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SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States
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  • 30
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  • Skoenlapper

  • By: Irma Venter
  • Narrated by: Stian Bam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Maar waarom doen hy dit? Beslis nie net vir die geld nie. 'n Sielkundige, Erika Hamilton, ontmoet hom toevallig. Albei van hulle bied op beroepsvlak verligting van neurose, onvervuldheid en frustrasie - die een op akademiese wyse, die ander met lyflike plesier. Wat gebeur wanneer hulle ontmoet?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uitsekend

  • By Darrin on 07-09-15

Uitsekend

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Ek het maar net 'n kans gevat op hierdie boek; geen idee gehad waaroor dit gaan behalwe die paar sinne wat ek op audible gelees het nie. Ek is so bly! Dit is 'n interessante boek met karakters waaroor ek omgee, en nou sien ek daar's twee verder boeke in die reeks; Skrapnel en Sondebok. Dis snaaks, want Skoenlapper kon beslis net op sy eie gestaan het. Toe ek klaar gelees het, het ek nie gedink daar gaan 'n opvolg wees nie, maar nou ja.

Stian Bam het dit goed voorgelees ook. Daar was 'n paar keer wat ek nie die stemme kon onderskei nie, en was nie altyd seker wie dit is wat praat nie. Hy't ook 'n bietjie binnensmonds gepraat so hier en daar. Maar, dis 'n klein ding, en het nie my genot van die storie bederf nie.

Die storie het my aan Konsalik se boeke laat dink, maar beter geskryf.

Bottom line: koop dit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ikarus

  • By: Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by: Nic de Jager
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Op 17 Desember spoel die lyk van Ernst Richter oop in die duine anderkant Parklands - dié Ernst Richter, berugte internet-entrepreneur, baas van die omstrede webwerf Alibi.co.za wat 'n maand gelede so onverklaarbaar en sensasioneel verdwyn het. Selfs in normale omstandighede sou die Valke Bennie Griessel en Vaughn Cupido gesukkel het - by Alibi.co.za lieg almal soos tannetrekkers. Maar omstandighede is nie normaal nie. Want Griessel het weer aan die suip gegaan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Deon Meyer novel

  • By pietari on 04-06-15

Nog 'n treffer van Deon Meyer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Ikarus is die nuutste Deon Meyer boek. As jy nog nie sy ander boeke gelees of geluister het nie, dan moet jy dalk eerder met hulle begin, al staan Ikarus ook redelik goed op sy eie. Dis tipies Meyer --- 'n speurverhaal vol aksie, met interessante karakters.

Nic de Jager doen 'n uitstekende job met die lees. Die stemme was almal onderskeibaar. Hy lees baie duidelik, ook; ek kon hom maklik verstaan bo die geraas van my kar. Ek het dit op my Android geluister, en daar was 'n klein probleem met die pouse tussen hoofstukke --- of eintlik die gebrek van pouse. As die een hoofstuk einde, het die leser maar net aangegaan asof dit nog die selfde mense kan wees, en dit het my baie verwar totdat ek die karakters leer ken het.

  • 13 Uur

  • By: Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by: Nic De Jager
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 78

Uiteindelik is dié blitsverkoper nou ook as luisterboek beskikbaar! Om 05:36 hardloop die vrou teen die hang van Leeukop. Sy is jonk, beeldskoon, Amerikaans - en beangs. Sy word soos ʼn dier gejag deur mans wat net ure gelede haar beste vriendin se keel afgesny het. Om 05:43 bel hulle vir speurder-inspekteur Bennie Griessel wakker. Hy moet kom, ʼn jong meisie se lyk lê langs St. Martini, die Lutherse kerk bo in Langstraat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uitstekend! Jy sal nie jammer wees nie

  • By Darrin on 10-13-14

Uitstekend! Jy sal nie jammer wees nie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-14

Ek het 'n bietjie gehuiwer voordat ek hierdie boek gekoop het. Ek hou baie van Deon Meyer se boeke, en ek het al sy boeke gelees (behalwe Kobra, wat ek hou vir die Kers vakansie!). Maar ek het my betwyfelinge oor die produksie gehalte gehad. Gaan dit so goed wees soos die Engelse boeke op audible? Of gaan dit meer soos die RSG produksies wees? (Moenie my verkeerd verstaan nie --- hulle is ook baie lekker. Maar dis net nie dieselfde nie.)

Ek moes nie bekommer het nie! Die boek is puik gelees deur Nic de Jager. Dis 'n klein ding, maar die spoed waarmee hy lees is net reg --- vinnig genoeg om my belangstelling te hou, maar stadig genoeg om lekker gespanne te word. Ook, ek het nie onthou dat hierdie boek snaaks is nie, maar hy bring die humeur van die boek uit. Daar is een of twee plekke waar die klank gehalte verander in die middel van 'n hoofstuk, maar oor die algemeen is dit regtig goed. Hy lees ook baie duidelik, wat belangrik is vir my wat in die kar luister.

Die boek self is my gunstelling Deon Meyer boek. Dis spanningsvol, interessant, snaaks op plekke, en vol verrassings. Ja, daar's baie vloekwoorde, so as dit jou afsit, dan los maar. Anders, koop hierdie boek en luister!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Howl's Moving Castle

  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,143

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones and was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Christopher on 07-02-12

Blowing against the wind

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-14

I got this book for a recent road trip based on all of the positive reviews. I don't like writing negative reviews, but feel a need to do so when my experience is so at odds with the prevailing wisdom. I had to turn it off about 1.5 hours into the story because I was literally struggling to keep from falling asleep while driving. The story begins very slowly, and I didn't see any of the humor that other reviewers refer to. Perhaps it gets better later, but I will never find out. The reader was OK, but wasn't lively enough to make up for the slow pacing of the book.

My 12 year old daughter and my wife agreed with me. We have listened to close about 50 books aimed at children and young adults over the last 5 years, and this is the first one that none of us was interested in continuing. We turned on Divergent afterwards, and within 5 minutes were already more invested in the characters than after 1.5 hours of Howl.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,522

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Too long by 1/3

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-13

There were lots of good things in this book --- interesting characters, good plot twists, well narrated scenes. It's just there were lots of dull times as well. I don't know if it was the narrator or the plot, but I ended up listening at 1.25 speed just to get the book moving more.

  • Bloody Jack

  • By: L.A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,333

Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes it clicks

  • By Terry on 12-09-09

Mixed results

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-12

Wife and I enjoyed the book. This is the second series read by Kellgren that we have listened to, and we are going to look for her in the future. The story was interesting, albeit somewhat slow. My 12 year old boy (just finished 7th grade) and 10 year old (just finished 4th grade) girl both complained the whole time that it was on during a recent long car trip. In that regard, it reminded me of The Graveyard Book, another book that was just too slow for my kids, while very interesting for the parents.

There are a couple of places in the book that I was just as glad that my 10 year old daughter wasn't listening. There is an attempted rape of a prepubuscent girl, which was foreshadowed throughout the story. The language of the attack isn't too explicit, but explicit enough to have been troubling to my daughter, had she been listening. She did listen to a description of a hanging, and was troubled by the language.

Bottom line: I wish we would have gotten a different book for the car ride. We will not be listening to the sequels as a family, even when the children are older.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Maze Runner

  • Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,781
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,849

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers - boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, though a little long

  • By Darrin on 11-28-11

Good book, though a little long

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-11

I listened to this book on a long car trip with my wife and two kids (boy 12 and girl 10). We felt the story started quickly enough, and within 30 minutes all of us were into it (except my wife --- more on that later). There were parts of the story that were too intense for my daughter, who asked us to turn it off a couple of times because she was getting scared. She is a very mature 10 year old, so I would say 10 is the absolute low end of ages for which this book might be appropriate. In retrospect, I wish I had picked another book for her.

The performance was good. The reading was lively enough to keep us interested for a long book. His voices for the characters were also nice, except that his voice for the one female character sounded more like baby talk than a 16 year old girl. Additionally, sometimes the perfomer's voice didn't match the excitement in the story. Overall, though, the performance didn't detract from the book.

While overall we liked this book very much, parts of the book seemed to drag on without advancing the plot quite enough, and the ending was not quite up to the same quality as the rest of the book. Except for that, it would've been 5 stars.

As an aside, my wife didn't listen to the first 2.5 hours of the book. After a 2 minute catch up from my son, she was able to jump right in to the book after that time without really missing anything.

44 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • The Hidden Gallery

  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 2
  • By: Maryrose Wood
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

Thanks to the efforts of Miss Penelope Lumley, their plucky governess, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf pups now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place!

  • By Wayne on 11-22-17

Fantastic story well read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

My family listened to this book on a long car ride. Mom, Dad, son (12) and daughter (9) all agreed it was a very good book; even better than the first in the series (which son didn't like at all, but the rest of us did). We loved the accents of the reader, which were still easily understandable over the road noise of the car. In fact, I am sure that this book is much better listened to than read, as the reader really nailed all of the qualities of the characters. I'm not sure how well the book would work as a stand-alone without having read the first one. It seems like there might be times that it would be hard to follow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mysterious Howling

  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1
  • By: Maryrose Wood
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114

Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful! ... but only the first installment...

  • By Yvette on 06-17-10

Mixed results

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-11

My family listened to this on a recent road trip (Mom, Dad, 11 y.o. boy and 9 y.o. girl). Mom, Dad and daughter liked it, but son thought it was too old-fashioned. The accent of the reader was a little bit hard for the kids to understand over the car noise, but was much easier for them when we finished the last hour listening at home.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wayside School is Falling Down

  • By: Louis Sachar
  • Narrated by: Louis Sachar
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

More teetering tales and quirky characters from the 30th floor of towering Wayside School. The craziness continues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great bedtime story

  • By Hyon K. Hong on 04-23-16

Great listen with the kids!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-11

Hilarious book that the whole family enjoyed. (Kids 8 and 10.) Kids had both already read the book, but loved listening to the stories anyway. Mom and I laughed so hard!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful