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Jon

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Balwyn North, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Whitethorn

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (309)

    From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

    Karin says: "Whitethorn"
    "Enjoyable as always!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Whitethorn to be better than the print version?

    Probably.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tinker the dog.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humphrey is a one man (and sometimes woman) cast. Incredibly smooth segues from one character to another.


    If you could rename Whitethorn, what would you call it?

    Survivor!


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps lacking in some of the raw energy of his earlier books, but still a large and moving story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titus Alone: Gormenghast Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated By Edmund Dehn
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The third book in the Gormenghast trilogy Brought to the edge of manhood in the huge rotting castle, Titus rebels and runs headlong into the outside world. There he is engulfed in an extraordinary sequence of events. Figures and landscapes loom up with all the vividness of a dream . . .or nightmare.

    Jon says: "Closing the loop on Gormenghast."
    "Closing the loop on Gormenghast."
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    What made the experience of listening to Titus Alone the most enjoyable?

    Edmund Dehn's breadth and range made listening a delight.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Titus Alone?

    The fight with Steerpike is extremely graphic and builds to a wonderful crescendo.


    Which character – as performed by Edmund Dehn – was your favorite?

    In this volume 3 of the trilogy the characters tend to sit behind the story - far more so than in the earlier two books. Dehn's rendering of all characters is so sublime it would be hard to select a favourite, especially in this volume.


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

    Enter into what is truly another world.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've got this far you have to finish the story. With narration this good it's easy to sit back and let the story wash through you. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gormenghast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated By Edmund Dehn
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Titus Groan is now seven. Heir to the crumbling castle, to a cobwebbed kingdom, he is also the inheritor of the evil which is now spreading through Gormenghast. Steerpike, who began to climb across the roofs when Titus was born, is now ascending the spiral staircase to the heart of the castle, and in his wake like imprisonment, manipulation and murder.

    Irene L. Pynn says: "Genius"
    "Book #2 continues the journey through Gormenghast"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gormenghast the most enjoyable?

    Edmund Dehn's inspired performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wonderful density of plot and description. Extraordinary coherence and beautiful use of language.


    What does Edmund Dehn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He beguiles and captures the listener by bringing every part to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Even listening in the car is absorbing. Don't miss the school sections - they're a complete hoot, especially if you went to an English public school.


    Any additional comments?

    This trilogy is entirely worth the effort. Let yourself be absorbed by it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titus Groan

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated By Edmund Dehn
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library. There are tears and strange laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of stone.

    Jon says: "Fantastic story, brilliant performance."
    "Fantastic story, brilliant performance."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a brilliant peice of English literature.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fantastical characters and storyline. Perfect pace. Wonderful use of the English language.


    What about Edmund Dehn’s performance did you like?

    Edmund Dehn brings all the characters to life with a performance of extraordinary range. He's a one man cast. I wish more narrators added as much to their stories.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many laughs, wry and otherwise. The main reaction is to marvel at the imagination of Mervyn Peake, the author.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very British book that probably plays best to British audiences. Beautifully written, it's a classic that gets far too little recognition. The use of language is a pure joy. The only downside for me was its rendering through my iPod in the car - unlike almost all otrher titles I've listened to, I had to keep re-findiing where I'd left off, the bookmark system didn't work well at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (660)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Wonderful story; beautiful performance."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tandia to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the book enormously, many years ago. I enjoyed this performance of the book just as well - which is high praise indeed.


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

    The Power of One. Also magnificent!


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

    An African story; a human story; a great story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2923)
    Performance
    (1723)
    Story
    (1730)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Brilliant Book. Brilliant narrator!!"
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    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    Everything.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of One?

    Too many to select just one.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Too many to select just one.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This has always been a great book. It's complemented here by what is by far the best narration I've heard on any audio book. You can lose yourself, effortlessly, in this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7950)
    Performance
    (7142)
    Story
    (7161)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Rollicking fun"
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    Would you listen to Hexed again? Why?

    Probably not, but only because there are so many more stories to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Many unusual themes and story lines.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Reduced eye strain for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. There were a few chuckles though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7066)
    Performance
    (6415)
    Story
    (6418)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Hammered in three words, what would they be?

    Off the wall


    What did you like best about this story?

    Plenty of pace


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    The Russian Thunder God


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

    Yes, but it was too long to do that so I heard it in parts on drives.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10318)
    Performance
    (9216)
    Story
    (9191)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Absorbing and moorish. I was hooked!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    Effortless entertainment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great pace. It just loped along.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration is easier on the eyes, but the tone was a bit monotonous at times, which robbed the story of its full impact, in places.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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