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David

East Lindfield, Australia | Member Since 2006

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  • Dead Point

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Michael Carmen
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Jack Irish - lawyer, gambler, and people-finder - is hunting down the villains who hijacked the winnings from his latest betting coup when he is hired by a mystery client to find missing barman Robbie Colbourne. But Robbie turns up dead of a drug overdose.

    Sandy says: "Do yourself a favour"
    "First rate plot, scene and character development"
    Overall

    Peter Temple is just great in almost every respect. Jack Irish is the slightly lighter side, but no less enjoyable than a great desert is to to a gourmet entree. Plot, character, style, reader, dialogue, understated black humour, its all there for your listening pleasure. Give us more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Paper Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Brackmann
    • Narrated By Tracy Sallows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    American Iraq War veteran Ellie Cooper is down and out in Beijing when a chance encounter with a Uighura member of a Chinese Muslim minority at the home of her sort-of boyfriend Lao Zhang turns her life upside down. Lao Zhang disappears, and suddenly multiple security organizations are hounding her for information.

    David says: "Unexpected gem with an engaging, damaged protag"
    "Promising, a little short on action"
    Overall

    Lisa Brackmann can clearly write and just as clearly has a lot of ideas. Setting novels in modern China from a western perspective is another plus. However this is one of those novels where sometimes "the message" dominates the plot. I'd have liked a little more action, a little more suspense, a little more romance and a little less of the realities of detention and torture. . Tracy Sallows read this very well getting right in character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shooting Star

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By David Tredinnick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Frank Calder - ex-soldier and sacked police hostage negotiator - is just eking out a living as a mediator when he's approached by Pat Carson, patriarch of the dynastic Carson family. Pat wants him to deliver ransom money to kidnappers who've abducted his great-granddaughter. Frank urges Pat to call in the law, but he refuses, since police bungling nearly cost the life of another Carson child kidnapped years before.

    Evan says: "Quality hard boiled fiction"
    "as good as it gets"
    Overall

    There are many fine mystery and suspense authors on Audible. I know because over the past couple of years I've listened to lots.

    None are better than Peter Temple. The variety of his books, even though mostly set in Victoria, Austrlia is first class, the plots are first class, the dialogue is first class, and his observations of society and culture are thoroughly enjoyable.
    Finally I appreciate the dry Australian black humour that permeates the early stages of his novels, somewhat reminiscent of a more subtle Carl Hiasen.
    Its an additional pleasure to find the books well read, although I appreciate that others may not find the nuances of the Australian dialect as familiar as they seem to me.
    Finishing this book was extremely regrettable and how I wish there were more. Discovering Peter Temple has been one of my great thrills of 2009.




    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead at Daybreak

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    A South African antiques dealer is murdered with a single bullet from an M-16 assault rifle. The contents of his safe are missing, and the only clues are a scrap of blank paper and the unusual weapon used: a gun that's generally the choice of mercenaries, not burglars. Now ex-cop Zed van Heerden has seven days to fill in the blanks in this dead man's past - a past that appears only to start in 1983.

    David says: "First rate plot, scene and character development"
    "First rate plot, scene and character development"
    Overall

    This book fulfilled all my requirements for a good thriller.
    1. Strong characters
    2. Excellent plot well revealed
    3. Unusual setting in South Africa
    4. Plenty of action
    5. Well read.
    6. Shows an awareness of culture.
    Perhaps some of the writing could be even tauter, a few of the passing thoughts meandered over long, romance was not that well developed but nevertheless
    I immediately went out and listened to another in the same series.



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Of Rice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Galli
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Spreading democracy takes more than cutting-edge military hardware. Winning the hearts and minds of a troubled nation is a special mission we give to bewildered young soldiers who can't speak the native language, don't know the customs, can't tell friends from enemies, and, in this wonderfully outrageous Iraq-era novel about Vietnam, wonder why they have to risk their lives spraying peanut plants, inoculating pigs, and hauling miracle rice seed for Ho Chi Minh.

    Michael says: "I really liked it"
    "No guts"
    Overall

    Ultimately this story went nowhere. Its a story of the peace corps in Vietnam, except they are in the army, non combat types, during the war told through the eyes of a couple of characters.
    The theme is kind of interesting and the author has some writing skill but ultimately the undeding series of largely unrelated incidents an the unrelenting sensitive new age approach left me feeling the book had nothing interesting to say. And I say that even though I share some of the sentiments. My wife felt the same way and neither of us finished it.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merciless: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Montanari
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (31)

    On a frigid December night, Karen sits at the edge of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River, dressed in a flowing gown, like a visitor from the distant past. A beautiful and shining young woman, she gazes up at a bone-white winter moon like a fairytale princess. At first glance, one might not even notice that she is dead, coated in a patina of ice. Homicide cops Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano take the lead on the case, uncovering a plethora of eerie clues, each more warped and spine-chilling than the last.

    Penni says: "Great Book"
    "worth a listen"
    Overall

    This novel lives up to its title as a suspense novel. The bad guy is a bad guy, there are a number of intertwined plots that are mostly brought together well at the end and nearly all of the loose ends are tied up. Character development is only fair. That is the characters are strong with complex personalities but don't for the most part develop much further through the novel than at the beginning. Overall a most enjoyable suspense novel to listen to.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Vertical Coffin: A Shane Scully Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    In Shane Scully's most terrifying case to date, two elite SWAT units from the L.A. Sheriff's Department and the ATF appear to be engaged in a deadly midnight war. Officers from both agencies are being sniped at and murdered in vertical coffins. As the violence escalates, the mayor directs the LAPD, the only uninvolved and unbiased law enforcement agency, to investigate. Shane's wife, Alexa, under orders from Chief Tony Filosiani, assigns him to the case.

    Matthew says: "Thrill To The Last Minute"
    "shows promise"
    Overall

    This book showed glimpses of greatness but too often lapsed into long sessions of police jargon and the usual dose of home spun philosophy. The author is at his best when describing action where he creates some genuine excitement.

    Although a number of interesting characters are brought into play their relationships didn't seem real to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consent to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3853)
    Performance
    (1856)
    Story
    (1868)

    For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of countless Americans. His battles for peace and freedom have made him a hero to many, and an enemy to countless more. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who want to see Mitch Rapp eliminated. They have decided the time has come.

    Timothy says: "One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard"
    "Idelology not to my taste"
    Overall

    Stereotyped characters, gratuitous violence, ideology about as subtle as an atomic bomb. The first audio book I haven't actually got all the way through.

    8 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Hangman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated By Christopher Scott
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Peter Diamond, the Bath detective, is having woman trouble. His boss wants him to find a missing person, the daughter of one of her friends in the choir. Another woman, who calls herself his secret admirer, wants to set up a meeting in a local pub. Then there is sexy Ingeborg Smith, the ex-journalist detective constable, distracting the murder squad from their duties.

    David says: "Good character development"
    "Good character development"
    Overall

    This is a classic modern english police murder mystery. The hero is the usual fat, grumpy, partly clever, partly stupid detective superintendent aided by a big squad.

    Despite the predictability of some elements of the plot I enjoyed the book. Certainly very well read, but also reasonable character development, some reasonable elements of humor and some ideas developed. Worth a listen and I am almost over the line to listening to another by the same author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Price

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jon Evans
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Paul Wood was just a tourist in battle-scarred Sarajevo when an unexpected encounter changed his life. Now he is a desperate woman┬┐s only hope of escape, but to get her to safety he must find a way through the minefield of warlords, criminals, and peacekeepers that is postwar Bosnia. Unable to leave the country legally, he agrees to do a job for a shadowy group of human traffickers, in exchange for safe passage.

    David says: "excellent"
    "excellent"
    Overall

    I'm only reviewing this as none else has. Its an outstanding audible book. Well read, only the australian accent is humorous, and a great story.

    The characters are well developed, although the protagonist seems to change character regularly, sometimes highly moral at other times prepared to kill.

    The settings are excellent eastern europe and the burning festival in the USA. They add a great background to a well developed plot that maintains a steady pace.

    There is some philosophy but not overly much.

    All in all I was disappointed to find only the one book by Jon Evans. Give us some more.

    This rates right up there with Michael Connolly's efforts in my view

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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