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Australia | Member Since 2001

  • 5 reviews
  • 31 ratings
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  • 47 purchased in 2015

  • The Constant Gardener

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré

    A master chronicler of the deceptions and betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, le Carré portrays the dark side of the unbridled capitalism. The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time.

    Susan says: "good topical modern day fiction"
    "Good but not great Le Carre"

    A good yarn - comparable to The Russia House. Le Carre paints an intriguing picture of Africa and of the abuse of the third world by the west and by the big pharmacutical companies. I found the ending a tad disappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers such as "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky". Guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them.

    Michael says: "One of the yourself a favour!"
    "Great movie - but the book is even better"
    Would you listen to The Green Mile again? Why?

    For all those that have enjoyed the film more than once - this book is for you. Frank Muller is a perfect match for this wonderful book by Stephen King, and the book and more dimensions than the film.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Green Mile?

    The ending in the book is much more powerful than the ending in the film (if you can believe that).

    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is one of Frank Muller's finest performances. His voice is a perfect fit for this book.

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

    Yes - except that it is too long - and it was written in episodes, so reading it in one sitting is not how Stephen King meant it to be read (or listened to).

    Any additional comments?

    This is Audible at its best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris

    The sequel to Silence of the Lambs marks the return of Dr Hannibal Lecter. One of Hannibal's victims, the influential and rich Mason Verger, a paraplegic confined to a respirator thanks to Hannibal, is bent on revenge, and FBI agent Clarice Starling provides the perfect bait.

    ChrisR says: "The book is so much better than the film"
    "The book is so much better than the film"

    "Hannibal" the book is a very fitting conclusion to the series of books by Thomas Harris on Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling. The ending of the book is very different to the ending of the film - and whilst I really enjoyed the film the book is so much better - indeed in my opinion it is much deeper than the film.
    The film version of "The Silence of the Lambs" is very similar to the book. However this does not hold for "Hannibal". I first saw the film many years ago, but it was only recently that I listened to the audiobook of "Hannibal" - I hadn't expected the audiobook and the film to be as different as they are. Its a great book and Thomas Harris doesn't disappoint as a reader. The ending of the book brings the series to a fitting ending whereas the film leaves many things unfinished..

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pyramids: Discworld, Book 7

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Tony Robinson

    "Look after the dead," said the priests, "and the dead will look after you." Wise words in all probability, but a tall order when you have just become the pharaoh of a small and penniless country whose largesse, and indeed treasury, is unlikely to stretch to the building of a monumental pyramid to honour your dead father. And particularly when your only visible means of support is a recently acquired qualification from the Guild of Assassins.

    ChrisR says: "A Great Story Ruined"
    "A Great Story Ruined"

    This is a review of the abriged version of Pyramids that is read by Tony Robinson. Tony is not as good a reader of the Discworld books as Nigel Planer or Stephen Briggs, but that is not what spoils this book. It is the very poor editing of the abridged version.

    Most of the first half of the book has been left in and so virtually none of the second half has been included. This version also lacks continuity. Unfortunately this is the only version of this book that Audible can sell into my part of the world - Australia - because of the stupid copyright laws that still limit freedom of the press in a number of countries.

    I ended up ordering the CD version which was a far better investment than this abridged version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Postal: Discworld, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs

    Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into...a government job? By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork.

    ChrisR says: "Great as an audiobook"
    "Great as an audiobook"

    Warning - don't listen to this book whilst driving in peak hour traffic, it's so funny you can't concentrate on the driving! The combination of Terry Prachett as author and Stephen Briggs as narrator is the best. Highly recommended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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