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  • Thrawn (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,216

In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice To Have Thrawn Back, But...

  • By Michael Hicks on 09-06-17

Expanded Universe Favourite Now Canon

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Thrawn is one of the great characters introduced in the Expanded Universe. Timothy Zahn's trilogy from 1991 is arguably the best of Star Wars novels and bringing this character to canon is wonderful for fans.

Thrawn mark ii is "same same but different" as they say. With Marc Thompson narrating this is a great addition and story. This is an origin story and nuanced introduction of Thrawn. From a character perspective this is around an 80% fit but with some nice changes and depth. I am looking forward to future stories and seeing if this interweaves with the movies at some stage. More questions than answers at this stage!

  • Deal Breaker

  • The First Myron Bolitar Novel
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,723

Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big-time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Suddenly Myron is plunged into a baffling mystery of sex and blackmail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deal Breaker

  • By Lisa on 07-02-08

Good story in sports setting

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

I found Coben through a daily deal for The Stranger and while that is quite different the quality of the writing is there. This book is set in the world of sports agent Myron Bolitar. Myron is a great character and there is a excellent support cast. There are enough twists and turns and it is relatively short and fast paced. I will definitely be looking at the next book in the series.

  • Mortal Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339

Years ago, Lucas Davenport almost died at the hands of Clara Rinker, a pleasant, soft-spoken, low-key Southerner, and the best hitwoman in the business. Now retired and living in Mexico, she nearly dies herself when a sniper kills her boyfriend, the son of a local druglord, and while the boy's father vows vengeance, Rinker knows something he doesn't: The boy wasn't the target, she was, and now she is going to have to disappear to find the killer herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DON'T PISS SANDFORD OFF!!

  • By Ted on 03-10-17

Follow up to Certain Prey

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

This novel is a follow up to Certain Prey and is best read after that novel but can be read stand alone. This novel takes Lucas away from the twin cities and the usual cast - there is very little of Del, Sloan and Cheryl but plenty of good characters from Certain Prey make a return and a few new ones as well.

This novel is in a way an end to the first half of the Lucas series as it will see him transfer from City cop to State cop, last novel pre-marriage and second child and is a good farewell to this part of Lucas' journey.

Sandford is my favourite crime writer and I am really enjoying going back through the older stuff. There is such a strong arc for Lucas and each noel builds a little without making him superman.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, evocative book

  • By BSquaredInOz on 05-13-09

It just didn't engage me

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story felt like it relied on a lot of old soviet cliches, the crime story took 7 hours to get going and was a bit fanciful.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Rob Smith again?

I doubt it.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Steven Pacey?

He didn't add or subtract from the story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Child 44?

it was very long for a thin story line. A few decent twists but nothing particularly interesting or not telegraphed.

Any additional comments?

I finished the book but only pushed on to finish it so I could get back to the Harry Bosch series

  • Luther: The Calling

  • By: Neil Cross
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He's a murder detective. He's brilliant; he's intense; he's instinctive. And yet there are rumours that DCI Luther is bad - not corrupt, but tormented. The first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther takes us into Luther's past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart, and propelled him over the precipice....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very dark introduction to Luther

  • By Don on 01-11-14

A very dark introduction to Luther

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

Reviewed: 01-11-14

I decided to read this before starting to watch the BBC TV series with Idris Elba. There is a lot to like about this book, the characters on the police side are well formed, the performance is solid and the pacing is good.

My understanding of the tv series is that Luther pushes the boundaries and is a dark character and given this book is written after the tv series to try and explain (prologue) the Luther character I think the author has gone overboard in the violence and nature of the crime Luther is investigating which detracts from the story (and I have read a lot of crime novels).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moe & Me

  • Encounters with Moe Norman, Golf's Mysterious Genius
  • By: Lorne Rubenstein
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Globe and Mail golf columnist Lorne Rubenstein has authored multiple acclaimed books and had his work featured in major golf publications. Moe & Me is a riveting exploration of the life of Moe Norman, known for his unusual swing on the course - and his crippling insecurity and introverted nature off of it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Story

  • By Paul on 07-11-16

Gaining an insight to Moe Norman

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

Reviewed: 01-11-14

Moe Norman is one of the more interesting characters in golf over the last 50 years, arguably the greatest ball striker that ever lived. Due to some difficulties (believed to have had Asbergers but never diagnosed) he struggled with the other elements of the game and the tournament schedule.

This book goes some way to sharing Moe's story and is interesting, given Moe's utter devotion to hitting balls the story does not stray to far from the golf course or driving range. This is a well told story, good performance and is worth the read for anyone interested in the history of golf - For those that don't know of Moe Tiger Woods has described that Ben Hogan and Moe Norman are the only two to have ever really owned there golf swings.

  • The Third Terrorist

  • The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing
  • By: Jayna Davis
  • Narrated by: Jerry Sciarrio
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Within hours of the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the FBI had evidence pointing to Islamic extremists. But incredibly, federal authorities quickly squelched all investigations implicating Middle Eastern suspects. Here, award-winning investigative reporter Jayna Davis shares a gripping and intensely personal account of her arrival on the scene 13 minutes after the blast, the worldwide search for suspects, and the abrupt abandonment of the manhunt for John Doe #2.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bored me to death

  • By Andrew on 11-07-13

An unconvincing rabble of an argument

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

Reviewed: 05-20-13

Would you try another book from Jayna Davis and/or Jerry Sciarrio?

No - if you have even a passing knowledge of terrorism and investigative procedures you will be picking holes in this book the whole way through to the completely fanciful final hour of this book.

Davis has taken a few sketchy descriptions and gone about trying to confirm the case rather than looking at the whole case - a wonderful study in confirmation bias. She spends a long time on very tenuous links but no time looking at the case the prosecution put up.

Don't waste your time - go read Marc Sagemen and get a good feel for what drives home grown terrorism.

Has The Third Terrorist turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I will just avoid conspiracy books

Have you listened to any of Jerry Sciarrio’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First read by Jerry for me - a serviceable performance

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I kept going thinking there must be more but it all built up to a truly farcical conclusion

Any additional comments?

If you like Glenn Beck and Infowars you will probably love this

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Catch 22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Trevor White
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

At the heart of Joseph Heller's bestselling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book well read.

  • By Steph Parker on 04-20-09

MASH on Acid!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

Decided to check this out given its iconic nature and it is a crazy ride. Really good account of the absurdity of war and the mind bending circumstances for its combatants. I struggled at times with this just the crazy logic (or lack of it) but it always brought me back. you can see this as the forerunner for some of the great war stories such as MASH and even Full Metal Jacket.

A classic and deservedly so.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Malcolm X

  • By Any Means Necessary
  • By: Walter Dean Myers
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

As a 14-year-old he was Malcolm Little, the president of his class and a top student. At 16 he was hustling tips at a Boston nightclub. At 20 "Detroit Red" was in prison. It was there Malcolm Little started the journey that would lead him to adopt the name Malcolm X, and develop his beliefs about what being black means in America: beliefs that shook America then, and still shake America today. His significant role in the Nation of Islam and eventual split from it, along with his journey to Mecca, followed by his assassination in Harlem are chronicled in this fascinating portrait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good introduction to Malcolm X

  • By Don on 03-15-13

Good introduction to Malcolm X

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

This is a good (but rather short) biography on Malcolm X. The narration is very good and what there is of the story is well researched and informative.

Having read stories on Martin Luther King Jr the difference in life stories of these two men is intriguing. Well worth a listen if you are interested in the civil rights movement.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Rules of Prey

  • A Lucas Davenport Mystery, Book 1
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

For Maddog, the killer who had Minneapolis in a grip of chilled terror, satisfaction came from the thrill of the contest. After each grisly murder he would leave behind one of the rules he had devised: Never kill anyone you know. Never have a motive. Never follow a discernible pattern. He was no textbook psychopath. But Lieutenant Lucas Davenport was no ordinary detective. To bring an end to Maddog's trail of death, he would have to play by his own rules.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Start of the excellent prey series

  • By Don on 02-25-13

Start of the excellent prey series

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

I read these books twenty years ago now and have been an avid fan of the series ever since. John Sandford finds a way to drag you into the characters and it was great to go back to where it all began. Not the greatest performance but not the worst either.

I highly recommend this series for any fan of the serial killer/cop genre, these are good gritty urban tales with a good sense of humour about them also.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful