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Hugh

Shenton Park, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (370)

    Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box.

    Julie says: "Sometimes Audioversions really stand out."
    "One for the Chicks"
    Overall

    I enjoy a good con/heist story. But this was not one. I would classify it as Chick Lit - which may be OK if you are into the genre, but is was not for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eyrie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tim Winton
    • Narrated By Michael Veitch
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    Tom Keely's reputation is in ruins. And that's the upside. Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim high-rise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired, hurt, and angry. He's done fighting the good fight, and well past caring. But even in his seedy flat, ducking the neighbours, he's not safe from entanglement. All it takes is an awkward encounter in the lobby.

    Hugh says: "Frustrating"
    "Frustrating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The sentences in this work are great - funny (as satisfying as the afterglow from a good shit), self-depricating (what are the two best things to come out of Freo?) and highly evocative.
    The paragraphs are fantastic too - really nail the feeling of being in Perth in an interminable summer. And, although I don't think they will win and tourism awards for WA, the depictions of Freo past its prime and of Perth as a site office for a mining company ring true.
    The characters are well drawn - you get the feeling of what it's like to live their lives and how the little victories or setbacks influence things.
    But the plot and conclusion are just so frustrating. A quick trip to Charlie Gardiner Hospital instead of home to the couch and half the problems would be solved. The other half may still need Littlefinger to push someone out the Moon Door, but that is a different story. And the ending - perhaps I could chip in a few extra bucks and get another half hour of story.
    It's a bit hard to know how to rate this. If you were only to listend to a section of it, it would be great. But I did not really enjoy the story as a whole.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz is lucky to be alive. A bullet in the leg, another through the hand, he is discovered clinging to a buoy in the River Thames, losing blood and consciousness fast. It takes six days for him to come out of his coma, and when he does, his nightmare is only just beginning. Because Vincent has no recollection of what happened, and nobody believes him.

    Janie says: "Lost, but far from a loser..."
    "Mixes it up well"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having recently enjoyed listened to the first book, The Suspect, I tried this second book and was pleased to find how well the different point of view worked.
    I find the plot device of amnesia a bit of a cheap shot, but it was handled pretty well here. The narrator has an unusual cadence, which really gives personallity to the main character. Will definitely be looking at more in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

    Adele says: "Aspergers Cliche? No, I loved it!"
    "When Sheldon Cooper Met Sally"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a romatic comedy, starring an unlikely hero who has some "issues" on the Autism spectrum. Much of the comedy comes from the dead-pan description of emotions and schedules - for example, all characters are introduced with an estimated age and BMI. The overall effect is to give an funny insight into someone with OCD tendencies. All is not lost for Our Hero, who has many good qualities to compensate for his lack of social skills.
    My wife has made me sit though plenty of romatic comedies, but this would be one of the better ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stress Test

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Mabry
    • Narrated By Tommy Cresswell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life as a surgeon in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attacked him as he left the hospital at 2 a.m. have no such plans - they just want him dead. Bound and in the trunk of his car, Matt’s only thought is fleeing with his life. He does escape, but at a price: a head injury that lands him in the ICU...where he awakens to discover he’s being charged with murder. Sandra Murray is a fiery, redheaded lawyer who swore she was done with doctors after her last relationship.

    melina says: "Warning This is a preachy Christian book"
    "Pretty average"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a basic thriller, as described on the box. I thought the characters were just a bit flat and dull. I would give it a 2.5 if I could, because it was pleasant enough to listen to (except for all the Christianity stuff).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Corsair

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tim Severin
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    1677 - Snatched from an Irish village by Barbary corsairs, 17 year old Hector Lynch finds himself in a bewildering world where life is cheap and only the quick- witted survive. Befriended by fellow captive Dan, they escape horrors of the slave barracks by converting to Islam; then, serving aboard a Turkish ship, their vessel is sunk at sea.

    Hugh says: "Not much to get excited about here"
    "Not much to get excited about here"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this story lacking the element that gives things a bit of spice and makes you just want to listen more. The main characters seem to stumble around from one predicament to another without much reason so ultimately I did not particularly care about their fate.
    There are the beginnings of some good antagonists, but just when they get going, the heros move on, pretty much unscathed.
    The narrator conveyed a certain naivety for the main character, which may have been his goal, but it put me off a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons (Part Two): Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (253)

    The fifth volume in the greatest epic work of the modern age, this recording is unabridged and split into two parts. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies. Now that her whereabouts are known, many are seeking Daenerys and her dragons....

    Matthew says: "Gaining Momentum at Last!"
    "Worth the Iron Price"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Words are wind, and this is a hurricane, but there is much, and more to like about this latest instalment. I thought that book four was a Mummer's farce - I was wroth to find my favourite characters (and the song "bear and the maiden fair") missing. But they pop up here stronger and more ruthless than ever - books four and five overlap in time and should mayhaps be taken as a whole.
    The narration is amazing (with the possible exception of Daenerys, the Leprechaun) - the distinct accents for each character makes following along much easier.
    Jon Snow knows nothing, and we are no closer to finding out where whores go, but now I am keener than an imp in a brothel for book 6.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    Given the importance of what they do and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies

    Joseph says: "Hung Jury"
    "Not your usual legal thriller."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not actually a 'legal thriller', more like "one man against the system". Our Hero tells the story of he schemed to get out of jail and this plot line climaxes about halfway though the book, so you know that there will be more twists in the tale. Without spoiling things too much, the second half of the book sees the tables turned as Our Hero goes on the offensive to try to get some satisfaction.
    I enjoyed the pacing, which made me want to listen just a little bit longer to see where the cunning plan was going. The narrator was good and I can recommend this as something in the genre that is also a little bit different.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows (Part Two): Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (204)

    The War of the Five Kings has ripped Westeros apart. The bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning Lannisters occupy the Iron Throne, with allies as ruthless as themselves. Lord Frey was host at the Red Wedding, so called for the massacre of the guests, their screams unheard above the music of the feast. Euron Crow’s Eye is as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, sworn to deliver the whole of Westeros to the ironborn. No less to be feared are their enemies. The Starks of Winterfell and the Martells of Dorne seek vengeance for their dead.

    Simon says: "Whose voice is whose?"
    "Finishes with story lines hanging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was disappointed that this ended with cliffhangers, rather than climaxes. I guess we will all have to buy the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3808)
    Performance
    (3334)
    Story
    (3369)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "I could not commit to this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to the first 2 parts of this - and it seemed ok. If there was some kind of conclusion there, then I would have rated it highly. But life is too short - I would rather try something else, rather than 3 more parts of the same. 2/5 stars for 2/5 parts of the book. Maybe I will change my opinion if I ever get around to finishing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows (Part One): Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (244)

    A Feast for Crows brings to life dark magic, intrigue and terrible bloodshed as the war-torn landscape of the Seven Kingdoms is threatened by destruction as vast as any in its violent past. The War of the Five Kings has ripped Westeros apart. The bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning Lannisters occupy the Iron Throne, with allies as ruthless as themselves. Lord Frey was host at the Red Wedding, so called for the massacre of the guests, their screams unheard above the music of the feast.

    Candice says: "Can't get past the narration"
    "Not a great half-book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved 3 the first books, but this one is a real step backwards. I took hours to get to the "big name" characters and hardly a disembowelment in sight. There was nothing from Daenerys, Bran or Tyrion. Much of the action took place with the Dawnish characters, however 3 of the charcaters' names started with "Ari" which I think is a bad choice for audio books (perhaps easier to distinguish in print).
    That said, I still have high expectstions for the second part as these books have a tendancy to build to a big climax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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