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Rod

Hurstbridge, VIC, Australia | Member Since 2003

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  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10552)
    Performance
    (5793)
    Story
    (5838)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Stunning"
    Overall

    A stunning book - a masterpiece of imagination and intelligence. Its so full of subtle observations about the human (and animal) condition that you can't possibly capture them all with a single reading (or listening). Brilliantly conceived and brilliantly told.

    The audiobook rendition is excellent - there are not many things that will have me lying in bed at 2 in the morning with a pair of headphones! I'm well into the second run through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sloop of War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alexander Kent
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    April 1778, English Harbour, Antigua. As the French enter the American War of Independence in earnest, young Richard Bolitho is given his first command: Sparrow, a fast, well-armed fighting sloop. At last he has the chance to prove his abilities as a junior captain. But he faces other challenges too, threats as real and deadly as the enemy itself.

    Charles Stembridge says: "Excellent Series"
    "Almost...."
    Overall

    Almost in the same league as Forester and O'Brian - the characterisation isn't quite as sharp and the plots not as varied.

    A step or three behind Conrad, Monsarrat and Melville.

    Very well read, though, and very enjoyable for anyone who likes this particular genre. Hey, I came back for more. If you have already read or heard the other writers' work, and have a hunger for more, then Kent helps to fill the gap with well crafted, evocative tales.

    Rod

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Simon Jones, Stephen Fry, more
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    There has never been another writer quite like Douglas Adams; witty, funny and brilliantly eloquent on a gargantuan number of topics. The Salmon of Doubt brims with the Adams trademarks: thought-provoking, silly and insanely original writings in an all-new never-before-published collection. For the millions of readers who expressed their grief and shock at his untimely death, this is it: his final book and our last chance to see new work from an acknowledged comic genius of our time.

    Carla says: "Last Chance to Read.."
    "Fine fish for the afficionados"
    Overall

    The way that you react to this book is going to depend to a large extent on what you are expecting. If you are hoping for another complete gem of a novel like the first five books in the Hitchhikers trilogy you will probably be disappointed. The unpublished draft found on Adams computer after his death was incomplete and reading or listening to it is a somewhat fragmenting experience, leaving you wishing he had survived to complete it. On occasion you even find yourself wondering whether he had really decided whether it was going to be a "Hitchhikers" volume or an extesnion of the Dirk Gently series!

    If, however, you are interested in Douglas Adams the man, and want to know more how he thought about "llfe, the universe, and everything", then this is a collections of rare gems indeed - gems scattered in a box , rather than strung onto some sort of logical, linear necklace perhaps, but precious gems none the less.

    The contributions about Adams from people like Stephen Fry and Richard Dawkins, and the pieces about everything under the sun from Adams himself are simply delightful.

    Heartily recommended for anyone who is a Douglas Adams fan. If you aren't an Adams fan already read, or listen to, the earlier volumes in the series first, so that you become one!

    Cheers

    Rod

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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