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Odwa

Johannesburg, South Africa
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  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,394

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey Patina on 22-12-15

Almost

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I really wanted to like this book more but all the elements didn't come together.

I loved the twist on the murder on the high seas. (Well it's new to me so forgive me off it's not that fresh)
Talking about twists; I found that there were just a few too many. It seemed that just when there was no logical place for the story to go, the author dropped in a very sharp twisty turn that left me reeling for a while.

The background sound effects come in unexpectedly and somewhat sporadically. This has them feel more intrusive than they should be.

The multi-cast character voices do work well though and all in all I enjoyed the performances and narration. I do feel that more energy in narration during high impact scenes would have been better than background sound effects.

Finally, the different story lines didn't quite tie in as seamlessly as they could and I'd have to pause to remember where I last left one line as I was taken to another. I felt like I was being jostled around, maybe better editing, maybe it's a translation thing.

I should have loved this book, instead, i just liked it.

Still, with reading for yourself if you've got the end of your wishlist.

  • The Forever

  • The Forever, Book 1
  • By: Craig Robertson
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Jupiter, thrown off orbit, will destroy Earth in less than a century. Jon Ryan volunteers for the most ambitious, desperate mission ever conceived: His consciousness must be transferred into an experimental android host, where he'll live an immortal - and lonely - life. Jon's only companion on his 50-year voyage is his ship's irritable AI. The US president wants Jon dead and is willing to sacrifice his own people to eliminate Jon. An alien species has vowed a holy war to eliminate all humans, either on Earth or wherever they might run. Only Jon can protect humans from their enemies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • sorry . but no...

  • By Gary on 09-11-18

Almost

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

I enjoyed this book but less so as it progressed.

I wished that the author had allowed John to mature as the years went by but his cavalier attitude becomes boringly predictable and his rebellious outbursts seem less justified and more childlike the older he gets. This isn't helped by an almost similarly juvenile AI (Al).

As an overall plot, I'd give 5 stars (less 2 for the bit above). I loved the si-fi and the varied alien species that the team encounters even though most seem to become mortal enemies.

Scott Aiello absolutely killed it! He literally got me to the end of the book. Bravo & encore; I'll be looking for more by you sir.

I'll have to take a break before book two but I'll get there.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: President Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 671

A sitting US President is missing. President Bill Clinton partners with number one best-selling author James Patterson in a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with the kind of insider details that only a President can know.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For a Star Turn it's Hit and Miss

  • By Simon on 05-06-18

Waiting for the movie

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

Great plot & characters. Fresh twist on the terrorism threat.

I thought the narration let the book down. The gruffness of the narrator's voice permiates into all the character they portray. There is not enough vocal range to capture the more subtle inflections needed for the female characters and the accents are weak and confusing.

Bach's character is well narrated.

All in all an enjoyable story. I'm waiting for the movie to come out.

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 453

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all - until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would have loved to give this book six stars!

  • By Janet biglari on 13-08-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

One of the best books I've listened to this year.

Catherine is a brilliant narrator and her story is a proper thriller. Whatever else you do this year, listen to this book.

Spellbinding!

  • The Sphinx Scrolls

  • The Ballashiels Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Stewart Ferris
  • Narrated by: Gavin Osborn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Mayan legends tell of a location where the secret to surviving the end of the world may be found. One part of that legend is recorded on a stone tablet in the dusty attic of Lord 'Ratty' Ballashiels' crumbling manor. The other twin part disappeared from a Berlin museum when the Nazis took power. When Ratty seems about to sell his tablet to the adopted son of Josef Mengele, his friend, the archaeologist Ruby Towers, is appalled. Soon it is clear that more than archaeology is at stake.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor quality in a mediocre genre..

  • By Malcolm's Cousin on 09-04-17

Such great potential!!

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

This book has all the elements I love in fiction writing but I was frustrated by Rose Towers... She just doesn't get it - or the author doesn't want her to get it!!

For most of the chapters I was trying to figure why the lead character is left behind in the plot. It would have been okay if the author had kept us in the dark too but it's not that hard to figure out that a rocket propulsion specialist might be brought in to investigate an aircraft or maybe even a space craft - come on Ms Towers.

Most of the support characters are great and well developed, Ratty is a riot, but others like Otto also seem to slow the story down.

I really wanted this book to be great but it was just okay.

I don't think I'll go on to read the next installment anytime soon.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG the best book EVER!!!

  • By Teri on 15-01-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Often we talk about a book that we "just can't put down". This is one of those books.

This review doesn't go into the plot but rather is to say to potential readers that it's perfectly well narrated, gripping right through to the end and is thoroughly enjoyable.

A great work.

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me.

  • By Wayjor on 14-01-17

Enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Great depth of characters. The inclusion of international hit squads meant lots of accents for the narrator to master. I think many of them are difficult enough (let alone the seldom heard Botswana and South African accents) and many of them tripped him up. Still, it wasn't enough to detract from the entire book.

I love this genre of books for the fast thinking, fast paced action, and general adrenaline rush. To this end I wished the narrator also increased the pace and intensity of his voice during fight sequences.

Otherwise a good read. looking forward to the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeper 13

  • By: Rob Sinclair
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Smuggled to the Middle East as a child. Trained as one of the most elite insurgents of his generation. Forced to do things no one should, for a cause he couldn't believe in. But as his brothers were preparing to kill, he was looking for a way out. Now, on the eve of the deadliest coordinated attacks the world has ever seen, he'll finally get his chance. He will break free and hunt down those who made him a monster. He must draw on all his training to survive. He is Sleeper 13.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best narrator in the world!

  • By Carrie on 29-03-18

Didn't grab me!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I struggled with this book. I found the plot of Muslim terrorists and Western defenders cliché.

There were no real twists and turns that peaked my attention. The story line then becomes quite predictable. Make it feel like a low budget made for TV movie.

I didn't come to bond with the characters in the book - hero, heroine or villian. Flannigan as Cox's obstuctive superior becomes quite annoying.

I really wanted to enjoy this book but I didn't.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Faces of the Gone

  • Carter Ross, Book 1
  • By: Brad Parks
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: That's the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims - an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama's boy - came from different parts of the city and didn't seem to know one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourites

  • By Odwa on 29-04-18

One of my favourites

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

Loved this book. I read book 4 first (The Girl Nextdoor) so I'd met most of the characters there already.

Loved them here too. Well developed and diverse characters with a great and gripping plot that pulls you in. Great narration also brings the characters to full high definition 3D life. Great work Brad and MacLeod!
...l wrote that last sentence as though I'm old friends with the author & narrator :)

If you're reading this review to see if the book is worth the read - it is! Happy listening.

  • Icarus

  • Benny Griessel, Book 5
  • By: Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

A gripping new Benny Griessel thriller from one of the world's finest crime writers. When Captain Benny Griessel is called in to investigate a multiple homicide, it pushes him close to his breaking point. A former friend and detective colleague has shot his wife and two daughters then killed himself. Benny wants out - out of his job, his home, and his relationship with his singer girlfriend, Alexa. He moves into a hotel and starts drinking again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will Benna make it through the crisis?

  • By Mrs. J. A. Palfree on 19-09-15

Can't get enough of Deon Meyer

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Brilliant 3d characters and a woven storyline that builds to a great twist & ending.

I can't get enough of South African writers and books. Deon has established himself as one of South Africa's best and indeed one of the world's best.

Great narration from Saul. Great book!!