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Steffan

Dr Steffan Silcox is a recognised educational leader in Western Australia. He is a bibliophile and has an extensive library of history books

Albany, Western Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Down Under

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

    A User says: "A safe bet!"
    "Got it Right Mate"
    Overall

    This is an extremely insightful, very funny journey through a magnificent continent. Bryson captures the essence of the Australian landscape and the characters that make it a singularly extraordinary place to travel and live. I acknowledge his outstanding penmanship and appreciate his honest humour and natural affinity for all that is quirky. Well read and captivating. Well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • By Its Cover: Commissario Brunetti, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    By Its Cover is the much anticipated twenty-third instalment in Donna Leon's bestselling crime series, where Commissario Brunetti is better than ever as he addresses questions of worth and value alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra. When several valuable antiquarian books go missing from a prestigious library in the heart of Venice, Commissario Brunetti is immediately called to the scene.

    Steffan says: "Beautifully Crafted Work"
    "Beautifully Crafted Work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of By Its Cover to be better than the print version?

    Unfortunately I have not read the print version. This will very soon be rectified when my post arrives.


    What other book might you compare By Its Cover to and why?

    The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel is a book I have long enjoyed for its beautiful use of language to convey the reader to a place of enchantment, in this case his library. Donna's book is likewise beautifully crafted and her descriptions of Venice and the characters captivating. This is authorship of the highest calibre.


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Davids voice and the cadence with which he reads the story makes this reading of By Its Cover a delight to listen to. Consequently I have sought out other performances of the reader.


    Who was the most memorable character of By Its Cover and why?

    Brunetti, the main character is believable and well positioned as the central character of the story. Everything is logical and well presented and one cannot help but respect the thought that has gone into creating his character.


    Any additional comments?

    I am now a devotee of Donna Leon's work. One day I may be fortunate enough to have a signed copy of her work to be proudly displayed in my library. Such is the esteem in which I hold this author's work. I would recommend this book to all readers who seek a quality read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (394)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

    Masha says: "Frustratingly bad read"
    "Indeed very Grey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having listened to the performance and taken note of the storyline I can see very little literature merit in the story and unfortunately the performance left a lot to be desired. Lady Chatterley it is not. It reads like a Penthouse forum letter and is at best a disappointment given the undeserved hype the book has received.

    A better reading of the text would have improved the audible side of things but the content was just not there to begin with. Sorry but a poor storyline compounded by a just so performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code Exposed: What They Don't Want You to Know

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Reality Entertainment
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    For centuries the truth about the bloodline of Jesus Christ and Christianity has been suppressed by the ruling powers because it would be a major blow to the institutions of religion around the globe. Because of this, we are still led to believe things that only serve the purpose of the church and its relentless battle to control the masses.

    Steffan says: "Lost in Translation"
    "Lost in Translation"
    Overall

    The book is disappointing not necessarily from a content perspective but most definitely from the quality of the recording of it. It is a rehash of the content of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and other books of this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4955)
    Performance
    (2724)
    Story
    (2740)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Acronyms galore"
    Overall

    First the positives. The book is very well read and there is an interesting plot developed by the author. However the author unfortuanately does insist on using to many acronyms to the extent that it actually distracts from the storyline. One doesn't need to know that he reaches for a black glock 19 pistol, pi1950201, with a capacity for 20 HPZ9 hollow point shells in the magazine. Or that the Heroine was a member of NCEA and previously the CIA and DOA on secondment to the ACAIS when it has very little relevance to plot exposition at particular point in the storyline. The author has obviously accessed the list of agency acronyms but over does it this time around. Usually I am a Clancy fan but this issue was just too distracting - unfortunately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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