after broadcast.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Children Act

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Lindsay Duncan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful 17-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life.

    Jane says: "Packs a memorable and rewarding punch"
    "Another Superb Audiobook from Ian McEwan"
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    Always a brilliant commentator through his fiction of contemporary society Ian McEwan has produced a poignant insight into the judicial process when it comes to dealing with families and children in difficulty.The parallel story of the dilemmas facing the judge add another dimension to this tale. There really couldn't be a better narrator than Lindsay Duncan who with all her acting experience fills the story with passion and brings the individuals alive. Certainly one of my favourite audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fives and Twenty-Fives

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Pitre
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Nick Sullivan, Jay Snyder, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    It’s the rule - always watch your Fives and Twenty-Fives. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead. Fives and Twenty-Fives marks the measure of a marine’s life in the road repair platoon.

    lynn says: "PASSIONATE INSIGHT INTO WAR AND ITS CONSEQUENCES"
    "PASSIONATE INSIGHT INTO WAR AND ITS CONSEQUENCES"
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    Very good series of intertwining story lines, bringing home the reality of the video game that war has become for us non-combatants. I found the characterizations excellent of the three main individuals both in Iraq and outside. Also the different effects upon these people were well presented showing how once having been at war it is impossible to remain the same. The narrations were very believable and in tune with the characters, very powerful book and audio presentation.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M J Arlidge
    • Narrated By Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (261)

    On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

    Amazon Customer says: "Like listening to an episode of MI5 - love it!"
    "Good Original Drama Pity About the "Music""
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    Wonderful to see original contemporary drama being produced by/for audible. Excellent sharp political thriller with some fine actors. Only problem is the way over the top music used to emphasize the dramatic moments, too loud too obvious. I think if you are going to buy such audio you don't need this jarring background to underline the dramatic "bits". Good idea for original work but some more subtlety in production please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gilbert Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle. In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help.

    lynn says: "Excellent gritty fantasy"
    "Excellent gritty fantasy"
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    I came across this book/reading by accident on the audible website and I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook. I enjoyed the nature of the main character who deals with magic without the endless psychological self examination of Harry Dresden. Whilst there are a number of books in this genre I thought the author showed a great imagination in creating and populating his alternate world. I thought there were elements of Neil Gaimans Neverwherein the book. I also enjoyed the world weary voice of the presenter, I think he gave Alex Verus a complex personality which suited the text. Good audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (330)

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

    Tim says: "Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration"
    "Fabulous story and narration"
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    I simply did not want this audiobook to end as it was pure inventive pleasure. The story is in turn funny, compassionate, scary and moral tale. There are so many threads in this story that I am sure another author might turn it to a six volume airport series, however Neil Gaiman is an excellent wordsmith and paints pictures that do not require HBO specials. Of course the added plus is that the author reads his own work and thereby adds colour to such a well written tale. Do yourself a favour and listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dam Busters: The Race to Smash the Dams, 1943

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Holland
    • Narrated By James Holland
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    It was the night of May 16th, 1943. Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge cylindrical bomb strapped underneath them. Their mission: to destroy three dams deep within the German heartland, which provide the lifeblood to the Third Reich's war machine. What followed was an incredible race against time, which, despite numerous set-backs and against huge odds, became one of the most successful and game-changing raids of all time.

    lynn says: "Great Story Poor Narration"
    "Great Story Poor Narration"
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    I have a wide interest in the history of the Second World War and was looking forward to listening to a modern and updated insight into the developments that lead to the development of the "bouncing bomb". The author has done a great job researching this history and the long road Barnes Wallis had to get his ideas excepted. Hoever I think he should have found someone else to do the narration maybe it's me but I found his narration incredibly irritating. It is all very well to be passionate but he reminded me of a true enthusiast who doesn't so much talk to you but lectures and hectors you with such passion that he turns you off the topic. I felt like I was listen a really forceful but fundamentally tiresome lecture. So obviously my taste, great subject but another narrator with some distance from the topic would have been much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

    lynn says: "A WHOLE NEW WORLD TO DISCOVER"
    "A WHOLE NEW WORLD TO DISCOVER"
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    One of the pleasures of life is to discover a terrific new book/writer. I have only just come across Neil Gaiman and then to download this book with the author narrating was a double pleasure. A work of incredible imagination which uses history, culture through the ages, religious icons and the London Underground to weave a true tale of fantasy, an alternative parallel universe under the feet of people in the city. Leaves many erstwhile fantasy writers books dead in their tracks. The author brings each of his characters to life with subtle inflections of voice, I will certainly try his other works. Do yourself a treat and listen or read you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Homes: PC Peter Grant, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load. So far so London.

    lynn says: "Next book in a wonderful series great narration"
    "Next book in a wonderful series great narration"
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    Always a pleasure to come across another in the "Folly" series by Ben Aaronovitch. This one combines all the hallmarks of the others starting with Kobna Holdbrook-Smiths superb vocal range bringing each of the many characters to life magic, a superbly street wise Peter Grant and an author that knows London inside out. The character of the Nightingale is an invention of pure brilliance and the description of the battle between him and the Russian practitioner is excellent. The twist right at the end catches one unawares. If there was a criticism it might be that the cast is getting very large and occasionally confusing, not everyone in the previous books needs to make an appearance in the current volume. I downloaded the book and in 2 days had finished listening as I found it so entertaining. Hope to see more of the Nightingale's back - story in the next work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moonraker

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax - a man who, it seems, cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, Sir Hugo’s exposure could threaten Britain’s latest defence system, so James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London’s most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant, Gala Brand, discover there’s more to Drax than meets the eye.

    lynn says: "Wonderful Reading of a Classic Story"
    "Wonderful Reading of a Classic Story"
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    This is a superb presentation by Bill Nighy of this classic early James Bond tale. The story itself is rather comically dated in terms values and culture we are after all a long way from the early 1960's. However in terms of a ripping yarn superbly presented you really couldn't go much better than this. Bill Nighy covers all the characters superbly, giving each one life without ever entering into parody. I look forward to investigating others in this series, all read by experienced actors which make such works a pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9642)
    Performance
    (7538)
    Story
    (7511)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Too Much Introspection"
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    Having downloaded both the first and now this the second Dresden Files book I think that will be it. Really interesting concept about a crime fighter engaged in crime in this world and from a world of magic. Some really good characters and an excellent narrator. But please no more introspection on behalf of Harry Dresden, endless voiced examples of his self doubt and inadequacies. When you listen to this work you feel he should either find a good psychotherapist or give up magic and serve coffee! Best description I can come up with is bumbling, self absorbed and self pitying. The book ends up being as interesting as a self help manual for the inadequate wizard. No more please.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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