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David

An avid audio fan, I listen mainly whilst walking my dog. I enjoy many and varied subjects,history,travel,espionage,crime,anything good

Kfar Saba, Israel

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  • Typhoon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (28)

    Hong Kong 1997 - only a few short months of British rule remain before the territory returns to Chinese rule. It's a febrile place. And in that claustrophobic environment of uncertainty and fear the spooks are hard at work, jostling for position and influence. So when an elderly man emerges from the seas off the New Territories, claiming to know secrets he will share only with the Governor himself, a young MI6 agent, Joe Lennox, sees an opportunity to make his reputation.

    David says: "Entertaining from beginning to end"
    "Entertaining from beginning to end"
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    This is the 2nd of Cummings' books to which I have listened.(The Trinity Six being the 1st)
    A strong,credible,relevant plot.Believable characters and scenery.
    I look forward to more of his books

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Postman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (251)

    David Brin's The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction. He was a survivor - a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale.

    Delbert Ealy says: "Excellent!!"
    "Good novel spoiled by poor narration"
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    Well,I was warned!
    One of the other reviewers wrote about the oddity of the narrators' rythm,pausing in mid-sentence etc., but I downloaded the book anyway.
    I have seen the movie a few times,and the story is really good,leading us to imagine an all-too possible frightening future after a devastating world war,followed by famine and plague.
    The scenarios of the breakdown of government,communication,moral conduct are easily acceptable,and there is always the faint glimmer of hope and renewal in the background.A good novel.
    But I am sorry,I gave up listening towards the end of the 1st part.The narration was no good,and I found it almost impossible to overcome my distaste for the narration in order to concentrate on the story.
    Most of the drama in the narrative is pretty low level,the hero,Gordon,is mostly a laid-back sort of guy,and the description of state of humanity post-apocalypse is scary enough,so why try and sensationalise passages by all sorts of weird pauses,inflexions etc.?
    Well,I have moved on to my next download,and like Gordon Krantz,look forward to better things.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1552)
    Performance
    (1288)
    Story
    (1293)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Compelling,Outstanding"
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    I was obliged to read "The Ni**er of The Narcissus" by Conrad at High School,and was so completely bored that I have stayed well away from Conrad in the 50 years since then.
    When I saw that Kenneth Branagh was the narrator for this book,and discovered that the film Apocalypse Now (one of my favourites) was based on Heart of Darkness, I decided that I would give Conrad another chance.
    I am so gratified that I did !
    A"'rattling good yarn", but so much more than that, a convincing picture of imperialism at its worst, the story of a tortured soul with almost no checks on its power and paranoia ,the story presents so many moral questions that are as disturbing in todays world as they should have been then.
    Kenneth Branagh is superb,superb,everything on the river and in the jungle comes alive. Please give us more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sanctus

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Simon Toyne
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from a major new British talent that will set the world alight…REVELATION OR DEVASTATION?The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies …A man throws himself to his death from the oldest inhabited place on the face of the earth, a mountainous citadel in the historic Turkish city of Ruin. This is no ordinary suicide but a symbolic act.

    Madeleine says: "So Much Better than the DaVinci Code!"
    "WE NEED A NEW GENRE !"
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    First of all I must compliment the narrator, whose excellent work helped me to keep plodding on through the thick and thin of this audio book.
    I do think it somewhat unfair of me to criticise what so many others (I read reviews on several other websites) have praised , but this book did not live up to my expectations.
    Hung on a very small hook of a mysterious ancient secret are lots of humdrum shootings, high-tech jargon,irrelevant padding(Bonnie and Myron),kidnappings and general mayhem.
    Perhaps I am just sated with this sort of mumbo-jumbo ,and I read/listen to books of this genre only once in a blue moon,hoping for something new ,but after The Da Vinci Code it seems very difficult to produce anything other than variations on a theme.
    After correctly identifying who/what The Sacrament is/was when about half-way through, (the author gives plenty of clues) I just wanted to get it over with.
    Having said all that, IF this was the first book of the genre which I had read/heard then I may have enjoyed it differently, and I must admit that the final few chapters,(when the good guys and bad guys finally come face to face) were suspenseful.
    Also on the plus side were the short chapters and good writing.I think that the author can use his talents well if he can come up with a new genre.
    The $64,000 question is- will I download the next book(s) of the trilogy ? At the moment, I think not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Magnus Pym, counsellor at the British Embassy in Vienna, has suddenly vanished, believed defected. The chase is on for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a life-time secret agent. Pym's life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. The race is on to find the perfect spy.

    David says: "The Best"
    "The Best"
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    This is by far my favourite of le Carre's books.Although not a spy story as such,it is a story about the making and breaking of a spy.
    A story about love,friendship and a tormented man,living in so many different worlds,balancing within himself conflicting characters.
    His analysis of Pyms character,as to what goes into making him a perfect spy is riveting.
    Ricki Pym,the father,is an enchanting rogue,love and hated,and there is a superb cast of supporting characters,Musspole,Perce Loft,and many others,all vividly alive.
    For a novel where so much of the plot is background and family history,and so little takes place in the present,my attention was held from the start.The writing is superb.
    Even though I knew the ending I was spellbound as to the depth of the authors sympathy and understanding of his tortured,confused,loyal and traitorous hero.
    I have read the book several times and shall listen to this audibook again and again.
    Michael Jayston is excellent,as ever

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (631)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Excellent"
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    I am no student of military history,but have long been fascinated by the US Civil War.
    I visited the Gettysburg battlefield some years ago,and in spite of making an audio-guided tour,visiting the info. centre,etc etc,I remember coming away completely confused as to what happened where,It was just too big.
    Listening to this book has now made that visit worthwhile.
    By presenting the story of the battle from the points of the main combatants,Lee,Chamberlain,Armstead and others,the author showed what a tremendous undertaking took place during those few days.He portrays vividly the conflicting loyalties,the moral debate,the pride,horror,confusion,sacrifice and call to duty which must have been experienced by those who fought.
    I found the narrative mostly impartial as to the questions of right and wrong of either side in the conflict,and that was welcome.
    Chamberlains bayonet charge at Little Round Top,and Picketts' charge at Cemetary Ridge on the last day of the battle are vividly brought to life with the screams,fire and smoke live in my imagination.
    So sad,so sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Cry Chaos: The Henri Poincaré Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Leonard Rosen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (342)

    All Cry Chaos is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens. The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster’s Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincaré on a high-stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.

    Sandy says: "Not bad."
    "Mixed feelings"
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    An excellent start,well paced and controlling the listeners (readers') interest and attention.
    Less well developed,but a good listen overall

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Michael Henchard, drunk at a country fair, sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas. The following day, in despair and remorse, he forswears alcohol and sets out to redeem himself. In time, he becomes a respected merchant and eventually the mayor of the town. But Fate is not to be so easily appeased, and Henchard finds his past actions resonate through and destroy his plans for the future.

    Tad Davis says: "Superb"
    "Hardy has weathered less well than I expected."
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    This was one of my favourite books as a young man,and I downloaded it expecting to relish it as I did 30 years ago.
    Well,although the story still holds the attention,it seems that Hardy and I have grown older.
    The portrait of English country life and morals in the early 19th century is as interesting and detailed as ever, but the plot is too predictable.
    The narration is excellent,with the narrator switching easily and convincingly between male and female voices,between characters with rustic,rural accents and those with more sophisticated speech.
    I still intend to download more of Hardys' books,they are after all,classics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Korda
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Michael Korda's Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale: a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile, including his blond, sun-burnished good looks and flowing white robes, made him an object of intense fascination, still famous the world over as "Lawrence of Arabia".

    Ron says: "Excellent book and narration"
    "Superb"
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    An excellent account of the life of one of the 20th Century's most famous,and complex characters.From the vivid descriptions of guerilla actions in the desert to the skullduggery of Anglo-French politics and all the aspects of Lawrences' life after WW1,the book is always riveting.
    Excellent narration,I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4003)
    Performance
    (2560)
    Story
    (2582)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Mixed feelings"
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    I am not really sure how I feel about this book.I did enjoy listening,and the narration was good.But I don't know whether this was a scholarly work,or a popular one.
    There are lots of dates,names of exotic people and places,but I still don't know enough about the Mongols.
    I do not feel that the author really proved Genghiz Khans' having "made" the modern world.If we accept the authors interpretation,then he certainly was very enlightened,and revolutionary in his politics,law-making etc., but then again so were so many others on the stage of world history.
    I did very much enjoy the epilogue and afterword,which were narrated,I think.by the author.
    All in all,worth listening to,but I feel that something was missing in order to get me inspired by Genghiz Khan

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1358)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Excellent from every point of view."
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    Having been thrilled by the film with Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand, I was wary of buying this audio.
    But of course the book is so much richer in detail and atmosphere,I really felt that I was like a fly on the wall in the Wingos' home,and learned such a lot about the Southern way of life and mentality.The fact that I knew all about the terrible secret did not make the book any less tense or exciting,and Frank Muller was excellent.As Pat Conroy said in his introduction,Muller brings so many extra dimensions to the story.A treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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