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Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2013

  • 7 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 254 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King

    When bestselling crime writer Mike Noonan's wife dies, he suffers from writer's block. Until he is drawn from Derry to his lakeside retreat, Sara Laughs, a house once inhabited by a famous singer. It's a community run by rich, tyrannical, wheelchair-bound Devore and his terrifying, skeletal, female bookkeeper. Devore is hell-bent on getting custody of his grandchild. Three-year-old Kyra and her young mother, Mattie, turn to Mike for help, and Mike, besotted by Mattie, is powerless to resist.

    Nigel says: "Great audio book"
    "Great audio book"

    Even if you have read this before, listen to Stephen King read what he rates as one of his favorite books. As the author there are parts of the journey he takes you on that I think only he could do. The characters are great, the way you build up a strong set of images from the story line, just great. My favorite of his and I have read about 10 of his books.

    The interview at the end is also very interesting, he lets you into his head regarding making a great book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Total immersion"
    If you could sum up Judas Unchained in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, galactic, spellbinding

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Judas Unchained?

    Not telling! But the supposedly alien culture is immersive to the point where you fully wish you were living there in these exiting times

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

    Scottish accent. Tick. Emotion. Tick. Swearing with force when needed. Tick.

    Basically. Tick

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

    No. 40 plus hours was more like a fantastic wine tour in the south of France lasting 3 weeks and hoping it would not end

    Any additional comments?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Old people read this too!"

    I love this sort of fiction, avercity, strength, weakness, torment, love. I read somewhere in the best fiction you do not consider it to be an unreal world; Suzanne has, in my opinion done this. I little different to the first two, but in many ways better as the characters were all there and we the reader get to enjoy the challenges they must face.

    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

    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"
    "My new favorite author"

    I spend a lot of time trying to find authors that I can enjoy the story, sure, but the speed of the story, the twists I did not see whilst still wanting to read science fiction or fantasy. Orson has done it all, it was a seed change for me in science fiction which can be sooo serious about itself. This just gets on with the story and a great story it is. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "At last a Harry Potter for adults"

    I really enjoyed this audio book, from the great humor to the great delivery by the reader. Magic does not have to be about a child growing into power, indeed it does not have to be in Hogwarts, this is set in Chicago and all the better and more enthralling for it. I will be getting the rest of the series, well now! I will also look out for the narrator who was one of the best I have listened to [and I have listened to a few now].

    Well where is the next book..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Losing My Virginity

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Branson
    • Narrated By Richard Branson

    Losing My Virginity is an amazing memoir, a definitive business guide and an inspirational story that reveals Sir Richard's unique philosophy on business, the Virgin brand and life.

    A User says: "Great book about Virgin and the Branson"
    "Great book read by the great man"

    I grew up admiring Richard Branson and reading this makes me understand his vitality and drive. I really enjoyed listening to him read the book in particular as you could tell at points he was getting emotional. Now I just need to find another book just as good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The E-Myth Enterprise

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The E-Myth Enterprise explores the requirements that any new business must meet: the satisfaction of its four primary influencers - its employees, customers, suppliers, and investors - through four fundamental categories - visual, emotional, functional, and financial. Together these form the twin strategies every entrepreneur must use to design a business.

    Nigel says: "Well done on your other book!"
    "Well done on your other book!"

    Gerber has done one great book E-myth Revisited, it is great, if you have a start up business read it. This, gets him some money and I don't mind too much as his first book was sooooo good. But really, don't bother unless you are looking for some crumb of inspiration, of which I guess there are a few.

    Did I mention his other book was great.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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