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Geoff

Napier, New Zealand | Member Since 2005

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  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    Mr George Smiley is small, podgy, and at best, middle-aged. He is disillusioned, wrestles with idleness, and has been deserted by his beautiful wife. He is also compassionate, ruthless and a senior British intelligence officer in short-lived retirement from the Circus the British Secret Service organisation situated in London. But Moscow centre has infiltrated a mole into the Circus and it’s more than likely that the perpetrator is Karla Smiley’s old adversary and his opposite number in Moscow.

    Geoff says: "Top Narration"
    "Top Narration"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the narration of this book by Michael Jayston. I had previously downloaded the same book from Audible read by a different narrator. I couldn't finish it due to my thorough dislike of that narrators reading style. I knew there was a wonderful book hiding in there waiting to be revealed and the narration of Jayston was the revelation. I will now look forward to listening to the large number of the other Le Carre books he also narrates.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Quality of Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Barry Unsworth
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Quality of Mercy opens in the spring of 1767, two years after the events of Barry Unsworth's Booker Prize-winning Sacred Hunger. It follows the fortunes of two central characters from that book: Sullivan, the Irish fiddler, and Erasmus Kemp, the son of a Liverpool slave-ship owner who hanged himself. To avenge his father's death, Erasmus Kemp has had the rebellious sailors of his father's ship, including Sullivan, brought back to London to stand trial on charges of mutiny and piracy.

    Geoff says: "Another Great Unsworth Book"
    "Another Great Unsworth Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although it is over 20 years ago that Barry Unsworth wrote Sacred Hunger this is the belated sequel to it. To get full pleasure from this book you really need to have read/listened to Sacred Hunger. However this book develops into a great story in its own right. New characters are introduced and new story lines are developed. The narration by David Rintoul is superb. The only slightly disappointing aspect is the rather abrupt ending. Perhaps Barry U is just setting us up for a third in the series ...!!!! I hope so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Hunger

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Barry Unsworth
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    1752, the Liverpool Merchant sets sail from Merseyside. A slaver, she is bound for Africa to buy men and transport them in chains across the Atlantic. But aboard ship disease thrives in the cramped hold, killing men and eating into profit. Captain Thurso insists on throwing the sick overboard, to the horror of Matthew Paris, ship's surgeon, who determines to prevent such barbarity. Meanwhile, back home, Erasmus Kemp, cousin of Paris and son of the Liverpool Merchant's owner, finds his fortune hanging in the balance: dependent on the success or failure of a single voyage....

    Geoff says: "Superb"
    "Superb"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book takes a while to get in to but if you persevere you will be rewarded with remarkable writing,great narration and a wonderful story. I nearly gave up after 3 or 4 hours listening but I am delighted now that I didn't. One of the best audiobooks I have listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Marine lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company have been dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam. Standing in their way are the North Vietnamese, the monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, and disease and malnutrition. When the company is surrounded by the enemy, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever.

    Ian C Robertson says: "Made for the Big Screen"
    "Magnificent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is magnificent. The writing of Karl Malantes and the narration by Jeff Harding combine to make this a very special experience. From the beginning to the end it is as if the listener is an adjunct member of Bravo Company in the jungles of Vietnam. The fear,the squalour,the bravery and the comradeship are all there. No punches are pulled.Whether it deals with battle, commanding officers or race relations the story and presentation is realistic and unrelenting.Of the many dozens of Audible books I have listened to this one is amongst the very best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Obama's Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    Working behind the scenes for 18 months, Bob Woodward has written the most intimate and sweeping portrait of President Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret war in Pakistan, and the worldwide fight against terrorism.

    Roy says: "Woodward Does a Service"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    A very average book. I thought it was repetitive and dull. Previous books are far better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storm of War

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    One of the best selling History titles of 2009. Examining the Second World War on every front, Andrew Roberts asks whether, with a different decision-making process and a different strategy, Hitler’s Axis might even have won. Were those German generals who blamed everything on Hitler after the war correct, or were they merely scapegoating their former Führer once he was safely beyond defending himself?

    John says: "Things I had never known!"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    I have listened to dozens of books on Audible and this is one of the very best.If you have an interest in WWII you will thoroughly enjoy this book. While the emphasis is on Europe the Pacific War is well covered. Christian Rodska is a perfect reader for this. The battles, the horrors,the personalities and the politics are all comprehensively dealt with. A totally engrossing book that I am sure you will appreciate as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (143)

    The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

    Alan says: "Very very surprised"
    "Repetitious"
    Overall

    It has taken me years to get around to this book. I actually quite enjoyed it although at 41 hours Mr Follett has made it twice as long as it needed to be. Many of the themes were repetitious and similar life stories seemed to apply to quite a few of the characters. I have always liked John Lee as a narrator. He saved the book for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (735)

    Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

    John M says: "Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this."
    "Absolutely superb"
    Overall

    I have already listened to all of the volumes of" The History of the English Speaking Peoples ". That was wonderful but this is better. Quite extraordinary wr


    iting and wonderful narrator. I am thoroughly looking forward to the other 3 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lieutenant

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kate Grenville
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    As a boy, Daniel Rooke was always an outsider. At school he learned to hide his clever thoughts from his peers; at home his parents were bemused by their bookish son. Daniel could only hope that he would one day find his place in life. By 1788, Daniel has become Lieutenant Rooke, astronomer with the First Fleet as it lands on the unknown shores of New South Wales.

    Geoff says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoed " The Secret River " by the same author. I was disappointed by this book. Descriptively it was fine but in the end the story line is weak. I am sure someone of Kate Grenville's ability can do a lot better than this.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (910)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I thought this book was wonderful. The development of both the story and the characters was first class. I loved the narration which made the book for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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