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Ray

I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!

Rockhampton, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2786)
    Performance
    (1601)
    Story
    (1607)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Why have I waited so long?!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not much I can say that hasn't already been said!
    I didn't know the story behind this book although I had obviously heard of it. Humphrey Bowers reading & portrayal of the Characters is exceptional.
    As a Boarding School boy, I could relate to this story so easily!
    The fact that the story can be uproariously funny at times and so very sad at others, made it that much more enjoyable.
    I loved The Persimmon Tree and the reading of it and I can't recommend the Power of One too highly for anyone who has not read a Bryce Courtenay book.
    I can't imagine why I have never been drawn to his writing before but I will be exploring others now. A great story & a first class reading of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1625)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1175)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "My first Courtenay and not the last!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Humphrey Bowers delivery of this story was brilliant!
    Any story which goes for 27 hours needs to be seriously engaging and this one is!
    I was just starting to wonder about the title when the explanation was revealed.
    Bowers' delivery of the Japanese inflection was totally believable.
    It was indeed a story which contained laugh out loud moments matched with moments of great tragedy.
    I have not tried Bryce Courtenay previously but have since listened to the iconic Power of One in which Humphrey Bowers delivers another first class narration.
    It is a long listen but a really rewarding one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1071)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "A really top Listen! Great story & well read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is right up there with Witness. I loved how the improbable relationship seemed to take an age to develop. I was able to listen to this Book over long journeys which seemed to be over just minutes after I had set out!
    I thoroughly recommend this Book! It was beautifully narrated and had me seriously considering taking up Yoga!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (327)

    Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

    Rick says: "Frequent Listener"
    "An engaging story with a long fuse!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this Book quite interesting and I have already finished Book 2 , The Hollow, and I'm well into the final Book, The Pagan Stone.
    I found the throw back, at the start of the Book, to olden times a little confusing but that may have something to do with the fact that I listen whilst I'm driving.
    The one comment that I do have to make, is that the 3 Books are narrated by 3 different people.
    I believe this to be a mistake. After listening to the first Narrator's interpretation of the characters, I then had an adjustment period at the start of Book 2 while I came to grips with a female Narrator.
    Book 3 returns to a male Narrator and a different set of interpretations again.
    Whilst I did "acclimatise" to the 3 Narrators, I think the series would have been better with a single person doing all 3.
    I have also purchased Nora Roberts', The Blue Dahlia. This is also a Trilogy but with the same Narrator.
    Anyway, the story is interesting & the tension builds slowly. I am particularly impressed with the style that Nora Roberts employs in the building of the Characters'' relationships with each other. I have found this to be consistent in all of her books that I have now listened to.
    The Trilogy is well worth a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colours Aloft

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alexander Kent
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho finds himself the new master of the Argonaute, a French flagship taken in battle. With the Peace of Amiens in ruins, he must leave the safety of Falmouth. What lies ahead is the grim reality of war at close quarters - where Bolitho will be called upon to anticipate the overall intention of the French fleet. But the battle has also become a personal vendetta between himself and the French admiral who formerly sailed the Argonaute.

    Rollin says: "Very disappointing"
    "Another top flight tale from Mr Kent!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know why I even bother to post reviews of Mr Kent's Books about Richard Bolitho!
    I invariably rave about them & the first class narration of Michael Jayston!
    All I can say is, if you are interested in the sea warfare of this era, then you will be enthralled by this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2955)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1450)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "Good Story with a nice twist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have become quite a fan of Vince Flynn's hero Mitch Rapp. Similarly, I concur with the reviewer who sang the praises of the Narrator, George Guidall. His delivery seems perfectly suited to the characters and is so good that one hesitates to try a book without him as narrator!
    I liked the twist in this book and the build up & construction of the storyline.
    Altogether, a good plot, well told!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January Lavoy
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they're free to live someone else's life. But In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police....

    Vicki says: "More entertaining than 50 Shades"
    "Not one of his better efforts I felt!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can usually tell now when I am going to really get immersed in an Audiobook. My attention seldom waivers and I become engrossed.
    This did NOT happen for me with Guilty Wives. It may have had something to do with the fact that I viewed the four Wives as superficial & lacking substance.
    The circumstances of their arrest and the plot generally did not generate the level of intrigue that I would have expected. I have enjoyed a number of Patterson's books but this wasn't one of them! The performance was okay but the South African accent portrayal was rather fragile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (566)

    A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

    Lorraine says: "black hills"
    "Disappointing, after The Witness!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I probably started to feel uneasy about this tale right from the start.
    I found the jumps forward in time gave the start a somewhat disjointed feel.
    The story didn't seem to flow for me and although it did become more interesting as it went on, the ending was highly predictable.
    Altogether, I found this a let down after the cracking tale that was The Witness.
    I am starting Whiskey Beach now, so that may help balance out these two very different experiences with Nora Roberts'work. I was quite happy with the narrator however!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Success to the Brave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander Kent
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Spring 1802. Richard Bolitho is summoned to the Admiralty to receive his orders for a difficult and thankless mission.... The recent Peace of Amiens is already showing signs of strain as old enemies wrangle over colonies won and lost during the war. In the little 64-gun Achates, Bolitho sails west for the Caribbean, to hand over the island of San Felipe to the French. But diplomacy is not enough.

    Ray says: "Recently released Titles fill in the Gaps!"
    "Recently released Titles fill in the Gaps!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    More of the Bolitho puzzle has been solved in this book!
    How Belinda came to be with Richard, how their child was born.
    Importantly, how Adam became a Bolitho and how John Allday was wounded!
    All these eventualities continue to add substance to the legend of Richard Bolitho.
    The Epilogue provides the news of his Knighthood. A small detail but one which had me wondering just how that came about.
    There is no doubt in my mind now that this series is better for the recent releases that cover the gaps in his time at sea.
    I have unabashed praise for Michael Jayston's narration & would heartily recommend him to any listeners who are looking to find a really first class exponent of their trade.
    I will be moving on to another of the "Fill In"books in a few days after a long road trip next week with Vince Flynn!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (7277)
    Performance
    (6340)
    Story
    (6323)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Right up there with the Best!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had never experienced any of Nora Roberts'' work previously but I have to say that I absolutely loved this book!
    The concept of the Designer Child, the structured upbringing and the incredible naivete that exposure to real life brought were, I thought, handled beautifully.
    The literal way in which Elizabeth interpreted cliches & phrases made for some genuinely funny moments.
    Her quest for anonymity & privacy are subjected to the almost glacial advances of the local Police Chief.
    I found the descriptions of the interactions between them quite fascinating & at times, very poignant.
    There was actually nothing about this book that I didn't like.
    The inevitable confrontation was also a surprise and I won't spoil it by going any further!
    Listen to this book, it is excellent!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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