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Simon Luciow

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  • Subterranean

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (367)

    Travel to the bottom of the earth...to a place you never dreamed existed. Beneath the ice...a hand-picked team of specialists makes its way toward the center of the world. They are not the first to venture into this magnificient subterranean labyrinth. Those they follow did not return....

    David says: "Great story, funny Ausrtalian accent"
    "Interesting Ideas"
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    What aspect of John Meagher’s performance would you have changed?

    John Meagher is a good reader, characters and genders are good - however as noted by others his Australian accent is jarring. its like he learned it from watching the Crocodile Hunter and 1960's episodes of Skippy (Crikey, wot's thet Skip? Blimey! must be a big bugger to be making all thet recket... etc), with a bit of random South African thrown in. That being said, its no worse than Australians attempting American accents, which are usually dreadful. Don't know how you get around this, but at times it was a difficult listen. Its not like I wasn't warned by other reviewers.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read a few James Rollins books and enjoyed them, I will give another book a go at some point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life or Death

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For 10 years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released.

    Ásdís says: "Really a great book"
    "A very well woven story"
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    This was one of my favourite books of 2017. I really liked the way the story worked to complete the total picture, weaving memory, evidence and present day. I have never listened to John Chancer before, but he was excellent at performing different characters and genders, always with an ear to the urgency and pace of the story. I would reccomend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Path of the Assassin: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3256)
    Performance
    (2925)
    Story
    (2915)

    After rescuing the President from kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out, capturing or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points towards one man - the world's most feared, most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal. Nidal has assembled an international league of Islamic terrorist networks in an ingenious plot to topple both Israel and America.

    Scott says: "Does not measure up"
    "A bit heavy on the patriotism"
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    It was a good story, but the whole US flag waving patriotism was a bit much, fine if you live there I guess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heavier Than a Mountain: Destiny's Crucible, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Olan Thorensen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2211)
    Performance
    (2047)
    Story
    (2044)

    A freak accident casts Joe Colsco naked onto another planet inhabited by humans with technology circa 1700. In time, Joe, now known as Yozef Kolsko, makes the difficult acceptance of a new life. But he has become embroiled in a struggle beyond any dream he could have had. The Narthani are a militant society intent on subjugating the Caedelli, the people he's come to identify with. Unwittingly, the Narthani themselves are creating an opponent unlike any they have ever faced, an enemy beyond their conceptions.

    Kurt Schwoppe says: "And Even Heavier to Read"
    "Very much enjoying this series"
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    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Jonathan Davis has a great character range, not forced, doesn't detract from the listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Its generally a very interesting and fun concept. Anyar got Kolsko, Earth got DaVinci? Awaiting the next in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trust No One: X-Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry - editor/author
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot, Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1278)

    We all want to believe. The truth is still out there. The X-Files have been reopened. IDW Publishing and series creator Chris Carter have authorized new investigations into the weird, the strange, and the mysterious. New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry brings together some of today's top storytellers for a series of anthologies featuring all-new stories from the X-Files. Scully and Mulder continue their journey into darkness as they face aliens, monsters, shadow governments, and twisted conspiracies.

    Diana Hart 33 says: "Mulder and Scully are at it again"
    "Good stories, let down by inconsistent narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    When I saw two narrators for this book, I thought good, they have a reader each to play Mulder and Scully - but no, I was disapponted to find they just took turns reading all the parts in a story. In some stories they each read the whole thing, in others it was bits of each - with both narrators playing both characters, really distracting and a lot annoying. The consistency of performance let this book down, even though there was some good X file worthy writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Back Blast: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9524)
    Performance
    (8817)
    Story
    (8797)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

    Brad Currie says: "Excellent next step in this series."
    "Good series, all good books"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Jay Snyders narration, seamless characters, excellent stuff. Story was as good as the first four, lots of suspense and retribution. Looking forward to the next book in the series if there is one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear the Survivors: The Fear Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen Moss
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6636)
    Performance
    (6247)
    Story
    (6219)

    The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

    Terra says: "Awesome!"
    "Enjoyed the story and performance"
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    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Interesting listen. RC Bray did a great job of reading - his delivery was such that I could enjoy the characters and story without thinking about or noticing the performance. So many times a reader will mispronounce foreign words or get accents or genders wrong which is distracting - RC Bray delivered this one well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7387)
    Performance
    (6836)
    Story
    (6798)

    Top-secret data has been stolen from the CIA, and the only man who knows its hiding place is dead. CIA operative Mitch Rapp must race to find the classified information in this blistering novel that picks up where The Last Man left off in Vince Flynn's New York Times best-selling series.

    Lynnett says: "Seamless Mitch Rapp truly honors the Vince Flynn l"
    "Good story but character portrayals confusing"
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    What aspect of George Guidall’s performance would you have changed?

    George Guildall reads a story well, but more and more, his characters - especially American males, all sound the same. A room full of Stan Hurleys, there were a few points in this book I had no idea who was saying what, a bunch of angry old guys. Foreign and female characters at least sounded different enough though, fortunately.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Flagged Vektor: Black Flagged, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By John David Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    With the most recent bioterrorism threat against the United States neutralized and it's architect, Dr. Anatoly Reznikov, in custody, CIA Deputy Director Karl Berg proposes a more permanent solution to prevent future attacks: A covert raid by General Sanderson's Black Flag unit against Vektor Labs, deep inside Russia. When a Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) investigation takes a turn that could threaten the mission against Vektor, Berg goes "off the books" like never before.

    Simon Luciow says: "There are still Soviet style secrets"
    "There are still Soviet style secrets"
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    What did you love best about Black Flagged Vektor?

    Gives a fairly good impression of how drab and different Russian cities and apartment buildings, and life in them, can be. It can be an amazing country, but sometimes also very grey.


    Did John David Farrell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator's characters are very good. The story bits between characters are not so good, a bit wildlife documentary. One thing I can't get past, and the reason for this review is I hate his consistent mispronunciation of Spetsnaz - its an S (from the cyrillic C, pronounced Ss) not Shhhhpetsnaz. Its really annoying. The SF group in Russia is Vimpel, not Vymepel, but that's less annoying as it doesn't get used as much. There are some other Russian words which are a bit off too, which is sort of understandable - but you'd think with key storyline elements such as how you say 'special forces' correctly in Russian would be kind of important.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Dan "Spider" Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line - for his friends and for his job with MI5. So when one of his former apprentices is kidnapped in Pakistan, Shepherd doesn’t hesitate to join a rescue mission. But when the rescue plan goes horribly wrong, Shepherd ends up in the hands of al-Qaeda terrorists. His SAS training is of little help as his captors torture him.

    Simon Luciow says: "A good stand-alone story"
    "A good stand-alone story"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is part of a series, but as my headline says, it works by itself. Stephen Leather does his research and weaves an interesting storyline of fictional characters into real places and events.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Thornley – was your favorite?

    Paul Thornley's characters are all superb - his accents and genders are all individual. Often sounds like more than one person reading. One of my favourite audiobook performenrs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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