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  • Past Tense

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Past Tense by Lee Child. From number one best seller Lee Child, the thrilling new blockbuster featuring hero Jack Reacher. Reacher, the eternal drifter, happens by chance on the small New Hampshire town he remembers his father was supposed to have come from. But when he starts looking for his dad's old home, he finds there's no record of anyone named Reacher ever having lived there.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to earlier Reacher

  • By Luke on 11-11-2018

Not up to earlier Reacher

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

Reviewed: 11-11-2018

I know Reacher is all about over-thinking and to a certain extent coincidental meetings, but this one is stretched.

Two separate (and by Child’s standards; predictable) narratives only intertwined by absolute chance. A bit much.

Further, why is every character starting to sound like Reacher? The repetition and runaround with unrealistic dialogue gets excruciating at times. And the narrator doesn’t help with a bland, inflected tone.

It’s an ok listen, but going through the motions and none of it holds up under scrutiny.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 983

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
  • Average book: Classic Dan Brown

  • By Anonymous User on 31-10-2017

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 19-10-2017

This is a dull, very drawn out story with incredibly poor dialogue and clear 'fill' and repetition. Chapter 20 and still nothing of suspense or intrigue has happened save a self indulgent tour through the museum.

The 'twists' and 'reveals' are so obviously telegraphed throughout, particularly the ending. I kept waiting for the 'real twist' but sadly...no.

For all their faults, I loved Deception, Angels and Demons and Da Vinci, but this is worse than Inferno. Much worse.

The narration is exceptional.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Four Legendary Kingdoms

  • Jack West Jr, Book 4
  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

Jack West Jr and his family are living happily on their remote farm when Jack is brutally kidnapped and awakes in an underground cell to find a masked attacker with a knife charging at him. Jack, it seems, has been chosen - along with a dozen other elite soldiers - to compete in a series of deadly challenges designed to fulfil an ancient ritual. With the fate of the Earth at stake, he will have to traverse diabolical mazes, fight cruel assassins and face unimaginable horrors that will test him like he has never been tested before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack West does it again...

  • By Lorraine on 04-11-2016

Trash

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

Reviewed: 08-11-2016

Oh boy, what a mess.

A poor mix of The Hunger Games, a little villain straight from James Bond, Mad Max, Indiana Jones, unexplained plot, stupid dialogue, screenplay style and endless repetition.

Awful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Zoo of China

  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for 40 years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world.Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr Cassandra Jane 'CJ' Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping from start to finish.

  • By Emily Webb on 09-08-2015

Awful

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

Reviewed: 11-08-2016

Jurassic Park without the originality or intelligence. Reilly's thirst for a blockbuster movie is evident, with this filling every cliche, poor character and repetitive nonsensical description possible.

Nothing saves it.

It's so poorly written and predictable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful