LISTENER

Orca

  • 8
  • reviews
  • 3
  • helpful votes
  • 20
  • ratings
  • Change Agent

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

New York Times best-selling author Daniel Suarez delivers an exhilarating sci-fi thriller exploring a potential future where CRISPR genetic editing allows the human species to control evolution itself. On a crowded train platform, Interpol agent Kenneth Durand feels the sting of a needle - and his transformation begins....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Comfortably Numb

  • By Orca on 27-06-2017

Comfortably Numb

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

Reviewed: 27-06-2017

Having grabbed some interesting ideas about the near future, Suarez applies a creaky narrative and expects the reader to tag along. Prepare to be dumbed down and disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spook Street

  • Slough House, Book 4
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. And he's not as defenceless as they might think. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. 'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of no-hopers at Slough House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laconic prose brings the binds of toil to life

  • By Orca on 21-05-2017

Laconic prose brings the binds of toil to life

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2017

Mick Herron's series is a fine read/listen for those who enjoy the illumination of the culpable character - fallen along the way into a sort of lost and found, stumbling toward deliverance of past wrongs and failings through good deeds, or at least those that will avoid iniquity.

All through a lens of acerbic wit that, at least to this Londoner, sound as close to home as Orwell and Greene, the writers as well as the poncey grocers.

Seán Barrett is consistently ace.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo. When he wakes up life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If not for James Franco...

  • By Justine on 12-07-2017

Especially creepy in this brave new world

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

Reviewed: 04-05-2017

Funny how the crazy politics of this fine old school King text resonate with the current climate. James Franco's narration is perfect.

  • Thin Air

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

The Himalayas, 1935. Kangchenjunga. Third-highest peak on earth. Greatest killer of them all. Five Englishmen set off from Darjeeling, determined to conquer the sacred summit. But courage can only take them so far - and the mountain is not their only foe. As the wind dies, the dread grows. Mountain sickness. The horrors of extreme altitude. A past that will not stay buried. And sometimes, the truth does not set you free.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A poor cousin to Dark matter

  • By Orca on 06-03-2017

A poor cousin to Dark matter

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2017

It's a shame to get to the end of this book without any of the feelings of Michele Paver's former ghost story, Dark Matter. In several ways this is a faint photocopy of that fine book.

Cannot recommend, because Dark Matter exists, and if you want a great ghost story, go straight to it.

Paver's other books, especially the Wolf Brother series are so brilliant, this is not written with the same conviction nor their finely hewn prose.

  • The Survivor

  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Top-secret data has been stolen from the CIA, and the only man who knows its hiding place is dead. CIA operative Mitch Rapp must race to find the classified information in this blistering novel that picks up where The Last Man left off in Vince Flynn's New York Times best-selling series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rote thriller

  • By Orca on 10-07-2016

Rote thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-07-2016

Moderately entertaining pulp fiction of the genre elevated by one of the best narrators in the business. Sometimes that's all it takes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a 'carny' in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss, and your first heartbreak.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my loved version of King.

  • By Anonymous User on 15-01-2019

Sentimental journey

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

Reviewed: 13-05-2016

Fine writer, fine narrator. This is a sweet and sentimental story. My favourite parts of the writing were in the first half. Narration is fantastic throughout.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Switch

  • Joe Ledger, Book 8
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to 10 major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come. And in that terrible darkness, a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions. At the same time, the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder, and suicide.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why?

  • By Orca on 09-05-2016

Why?

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

Reviewed: 09-05-2016

Where is the editor, the discipline, the originality? Whenever it began to get interesting the author slammed the door back down, leaving us with platitudes and truly bad writing for three times the length this plot needed to be.

  • The Shadow Patrol

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead he blew himself up, taking the station's most senior officers with him. Now, more than two years later, the station is still floundering, agents are dying, and at Langley the CIA's chiefs wonder if the unthinkable has happened, if somehow the Taliban has infiltrated the station.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Orca on 21-02-2016

Good

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2016

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sure

Would you recommend The Shadow Patrol to your friends? Why or why not?

I came in at 12 Days, which was more mature, denser, more engaging. This feels a bit thin by comparison.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances? How does this one compare?

George is great.

Any additional comments?

Good but not great. Maybe start at 12 Days and follow with The Wolves