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Michelle

Dickson, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Endgame: The End of The Debt Supercycle And How It Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mauldin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (371)

    Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us?As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I.

    Lloyd says: "The Best Explanation of what's Happening Now"
    "Scary but riveting"
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    This book was written at the end of 2010; however, it is as relevant now as it was back then. Their summary of what is happening/could happen in Greece is spot on. It makes you re-evaluate what can happen over the next few years. Being forewarned is a powerful advantage. One of those books that you need to listen to twice to get ever point and detail.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1808)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1511)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Totally absorbing"
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    I listened to Winds of War followed immediately by this War and Remembrance. This meant over 100 hours of story. The time passed so quickly and I would often find myself sitting in the car at the end of my driving listening to the story rather than getting out of the car.

    Fantastic story telling, brilliant narrator and a history lesson unlike any I had experienced before. All the characters - both likeable or not - were real and vivid. Story telling at its very best. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tony Park
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Richard, Carmel and Liesl are an unlikely trio with a complex shared past. They met while working in Rwanda during the genocide. Now the three are back together, united both by a photograph and attempts on their lives. After receiving a summons from the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda, someone has tried to kill both Carmel and Richard. Could this be connected to the photograph they saw in Rwanda, or to the summons?

    Michelle says: "No where as good as his earlier books"
    "No where as good as his earlier books"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved Tony Park's early books ( I did a review of one before). However, his last two books have become some what formulaic in their storyline and characters. I guessed what was going to happen at the end because of knowledge of his previous style. This is really disappointing as I had thought he was going to be the modern day Wilbur Smith. I think he needs to go back to delivering a well-thought our idea rather than trying to churn out a book every year.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Rather predictable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator resorts to really stereotypical accents when he is doing a different accent. The Australian female is embarrassingly Aussie (I live here, so know how bad it is) and his South African Afrikaaner accent again is extreme.Also, being married to someone who grew up in Africa and with family still living there, I was really disappointed by the inaccurate pronunciation of many words and places (Oke, Nelspruit).


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    The story was okay, but I hope he can get back to his best again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2645)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1277)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Greta says: "Get the "Paper Book" instead."
    "Hard to get into as an audiobook"
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    I listen to audiobooks as I'm driving to and from work. I usually find them easy to get into (whether they are fiction or non-fiction) and quite absorbing. I tried several times to listen to this book, but constantly found myself drifting off and thinking about other things. Maybe the paper version would have be different, but this is the first book I've bought from Audible that I have never finished.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (319)

    Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

    Catherine says: "An Amazing Story & Narration"
    "History, humanity, cruelty and hope"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Nazi Officer's Wife to be better than the print version?

    I listened to this book mesmerized by Edith's story and having to tell myself that this wasn't fiction. Her strength of character through unbelievable hardships shines through. life under Nazi Germany came alive in this book. The cruelty of mankind towards people who are different was evident throughout. A must listen to book. Narrator was excellent. Totally believable, inspirational and not over-dramatic. This story will stay with me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact it was a true story


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Delta

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Tony Park
    • Narrated By Mark Davis
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    After a failed assassination attempt on the president of Zimbabwe, ex-soldier-turned-mercenary Sonja Kurtz is on the run and heads for her only place of refuge, the Okavango Delta in the heart of Botswana. She's looking to rekindle a romance with her childhood sweetheart, safari camp manager Sterling Smith, and desperately wants a fresh start and to leave her perilous warrior lifestyle behind. But Sonja discovers her beloved Delta is on the brink of destruction. Soon Sonja finds herself caught in a deadly web of intrigue....

    Lia says: "Amazing book"
    "Another great adventure from Tony Park"
    Overall

    If you have never heard of Tony Park, you probably soon will. His novels are the 21st century answer to Wilbur Smith - full of larger than life, but relatable, heroes - and the narrators do a good job too. I just wish all of his other books were available as an audiobook. Very enjoyable escapism.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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