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george

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Bathurst, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Nothing but the Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (235)

    When San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy gets a call saying his wife never picked the kids up from school, he's worried. Frannie's a great mother. Turns out there's a good explanation: She's in jail. Unbeknownst to her husband, Frannie has just appeared before a grand jury - and refused to share a crucial piece of information about her friend Ron, who's accused of killing his wife.

    MEMcL says: "Disappointing"
    "Great enterainmen for lovers of Courtroom banter!!"
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    This was my first John Lescroat (Dismas Hardy) drama and it has triggered a desire to read others. I am hoping they are just as interesting and worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kokoda

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Lewis FitzGerald
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

    Mark T Ryan says: "A Tribute to Fighting Australians"
    "Brilliant and Controversial"
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    Kokoda held my attention, nourished my intellect and was impossible to walk away from.
    Its agenda shone through but it never overwhelmed the narrative.

    The life of the Australian soldier (and militiaman) in tropical PNG was depicted with such truth and vitality, no one would question their valour or their worth. That Australia's wartime Commander in Chief (Blamey) publicly chose to do so, shamed him in the eyes of many, then and perhaps forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven L. Goldman
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    What is the greatest scientific idea of all?Because science has so dramatically altered how we live and how we think about ourselves, the answer may well be the very idea of science itself, because-just like science's most important achievements-it, too, needed to be thought about, perfected, and invented.

    Joey says: "Plenty for both lobes here"
    "Be inspired and informed!!"
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    Professor Goldman made me want to go back to the study of Science. His presentation, his knowledge and the love for his subject were obvious in every lecture. This is one lecture series that you cannot put down. I was lost with some of the complex scientific content, but, that just made me want to listen again and go and buy the notes that go with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mark Hyman, M.D.
    • Narrated By Mark Hyman, M.D.
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    In The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing not just diabetes but also heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer is balanced insulin levels. Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving wellness: nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind - and explains his revolutionary six-week healthy-living program.

    craig says: "Book is stats rather than solutions"
    "Sales pitch dressed up as health advice."
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    If it was a hard copy book I would have tossed it in the first refuse bin I came accross. Perhaps I am not suited to the "go to my website........blah blah blah" style. Luckily it was just $4.95

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (770)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Interesting but not in large chunks."
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    Life for the ordinary Soldier, Slave or Citizen in the world of the Ancients was just a tad above awful. Reading about (hearing about) it was interesting but I made the mistake ( i think) of listening to 5 or 6 lectures at each session.

    I will try again in 6 - 12 months and listen again, but only to one lecture per week. (Like a student would.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (388)

    It is 1648, a small village in the Alps: In the thick of a blizzard,a town priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength and scratches a sign in the frost that will lead the town hangman, his daughter, and the town physician in pursuit of a treasure of the Knights Templar. But the priest’s murderer is already on their trail, and he’s not the only one after the legendary fortune: a dark monk is not far behind,and a band of thieves is roving the countryside, attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic.

    Snoodely says: "The Real Discovery of Penicillin!"
    "Story Telling of the highest quality."
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    Read the Hangman's Daughter first to get a feel for this book.

    But even if you dont, this second story in the series will keep you riveted to your kindle or whatever else you use to listen to Grover Gardner, telling Oliver's stories.

    I enjoyed very minute!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1151)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "Extraordinary tale from long ago."
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    I discovered this Author by chance and bought the title as a special. Within a few chapters I was hooked and found it hard to put down. (I will add that Grover Gardner is a favourite of mine also.)

    The language , plot and characters are wonderfully woven and describe a period in European life that is long forgotten.

    I think the emphasis on ordinary people , their lives , their joys and fears endears me to the Author and his story.

    I have already purchased and read the second title - The Dark Monk.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 60-Episode Set

    • ORIGINAL (28 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By PDQ AudioWorks, Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Basil Rathbone
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    The world-famous sleuth is back in this astounding 60-episode collection (many previously believed to have been lost) direct from the original radio broadcasts. Featuring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, this collection contains nearly 30 hours of Old Time Radio broadcasting at its best. Digitally remastered from the original broadcast recordings, this amazing set is a true collector's item for Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere!

    Matthew says: "Out of order stories, but a good listen"
    "Intolerable due to alcohol Advertising"
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    My quest for Nostalgia couldn't help save this. The 60 second long adds for West coast Wine from the middle of last century were appalling. The genius of Conan Doyle's stories was unable to help the awful presentation. Lucky it only went to air once a week - any more often would have had the audience deserting radio for marathon running.

    3 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder: Inspector Singh Investigates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Shamini Flint
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Inspector Singh is in a bad mood. He's been sent from his home in Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to solve a murder that has him stumped. Chelsea Liew - the famous Singaporean model - is on death row for the murder of her ex-husband. She swears she didn't do it, he thinks she didn't do it, but no matter how hard he tries to get to the bottom of things, he still arrives back at the same place - that Chelsea's husband was shot at point blank range, and that Chelsea had the best motivation to pull the trigger:

    george says: "First in a set of Short Entertaining Crime Stories"
    "First in a set of Short Entertaining Crime Stories"
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    Shamini Flint is definitely worth the read.

    We get a loveable but regularly grumpy "cop" along with easily disliked killers from an author that leaves suspects, all over the place.

    Quirky and quick its certainly not maudlin at all for a murder mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

    Ian C Robertson says: "Another look at Route 66"
    "Fear travelled on the shoulder of every character."
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    The story of a family forced from their life as tenant farmers into the uncertainty of life chasing work in far off California is heartbreaking - no wonder it was banned - it showed the "lucky country" as one of destitution for the many and luxury for the few.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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