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Donn Edwards

Johannesburg, South Africa
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  • Father Christmas and Me

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

It isn't always easy growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold. But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it's up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it's too late....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Technical Issue Spoils a Great Story

  • By Donn Edwards on 24-12-17

Technical Issue Spoils a Great Story

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

Reviewed: 24-12-17

There is no gap between each chapter. Not even a second. It detracts from a great narrator and a wonderful story. I hope Audible can fix it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Bigger Leaner Stronger

  • The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body
  • By: Michael Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeff Justus
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

Michael Matthews' number one best-selling natural bodybuilding book with more than 400,000 copies sold. If you want to build muscle, lose fat, and look great as quickly as possible without steroids, good genetics, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on supplements ... regardless of your age ... then you want to listen to this book. Building muscle and burning fat isn't as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. This book is the shortcut. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Music Man on 28-09-15

Excellent, Practical Advice

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

While I don't agree with every word Michael Matthews says, I think he is right on the money with most things. He does have a more "sales pitch" writing style than UK audiences might be comfortable with, but he still maintains his integrity and honest statement of the facts.

Jeff Justus does a great job narrating the book and adding the right amount of inspiration and determination in his voice.

If you bought the first edition, download it again to get the updated audio and ignore the incorrect publishing information on Audible. The first edition was 5 hours long. The second is 11 hours.

  • The Ghost

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

The moment I heard how McAra died I should have walked away. I can see that now...'The narrator of Robert Harris's gripping new novel is a professional ghostwriter - cynical, mercenary, and with a nice line in deadpan humour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes me think again about the British PM

  • By Donn Edwards on 05-07-15

Makes me think again about the British PM

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

This is an excellent book, well read by Michael Jayston, who does a superb job.

The plot is plausible, in spite of the involvement of the usual american three letter agencies, and the story unfolds in a natural, unforced way. The ending is particularly poignant. Thoroughly enjoyable.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • SpaceX, Tesla, and the Holy Grail
  • By: Daniel Alef
  • Narrated by: Baron Ron Herron
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Elon Musk is the man behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, multi-billion dollar companies he founded. Although he is now a multi-billionaire, his objective has never been to amass great wealth, but to save humanity. Writing in the Smithsonian, Carl Hoffman noted: "He does not laugh or crack a smile when he says this. There is no hint of irony."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is awful

  • By Donn Edwards on 24-05-15

Narrator is awful

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

Reviewed: 24-05-15

I'm sorry but I can't listen to this the narrator doesn't pause before each section so its a bit like reading and entire book with no paragraph breaks no punctuation and no organisation of any sort so i will requesting a refund Elon Musk deserves better than this

  • Mr Midshipman Hornblower

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Shaking off this label, a shy and lonely 17-year-old, Horatio Hornblower, embarks on a memorable career in Nelson's navy on HMS Justinian. In action, adventure, and battle he is forged into one of the most formidable junior officers in the service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Warm Breeze Blowing in From the Past!

  • By Simon on 21-10-18

Horatio Hornblower (chronological order) Book 1

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

Reviewed: 21-07-14

For some reason this book is not currently listed as Book 1 in the Horatio Hornblower series.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Ship of the Line

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 123

Her Majesty's ship Sutherland is a humdrum ship of the line. But in command is none other than the heroic Captain Hornblower and, with his crew from the Lydia, he looks set to take on commando raids, hurricanes at sea, and Napoleons's gun batteries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffhanger Alert

  • By Donn Edwards on 21-07-14

Cliffhanger Alert

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

Reviewed: 21-07-14

Warning! If You start this book be prepared to buy "Flying Colours" as well, since the book ends with a cliffhanger that is resolved in the next book.

Christian Rodska does an amazing job reading the Hornblower novels. This book is no exception. He really brings C S Forester's wonderful prose to life, and it is thoroughly enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Commodore

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

In the ninth instalment of the series, C.S. Forester transports us to the quaint village of Smallbridge. Predictably restless and eager to embark on his next adventure, Horatio Hornblower dreams of returning to the seas and commanding his next ship. Now happily married to Lady Barbara Leighton and widely celebrated for his recent successes with the navy, Hornblower has been knighted and appointed a commodore. Fortunately for Horatio, his uneventful days as village squire are soon interrupted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complete and Enjoyable

  • By Donn Edwards on 21-07-14

Complete and Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 21-07-14

Once again Christian Rodska does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and reading the story very well. I am also glad to report that the "missing chapter 23" has been fixed and the story is complete.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, and have enjoyed the series immensely thus far.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!!!

  • By Chris on 03-03-14

Exciting story, but relies too much on exotic tech

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

I have enjoyed all Daniel Suarez's books, and I think that Jeff Gurner does a fantastic job narrating the story. The main ideas in the book are plausible and disturbing, but I wish that the story didn't rely so much on exotic technology relating to gravity. It got a bit much after a while. Still, I enjoyed the book and found it absorbing and thought provoking.

  • Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 2

  • 1962-1994
  • By: Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Kofi Annan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 135

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly recreates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. From his beginning in the Transkei to his being taken to Robben Island, this is the remarkable story of how a man rose so far, only to be sentenced to life imprisonment. Emotive and compelling, this is the story of an epic life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insulting Phoney Accent, Great History

  • By Donn Edwards on 10-12-13

Insulting Phoney Accent, Great History

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

Reviewed: 10-12-13

The publishers can now rename themselves as Hatchet audio for the singularly dreadful choice of narrator. While he does a better job than Danny Glover, it is only marginally better. I simply cannot fathom why the publishers couldn't have found a South African narrator to do the reading. There are plenty of good ones.

Any narrator who reads a South African novel and cannot manage simple words like "veld" and "Drakensberg" should not bother to apply. And the phony black accent is insulting. Really insulting. Didn't they learn anything by reading the book?

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1

  • 1918-1962
  • By: Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Kofi Annan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly recreates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. From his beginning in the Transkei to his being taken to Robben Island, this is the remarkable story of how a man rose so far, only to be sentenced to life imprisonment. Emotive and compelling, this is the story of an epic life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful Narrator, Great History

  • By Donn Edwards on 10-12-13

Dreadful Narrator, Great History

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

Reviewed: 10-12-13

The publishers can now rename themselves as Hatchet audio for the singularly dreadful choice of narrator. While he does a better job than Danny Glover, it is only marginally better. I simply cannot fathom why the publishers couldn't have found a South African narrator to do the reading. There are plenty of good ones.

Any narrator who reads a South African novel and cannot manage simple words like "veld" and "Drakensberg" should not bother to apply. And the phony black accent is insulting. Really insulting. Didn't they learn anything by reading the book?

10 of 11 people found this review helpful