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Allan

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  • Exit Music

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Tom Cotcher
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    As Detective Inspector John Rebus tries to tie up some loose ends before retirement, a murder case intrudes. A dissident Russian poet has been found dead in what looks like a mugging gone wrong.

    Allan says: "Exit music"
    "Exit music"
    Overall

    Ian Rankin weaves a good plot that keeps you entertained throughout. A good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Poems from 'The Book of My Enemy' (Unabridged)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Clive James
    • Narrated By Clive James
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (1)

    Following the publication of his 1986 collection Other Passports, Clive James has emerged as one of the most prominent poets of his generation, going on to publish new works in such mainstream outlets as the TLS, the London Review of Books, the Spectator, the New Yorker, and the Australian Book Review, and now culminating in this updated collection.

    Allan says: "A bit of fun"
    "A bit of fun"
    Overall

    but not worth the listen if you are looking for serious humour or comment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5042)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1275)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Khaled Hosseini"
    Overall

    A thousand splendid suns gives insight into female oppression but is so slow it becomes background noise.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Area 7

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It is America's most secret base, hidden deep in the Utah desert, an Air Force installation known only as Area 7. And today it has a visitor: the president of the United States. He has come to inspect Area 7, to examine its secrets for himself. But he's going to get more than he bargained for on this trip - because hostile forces are waiting inside. Among the president's helicopter crew, however, is a young Marine.

    Thomas says: "Excellent Book, Not So Great Narrator."
    "Area 7"
    Overall

    Matthew Reilly has a similarity to each of his books so far but for escapism is does the job with absolutely non stop action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paul Torday
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Late one summer evening, Wilberforce - rich, young, work-obsessed and self-contained - makes an unexpected detour on the way home from the software company he owns and unwittingly takes the first step on a journey that will change his life. His uncharacteristically impulsive act leads him to the door of Caerlyon Hall, the domain of Francis Black, a place where wine, hospitality, and affection flow freely.

    Colin says: "Deeply moving"
    "Paul Tourday"
    Overall

    The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce kept me interested throughout. The reverse sequence plot was somewhat disconcerting as you knew the end and could only listened for the way the end was reached.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1981)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (967)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "Fahrenheit 451"
    Overall

    Ray Bradbury I guess did his best but I could only find one star for this book I couldn't even finish.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5616)
    Performance
    (2244)
    Story
    (2272)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "The Road"
    Overall

    I find it difficult to rate this book by Cormac McCarthy as throughout I was waiting for the development that never happened. Having said that however it was for some inexplicable reason compelling.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By James Wilby
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the "cemetery of lost books", a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out La Sombra del Viento by Julian Carax.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Great."
    "The Shadow of the Wind"
    Overall

    Carlos Zafon presents a top mystery that is annoyingly difficult to stop listening for meals work & sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vengeance in Death: In Death, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1240)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (832)

    He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit - always solved moments too late to save the victims' lives.

    NanaMeryl says: "Is there a Roarke out there for me?"
    "Vengenance In Death"
    Overall

    J. Robb casts a believable plot in this classic murder mystery that holds your attention throughout.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Command

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dale Brown
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    General Patrick McLanahan's new Aerospace Battle Force has grown into a full-fledged task force based on the Armstrong Space Station. Providing almost instant access to space and every corner of the globe using the Black Stallion spaceplanes, the ABF's powerful network of satellites and unmanned aircraft controlled from space can not only attack any target anywhere on the planet within hours but can even invade any computer network as easily as making a phone call.

    Ryan says: "Great Book...but"
    "Shadow Command"
    Overall

    Dale Brown at his best. This book was right up my alley with action, suspense and drama all the way. I excellent listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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