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John

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Punta Arenas, Chile | Member Since 2011

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  • God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    With robust clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which Hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. God Is Not Great marvels at the possibility of society without religion.

    Mark says: "God is not great is great"
    "A brilliant effort on a very difficult subject"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time very well spent, but Mr. Hitchens had to fall back on old strategies which are not very sound, like attacking people who have been fundamental in the life of the faith with weak arguments and repetitions many time told. He was a sincere, authentic man, who expressed his opinons with bravery and conviction - something to be respected,always. I do hope he has now seen the light he had so many doubts about.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Hitchens again?

    Yes,absolutely!


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

    HIs voice, his humour and great style


    Was God Is Not Great worth the listening time?

    Indeed it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up your great work towards better universal culture!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Kind of Traitor

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Le Carre
    • Narrated By John Le Carre
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Britain is in the depths of recession. A left-leaning young Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend take an off-peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Seemingly by chance they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis.

    John says: "Simply superb!"
    "Simply superb!"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Our Kind of Traitor the most enjoyable?

    The story in itself,and the author's magnificent reading voice and style.


    What other book might you compare Our Kind of Traitor to and why?

    Any Daniel Silva novel. First rate, always.


    Have you listened to any of John Le Carre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first time.


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

    I was impressed and enjoyed every minute of it. No laghter or tears: The genre is not suited to either emotion, but the humour is there,of course!


    Any additional comments?

    A splendid performance. Worth every penny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    These delightful stories of the famous hawk-eyed detective are told by his friend and foil, Dr. Watson. Doyle draws us into 19th-century London - - hansom cabs, train rides, and foggy nights - - where he astutely solves the most complex and perplexing cases of the day. Among the short stories included in this collection is "The Gloria Scott", an account of Holmes's very first case.

    John says: "Rather dull......."
    "Rather dull......."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is always good and interesting listening.


    What other book might you compare The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes to and why?

    The entire saga is worth many hours of good listening.


    What three words best describe Ralph Cosham’s voice?

    Not quite


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

    Irresistible fun.....


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    This collection of stories continues the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle’s much-loved fictional detective. In these intriguing tales, Holmes and Watson solve cases that range from the suspicious to the downright strange, and encounter mysteries as diverse as vanishing staff, secret plans and eccentric lodgers.

    Sandi says: "Nobody does it better!"
    "Splendid!"
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    What did you love best about Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow?

    The stories are magnificent and stand proudly among the best literature of all times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sherlock, naturally!


    Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favorite?

    Again, Sherlock


    Any additional comments?

    Jacobi is a star and has outdone himself. But then he is a brilliant actor and reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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