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  • Golf: Golf Strategies

  • The Perfect Swing: Golf Game Preparation
  • By: Ace McCloud
  • Narrated by: Joshua Mackey
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Are you tired of anger and frustration on the golf course? Do you wish you could play more consistently? Whether you want to (1) learn basic golf techniques, (2) improve your consistency, or (3) master the mental part of the game, this audiobook will teach you everything you need to know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For pros and novices alike!

  • By Sandra on 11-04-15

Stating the obvious

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

This audiobook has a very limited appeal. It is pitched at the level of someone who has played golf before, but really does not have a clue what they are doing - so maybe somebody who has watched a bit of golf on TV and attempted to play a couple of times.

In terms of the 'perfect swing' mentioned in the title, there is very little relating to that in the book. It actually advises the listener to go on YouTube and watch a video of Tiger Woods's swing - I am not kidding. Not a more attainable/sensible swing like Adam Scott, Justin Rose or Francesco Molinari.

I am not convinced that the author even knows much about golf, as it states the obvious throughout. Anyone who has played golf more than a handful of times is going to find this patronising. It is certainly pitched below the level of my 5 year old son.

  • Flashforward

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kathleen M Moon on 14-08-08

Great concepts, but lacking in other areas

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15


The concept of this book is interesting and innovative, and it is clearly founded on a good understanding of physics. The style of writing is very much that of an analytical person. You are more likely to hear about the colour of a wall or a desk than a smell or emotion. At times the writing seems to descend into a list of bullet points.

However, the audience for this book is likely to consist of quite analytically minded people, who may not be bothered by the slightly cold tone. A physics qualification will come in handy as complex concepts are explored at length in sometimes incongruous conversations.

The date on the audiobook is 2009, but his was written in 1999, and the author has failed to grasp many of the basic advancements made between those years. Indeed many predictions for 2030 are behind the reality of 2015. It has aged surprisingly badly.

The most annoying aspect of all was that book is sprinkled with predictions that are patently absurd. Sitting alongside well considered and perceptive thoughts, they shatter the illusion.

The narrator was generally fine, but seemed to produce brutish European accents, of which there were many, and also a few mispronunciations.

My ratings are a tad on the low side. Out of 10 I would have given 7, but I can't bring myself to give 4/5.

  • The Hangman's Revolution

  • W.A.R.P. Book 2
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Young FBI agent Chevie Savano arrives back in modern-day London after a time-trip to the Victorian age, to find the present very different from the one she left. Europe is being run by a Facsist movement known as the Boxites, who control their territory through intimidation and terror. Chevie's memories come back to her in fragments, and just as she is learning about the WARP program from Professor Charles Smart, inventor of the time machine, he is killed by secret service police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good yarn

  • By Runabout 66 on 26-03-18

A decent sequel

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

Reviewed: 25-09-15

This was an entertaining follow up to the first book in the series, dealing very thoroughly with the themes opened in the first book. One slightly odd development is required in order to keep the new story on track, but this was acceptable in the circumstances.

The tone of this book seemed to alter at around chapter 12, when a tense situation dissolved into comedy. It was amusing, but humour detracts from tension and diluted the suspense. Some of the subsequent twists and turns led my mind to start imagining the characters in the cartoon form, as this seemed more accurate as things became less 'realistic' as it were.

So overall it was good, enjoyable and I expect I would buy the next in the series too, yet the first book was obviously better.

The narration was excellent, although there were a few points where the acoustics seemed to alter as if re-voiced in different conditions, so a slight production issue there.

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,193

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

An alternative view

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-12

After seeing the other reviews on here, I almost feel like I should apologise for not giving this book 5 stars... almost...



There are some awesome moments in this book, but for me the pace was just too slow. It's nice to have some detail, but even the action scenes are interrupted by tangents upon tangents, and well... that is not for me. I did finish it, but it took a certain degree of perseverance.



A large proportion of this book is about the life of a schoolteacher, which I found an utterly tedious expedition into a life even duller than my own. The download was split into 4 parts, as was the story, and for those who find that it starts to drag, I would advise skipping to part 3, which is where the backstory ends and the actual story begins. The last two parts are a class apart and should not be missed.



The narration was very good overall, although a few of the accents were a little odd, particularly George de Mohrenschildt, who's accent took a meandering route across Eastern Europe! A final note to say that Stephen King's research of the subject matter was impeccable, and his personal message at the end of the book is a nice touch which makes completing the audiobook rewarding.

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  • Superbird

  • By: Brian Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson & Steven Pacey
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

A spaceship lands on a strange planet and everyone on it dies - except for one person. She helps the people of the planet to build their own spaceship, and returns home in it. But when she is back home with her own people, the real trouble begins.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is an English learning book

  • By Gavin on 20-07-12

This is an English learning book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-12

Audible has failed to point out that this is an English learning book! The lesson is to check the description and reviews on other sites as well.

From Amazon: "Award-winning original fiction for learners of English. At seven levels, from Starter to Advanced, this impressive selection of carefully graded readers offers exciting reading for every student's capabilities. A spaceship crashes on a strange planet. The only survivor, Mary Mount, is taken prisoner by an alien civilization. In time she is allowed to return to her old planet with some of her new friends. But when they arrive back at her home, the plan seems to have changed. And Mary doesn't receive the welcome she expects."