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Pint-sized Bookworm

I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Lucy and Edmund, stuck with their awful cousin Eustace, suddenly find themselves in a picture of a sailing ship, the Dawn Treader, and realise they have been drawn back into the land of Narnia. They are reunited with old friends, the young King Caspian and Reepicheep, the mouse on a voyage of discovery to the End of the World.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Journey to the end of the world."
    "Journey to the end of the world."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

    Derek Jacobi's reading was excellent, probably the best narrated book of the series so far. It was an enjoyable listen, and reading along with the print version made the reading experience so much better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3?

    The most memorable moment for me was Eustace changing into a dragon, discovering himself and becoming a better person.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favourite book in The Chronicles of Narnia series. It is well narrated by Derek Jacobi and the story is brilliant. A great listen and a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Station

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    At a remote ice station in Antarctica, a team of US scientists has made an amazing discovery. They have found something buried deep within a 100-million-year-old layer of ice. Something made of metal. Led by enigmatic Lieutenant Shane Schofield, a team of crack United States Marines is sent to the station to secure this discovery for their country.

    Greg says: "McGyver strikes again"
    "Explosive, fast-paced, Matthew Reilly."
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    This an explosive fast-action story set in Antarctica. This is Matthew Reilly' s first story featuring the character Simon "Scarecrow" Schofield. It is read by Sean Mangan who reads most of Matthew Reilly's books and gives his usual polished performance. Scarecrow and his team are sent as the forward team to secure an Ice Station in Antarctica and help rescue a research team. They find a lost secretly built stealth plane and have to fight for their lives against Killer Whales and Elephant Seals and corrupt army, navy seals and SAS teams that want to get their hands on the plane and to keep it's secrets for themselves. This is an excellent listen that I recommend to anyone who loves a good action novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tournament

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Lucy Gaskell
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    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"
    "Brilliant historical fiction"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth is my favourite character as she is brave and willing to learn about the realities of life in all its horror, and is not naive as Elsie was.


    What about Lucy Gaskell’s performance did you like?

    Lucy Gaskell did a wonderful job and I love her British accent.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Tournament and why?

    The most memorable character is Elsie, Bessie' s friend. Her naivete, the way she discusses her sexual relations with Bessie and the trouble she eventually finds herself in are all memorable moments in The Tournament.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Temple

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Deep in the jungles of Peru, the hunt for a legendary Incan idol is underway - an idol that in the present day could be used as the basis for a terrifying new weapon. Guiding a US Army is Professor William Race, a young linguist who must translate an ancient manuscript which contains the location of the idol.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Indiana Jones action story"
    "Indiana Jones action story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this to anyone who loves a fast-paced Indiana Jones type adventure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Temple?

    William Race wrestling with the caimans (crocodiles). The rapas (big cats) are pretty cool as well.


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

    Sean Mangan is an excellent narrator and has done brilliant job with the Matthew Reilly books I have listened to so far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    The New York Public Library: a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, narrow aisles and long hallways. For one night this building is to be the venue for a contest. The rules are simple: seven contestants will enter, only one will leave. With his daughter in his arms, Stephen Swain is plunged into a fight for survival. In this contest, unless you leave as the victor, you do not leave at all.

    Ron says: "Never a dull moment"
    "Monster Aliens!"
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    If you could sum up Contest in three words, what would they be?

    Monster aliens, Action


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen Swain was my favourite just for his never say die attitude and the way he protected his daughter.


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

    Jurassic Park, Alien and Predator all rolled into one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hover Car Racer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    From the best-selling author of Seven Deadly Wonders and Contest comes a thrilling racing adventure. In the world of the near future, the most popular sport is hover car racing. Superfast and dangerous, its heroes are the racers: part fighter pilot, part race-car driver, all superstar. But to get to the Pro Circuit, you must first pass through the International Race School, a brutal cauldron of wild races on even wilder courses, where only the best of the best will survive.

    A User says: "Racy"
    "Formula One Hovercar style!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hover Car Racer?

    The Jason and the Golden Fleece race at the end was awesome. All the races in this book were well written, fast paced and all of them had their own twists and turns. Plenty of memorable moments in this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Bug' s steers them to victory after Jason's blackout under too much g force.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is performed well by Sean Mangan and the story is well written and full of fast paced thrill rides. An enjoyable listen for those young adults who love action and adventure stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Troll Mountain: The Complete Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A dauntless young hero. An army of brutal monsters. An impossible quest. Journey to the mountain ... In an isolated valley, a small tribe of humans is dying from a terrible illness. There are rumours, however, that the trolls of Troll Mountain, the valley’s fearsome overlords, have found a cure for the illness: A fabulous elixir. When his sister is struck down by the disease and his tribal leaders refuse to help him, an intrepid youth named Raf decides to defy his tribe and do the unthinkable.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Trolls and an elixir"
    "Trolls and an elixir"
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    Where does Troll Mountain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Troll Mountain was a fun listen and is a great way to have a break between novels. It was an interesting for Matthew Reilly to write and it was well narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the villains get their comeuppance and the hero gets a happy ending after stealing the elixir and saving his tribe from the disease.


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

    Yes it was and it was very enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    A story the whole family can all listen to and enjoy when there is nothing on the box.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Rest for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci (introduction), Laurie H. Armstrong, Sandra Brown, and others
    • Narrated By James Colby, Richard Ferrone, Carol Monda
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (257)

    More than 20 New York Times best-selling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel -- a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.

    Carrie says: "Not as good as expected"
    "An innocent woman executed?"
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    What did you love best about No Rest for the Dead?

    The great line up of crime writers and narrators that have teamed up to create the book and audio book ensure that this is an excellent read. With many twists and turns and everyone a suspect with a strong motive. A very enjoyable read and listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery and the plot and the great ending with a little dark humour thrown in for good measure. I also loved the way the story comes together in the end. This is an excellent collaboration.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a brilliant collaborative work written by some of the best crime and mystery writers around today. It is also well read by a great team of narrators. I loved the concept and the storyline, a must read and listen for mystery enthusiasts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 2: The End of the Third Age

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

    Penny says: "Expertly Read"
    "Tolkien is the best"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lord of the Rings the most enjoyable?

    The Lord of the Rings is well narrated by Rob Ingliss. He does an excellent job of the voices of Gollum, the orcs, and of Treebeard. It is enjoyable being able to follow along with the book and increases the enjoyment of reading the best fantasy story ever written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. Need I say more. J.R.R. Tolkien was indeed the best author of the 20th century.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job, but his singing of the songs was terrible. His character voices were brilliant though and the audio book was an enjoyable listen that enhances the reading experience of The Lord of the Rings.


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

    What moved me was when Sam helped Frodo with his burden by carrying him when Frodo was unable to go any further.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 1: The War of the Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

    Catherine says: "Inglis sounds like Tolkien!"
    "Lord of the Nazgul!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this audio book to all Lord of the Rings fans as it enhances the reading experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aragorn is my favourite character for his wisdom and bravery and willingness to sacrifice everything to save Middle Earth.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Rob Ingliss' performance of Lord of the Rings is excellent. His performance of Ghan-Buri-Ghan is brilliant and I loved the accent.


    Any additional comments?

    The Battle of Pellinor Field and The Pyre of Denethor are my favourite chapters in this part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 2: The Ring Goes East

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (96)

    Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin, alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "My precious!"
    "My precious!"
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    What did you love best about The Lord of the Rings?

    Everything


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings?

    The banterinig between Sam and Gollum when Sam is cooking the rabbits is hilarious and Rob Ingliss as Gollum was brilliant.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Rob Ingliss' best performance yet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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