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Roger

Ballarat, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3051)
    Performance
    (2140)
    Story
    (2138)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "So bad it's funny"
    Overall

    This novel, with it's interminably long and shockingly puerile dialogue sequences, jumps from cliché to cliché, each more laughable than the other. The plot maunders from place to place and phone call to phone call, following a 'scarred hero' so un-credibly honourable and tough and good you want to vomit.
    It's brilliantly bad - I say brilliantly, because I laughed myself sick.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Arena

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Simon Scarrow, T. J. Andrews
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Pavo's journey begins when he encounters the Roman soldier Macro, who has been charged with his training. Bonds of friendship develop between the two men, both aware that their fates depend not only on Pavo's skills in the arena but also on the whims of powerful and ruthless senators. Can Pavo survive to fulfil his most cherished goal - revenge for the murder of his father at the hands of a champion gladiator?

    Roger says: "Badly Written and Badly Read."
    "Badly Written and Badly Read."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Arena?

    I have to say I loved Simon Scarrow's Cato and Macro characters, and I enjoyed Scarrow's writing - it got the story done with enough embellishment to entrance and transport to a relatively authentic impression of the time. So I bought this book, (not realising he wrote it with someone else) expecting the same. Anyway, for whatever reason, this book is as bad as his other books were good - the plot plods along a linear timeline from one uninteresting turn of events to another, stumbling over laughable cliches and repetitive character reactions, made all the worse by the histrionic reading of David Thorpe. I won't go on, because enough is said. All I can say is, stick to writing on your own Simon, because it seems the other bloke just dragged you down on this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Scarrow and T. J. Andrews again?

    One more chance to Simon Scarrow, but definitely never T.J. Andrews.


    What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?

    Disliked it intensely. Histrionic, badly interpreted and misphrased.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and mirth


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (205)

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Scott says: "Better than a Grisham novel"
    "A Pretentious Bundle of Cliches in the "
    Overall

    This is one of most awful books I've ever read - a narsistic protagonist being all noiresque, wandering about being tragic and 'deep and littering the prose with ponderous and all too often cliched ruminations ALL the time. Mixed metaphors abound, as do pointless arguments between almost everyone - most of whom are extremely unpleasant people - in fact, the only person I like in the book gets treated abominably by the protagonist (who feels terrible about what he's just done, but simply had to do it, because of some waffly guff about truth and lies and how they can't handle the truth just now) Urk!!!!! I hope I never meet the author because if he's like the characters in his books, I would not like him at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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