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Sharron

Robinvale, Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • 37 reviews
  • 115 ratings
  • 283 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015
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  • A Delicate Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Tamara says: "You will love it !"
    "Not My Favourite"
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    I have read all le Carre's earlier books but this was not what I expected. The plot was weak and the character development poor. That said there was still the mystery and intrigue of old but this will be the last of his books that I read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1875)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1251)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "A Great Find"
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    I bought this book on the strength of reviews and wasn't disappointed. An historical saga, set in the fictional town of Delano Georgia, that spans 50 years and the office of three police chiefs. Racial tension and hatred are part of the everyday life of the residents of Delano, and throw into the mix the underlying threat of a serial killer.
    The narrator was excellent except for his attempt at an Irish accent.
    I was hooked very early in the book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flanagan’s Run

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tom McNab
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (116)

    During the Depression the ebullient American entrepreneur Charles Flanagan assembles 2,000 runners from all corners of the earth, to run from Los Angeles to New York for prize-money of $150,000. Flanagan’s Trans-America runners face 3,000 miles, across the Mojave desert and the frozen Rockies, running a daily average of 50 miles for three months.

    Tracy says: "Loved it"
    "This is running!!!"
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    An enjoyable story that could easily be made into a movie. It's a little corny at times but that does not bother me and does not detract from a good storyline. Well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (526)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Fun, as long you don't think too much"
    "Surprising"
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    I bought this book on sale and wasn't sure what I was getting into. I was surprised that I became so involved and put this down to the main character, Jack, who you cannot dislike. I was disappointed when it finished and definitely want to hear more about Jack. The narration was perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper: Dismas Hardy, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (237)

    On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal’s wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue. By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy’s wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect.

    P. Giorgio says: "Where did Hardy go?"
    "The Keeper"
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    Another good Lescoart book with Dismas Hardy at the helm. Abe Glintsky is now retired from the police force but joins Dismas in the investigation.
    This is an easy and enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1151)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "Time Travel"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It doesn't have the detail of a Connie Willis book but is just as entertaining. The narrator did a good job. I really looking forward to Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lewis Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former Detective Inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to the Blackhouse which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis triology.

    dumbclub says: "Visit the Outer Hebrides"
    "As good as the first."
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    The Lewis Man is the second book in a trilogy and is every bit as entertaining as the first. There is no real benefit to reading them in order except for a few details but I love to follow characters. Peter Forbes is wonderful. The Isle of Lewis is definitely on my travel wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (1613)
    Story
    (1628)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "Disappointing"
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    This book was disappointing on several levels. Firstly the narrator was woeful with female voices. They sounded like helpless little girls instead of strong powerful women. Secondly the time the main character spent musing over moral and lifestyle issues became boring. Don"t get me wrong I like my hero to have a conscience and a good dose of humanity but I think it"s time Nathan McBride retired and changed his lifestyle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (731)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Jen says: "Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way"
    "Wonderful"
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    A beautiful story about the coming of age of 13 year old Frank Drum. Set in the 60's the book looks at one fateful summer in a small town in Minnesota - a summer that will see dramatic changes in the Drum family. The narrator was perfect and shows how important a factor this is between a great audio and a mediocre one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1290)

    Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "An Australian Classic"
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    This book was beautifully read and was an thoroughly enjoyable experience. The story is so well crafted between England, Malaya and Australia. It is dated in the way Aborigonals are refered to but paints a beautiful picture of outback Australia. The story of women captured in Malaya was inspiring and presented in a gentle and unassuming way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mick Herron
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

    Joanne says: "Patience pays off..."
    "Different twist on spy plot"
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    It took me a while to get into this book and was confused by who was who for a while - probably my lack of concentration. Also I had to concerntrate for swaps in storyline in the middle of chapters but all that said by the end I was totally hooked. It was good to see a different take on the usual spy plot. Well read by Sean Barrett. Will definitely read this book again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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