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John

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  • Round the Bend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    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"
    "Nevil is the Best!"
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    Where does Round the Bend rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks very high on my list as just a very good story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Round the Bend?

    Well when Tom returns to the UK and manages to buy a larger plane each time-that is impressive! While Connie is so religous about his maintenance...


    Have you listened to any of John Telfer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but this one is excellent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Round the Bend


    Any additional comments?

    this is a story which grips and fascinates, from a master story teller!
    Everyone should be reading Nevil Shute if they want a good satisfying-and long-read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11893)
    Performance
    (7848)
    Story
    (7884)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Indescribable Resilience"
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    I found this story almost hard to take. I could not put the book down as the story was so fascinating, yet at times I was concerned to carry on lest something even more severe should happen to Louis! I found it hard to believe that the story-line was true and based on fact, but the research shows it to be so. A real wake up call to us all to learn to get along with one another, so that this sort of thing never happens again! An absolutely excellent book and very well read by Edward Herrman. If you like WW2 history stuff then do not miss this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Breaking Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Allan had been away from Coombaragana, flying in the Royal Air Force. Now he has returned, wounded and disillusioned, to his ancestral home. Days before, Jessie Proctor had taken her own life. Why? Allan looked at the young face in the photograph in Jessie’s passport and froze. He knew who she really was.

    John says: "Another great Shute!"
    "Another great Shute!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Breaking Wave to be better than the print version?

    Much better! The only issue with Tull is his lack of knowledge of English names-Lymington is not "lime-inton" but lim-ington-otherwise he is good!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Breaking Wave?

    When Alan discovers the dead girl-Janet- is Bill's(his brother) girlfriend


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Janet manages to outshoot the whole navy!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely if there was time enough!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great-if sad-read! All the Shutes are excellent stories with little violence and no sex-try them all "Town like Alice" On the Beach, Round the bend etc-I think there are 16 or 17 in all

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death to the French

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This is the story of a rifleman's resourcefulness in a single-handed war against the forces of Napoleon. Separated from his regiment, he uses a band of undisciplined Portuguese guerrillas to battle his way back to his own lines.

    John says: "Great story"
    "Great story"
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    Would you listen to Death to the French again? Why?

    This is a great thrilling adventure story told carefully from the author of the Hornblower series. Forester tells great stories and it is hard to miss with any of his books-and he has written more than just Hornblower! Rodska is a good narrator and overall the book was most enjoyable. The story centers around rifleman Dodd and his adventures behind enemy lines.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death to the French?

    When Dodd finds peace in the Portuguese hill village


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favorite?

    Rifleman Dodd of course! His persistance and loyalty are admirable


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If one had time for this...yes


    Any additional comments?

    A great read and wish there were more CS Forester available on Audible(other than Hornblower

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (189)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "Hornblower and the Atropos"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book yes, but the audio book by Coster No. Coster does not capture the essential action of the series, and sounds as if he is reading un-enthusiastically from his high-sided armchair


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hornblower-no reason to dwell on that. The story is good


    What didn’t you like about Nicolas Coster’s performance?

    Boring boring with too much pompous accents from the crew in the lower deck. His accents just do not do it for me-they are so much the upper crust English stuffy accents and they are applied lazily and un-enthusisatically. I am going to avoid ever buying anything with Costers name on from now on!!I am tempted to revert back to reading the book myself!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    avoid Coster

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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