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Jon

Ringwood, Australia | Member Since 2005

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  • Thr3e

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Imagine answering your cell phone one day to a male voice that gives you three minutes to confess your sin. If you don't, the madman, Slater, will blow your car to smithereens. You barely manage to exit heavy traffic and ditch the car when, precisely three minutes later, your car blows sky high. The media and police descend on the scene; your world has just changed forever.

    Tami B. says: "Brilliant!!!"
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall

    This book has all the elements I look for in a thriller: Believable, likeable characters; a horrific villain;a plot that is believable (in the novel's setting); and a double twist at the end.
    After listening to it, I immediately re-listened to the whole of part 2. And although I knew what was coming, it was just as good the second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (482)

    In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

    Julie says: "Great idea for reluctant readers!"
    "Good story; poor performance."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good story for Jeveniles who like anthropomorphic animal stories (I do).
    PRO: A great story that actually teaches about the Western Front of WWI. A satisfying ending.
    CON: The strange decision of the narrator to give the horse an accent. The human accents are appropriate and resonably good. But I could not get used to the idea of a horse having a strange, distracting West Country voice. I would have preferred the reader to use his mormal voice for the horse.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rally Cry: The Lost Regiment, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (160)

    When Union Colonel Andrew Keane led his blue-coated soldiers aboard the transport ship, he could not have foreseen that their next port of call would be neither in the North nor the South, but on an alternate world where no human was free. Storm-swept through a space-time warp, Keane's regiment was shipwrecked in an alien land, a land where all that stood between them and destruction was the power of rifles over swords, spears, and crossbows.

    pakkmom says: "Kept my interest"
    "All I expected .. and more!"
    Overall

    I love "what if?" stories, and this series is among the best. Well plotted and great description.
    Best feature = the convincingly detailed descriptions of battles, which are obviously strongly influenced by Civil War battles. The author zooms in and out between the whole battle and individual struglles almost like a movie.
    Worst feature = the treatment of defeated native foes. I am part native Australian and the treatment of my ancestors was of it's time, but now is so saddening. The 35th Maine in the books treats defeated natives in like fashion. But to give the author his due, that was exactly the way it was done in the nineteenth century.
    Summary = We ll worth the time and money for the complete series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swingers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ashley Lister
    • Narrated By Paul Dundas
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Swinging, swapping, dogging, threesomes, soft-swaps, group sex, and full-blown orgies. Everybody has heard about them. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who was rumoured to.... But who is really doing it? How? Where? Why? What's it like? And what really happens? Ashley Lister, a freelance writer, author, and reporter, uncovers today's swinging Britain and reveals the sexy, shocking, and true secrets of what happens behind closed doors.

    Liz says: "rather pleased"
    "B-grade Erotic nonsense"
    Overall

    I was expecting a good racy read with some serious sociology mixed in. A bit like "The Joy of Sex" It turned out to be neither. It's a bunch of b-grade erotic stories, most of which read like 100% fiction. If you want that, buy one of Susie Bright's collections. I must admit, though, that the narrator does some excellent British regional accents.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.

    Chris says: "Touching and Informative"
    "Horribly long-winded"
    Overall

    While the material is interesting and insightful to an overseas NFL fan, it would have made a great article for a sports magazine. The long, long passages of description of scenery, and the "he said : she said" slabs of dialogue remind me of my sophomore days, desparately trying to fill a 5000 word assignment when I only had 500 words of content.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Interview with Ted Dekker

    • ORIGINAL (12 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    Ted Dekker is known for the novels Black, Red, White, and Thr3e which combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Hear him talk about his writing here.

    D. EDWARDS says: "Ignore the music, listen to the talk"
    "Mystery revealed!"
    Overall

    Well worth listening to if you are listening to Ted's trilogy (Black, Red, White) as it is the key to what the author's reasoning is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4238)
    Performance
    (2258)
    Story
    (2287)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "Fills in the gaps - Recommended!"
    Overall

    I had listened to "Enders Game" about two years ago, and thought it was a great reworking of "Tom Brown's Schooldays" (in space). I had a 12 hour train trip through some of the Australian Outback, so I decided to try "Ender's Shadow". From the first chapter, I was so rapt that I deliberately chose single tables for meals so I could keep listening. It is a well-crafted, exciting re-telling of the first novel. It even fills in the plot holes and explains the ambiguities of that book. A must!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who at The BBC: Volume 1: A Time Travelling Journey Through the BBC Archives

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Stevens
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Were you terrified of the Daleks? Has the familiar Doctor Who theme tune ever sent a shiver down your spine? Did Saturday teatimes once mean gathering round the television to see where the TARDIS had landed each week? If so, Doctor Who at the BBC is for you. In this special release, Elisabeth Sladen and Nicholas Courtney take a journey through the archives and uncover the history of Doctor Who on BBC radio and television.

    Jon says: "A Visit with the Doctor"
    "A Visit with the Doctor"
    Overall

    Great "behind the scenes" audio-documentary for fans of The Doctor. I loved it. Please note that a lot of it would be incomprehensible if you haven't watched at least a few episodes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19860)
    Performance
    (11465)
    Story
    (11580)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Rejoiced and Replayed"
    Overall

    A rattling good scifi adventure in the best traditions of Wells and Asimov. It has a great story, compulsive narrativey, and many points to ponder. I found myself 'rewinding' the story many times, just for the sheer joy of the language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Quick Steps to Selling on eBay

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Chuck Eglinton
    • Narrated By David Lawrence
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Chuck Eglinton wrote one of the first sniping programs ever to be used to help people get last minute bargains on eBay, and he shares with you his accumulated knowledge on how to successfully sell items for the highest price on the world's largest marketplace, eBay.

    Barry says: "1 quick step to falling asleep!"
    "Mostly irrelevant"
    Overall

    I bought this because I want to graduate from just being an ebay buyer. I want quick steps to being a seller.
    I was very disappointed. Over half the material is just general ebay information and (worse) ebay buying tips! I bought it to learn about selling. The material is fairly thin, and what's annoying is that he starts on some really interesting material, and says "If you want to find out about it, go to my site and buy my book". I ask, why didn't he present the extra selling information thats in his book, rather than wasting time on the buying material?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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