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Mr. Jeff L. Walker

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  • The Vampire Lestat

  • The Vampire Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By GMJ on 14-04-13

Fantastic book - whirlwind tour of vampire history

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

This is a brilliant book - picking up from where Interview with the Vampire left of - fleshing out the character of Lestat. The book is mainly told in flashback, not only of Lestat, but other significant vampire characters, so you get a flashback within a flashback. There are some continuity differences between this novel and Interview with the Vampire. I am not sure whether this is a bit of retroactive continuity by Rice to re-structure the character of Lestat following the success of Interview, to make him less of the shallow killer to the Lestat we find in this book.

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,825

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

Plot holes like Swiss cheese, predictable

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Book follows standard Robert Langdon 'mystery' - with Langdon running from place to place to find a clue. A mysterious protagonist who only communicates by telephone. An attractive woman to accompany Langdon. Plodding, trigger happy police and special guards. Red herrings all over the place and a very predictable 'twist' in the tail. The whole premise of the chase is flawed, with no real need for the hidden secret to be so hidden (trying not to give away spoilers). Given Langdons previous adventures, you would think he could spend some time on a gun range between books. As with the Lost Symbol, the final reveal of the 'Origin' from the title is mundane and not really ground breaking. Book clearly takes place in the same universe as the previous Langdon stories (Holy Grail chase is mentioned), however, the impact of the virus release in Inferno is not taken into account at all with the Origin theme.

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  • The Visitor

  • Jack Reacher 4
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Hayward Morse
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015

Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Comic voices spoil a good yarn...

  • By Freiburg on 18-12-13

I wanted to like this book.

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

Reviewed: 21-04-14

Would you try another book written by Lee Child or narrated by Hayward Morse?

I became a fan of the Jack Reacher books after watching to movie with Tom Cruise in the title role. I am reading them in order of publication and have enjoyed the first three books. The Visitor was really disappointing. Without going into too much detail as to provide spoilers, this is a bit of a whodunit Jack Reacher. Problem is, I guessed who the main protagonist was pretty much straight away. Also, Reacher is quite passive and not very pro-active. I can't say more otherwise I will give too much away.

Has The Visitor put you off other books in this genre?

No - am onto the next Jack Racher book already.

What three words best describe Hayward Morse’s performance?

Clear, fluid, strong

Do you think The Visitor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No - one book was enough.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Waiting Room

  • By: F. G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 265

The waiting room stands on a crumbling railway platform at the edge of a retired rock star’s vast estate. Abandoned to dereliction and isolated by a moat of thorny wilderness, it used to be a playground for his children. Until strange music and the terrifying spectre of a leering soldier frightened them away. Julian Creed is TV’s most popular ghost hunter. Only his small production team knows he is a complete fake who doesn’t even believe in the paranormal. Until he spends one night in the waiting room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever, subtly scary read

  • By Jonathan Mills on 06-07-11

Another great book from F G Cottam

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-11

I thoroughly enjoyed listening this book - set around an abandoned railway station waiting room. Cottam has created a great group of characters and a frightening protagonist. Well worth the listen.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Magdalena Curse

  • By: F. G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

It only takes a couple of visits to convince Dr Elizabeth Bancroft that Adam Hunter is not just having bad dreams. He's a child possessed.His father is desperate: adamant that his son's affliction is the result of a curse he incurred in the depths of the Amazon, where a badly misguided military operation ended in a terrifying and macabre encounter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Ms. H. Morris on 04-03-12

Fantastic book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-11

Once again, F G Cottam has come up with a fantastic ghost story with a gripping plot and believable characters, those that are more good than bad and those that are more bad than good, to paraphrase Cottam from the book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Echo

  • By: F G Cottam
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Dark Echo is an unlucky boat. Despite this knowledge, Martin Stannard falls under her spell and prepares to sail her across the Atlantic with his father. But his lover, Suzanne, is uneasy and begins exploring the yacht's past. What she finds is terrifying. Dark Echo isn't just unlucky, it's evil. It was built for Harry Spalding, a soldier and sorcerer who committed suicide yet still casts his malevolent spell nearly a century after his death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good solid yarn

  • By Drew on 04-10-13

fantastic listen- a proper ghost book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-10

I have just finished listening this book and thoroughly enjoyed it - so much so that I did not want the book to end. A proper ghost story with good characters and good ghosts!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Nostradamus Prophecies

  • By: Mario Reading
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Nostradamus wrote 1000 prophecies. Only 942 have survived. What happened to the missing verses? This mystery drives two very different men. Adam Sabir is a writer desperate to revive his flagging career; Achor Bale is a member of an ancient secret society dedicated to the "Three Antichrists" foretold by Nostrodamus: Napoleon, Adolf Hitler - and "one still to come". As Sabir is drawn into the hidden world of France's gypsies, Bale is on his trail. A terrifying hunt begins...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great book

  • By Mr. Jeff L. Walker on 24-05-10

a great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-10

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and am looking forward to more adventures of the main character. This book is set in France and the narrator, rather than using what can sometimes be irritating spoken English with an French accent, uses regional English accents to great effect to differentiate between the characters and the sub culture from which they originate.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Interview with the Vampire

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: F. Murray Abraham
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Interview with the Vampire is a novel that evokes the brilliance, the decadence, the horror of The Vampire's world - as he pours out the erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interview with a Vampire

  • By kerrymay on 29-11-08

short changed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-10

Having read the full unabridged version of this title, I felt short changed by this audio book. I really don't see the point of butchering books this way.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548

Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.
Winner of the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Food for thought

  • By Louise on 11-02-07

the answer to life the universe and eveything

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-09

I had been thinking of downloading this book for some time, but as a committed atheist, I wasn?t sure if it would be for me ? I don?t need convincing. I also thought it would be dry. How wrong could I be. I love this book, and the narrative with Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward is very entertaining. I was reminded of the wonderful writing of Douglas Adams with both readers narrative ? appropriately enough, the book is dedicated to Douglas Adams, a good friend of Dawkins (who met his wife and fellow narrator, Lalla Ward though Douglas Adams).

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Decisions

  • Temperance Brennan, Book 3
  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the state of Quebec, is abruptly recalled from a course she is teaching at Quantico for a gruesome duty. A biker war is raging in Quebec and two of its foot soldiers have blown themselves up. The only person qualified to make sense of what remains is Tempe. Like many in the region, she cares little what les motards, the bikers, do to each other. Until the body of a nine-year-old girl is wheeled into the morgue, slain by biker crossfire.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Lousy Recording

  • By Simone on 08-10-12

too quiet

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-09

I enjoyed this story but the volume of the recording was very low - with my the volume on my TomTom turned up to max I could hardly hear the reader's voice if I was driving.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful