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Marielouise

Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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  • Epiphany

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

At Christmas 1975 a group of Californian students experiment with LSD. One of them, Michael Quinn kidnaps the son of an English professor. When he is released from jail twenty years later, a mysterious young English woman named Joni Lascelles begins to ask questions that will unravel the past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply gloomy listen

  • By Marielouise on 06-02-09

Deeply gloomy listen

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-09

Yes David Hewson is a wonderful writer - love his Rome series - but this is a deeply and unrelentingly depressing listen. Maybe it would make more sense on the page but as an audio, it doesn't. Just a jumble of time periods, creepy loser characters. And why must he repeat phrases or words so often... is it a beatnik thing?

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Angels and Demons

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the Da Vinci Code!

  • By PinkMilk on 02-03-07

Great Religion vs Religious Yarn

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-08

Put your reasoning mind on hold and enjoy a roller-coaster ride to pure escapism... lots of fascinating titbits to mull over but lots of stuff that stretches just too far across the chasm of believability... just because the author establishes stuff early on (this character is a helicopter pilot and that character is a water polo player)doesn't make it any more feasible... How lucky is the main character to survive a tumble out of a helicopter from miles on high, clasping on to a bit of plastic canopy to land in water? How miraculous is his survival? Who else would find a large bit of plastic with handholds that would serve as a makeshift parachute? Okay, I admit... I have never been up in a helicopter, carrying a canister of anti-matter that will signal the end of the Vatican City, with no parachute... and in the same situation, I'd probably clutch my ipod and hope for the best!
There's lots of religion versus science debates that I wasn't so aware of when I read the book but which become so much more apparent when hearing the story.(Your eyes can skip over these paragraphs but when you're listening, all you can do is listen or fast forward... for some cruel reason, my Ipod kept returning to the beginning of the harping on religious stuff - so much so that I can recite it by heart...)(and I say this as a ex-Catholic so pls don't get all conspiracy theory on me) - All that aside, loved this audiobook and am kicking myself that I didn't listen to it before a recent visit to Rome...
And wondering when Dan Brown will write and publish his next book!!!

  • Cross Country

  • Alex Cross, Book 14
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Peter J Fernandez, Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Alex Cross is drawn into a bitter personal battle against corruption, conspiracy and savage violence in a chase that takes him through a vast and uncompromising landscape. When Cross is called to investigate a massacre-style murder scene, he is shocked to find that the victim is an old friend. Angry, hurt and more determined than ever, Cross begins the hunt for the perpetrators of this cruel crime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • American psychopathsdon't make the cut

  • By Marielouise on 24-10-08

American psychopathsdon't make the cut

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-08

Dr Alex Cross has gone international. Why? Maybe even James Patterson has realised the limits of his imagination in horrendous doings in American-bred ne'er-do'wells. Suddenly Dr Cross is in every African trouble spot of the past decade... cynical, moi? All I shall say is if I was a travel agent for African tours - I'd think about a new career. Few troubling items - First big massacre - it's in a Washington upmarket neighbourhood - lots of gunshots, screams, hoots of pure blood lust and yet no-one reported a thing??? Are you serious? Nosy neighbours (who are conveniently deaf for that night??? )turn up in their dressing gowns once the police assemble.

Second, when Dr Cross goes to Africa, he becomes a punching bag for every anti-American who roams the continent... why? How much can one body survive? Why is he even there? is this even likely?

Third, how easy he is - slutty Dr Cross. Loves Bree but without a second's thought, he's willing to spend the night with the woman journalist in Africa.

Fourth, Why wasn't a witch doctor thrown into the mix. We had everything else... corrupt customs officials, violent and corrupt police officers, an evil priest and even a conniving crocodile. Why not a witch doctor?

Fifth, who were the kidnappers at the end of his trip, when he's just minutes from his Washington home? CIA? UNICEF? Girl Guides Cookie Marketers? Who knows? I do know that I couldn't bear the tension in case Nana Cross (who must be about 110 by now) and all the junior Crosses had been killed off. Phew.... Once again, and surely against all odds, the Cross family survived more than any ordinary family should and got to enjoy homemade cookies.
Sixth, Given how hard it is to enter the US, how is it a gang of bad high-on-narcotic teen bandits from Nigeria can enter and move about at will, commit mayhem, leave and return easily??? Does no one check their hotel? Their purpose of visit?

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible

  • By: Andrew Britton
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Tensions between Pakistan and India are at an all-time high. To complicate matters, 12 American climbers have disappeared in the snow-capped peaks of Pakistan's Hindu Kush range. The president is demanding answers, but neither government is supplying them. In the wake of an unprecedented attack, Ryan Kealey's operation goes into high gear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3 for the author

  • By Glynn on 05-10-08

talking with clenched teeth isn't characterisation

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-08

Poor Mr Britton... he writes what is probably an amazing book, full of tension and political intrigue but somehow, some fool gave the narrator's job to one, Mr J. Charles... a narrator who decided that one character will be read throughout with clenched teeth (honestly!) to differentiate him from the others... one character (a woman) has a bizzare faux English accent and another has a sort of appalling French accent that is so toe-curlingly bad that it's embarrassing to listen to... result: 15 hours of wondering who the fool was who gave the narration job to Mr J. Charles... a person who delivers the same quality of narration as a seven year old would when told to stand up and read in front of a class. If there are audio police, I urge them to arrest the person who gave the job to Mr J. Charles and the man himself and charge them both with crimes against listeners everywhere.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Faithful Spy

  • John Wells, Book 1
  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPPING.........

  • By Shaun on 10-01-07

Stunning. Best spy/thriller have heard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-08

An absolutely brilliant audiobook. Totally believable. Characterisation rich - author gives a balanced view of both sides of this conflict through his characters - even the lesser characters are very believable, plot completely gripping, and yet I didn't want it to end.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Steal Away

  • By: Katharine Clark
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Nine-year-old David Stark has been snatched off the street in broad daylight. There is no apparent motive, no witnesses, and only one clue: his shiny red bicycle, lying on the side of the road. Rachel and Stephen Stark are already uneasy partners in a troubled marriage. Now they grow further apart, and Rachel must summon all her strength and courage, every ounce of rage and terror and anguish, into the desperate search for David.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • good plot but spoilt by drippy main character

  • By Marielouise on 01-09-08

good plot but spoilt by drippy main character

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-08

This has a good plot but it's spoilt by the main character who has all the strength of cooked pasta... it's difficult to like this creepy Stepford wife who, upon discovering her husband is having an affair with her sister, seems to be more bothered that she hasn't done his laundry. Ugh. No wonder the rest of the characters treat her with such contempt.

  • The Alexandria Link

  • Cotton Malone, Book 2
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives to lead the life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: " You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly brilliant...!

  • By Salter on 23-07-15

narrator murders story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-07

The narrator kills this story with his baffling insistence on reading every sentence with high drama making it exhausting and confusing to listen to. I would have rated the story higher... but it is completely spoilt by this narrator. Save your money and listen to another of the author's audiobooks.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful