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lynn

Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.

ADELAIDE, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Attenborough
    • Narrated By David Attenborough
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series.

    Liviu says: "Made me think about childhood dreams"
    "A Joy To Listen to"
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    Possibly the very best audiobook I have downloaded. Fascinating on so many different levels such as the start of television documentaries, the primitive nature of the equipment and what went on to get the superb images. How "sledgehammer" productions such as Life on Earth came about, the research and time required and the care the whole crew put in to get the images just right. All delivered with clarity of speech and an obvious concern for the people and animals encountered over 50 years of tv production. Simply wonderful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (303)

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

    Tim says: "Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration"
    "Fabulous story and narration"
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    I simply did not want this audiobook to end as it was pure inventive pleasure. The story is in turn funny, compassionate, scary and moral tale. There are so many threads in this story that I am sure another author might turn it to a six volume airport series, however Neil Gaiman is an excellent wordsmith and paints pictures that do not require HBO specials. Of course the added plus is that the author reads his own work and thereby adds colour to such a well written tale. Do yourself a favour and listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dam Busters: The Race to Smash the Dams, 1943

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Holland
    • Narrated By James Holland
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It was the night of May 16th, 1943. Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge cylindrical bomb strapped underneath them. Their mission: to destroy three dams deep within the German heartland, which provide the lifeblood to the Third Reich's war machine. What followed was an incredible race against time, which, despite numerous set-backs and against huge odds, became one of the most successful and game-changing raids of all time.

    lynn says: "Great Story Poor Narration"
    "Great Story Poor Narration"
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    I have a wide interest in the history of the Second World War and was looking forward to listening to a modern and updated insight into the developments that lead to the development of the "bouncing bomb". The author has done a great job researching this history and the long road Barnes Wallis had to get his ideas excepted. Hoever I think he should have found someone else to do the narration maybe it's me but I found his narration incredibly irritating. It is all very well to be passionate but he reminded me of a true enthusiast who doesn't so much talk to you but lectures and hectors you with such passion that he turns you off the topic. I felt like I was listen a really forceful but fundamentally tiresome lecture. So obviously my taste, great subject but another narrator with some distance from the topic would have been much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

    lynn says: "A WHOLE NEW WORLD TO DISCOVER"
    "A WHOLE NEW WORLD TO DISCOVER"
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    One of the pleasures of life is to discover a terrific new book/writer. I have only just come across Neil Gaiman and then to download this book with the author narrating was a double pleasure. A work of incredible imagination which uses history, culture through the ages, religious icons and the London Underground to weave a true tale of fantasy, an alternative parallel universe under the feet of people in the city. Leaves many erstwhile fantasy writers books dead in their tracks. The author brings each of his characters to life with subtle inflections of voice, I will certainly try his other works. Do yourself a treat and listen or read you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Homes: Rivers of London, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load. So far so London.

    lynn says: "Next book in a wonderful series great narration"
    "Next book in a wonderful series great narration"
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    Always a pleasure to come across another in the "Folly" series by Ben Aaronovitch. This one combines all the hallmarks of the others starting with Kobna Holdbrook-Smiths superb vocal range bringing each of the many characters to life magic, a superbly street wise Peter Grant and an author that knows London inside out. The character of the Nightingale is an invention of pure brilliance and the description of the battle between him and the Russian practitioner is excellent. The twist right at the end catches one unawares. If there was a criticism it might be that the cast is getting very large and occasionally confusing, not everyone in the previous books needs to make an appearance in the current volume. I downloaded the book and in 2 days had finished listening as I found it so entertaining. Hope to see more of the Nightingale's back - story in the next work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moonraker

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax - who cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, his exposure could threaten Britain's latest defence system. James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London's most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant Gala Brand soon discover there is more to Drax than meets the eye. Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Bill Nighy.

    lynn says: "Wonderful Reading of a Classic Story"
    "Wonderful Reading of a Classic Story"
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    This is a superb presentation by Bill Nighy of this classic early James Bond tale. The story itself is rather comically dated in terms values and culture we are after all a long way from the early 1960's. However in terms of a ripping yarn superbly presented you really couldn't go much better than this. Bill Nighy covers all the characters superbly, giving each one life without ever entering into parody. I look forward to investigating others in this series, all read by experienced actors which make such works a pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7517)
    Performance
    (5578)
    Story
    (5555)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Too Much Introspection"
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    Having downloaded both the first and now this the second Dresden Files book I think that will be it. Really interesting concept about a crime fighter engaged in crime in this world and from a world of magic. Some really good characters and an excellent narrator. But please no more introspection on behalf of Harry Dresden, endless voiced examples of his self doubt and inadequacies. When you listen to this work you feel he should either find a good psychotherapist or give up magic and serve coffee! Best description I can come up with is bumbling, self absorbed and self pitying. The book ends up being as interesting as a self help manual for the inadequate wizard. No more please.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rivers of London: Rivers of London, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

    Readalot says: "Touch of the DWJs"
    "Simply Brilliant"
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    I came across this author and his work by accident,but now I have downloaded all three of the books of which this is the first. Brilliant combination of wit, history and fantasy concerning a subculture of magic underneath that of modern London. the characters from Nightingale through Peter Grant and the ever ominous Molly are wonderfully drawn. Equally crucially is the narrator Kobna Holdbrook-Smith whose narration gives depth and texture to the work. It is an excellent work of imagination suspend critical analysis and nitpicking and I am sure you will enjoy the work(s).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Soho: Rivers of London, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognized the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

    Readalot says: "Even Better Than the First One"
    "Pure Imaginative Brilliance"
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    I came across this book/series by accident but it is a terrific listen. such wonderful imagination combining the geography of London, the mundane details of police procedure and magic. The book moves between humour, tragedy and compassion so one has little idea what is coming next. The narrator is pitch perfect accents are spot on and makes the street references of modern London speech that much more pertinent. Enthralling, looking forward to the next book and I have yet to finish this current book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (794)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Wonderful compassionate and insightfull"
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    One of the pleasures of login on to audible is the surprise of which books are new to download. I have owned a text copy of this book since 1990 until I started to listen to the recording I had almost forgotten what an excellent series of compassionate single studies formed the book. It could be considered vicarious, the detailed study of individuals each with one or more "deficits". However it ends up as a deeply moving study of these individuals and in the process it tells us of the thin line that we each tread between fully functioning and being lost in the world. Great audio with the author reading the introduction and Jonathan Davis's voice pitched at exactly the right pitch to convey the pathos of each circumstance.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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