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Jan

Love Books and listen while working out and on the way to and from work

Carole Park, Australia | Listener Since 2006

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dave Goldberg, Jeff Blomquist
    • Narrated By Mark F. Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    This is an indispensable guide to physics that offers readers an overview of the most popular physics topics written in an accessible, irreverent, and engaging manner while still maintaining a tone of wry skepticism. Even the novice will be able to follow along, as the topics are addressed using plain English and (almost) no equations. Veterans of popular physics will also find their nagging questions addressed, like whether the universe can expand faster than light.

    Paul says: "Physics even I can understand"
    "got distracted"
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    It's well written and quite easy to follow but at the same time due to the concepts discussed it will be easier to read the book rather then listing to it. I had to rewind quite a few times as it not like a fiction book where if you miss a few sentences you can still follow the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Two Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Berlin 1920: Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice.... Which one of them will survive? Ben Elton's most personal novel to date, Two Brothers transports the reader to the time of history's darkest hour.

    Harry says: "Simply Excellent"
    "as good as The First Casualty"
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    I find Ben's historic novels fascinating. This is well written as well as a great story (i was born in Germany but move away 30 years ago and therefore I could be a bit biased to the story).

    The main characters might be a bit 1 dimensional but it seems to work for the story and you don't notice it unless one sits back to analyse the story (like when writing a review).

    If you like his previous book about WW1 then you will love this one. If you have not read that just don't expect black adder and you will get a lot out of it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War, Part One: The Phoney War to Stalingrad

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    The Second World War began in August, 1939, on the edge of Manchuria, and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects. Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research, and writing with clarity and compassion, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific.

    F-M says: "Expected more from Antony Beevor"
    "Great Overview of WW2"
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    It over all of the war and you get a much better picture of how it all unfolded. It was does not pull any punches and gives you enough details without overwhelming you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings (Part Two): Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (286)

    This is Part Two of Book 2 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. George R. R. Martin’s superb fantasy epic continues in consummate style as bloodshed and alchemy lay waste the Seven Kingdoms. This second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire is unabridged and split into two parts. The Iron Throne once united the Sunset Lands, but King Robert is dead, his widow is a traitor to his memory, and his surviving brothers are set on a path of war amongst themselves.

    Ian says: "Writer & Narrator in Perfect Harmony"
    "as good as the 1st book"
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    If you like the 1st book you will like this one. It continues the story at a good pace and you learn more about the charters. The narration is outstanding - you can pick up most charters just with the different voices that the narrate uses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (420)

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "narration lets down a better then average story"
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    I found the narration of putting - it sounds like the narrater is reading to young children. If you have read the other books in the series its worth a listen but don't make it your 1st one as its no where near the best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of Death

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    Praised as a "ruthless descendant of Holmes", agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds.

    Frank says: "Dance of Death"
    "good for the abridged version"
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    I was surprised that the story did not suffer to much being abridged. It's not as good as other Pendacast stories as its missing the more super natural accepts of other stories but its still very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3488)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1447)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "all round awesome"
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    Great story, incredible narrations. This is a must listen even if you are not a horror fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1807)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1523)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "Still a good listen"
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    The ending is a bit weak but the rest of the book is very enjoyable. It is very well narrated.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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