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John

On a Sunday, I ride my motorcycle to Maracas Bay Beach while listen. When I get there up goes the hammock, and I then listen to my audiobook

Couva, Trinidad and Tobago | Member Since 2008

ratings
6
REVIEWS
5
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (508)

    Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

    Brodie says: "On the Day we lost Bryce"
    "Only ⅓ finished but loving it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm sure going to miss Bryce Courtenay yarns … and Humphrey Bower brings them to life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2945)
    Performance
    (2563)
    Story
    (2603)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Way too long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It might have been better if it didn't take so long. But not a bad story. Would make a great movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate Latitudes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (545)

    The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

    Eva Gannon says: "Perhaps An Early Work?"
    "not good"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Pirate Latitudes

    bad, bad, bad... definitely not typical Michael Crichton

    Very hackneyed, and way to farfetched

    Rudimentary knowledge of Caribbean and Sailing, even I could have done better...

    2 Stars out of 5

    Don't waste your $

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (711)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Bonzer Book"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Four Fires in three words, what would they be?

    One great yarn


    Any additional comments?

    This is a true insight to Australian Psyche

    Australian humor at its best

    Rooting for the underdog

    Totally Enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whitethorn

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (276)

    From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

    Karin says: "Whitethorn"
    "I can not praise this book enough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Whitethorn to be better than the print version?

    I only do AudioBooks these days.


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

    They have all been good, but Whitethorn hold a special place in my heart


    Who was the most memorable character of Whitethorn and why?

    The Doggie


    Any additional comments?

    This has to be one of my most favourite books... Possibly #1

    As someone who was bullied at boarding school, I identified with the main character.

    Loners often only find love and feel comfortable with animals or other outcast human beings.

    I will listen to this again soon.

    If this book does not make you cry, you don't have a soul....

    Thank You Bryce Courtney for this wonderful gift

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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