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  • The Visitor

  • Jack Reacher, Book 4
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Visitor by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army highflyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed the first two books more.

  • By Blue Snowflake on 04-03-2018

I'm a big fan of Reacher but...

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

Reviewed: 23-05-2018

...there were moments in this book that made him seem like such a clueless dolt, not the expert ex-military police officer we know him as. This made some scenes so unbearable to listen to, you might doubt this is actually a Reacher novel. His womanising nature is problematic here too, sometimes he comes across as barely controlling his sexual urges by veiling it in some half-hearted notion of chivalry. Nevertheless, the overall story did have an intriguing hook, was pretty enjoyable and kept me guessing until the end.

Unfortunately the narrator grated on me so badly. His voice has a cadence about it that makes every sentence sound like he's reading the book in some kind of bullet point format, or that he's recorded the thing one line at a time. On top of that his voice for Reacher I think is a big factor in making the character sound like an idiot. It looks like all these books are narrated by Jeff Harding, so I'll probably have to go back to reading instead of listening for the rest of the series.

  • The Egg

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

You were on your way home when you died.It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.And that’s when you met me." A short story about the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind. Blown.

  • By David on 26-02-2015

Mind. Blown.

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2015

It's been a month since I listened to this but I can't stop thinking about it.

This is potent storytelling.

2 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 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

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

Last minute saves abound!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2015

I enjoyed the premise of this book and the first few chapters hooked me, but as soon as the action begins, it quickly becomes a series of alternating last minute saves by either a dragon (if being attacked by the Chinese) or the Chinese (if being attacked by a dragon). I can take one or two of these scenarios playing out in an action story, but it happens over and over again and gets so predictable it becomes tedious.

The only other book I've read of Matthew Reilly is Ice Station, which was fantastic, but like another reviewer mentioned, a lot of his ideas are recycled here. Swap out the ice station for a zoo, killer whales for dragons, corrupt american military for Chinese security, putting an injured marine in a service chute to be rescued later for putting in injured CIA agent into a service chute to be rescued later, and a friendly helpful seal for a friendly helpful dragon. Oh and the obligatory child that needs saving, of course.

Okay to switch your brain off for, but beware if you've already read some of the authors other work.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Strain

  • Book One of the Strain Trilogy
  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously 'goes dark', stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it quickly becomes clear that everyone on board is dead - although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange ocurrence before panic spreads.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RON PERLMAN!

  • By David on 04-09-2014

RON PERLMAN!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-2014

What does Ron Perlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ron Perlman brings masterful narration to this book. His use of accents is outstanding and really helps bring the ethnicity of the characters to life in a way I just wouldn't be able to voice in my mind if reading the book. If Hellboy is reading it, I'm listening to it!

Any additional comments?

This story can really slow down and get repetitive in places, to the point where I found myself losing my concentration through certain chunks of the story. It is however a great one to listen to at night time for the creepiness of it all, and it can be quite grotesque when it conjures up the images of these infected blood suckers. Overall the story is great, and definitely worth continuing with the next two books in the series, whose pacing is much improved. It's just nice to have vampires back where they belong....burning up (not twinkling) in sunlight and scary as hell!