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John

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  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pay, but if defence attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail have to make cut-backs, it seems.

    Rosanella says: "What a story and what an ending!"
    "Mmmm ... a little disappointed"
    Overall

    OK ... I'll admit it right at the outset .... I'm much more of a Harry Bosch fan than a Mickey Haller fan ... Harry is a much more complicated individual and Haller can often come across as not the most pleasant man ever written about.

    But Michael Connelly is one of my favourite all-time authors and definitely the master of the procedural crime novel. This, as always, is excellently written but the story is just a little ... strained. the problem starts right at the outset, because I do not believe that, even in America, there was enough evidence for the police to charge Haller's client with the murder at the centre of the book. A real lawyer would have made a motion to dismiss (and almost certainly had it granted) right at the outset. However, without the charge, there is no novel.

    Having said that, I do like the way the novel expands on and promises more of the Haller story.

    Not his best, then, but even a below-par Connelly is a better bet than the vast majority of crime authors

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • That Close

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Suggs
    • Narrated By Suggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Read by the author himself with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colourful early life on a North London council estate, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade.

    Marion Nash says: "Time spent with Suggs"
    "As Enjoyable As A Madness Gig"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to That Close the most enjoyable?

    Definitely Suggs's narration. Took a while to get used to it, because he reads his book at a cracking pace, but after a while you get drawn into the narrative style and it gives a rhythm to the whole book. He also adds in a couple of asides that relate directly to his narration (for example, his attempt at a French accent) that had me laughing out loud


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perhaps I should admit to a certain bias ... Madness are one of my favourite bands, the original Two-Tone tour was one of the best gigs I've ever been to, and I've spent the last 30 years having people come up to me and saying "Here, as anyone ever told you you look like Suggs?" We are of a similar age, and grew up in the same decades. However, the best bit was the spirit of joie de vivre that permeates the whole book. And I love a book that makes me laugh out loud


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The Liverpool-Chelsea debacle and the chapter about festivals


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh ... it made me laugh out loud and, when I wasn't laughing, it kept a smile on my face. Suggs comes across, both in the story and the narration, as a genuinely down-to-earth guy who simply cannot believe his luck


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to any fan of Madness and any fan of feel-good autobiographies. Definitely one of the best purchases I've made from Audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Walks On to a Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Harry Redknapp
    • Narrated By David John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    When a man walks on to a pitch there's always a chance something magic can happen, that's what keeps us coming back...'In A Man Walks On to a Pitch, Harry shares a lifetime's experience of obsessing over football, during which he has seen it all first hand - the good, the bad and the unbelievable. Harry started in an age where players were ordinary blokes who might live on the same street as you and earn a similar wage and now manages in an era of player power.

    Coach Clinton says: "More enjoyable if you were alive in the 60s"
    "Incisive Look at Football Past & Present"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Man Walks On to a Pitch again? Why?

    No, but only because I never listen to an audiobook twice, nor read a book twice. I have a rubbish memory for films and TV but remember books far too well to revisit them


    What other book might you compare A Man Walks On to a Pitch to, and why?

    Any football autobiography, really


    What does David John bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He sounds like Harry Redknapp so much that you forget Harry isn't reading it very soon into the book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would listen to every audiobook in one sitting, but never have the time


    Any additional comments?

    A tremendous overview of the last 50 years in English football, peppered with anecdotes. Harry has seen it all, been there, and reports it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1555)
    Story
    (1560)

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    E says: "Keep going with this"
    "Believe The Hype"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Having both a male and female narrator really brought the story alive, and took you into the heart of the action


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both leading protagonists are equally excellently drawn


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    If I told you this, I'd spoil the book for future listeners :-)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, but breaking it into parts did the book no harm


    Any additional comments?

    Now looking forward to seeing the film

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going to Sea in a Sieve

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Danny Baker
    • Narrated By Danny Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (272)

    Born in 1957 in Deptford, south London, Danny's first job after dropping out of school at the age of 15 was in One Stop Records, a small record shop in London's West End, frequented by Elton John and Mick Jagger, a store rather like the one in High Fidelity.

    MR says: "The best one I have heard so far"
    "As Funny As Expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Going to Sea in a Sieve to be better than the print version?

    Definitely, because it is read by the author and Danny is a consummate broadcaster


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Going to Sea in a Sieve?

    The very first paragraph .... had me laughing out loud and knew this was going to be a great book


    Which character – as performed by Danny Baker – was your favourite?

    Danny himself


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Local Boy Makes God


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this to anyone, especially Brits in the late 40s to early 60s

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What It Was

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn's turf, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well.

    John says: "Would Have Made A Better Short Story"
    "Would Have Made A Better Short Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Cannot really answer this. I am a huge Pelecanos fan, but this seemed like a short story padded out into a rather weak novel


    What will your next listen be?

    Going to give fiction a miss for the time being .... now into sports books


    Would you listen to another book narrated by J. D. Jackson?

    Probably .... wasn't the best, but by no means the worst narrator


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from What It Was?

    About 50-60% of the book was superfluous to the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    MISS E. says: "Boring"
    "Has Connelly Lost His Touch?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Burning Room?

    The first Michael Connelly book that I've stopped listening to before the end. The story was dull, the writing uninspired, and it seemed as if the author was merely going through the motions .... almost a "contractual obligation" of a book


    What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

    I am used to his books starting slowly but this seemed as if he had two ideas for a book, couldn't pad them out to make a full novel, so put them together in a most unrealistic fashion


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Titus Welliver?

    Someone who could put some enthusiasm into a rather boring story


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

    No ... it was dull


    Any additional comments?

    This may be the last Connelly book I listen to ... just the lastest in a series of disappointing novels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bobby Moore: The Man in Full

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Matt Dickinson
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    'Immaculate footballer. Imperial defender. Immortal hero of 1966. Master of Wembley. Captain extraordinary. Gentleman of all time.' These are some of the words inscribed beneath the statue of England's World Cup-winning captain, Bobby Moore, at Wembley stadium. Since Moore's death, of bowel cancer at just 51, these accolades represent the accepted view of this national treasure. But what do we actually know about Bobby Moore as a person? What about the grit alongside the glory?

    John says: "A Must for all Football Fans"
    "A Must for all Football Fans"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Bobby Moore in three words, what would they be?

    Enigmatic, Brilliant, Sad


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bobby Moore?

    Obviously, captaining the England football team in 1966 and lifting the World Cup .... the only English footballer ever to do so. Turned him into a national hero


    What about Colin Mace’s performance did you like?

    Sensitively read, and with real emotion. Had a tear in my eye at the end of the book


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His final battle with cancer


    Any additional comments?

    This is easily the best sports book of any genre that I've listened to for many a year. Gives you a real flavour of the man that even his best friends said was a mystery to them

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bricklayer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Noah Boyd
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    A trained killer and former FBI agent, Steve Vail despises authority, and he's never met a rule he didn't break. These days, he's working as a bricklayer when the FBI contacts him, desperate for his help: someone is killing their operatives. To stem the tide of murders, Vail must re-enter a world he hoped he left behind long ago - his own past.

    Stella says: "A good discovery"
    "Pretty Decent Debut"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaps a little deeper analysis of the motivation of the villiain


    Would you recommend The Bricklayer to your friends? Why or why not?

    Have done so already. Has the makings of a good series


    Did Nick Landrum do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yes ... it was easy to follow the story during the dialogues and none of his voices were clichéd


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No .... I fall asleep during every film I watch!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • TORMENT: A Novel of Dark Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeremy Bishop
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jeremy Bishop's first pulse-pounding novel is a horrific tale of post-apocalyptic terror that is one part zombie story and one part Dante's Inferno. The story asks hard questions and generates strong emotions in everyone who reads it--anger, excitement, and most of all: FEAR. This book asks the question that everyone is afraid to answer: Are you ready? Enter the mind of Jeremy Bishop if you dare. Share his nightmares. Experience the fear that shaped his life. You may never be the same.

    John says: "Worst Book Ever?"
    "Worst Book Ever?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book written by Jeremy Bishop or narrated by R. C. Bray?

    Definitely not .... preposterous story, clichéd character


    What was most disappointing about Jeremy Bishop’s story?

    I wanted to be scared. I ended up laughing at the paucity of talent on display


    What didn’t you like about R. C. Bray’s performance?

    Shouldn't really blame the narrator ... I expect he struggled to keep a straight face whilst reading the story


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

    Pretty much all of it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    V. Wilson says: "Brilliant But Not For The Faint Hearted"
    "Oh dear ...."
    Overall

    The American Civil War is one of my favourite chapters in world history. I devour books, documentaries and films on the subject. Accordingly, was really excited when I saw this series was available to download.

    Unfortunately, totally let down by the narrator who reads the book so flatly that he makes the whole thing sound very boring indeed. It's even worse during the battle scenes .... the book sets the scene by explaining the terrain and the positioning of the rival forces. However, the way the narrator reads it, you really have no idea who is where, or why?

    A book for reading, not listening to

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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