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Gavin Scott

Santa Monica, California
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  • Trustee from the Toolroom

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540

Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hologram of a Decent Man

  • By Jim In Texas! on 05-28-12

Gripping and heart warming

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

A terrific story about an ordinary man rising above himself and inspiring others to do likewise. Beautifully read, too.

  • Look to the Lady

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

The Gyrth family had guarded the Chalice for hundreds of years. It was held by them for the Crown. Its antiquity, its beauty, the extraordinary legends that were connected with it, all combined to make it unique of its kind. It was irreplaceable. No thief could hope to dispose of it in the ordinary way. And indeed no ordinary thief would dream of trying. But there are others besides those who make their living by robbery, others whose immense wealth and passion for collecting render them less immune to the practical considerations that must guide even the less honestly minded citizens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the start to this one, like the reader

  • By Meep on 11-16-13

Appalling voice for the hero

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

How could the performance have been better?

David Thorpe gives detective Albert Campion a high-pitched, silly ass voice which almost spoils the otherwise excellent book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Capital

  • By: John Lanchester
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 168

It’s 2008, and things are falling apart: Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the residents of Pepys Road, London - a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners and a shadowy refugee who works as the meter maid, the young soccer star from Senegal and his minder - are receiving anonymous postcards reading "We Want What You Have." Who is behind it? What do they want?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful characters, great story

  • By Lynda Rands on 10-16-12

Modern London revealed

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

Where does Capital rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top.

What other book might you compare Capital to and why?

Little Dorrit - because of its panoramic view of London.

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

A splendid performance.

Any additional comments?

Lancaster understands economics and empathizes with human beings. As a result he creates a pictures of the inhabitants of a London street you both understand and believe in. A splendid book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Inferno

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,715
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,788

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, compelling

  • By Happy Woman on 09-15-16

Piffle.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

Da Vinci Code was fun. This isn't.

Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Brown? Why or why not?

No. He seems to be a one-hit wonder. And he writes very badly.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Island of Sheep

  • A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 5
  • By: John Buchan
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The last of John Buchan’s thrillers and the final appearance of Richard Hannay now in retirement reverie deep in the comfortable Cotswolds.However, he and Sandy [Lord Clanroyden] are roused to action once more to help the son of a recently deceased treasure hunter, called Haraldsen. The heir is receiving threats from Lancelot Troth, a man who believes himself ill treated financially by Haraldsen’s father and seeks revenge and reparation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A splendid thriller from the dawn of the genre

  • By Gavin Scott on 01-27-14

A splendid thriller from the dawn of the genre

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Buchan's ability to make you feel as if you are in the most beautiful parts of the British countryside is unsurpassed. The action is entertaining, the prose splendid.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Box of Delights

  • The Adventures of Kay Harker
  • By: John Masefield
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The second and best-loved of two classic titles in children's literature. Returning home from school for the Christmas holidays, young Kay Harker meets the mysterious Punch and Judy Man, Cole Hawlings, who asks him to protect a magical box. The box is a means of travelling into the past and Kay’s old adversary, the villainous magician Abner Brown, will stop at nothing to possess it. With mystery and mayhem all around him, Kay must begin a new and more perilous quest to return the box to its rightful owner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A magical book superbly performed

  • By Gavin Scott on 01-27-14

A magical book superbly performed

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

What did you love best about The Box of Delights?

The evocation of a magical, snowy Christmas deep in the British countryside where the past and present intermingle over buttered eggs and roaring fires. Funny, charming and utterly original.

Any additional comments?

The author, John Masefield, became Poet Lauriet. As you listen to this, you can see why.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Prester John

  • By: John Buchan
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

What is sinister preacher John Laputa doing on a remote Scottish shore in the moonlight hours? Young David Crawfurd and his friends are lucky to escape with their lives when they disturb his rituals. Years later David travels to Africa and meets the minister again, this time in company with the evil Henriques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking yarn of Empire, splendidly told

  • By Gavin Scott on 01-30-13

Cracking yarn of Empire, splendidly told

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

Reviewed: 01-30-13

What made the experience of listening to Prester John the most enjoyable?

Great story; great writing;great reading, with all the right accents.

What did you like best about this story?

Its narrative pace and literary skill

Which scene was your favorite?

The finale in the treasure cave

Any additional comments?

It's riddled with the racist and imperialist attitudes of the time - it was published in 1910. The Portugese particularly come in for a lot of stick, but the portrait of Prester John apprently inspired many African freedom fighters, and once you set the outdated views aside, it's one of the great adventure stories, up there, almost, with Treasure Island.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-28-08

Eye-opening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-11

A fascinating account of how world war one began. funny, appalling, extraordinary stories of the men and women who brought the world to Armageddon. And very well read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Round the Bend

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

When Tom Cutter hires Constantine Shaklin as an engineer in his air-freight business, he little realises the extraordinary gifts of his new recruit. Shaklin possesses a religious power which inspires everyone he meets to a new faith and hope for humanity. As Cutter’s business grows across Asia, so does Shaklin’s fame, until he is widely regarded as a unifying deity. Though he struggles to believe Shaklin is indeed divine, Cutter too finds solace in his friend’s teachings, and commits to passing on his message.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book

  • By Gavin Scott on 07-14-11

A wonderful book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-11

This is a gripping story, superbly told in uncluttered prose, about aviation, love and religion. The performance is splendid, all the accents spot on, and the overall effect totally satisfying. You are carried along by the adventure, and in the end, as well as being entertained and moved, you realise you've been thinking about the big questions, like what we believe and why we believe it. Highly recommended!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful