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K

Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.

Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9932)
    Performance
    (5944)
    Story
    (5990)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "The original but by no means the best."
    Overall

    Jordan's, 'The eye of the world' is the first in a classic series of the Wheel of Time. This was Jordan's first in the series and a great story in its own right, but as the series goes on Jordan's writing gets better and better.

    The first is brilliant the rest get better in a well thought out plot.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Elfstones of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (580)

    Before the Great Wars and the Old Race of Man, there was a world populated by different beings: elves, demons, faeries, and the like. The Elves and the Demons constantly fought each other, until the Elves finally imprisoned them with the enchanted tree called the Ellcrys. Thousands of years later the Ellcrys still survives and still keeps the Demons imprisoned within the Spell of Forbidding, but not for much longer, the Ellcrys is dying.

    Aaron says: "A good story"
    "Fantasy Classic"
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    This is the second book of the Shannara series and it should be noted that it is the one of the first epic fantasy books written after Lord of the Rings. It started the the flood of the many fantasy offerings that we have today.

    I could be biased, being a fanatical Terry Brooks Fan, but this book is probably my favourite of the Shannara series. Without giving too much away, a magical tree is dying, and the next generation of Ohmsfords' (the main family of the series) must aid the search for the magic required for the rebirth of the tree.

    The thing I really like about Terry's work, he normally has more than one story thread running at the same time, but rarely more than can be followed, makes the reading of the book hard work. Sometimes simple is best.

    The book is a long read. So if you get into the series, be prepared to lose many hours of your reading time on this story. But in my opinion its a rewarding escape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (893)

    An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction. At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events.

    Brian says: "Techno-thriller that gets the tech right"
    "Brilliant Book for Anyone who likes Technology"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The plot in the book is relatively simple, but the technology behind the story is not simple at all. But the explanation of the technology is both educational and somewhat scary. The story tells of the malicious release of computer malwear and hypothesises the possible impact.

    Simple plot, but the characters are real and believable. The background behind the main characters is comprehensive and adds to their actions. Probably there best thing about the main characters, is there are no super men or women, or ex special forces. They are easy to relate to because they are normal, real people.

    Also the story is not around one person, there are many involved with equal standing. There is no real lead through the plot. This to me is another plus to the story, but there are not too many characters that the story is hard to follow.

    Johnny Heller narrates the story brilliantly with one exception. The characterisation of the female characters seems to be lacking in comparison to some narrators. But this is the only negative of the delivery, but it doesn't detract from the story telling, its just that in my opinion, I think it could be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23492)
    Performance
    (14811)
    Story
    (14968)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "So much more than the movie"
    Overall
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    Like a lot of books which have been made into movies, there is so much missing in the movie. The book is a wonderful tale for young and old. The story of Ender's growth into his destiny and his disillusionment with his responsibilities of his destiny a captured in this classic.

    While, I read the book before I listened to the audio version, I really love the characters as they are presented.

    There are a lot of deeper issues in they book than the surface story. They are presented subtly and leave you thinking as the story progresses. I think this is what the author intended and while this book will be a classic of modern literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tournament

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Lucy Gaskell
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    The year is 1546. Europe lives in fear of the powerful Islamic empire to the East. Under its charismatic Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, it is an empire on the rise. It has defeated Christian fleets. It has conquered Christian cities. Then the Sultan sends out an invitation to every king in Europe: send forth your champion to compete in a tournament unlike any other. We follow the English delegation, selected by King Henry VIII himself, to the glittering city of Constantinople, where the most amazing tournament ever staged will take place.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Brilliant historical fiction"
    "History and Action, a winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a surprising offering from Matthew Reilly, when you look at his previous books, which can be best described as "Die Hard" in book, this is a big change of pace where the focus in more on the intrigue rather than the action. Its a nice change, and one that Matthew achieves with ease.

    Another significant change for Matthew Reilly fans is the absence of Sean Mangan doing the narration. However, with this book, Lucy Gaskell, is probably a better choice to tell the story of a young Queen Bess.

    The story keeps you on your seat to the end and while based on a simple plot, combined with historic references it provides a wonderful journey of discovery.

    I strongly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (891)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    GadgetDon says: "Smart People solving problems"
    "WARNING: This is not the first book in the series."
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    I have to say, I really like this book, but thought it a bit scarce in detail at the start.Its only when started looking for more books by John Scalzi, that I found out this was not the first book in the series. I have since tracked down the others and it fills the gaps.

    The story is classic Science Fiction, which not only looks at issues in the future, but also tries to provide explanation of the technology advances that are highlighted in the book. So its not only a book.

    The story seems a bit disjoined, skipping from one scenario to another but it ties together in the end to realise a comprehensive outcome.

    Its well worth the read but try to track down the earlier books, and you will enjoy it more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Friendship: Star Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (1071)
    Story
    (1075)

    Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

    brendanstallard says: "Wow, Weber hits the target."
    "A surprising delivery from a great author"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an interesting book, unlike other offerings from David Weber, in that I don't think it was aimed at his usual audience. It appears as if he is trying to attract a young teen readership. I think he succeed. Its a book that I willing put on for young people for long trips.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To describe a favourite scene would give away the book. I think that the book has too many favourite scenes to single one out.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the relationship between the main characters is the key behind the book, and any scene where they are learning about each other are brilliant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor: Jack Reacher 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (126)

    Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret. Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in 30 years. The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.

    Ian C Robertson says: "A Surprising First Look"
    "How can you not like Jack Reacher"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    I think DIck Captured Jack Reacher perfectly.


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

    This book was a two sitting book for me. Mainly cause I can't sit still for the time required for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I think most of us would like to fall off the radar like Jack Reacher. I think that alone is a great attraction to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Column

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (267)

    The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander....

    J says: "Childhood favorite"
    "An old but great book."
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    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Tom, has a voice which is suites a 40s detective story. His voice is abrupt but with lots of charactor. For this book, it reminds you how long ago the book as been written and adds character to the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Hienline can be somewhat prophetic in his story lines. This book is not different, with the tools being technology, deceiption and religion. I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes a good science fiction yarn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach. Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

    kathryn says: "stupedously silly enjoyment"
    "Good to kill the miles"
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    Would you listen to Die Trying again? Why?

    The story is not the best from this author, but the plot does keep moving and I like that sort of story for long trips.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Die Trying?

    The most memorable part of the story is the trip following the kidnaping. It builds suspences and forms a solid foundation for the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    THe plot is fast moving and has a little bit of substane. The plot has also aged well as the book as not a recent release. While not timeless, it will be relivant for a number or years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assignment in Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    Robert A. Heinlein is widely and justly regarded as the greatest practitioner of the art of science fiction who has ever lived. Here are two of his greatest short novels: Gulf, in which the greatest super-spy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can’t quite decide what to do with the rest of us. And Lost Legacy, in which it is proved that we are all members of that league - or would be, if we but had eyes to see.

    Trip Williams says: "You'll like it because you can think..."
    "A series of short stories to make you think"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved tho book, but then I love all Heinlein's work. He has a great style and the issues he addressed in the past still remain.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its hard to come up with a favourite character as there are so many.


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

    NO, but this book is a series of short stories and I didn't want to get up to leave until each story was completed.


    Any additional comments?

    Its surprising that a book written so long ago has so many themes that are relevant in current society.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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