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J. Hansen

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Denmark | Member Since 2009

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  • 23 reviews
  • 521 ratings
  • 810 titles in library
  • 61 purchased in 2014
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  • The Black Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Adam Dalgliesh, newly promoted to the rank of commander, is facing a crisis in his career. Dissatisfied with his work, restless and vulnerable, he thinks of resigning from the Force. However, an invitation to visit an old family friend in Dorset appeals to Dalgliesh. But when he arrives at Toynton Grange, a private home for the disabled, he discovers that his host has died suddenly.

    J. Hansen says: "Poor sound quiality"
    "Poor sound quiality"
    Overall

    The technical quality of this production is very poor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes in America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jon L. Lellenberg (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), Daniel Stashower (editor)
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    Just in time for Sherlock Holmes, the major motion picture starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law: the world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over 19th-century America - from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to fog-shrouded San Francisco. The world’s best-loved British sleuth faces some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer and meets America’s most famous figures.

    J. Comeaux says: "Laugh out loud stories clever and smart"
    "Lovingly funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't often find myself laughing out loud when I walk around with my headphones and listen to a book, but several of these stories made me do just that. And they do in a good way, showing a lot of insight into, and love of, the Conan Doyle universe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Extremes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cannon
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    After her husband is killed, Teresa joins a virtual-reality company, where she finds relief from her grief in other worlds and personalities. Then she enters the mind of Gerry Grove, the town's assassin. As she explores Grove's virtual existence, Teresa is terrified by what she discovers.

    J. Hansen says: "Good story almost drown in details"
    "Good story almost drown in details"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The main story is very good. The fist mystifying chapters are extremely good and I think the narrator is just right and does a superb job.

    But then we get a lot of scenarios which I am sure fits into the pattern but is quite boring to listen to - esp because many of them are variations of scenarios we have already heard. Also most of the computer inaction is spelled out in detail - in a printed edition I guess you would skip or skim a lot of those, but in an audio book it becomes annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5634)
    Performance
    (4837)
    Story
    (4846)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Thank You!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Thank You so much for the very nice present.

    A Merry Christmas to everyone at Audible, and to my fellow listeners!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11545)
    Performance
    (10491)
    Story
    (10512)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "This is (mainly) science fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this would be a dark story about a haunted house with a looser type as main character (which is why I hesitated to buy it). But actually it is a science fiction more than anything else, and the characters resemble those from a family soap (which is not necessarily a bad thing, when it fits the story and the mood).

    Personally, I thought the story ended too soon after it has begun to get really interesting - but I can't really argue more about that without spoiling the fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trinity Six

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Europe is still littered with the darkest secrets of the Cold War. And the most deadly revelation of them all is about to be made…Hard-up Russia expert Dr Sam Gaddis finally has a lead for a book that could set his career back on track. He has staggering new information about an unknown sixth member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring – a man who has evaded detection for his entire life

    Roger says: "Could not stop listening"
    "Too complicated for me!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I must admit that I lost interest in this story some way through when the story turned from what happened here and know to long conservations about what happened in the past. All these names, of people with "old faces", who "turned" or "betrayed" or "went over" at what time is very hard, for me, to remember and, frankly, care much about. I suppose hard core fans of spy novels in the le Carré genre might like this. I am not sure how to rate an experience like this: for me personaly it was a one star, but I realize this is not for me so I give it a 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (752)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "The super natural is quite natural here"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I like stories about the super natural, I like it when the super natural is treated as something unusual, eerie and scary. In this story the author have chosen to incorporate the super natural as something quite natural and the result is a more a thriller/adventure than the (high tech) ghost story I was expecting. Fair enough, its just not for me.

    The best thing in this book, for me, was the unusual setting. The thing I liked least was the very long dialogues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marsbound

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Liza Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Young Carmen Dula and her family are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime - they're going to Mars. Once on the Red Planet, however, Carmen realizes things are not so different from Earth. There are chores to do, lessons to learn, and oppressive authority figures to rebel against.

    Gina A. Emory says: "Excellent story AND narration"
    "I hope this is for Young Adults"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having just finished "camouflage" by the same author and needing a book fast I bought this without reading any reviews etc.

    Turned out this is (probably) a book for young adults. The main character is only interesting if you are in that age group (I suppose). The story is very slow and is a lot about relation to friends, family etc.

    On the other hand, if parents are looking for a book for YA, I suggest they read the reviews below, regarding sex and drugs (!).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he's willing to put a brave face on, if it will help him escape.

    J. Hansen says: "Abridged and ruined"
    "Abridged and ruined"
    Overall

    I am happy that I already knew this story from book and movie before I heard this audiobook, because it has been abridged so much that it makes no sense, the story simply does not work! Also I have to admit that Thomas Harris does not do a good job of narrating hos own book, as he uses an objective almost cold voice through out. I think it's time for a re-issue of this classic story and in the meantime I strongly advice anybody not familiar with the story to read the book and/or whatch the movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Collected Stories - Vol III

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Arthur C Clarke
    • Narrated By Ben Onwukwe, Mike Grady, Nick Boulton, and others
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A collection of stunning short stories from the most acclaimed Science Fiction author of any generation. Arthur C Clarke is without question the world's best-known and most celebrated science fiction writer. His career, spanning more than sixty years, is one of unequalled success.

    J. Hansen says: "No humour please"
    "No humour please"
    Overall

    Clarke is fantastic when he takes us to new worlds, distant futures or ancient history seen in a new way. I simply love it. But it seems that in this third collection something new was introduced: humour. And it comes across as hoplessly nerdish - if I smile it is the overbearing smile you put on your face when the guy who desperately wants to be funny cracks another lame joke. Still I am going on to vil IV and hope Clarke is back on track!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1679)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (970)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Not for plot lovers"
    Overall

    I like historical fiction and I certaintly don't mind to be told a lot of intresting details of the life in the period of the story, but I do prefer all of it to be centered around some central plot like a murder mystery, the hunt for a document or the building of cathedral. Otherwise I get confused. This book got me very confused. People who need little plot, who may indeed not want plot at all, may like it.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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