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Ken

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • A Clockwork Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (507)

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    Steve says: "Great book, great narration, but not for everyone"
    "Horror Show Story"
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    If you could sum up A Clockwork Orange in three words, what would they be?

    Better than the movie


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    Tom Hollander's use of the language of the book and accents was brilliant and really brought the story to life.


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

    It is hard to feel sorry for Alex the little crim, I felt for sorry for his helpless old victims and was looking forward to his comeupence per the movie. Even better described in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Having only seen the movie, the book with the last chapter included (left out of the movie) helped round the story out so much better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Batavia

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    The story begins in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the longboat across 2,000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over....

    Hugh says: "Great Australian History"
    "History brought to life with excitement and grief"
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    This story once underway is amazing, edge of your seat, can't stop listening stuff. What makes it so riveting is that it is a true story that could be a horror movie in the Hostel series but set in the 1600's.

    Peter FitzSimons has filled the gaps in the historical accounts of the Batavia shipwreck in a way that is seamless to the reader / listener and that shows respect to the people who suffered in this tragedy. As he says in the forward he completed a 1000 piece jigsaw with only 500 pieces available to him and made the picture look real.

    I am a lover of fiction usually. My dad encouraged me to read this and fortunatly it was in the Audible book store. I am very glad I listened to dad (and the book) on this occasion. It is a part of Australian history that I was ignorant to, even though I have seen the replica of the ship. Presented the way it has been in this story, the history and the horror has been brought to life in a way that is interesting and dare I say, given the nature of the tale, enjoyable. Though if you read this, joy is not an emotion that you will feel, rather horror to read what desperate men can stoop to in the absence of law.

    The build up and character backgrounds make it start a little slow, but you do need this, so hang in there and discover the history of the Dutch East India company, the spice trade and the Batavia.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Safe Man

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (393)

    Like his father before him, Brian Holloway is a safe man. That is, his specialty is opening safes. Every job is a little mystery, and he has yet to encounter a lock he can't break or a box he can't crack. But the day Holloway gets called in to open a rare, antique safe in a famous author's library, his skills open a door that should have remained closed.

    Robert says: "great ghost story"
    "A Different Connelly."
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    This is so different to the Michael Connelly I am used to. It is a short story and I don't want to spoil it so all I will say is that if you love Michael's books, you will love this. It is just different.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Greg Bear, Terry Bisson, David Brin, and others
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    A walk around the block, a quick drive, before shutting down your PC ? these short story collections are perfect for when you only have a few minutes to listen."

    Greg says: "Biased toward the last 20 years of sci-fi"
    "Great stories but the greatest??"
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    A very enjoyable book of short science fiction stories. Well worth a read, but I am not sure how they got into the list of the greatest of the 20th century. That said, I would be very happy to recommend this book if you are a lover of Sci-Fi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3171)
    Performance
    (2802)
    Story
    (2801)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "A Great Scalzi Read"
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    I had mixed feelings about getting into this book based on the reviews. But I am enjoying the John Scalzi books so much I had to listen to it. So glad I did. While the plot and a few aspects of the story are a little wierd, as with all John's books I have read, there is a great plot, action, a hero and aliens. The twists in the plot and the characters really get you in. You may need to read some of his other books first to get his style. But you will find this book most enjoyable as an absurd political thriller.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11576)
    Performance
    (10795)
    Story
    (10803)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Loved it Loved it Loved it"
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    Maybe because I remember playing on the Atari and TRS-80 and the arcade games that featured so heavily in this story. Lets face it Ernest Cline has done his homework on 70's pop cultue and given us a fantastic run down memory lane. Thank goodness for Spotify so I could listen to Rush and so many other artists that where woven into the tale.

    A fun read if young or young at heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune Messiah

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2369)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1383)

    The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

    Andrew says: "A nice continuation"
    "Wish I had stopped at One."
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    I really enjoyed Dune. Even though I had read some negative comments about Dune Messiah, I ignored them because I wanted to see where it went. It was slow, political and really dragged on in my opinion. I can see how it was used to bridge from the end of Dune to Children of Dune and how it was necessary. Just very dry. The trouble is it would be hard to skip it and go straight into Children of Dune.

    So if you are going to continue the tale then you really need to read this episode.

    Enjoy and try to stay awake :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6237)
    Performance
    (5808)
    Story
    (5811)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "This would be a great Movie"
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    I loved this story. Funny, quirky and written in real world language. I am glad that I listened to Fuzzy Nation first as advised by another reviewer. It was a good one to get used to style of John Scalzi.

    Wil Wheaton's narration suited the style of the book, the characters and the themes so well. It sounded like he was really enjoying the roles as much as I was enjoying listening to him. I am now searching on other books Wil has narrated.

    I am hanging out for my next John Scalzi book. I have enjoyed Red Shirts and Fuzzy nation immensely.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11951)
    Performance
    (10351)
    Story
    (10329)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Essential Reading for Business and PC People"
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    I can't believe I left this book for so long. Being born in 1962 and being a PC hobbyist from my early years, so much of what Steve J and Steve W where influenced by and created was also a huge influence on my life. I remember following the evolution of the Altair, Tandy's TRS 80, the Commodore computers and then the first Apple's which where amazing and had me enthralled even though I couldn't afford one.

    Steve's Jobs biography not only tells the story of a man with a very focused mission and the highest standards. It also tells the story of the evolution of the personal computer from an apple perspective.

    The narrator was fantastic. It felt like he was part of the central core of people around Jobs and relayed the passion and frustration so well.

    I am going to get this book in print so I can read it again and see the photos. Which are the things I miss with the audio book.

    Highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Odessa File

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (174)

    Frederick Forsyth's spellbinding novels are the natural outgrowth of an adventuresome career in international investigative journalism. Written in Austria and Germany during the fall of 1971, The Odessa File is based on its author's life experiences as a Reuters man reporting from London, Paris, and East Berlin in the early 1960s.

    writerly says: "good tension, great characters, engaging reading"
    "Facts and Fiction to keep you in suspense."
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    I had no idea what this book was about when I ordered it. The combination of the author and an Audible sale I just grabbed it. Very glad I did.

    The preface explains the mix of fact and fiction, which I am glad it did or you could think it was a true historical account. The story (though a little predictable where it would end up) was good as expected with an interesting web of characters.

    The narration with the German accents was very good for the male characters. Lucky there where not too many female characters and they didn't have much to say :-)

    If you like a chase with some deviousness. Give this book a listen, well worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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