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Pint-sized Bookworm

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

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  • Clockwork Angels: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "What a tangle."
    "What a tangle."
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    Where does Clockwork Angels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good listen and compliments the book well.


    What about Jennifer Ehle’s performance did you like?

    She reads the character's well.


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

    Warlocks, demons, angels, automatons and oh yeah a love triangle.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Ancient Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Thousands of years ago, a magnificent golden capstone sat atop the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was a source of immense power, capable of bestowing upon its holder absolute global rule for a thousand years...

    Owen says: "What did they know back then which is lost now?"
    "Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code"
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    Seven Ancient Wonders is Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code all rolled into one. A great action adventure story and better than the Scarecrow novels. Sean Mangan gives an excellent performance and the characters are awesome. Fans of Harry Potter, Dan Brown and the Indiana Jones movies should enjoy reading and listening to Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    An old Soviet weapons installation in the Arctic has fallen into disrepair. Known as Dragon Island, the facility is home to a next-generation weapon with the potential to unleash a destructive force upon the world that was developed during the Cold War and subsequently forgotten. When a terrorist organisation known as the Army of Thieves takes control of the fortified island and activates the weapon, a small band of Marines and civilians is sent in to stop them.

    A User says: "Scarecrow equal to his best"
    "The best Scarecrow novel yet!"
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    Army of Thieves is the best Scarecrow novel yet. It has a stronger plot, great action and brilliant new characters including a robot named Bertie. Sean Mangan gives his best performance of Matthew Reilly's novels as well. Matthew Reilly keeps getting better with every novel he writes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Island

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Hell Island does not appear on any maps. It is a secret place where classified experiments have been carried out. Experiments that have gone terribly wrong. When all contact with the island is inexplicably lost, four crack Special Forces units are dropped in. Their mission is to land on Hell Island and discover what has happened. Nothing can prepare them for what they find there. You could say they've just entered Hell. Only that would be wrong. This is much, much worse.

    Paul says: "Great story but priced wrong"
    "Action packed Hell!"
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    Hell Island is action packed hell from Matthew Reilly. Sean Mangan gives a great performance once again. This time Scarecrow and his team are up against an army of apes created by a team of DARPA scientists and controlled by a Delta team. Scarecrow, his team, and a couple of special forces teams are been used to test the performance of the apes in an action packed hell ride. Will they leave the Island alive?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    It is the greatest bounty hunt in history. Fifteen names. There are 15 targets, the finest warriors in the world - commandos, spies, terrorists. And they must all be dead by 12 noon, today. The price on their heads: almost $20 million each.

    Mark says: "Good but could be better"
    ""Matthew Reilly Version 2.0""
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    In Matthew Reilly's words this is the beginning of "Matthew Reilly Version 2.0". This is even faster, the plot is stronger and the scenes as unbelievable as ever. A great fun read and listen. Sean Mangan reads it well as usual. A group of corporations called M-12 create a game where bounty hunters have 15 targets to kill and collect money for. All targets need to be killed by 12 noon the following day. Scarecrow is one of the targets and along with Mother, Gant and a new character nicknamed "The Black Knight", he sets out to foil M-12's plans and save the world once again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

    Lori says: "Disappointing"
    "A great action packed spy novel!"
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    This is a great action packed spy novel. Ethan Ross is on the run with information everybody wants. Dom Caruso wants revenge for the death of a friend and his family. A great story read by Scott Brick who gives an excellent performance. Dom Caruso is the only Campus operator who oppears in this novel with reference to the others only. Still it is probably one of the better Campus novels even though their is no Jack Ryan Senior or Junior in this book. Mark Greaney does a great job continuing on with this series on his own after the death of Tom Clancy with whom the Campus novels were co-written. A great read and an enjoyable listen. Tom Clancy readers will not be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Area 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    It is America's most secret base, hidden deep in the Utah desert, an Air Force installation known only as Area 7. And today it has a visitor: the President of the United States. He has come to inspect Area 7, to examine its secrets for himself. But he's going to get more than he bargained for on this trip.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Over the top action"
    "Over the top action"
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    Area 7 once again contains over the top action scenes, an unbelievable plot and the awesome Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield and his team of marines, including Buck "Book II" Riley the son of Buck "Book" Riley Senior who died in Ice Station. It is read by Sean Mangan who reads nearly all the Matthew Reilly books and who gives an excellent performance in all of them. Scarecrow and his team need to keep the President alive to prevent most of the Northern United States from been blown up. They also need to fight against a rogue military unit led by a supposedly dead racist military genius, fight against the countries most dangerous criminals including a cannibal serial killer and prevent a sino-virus been unloaded on the world, whilst also protecting the vaccine, a clone named Kevin. This is a typical Matthew Reilly book, fast-paced and just a great fun read and listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Station

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    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
    (117)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    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

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