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F. Hawkins

silentsun

Member Since 2008

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  • 31 reviews
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  • The Return: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (82)

    The real Richard Marder would shock his acquaintances, if they ever met him. Even his wife, long dead, didn’t know the real man behind the calm, cultured mask he presents to the world. Only an old army buddy from Vietnam, Patrick Skelly, knows what Marder is capable of. Then, a shattering piece of news awakens Marder’s buried desire for vengeance; with nothing left to lose, he sets off to punish the people whose actions changed his life years earlier.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "not as good as Gruber's earlier books"
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    I've liked the earlier books enough to listen to them again, all of them, but this one is just a little too far out. If he does another book, I'll try it, but I was disappointed in this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Most Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Roger May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    It is the Second World War and France has fallen. In their trusty fishing boat, Genevieve, armed with only a flame-thrower and limited ammunition, a small group of officers and men take a stand against the might of the German army. This is classic Shute: a thrilling adventure about the heroism of ordinary men that will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering them on.

    Sandy says: "Censored for 3 years"
    "not as good as Shute's others"
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    I was very impressed with Shute's On the Beach, Pied Piper, A Town Like Alice, Round the Bend. This book, while better than a lot I've tried, isn't as good as the 4 I listened to before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2240)
    Performance
    (2039)
    Story
    (2060)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got about a third in, and still don't know if all the weirdness is real or drug-induced. John dies early in the book, and I hoped then it was about to be over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Hodges
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (277)

    It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

    Sara says: "A Fantastic Biography For The Patient Listener"
    "WAY too long"
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    Sure, Turing's life is interesting, and he got badly treated. But we don't need to know every letter he ever wrote or received, every meeting he went to, every trip he made, all the details about the invention of the computers.
    I would love to find a 30 hour book that would keep me interested, but this isn't it. It has too much unneeded detail. Maybe 10 hours would have been a better book.
    The movie was much more entertaining than this book.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • On the Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    A war no one fully understands has devastated the planet with radioactive fallout from massive cobalt bombing. Melbourne, Australia, is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. But there isn’t much time left, a few months, maybe more—and the citizens of Melbourne must decide how they will live the remaining weeks of their lives, and how they will face a hopeless future.

    Julie says: "The most emotionally moving story I have ever read"
    "more excellent work from Shute"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The other Shute books all had happy endings. This one, dealing with the end of human life after a nuclear war, doesn't end happily, but it's a good story, excellently told, well narrated.
    There was a movie of the story back around 1960, and I think the movie follows the book pretty well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Round the Bend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    When Tom Cutter hires Constantine Shaklin as an engineer in his air-freight business, he little realises the extraordinary gifts of his new recruit. Shaklin possesses a religious power which inspires everyone he meets to a new faith and hope for humanity. As Cutter’s business grows across Asia, so does Shaklin’s fame, until he is widely regarded as a unifying deity. Though he struggles to believe Shaklin is indeed divine, Cutter too finds solace in his friend’s teachings, and commits to passing on his message.

    Gavin says: "A wonderful book"
    "good story"
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    It got a little unbelievable at the end, but it's well worth listening to. I liked the other Shute stories (Pied Piper, Town Called Alice, Trustee for the Toolroom) better, but still glad I found Shute, glad there are more of his to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pied Piper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France, but during his stay the Nazis invade. Howard must try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.

    Susan says: "One of My All Time Favorires"
    "Another great Shute story"
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    Didn't want it to end, wished it was longer. Another great story!
    need two more words

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1904)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1324)

    Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Another great Shute story"
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    I kept wanting it not to end! But there are several Shute books, I'm on my 5th one now, all are great stories

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (885)
    Story
    (889)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "great story!"
    Overall
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    It's a story of the little guy persisting, and with the help of friends he wasn't aware of, making a great accomplishment. Made me want more, and I'm on my 5th Shute book, and all are great stores.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chinese Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nicole Mones
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (467)

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    Dr. says: "Totally Satisfying - highly recommended"
    "disappointed"
    Overall
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    Story

    from the reviews I expected a better story. It was ok, worth finishing, but not a great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7350)
    Performance
    (6444)
    Story
    (6459)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Overrated"
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    I kept hoping it would get better. The story had a lot of potential, reader was good, but I had trouble staying interested. Did finish it, not terrible, but not great either.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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