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Andrew

I enjoy both Fiction and Non Fiction Books. Not having the best of eye sight, Audible books are a bonus. Great stuff.

Hoppers Crossing, N/A, Australia | Member Since 2006

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  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By George Lucas
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams,
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (318)

    Like its predecessor, this electrifying drama boasts an outstanding cast (including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Anthony Daniels as See Threepio, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and John Lithgow as Yoda); a greatly expanded script, with many scenes not found in the movie; and audio engineering of unparalleled excellence. The Empire Strikes Back takes you once more into a galaxy of pure sound and limitless imagination for an adventure you'll never forget.

    Ellen Anthony says: "Excellent!"
    "Much, much better than Star Wars"
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    This was read like a story without the interruptions of saying the same thing over and over like Star Wars did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Didn't really have a favorite character. Liked them all :)


    Which character – as performed by Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all of them.


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

    Great science fiction!


    Any additional comments?

    A good read / listen. Recommended for Science Fiction fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Runaway Jury

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Ever wondered what happens in the jury room, a place where lawyers aren't heard and the judge isn't welcome? Who controls a jury when the door is locked and the deliberations begin? Every jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him...

    Andrew says: "Yet another Court Room classic by John Grisham"
    "Yet another Court Room classic by John Grisham"
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    Would you listen to The Runaway Jury again? Why?

    I'd absolutely listen to it again because I enjoyed it so much. Grisham seems to have a knack at keeping a reader interested.


    What other book might you compare The Runaway Jury to and why?

    The Firm, again by Grisham because I thoroughly enjoyed it!


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Changes voice characteristics to suit different characters. Excellent narrator.


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

    Made me lose sleep because I kept me listening to it far to late on work nights :)


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy court room drama and a glimpse behind the scenes of what goes on behind Jury Room doors, then this won't disappoint. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2909)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1717)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Stunning novel for a first effort by the Author!"
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    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    Absolutely. The story is fantastic and the introduction by the Author makes it even more amazing. It's about an African boy who went through a rough child hood and ended up becoming a champion boxer because of all the inspiration he got from the other characters. I don't want to give too much away so I'll leave it at that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of One?

    The torment the young lad went through that is portrayed by real to life happenings. This book is based on a True Story, but has been enhanced to the point of most of it being fiction. This does not take away from the enjoyment of it.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    His uncanny ability to alter his voice to every character in the novel. An excellent performance and I will definitely be looking for other books narrated by Humphrey Bower for that reason alone.


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

    Discrimination at its worst but with a fantastic outcome.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely loved the story and the narrator. I lost a lot of hours of sleep listening to this title because I just couldn't stop listening. Highly recommended - you won't regret getting this one. My 20 year old son, who never listens to Audio Books even enjoyed it and often listened to it with me. Nuff said? :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with Chris Ryan

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Chris Ryan
    • Narrated By Chris Ryan
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Listen to Chris Ryan, the best-selling thriller writer who has sold more than two million novels worldwide, in this exclusive interview.

    Andrew says: "A bit of an insight about the author"
    "A bit of an insight about the author"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those that are *really* interested in who Chris Ryan is and his past.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Same as the book itself.. boring.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More detailed info and much longer than it was.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sorry, but for me, it had no redeeming qualities at all


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with it unless you REALLY want to know a little bit about Chris Ryan - but don't expect too much out of it because you actually learn very little about him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (474)

    At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

    Mark says: "One of the best thrillers ever!"
    "Excellent Audio Book and Story!"
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    If you could sum up The Firm in three words, what would they be?

    Realistic, Suspense and Scary. This book has all three and is highly enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare The Firm to and why?

    Comparable to "The Chamber" also by John Grisham. Fast becoming one of my favorite authors!


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The main character.. brilliant stuff


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. Extremely hard to put down and stop listening to. Many a night I would be up until 2 or 3 in the morning listening to this book because I found it so interesting it didn't help me get to sleep - quite the opposite in fact.


    Any additional comments?

    Grisham is a brilliant author and I love his books. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ultimate Weapon

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chris Ryan
    • Narrated By Stephen Tompkinson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Three people. Three stories. And a desperate race for survival in a country in the midst of war. Nick Scott fought in the SAS during the first Gulf War. Captured and tortured, he was left a broken man. His daughter Sarah Scott is a beautiful young scientist who has cracked one of the scientific secrets of the age. Now, she has vanished.

    Andrew says: "Great story and action packed!"
    "Great story and action packed!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ultimate Weapon to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely.. I love listening to books in bed when going to sleep or in the car and find it hard to actually "read" books because of those reasons. In fact, the only time I actually "Read" books is when sitting on the loo :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ultimate Weapon?

    The suspense and action narrated perfectly by Stephen Tomkinson.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Tompkinson – was your favorite?

    Don't really have a favorite character. I liked and enjoyed them all.


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

    My reaction was that it was hard to get to sleep because I wanted to keep listening to it. It's that captivating. I also spent quite a few hours (over the time that I read it) by sitting in the car park at work listening to the book for just a "little bit longer" :)


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and highly recommended for anyone that enjoys this type of genre

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Poker Like the Pros

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Phil Hellmuth
    • Narrated By Phil Hellmuth
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Play Poker Like the Pros is the perfect introduction to the world of poker, including tournaments, home games, and online play. Hellmuth begins by explaining how to set-up and play the games and then moves on to basic and advanced strategy. You'll learn exactly which hands to play, when to bluff, when to raise, and when to fold. In addition, Hellmuth provides techniques for reading other players and avoiding "going on tilt" – poker speak for staying cool under pressure.

    Scott says: "I was left wanting more"
    "Boring.. nothing new here."
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    What would have made Play Poker Like the Pros better?

    To give insights and tips that one can't find by just doing a quick search on the web.


    What was most disappointing about Phil Hellmuth’s story?

    It just drones on and on and doesn't hold your interest. I almost returned this book but did n't in fairness to Audible given the reasonable price of it.


    What didn’t you like about Phil Hellmuth’s performance?

    Same as the last question. It just drones on and on and doesn't hold your interest. The tips Phil gives can be found by reading any poker related site on the web. Nothing new to learn here.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming qualities at all so far as I'm concerned.


    Any additional comments?

    Look elsewhere for Poker playting tips. Phil Hellmuth isn't the answer. You'll get better value on Poker Sites that have player forums and it won't cost you a cent or a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prison Diary

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    On Thursday 19 July 2001, after a perjury trial lasting seven weeks, Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in jail. He was to spend the first 22 days and 14 hours in HMP Belmarsh, a double A-Category high-security prison in South London, which houses some of Britain's most violent criminals. This is the author's daily record of the time he spent there.

    Alan T Alcock says: "Well worth the listen"
    "Great insight into prison life.."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend the book, but only if they were interested in what a person can go through if they get sent to prison.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was written.. It's a diary and I found it very interesting given that I've never been to prison and hope I never do.


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

    The narration was excellent and the emphasis he puts on certain parts of the Audio book makes it highly enjoyable. Much better listening than reading when you have a good narrator.


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

    A Prison Diary in the First Person


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen that I found highly enjoyable. My only complaint was that it was too short. I would have liked it to be a couple of hours longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    First Blood unleashed the fury of Rambo’s rage. Now he is in prison for his one-man war against a small-town police chief. His former commanding officer, Colonel Trautman, arrives with a promise to release Rambo, with two important conditions. First, Rambo must return to the Vietnamese prison camp from which he escaped and find the missing Americans who are rumored to be prisoners there. The second condition? Don’t rescue the prisoners. Only bring back photos. Under no circumstances engage the enemy. For Rambo, the first part is difficult. But the second is impossible.

    Andrew says: "Another great performance and story!"
    "Another great performance and story!"
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    Where does Rambo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not the best by any means, but certainly enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rambo?

    The suspense and action


    Which character – as performed by Eric G. Dove – was your favorite?

    The Rambo character for sure - Once again, Eric Dove did a great job at making Rambo sound just like Sylvester Stallone did in the movies.


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

    Action packed thriller!


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed the Rambo Film series, it's almost a certainty that you'll enjoy the book as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (746)

    This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.

    Matthew says: "Beyond the film..."
    "Not bad, but disappointing for various reasons"
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    Would you try another book from George Lucas and Brian Daley (adaptation) and/or Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels ?

    I hated the way it was read in a Radio type fashion where it kept repeating itself over and over again with each part starting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Disappointing to be honest. It ended in a way which could have been improved ten fold.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the performance when the story was actually read. I absolutely *hated* the was that each part started with an introduction that you have to listen to multiple times.


    Did Star Wars (Dramatized) inspire you to do anything?

    It nearly inspired me to return the book, but to be fair to Audible, I did not do that because I did kind of enjoy it, despite the multiple introductions.


    Any additional comments?

    Try a different book or future versions of Star Wars

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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