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Paul

Waurn Ponds, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1976)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1246)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "A Masterwork - across two parts."
    Overall

    I have just finished listening to 'All Clear'.... and am still buzzing hours later... I loved every moment of it.

    Blackout as other reviewers have said is 'part one' and doesn't come to any resolution. Think of when 'The Fellowship of the Ring' ends and you know you have two more books of the Lord of the Rings to go. The first book doesn't resolve anything, just sets up lots of characters and plots....which is what Connie Willis does here. The first few reviewers who's disappointment I have read here must have had no idea a second book was weeks/days away from being available. I couldn't wait for 'All Clear' to be available. 'Blackout' would be disappointing without 'All Clear', so plan on getting both, you won't be disappointed.

    The narration is just fantastic, The characters are just as detailed and believable as her previous books. The writing is Connie Willis at her best. Blackout is embedded with subplots that the reader is allowed to enjoy alone, but offer no idea what the heck they are about until the last half of 'All Clear'. For this this just makes it all the more enjoyable.

    Get 'Blackout' AND 'All Clear' and encourage Connie Willis to write more books....

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (891)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (605)

    The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.

    Glenda says: "A Must Have Series!!!"
    "Worth the wait"
    Overall

    Damn... Weber is getting better. This one takes the series to new places and promises much more to come. The writing is much more exciting and in audiobook form... this one is actually thrilling..... I loved it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Flags of Our Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Bradley, Ron Powers
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (98)

    In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.

    Patti says: "History in Real Life"
    "Excellent and a key book for any History Library"
    Overall

    Excellent account about real people in an unreal situation: Famous for doing something they had no idea would be seen as significant. This is an brilliant addition to any military history enthusiast's library. 'Flags of Our Fathers' brilliantly encapsulates how history and myth are created. History as an agent of people and their own agendas, so far removed from 'facts and figures'.

    Other reviews have criticised the narration. I can't understand why. The narrator's voice is varied and interesting, with reasonable characterisations and accents. Is is certainly appropriate for any audiobook in this genre.

    The story itself is somewhat nostalgic, but given the fact that the author is the son of one of the men involved, this is to be expected when significant parts of the story are auto-biographical of their family. Still, these elements blend seamlessly into a thorough account of these men's lives and help greatly to build up a clear account of the men and their experiences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By James Goss
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (885)
    Story
    (878)

    This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

    Paul says: "Brilliant story and well crafted audiobook"
    "Brilliant story and well crafted audiobook"
    Overall

    This is amongst the best few of the Dr Who audio books to date. The story is very good and sufficiently different from the myriad others it joins in the Dr Who universe to include a few surprises. What make it a stand out is how the story is written as though the narrative is a retrieved 'audiotape' made by the Dr. This of course lends itself perfectly to the audio book format, and the opportunity it presents was not wasted in the audio book production. Thus, whilst not quite an audio-play (as are a few of the Torchwood audio books) Dead Air is more than just a narration of the book/script.

    As with all recent Dr Who scripts & books, Dead Air is a little derivative of the types of plot elements that have worked in the past. This is manifest in the type and nature of the alien foe, local human characters and setting for the story. This is fine though... The formula makes it a classic style Dr Who story with a new and interesting storyline. If anything, my only disappointment was that the story was so short. Yes it was priced accordingly, but a story this good could have been built upon and improved.

    Of the dozens of Dr Who stories on audible, this is one for any listener. A good one-off for a non-Dr Who fan's collection, or a key addition for someone who enjoys the genre.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (395)

    This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

    Kent Valandra says: "The Best"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    This book is brilliant. If you enjoy military history, you MUST add this book to your library. Brilliant!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Mighty Fortress: Safehold Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (411)

    Young Cayleb Ahrmahk has accomplished things few people could even dream of. Not yet even thirty years old, he’s won the most crushing naval victories in human history. He’s smashed a hostile alliance of no less than five princedoms and won the hand of the beautiful young Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm. Cayleb and Sharleyan have created the Charisian Empire, the greatest naval power in the history of Safehold, and they’ve turned Charis into a place of refuge for all who treasure freedom.

    Gerco says: "A very long story of absolutely nothing"
    "A fine addition to the Series."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. It is a long book and spends a great deal of time spinning subplots and fleshing out minor characters. Compared to the other novels in the Safehold Series 'A mighty Fortress' is light-on for major events, except of course for a myriad murders, purges, escapes, executions, intrigues, weapons development, plots, counter plots and the obligatory climactic sea battle. Yes as other reviews have said, there is a huge amount of dialogue between characters. Lots of pondering morality, weighting right verses wrong in the light of whatever is going on.... But hell that is what Weber has been writing about all along. so A might Fortress is more character development than action. Well that same can be said for books in the middle of the Honor Harrington and Prince Roger series. On its' own a little long-winded. However considered within the Safehold Series as a whole, A Mighty fortress is a worthwhile progression that adds depth and a myriad possibilities to the overall narrative. This is why I enjoyed the book. This book offers many more possibilities for the rest of the series. Without which, it might just be a little too predictable.

    However I too had some issue with the narration. It could be better. Especially the pronunciation of 'Valet' (with a silent 't') and several other commonly used words of non-American origin. And yes some of the accents.... The original narrator was easier to follow... Still I look forward to the next installment .

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Vietnam: The Australian War

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Paul Ham
    • Narrated By Peter Byrne
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Drawing on hundreds of accounts by soldiers, politicians, aid workers, entertainers and the Vietnamese people, Paul Ham reconstructs for the first time the full history of our longest military campaign. From the commitment to engage, through the fight over conscription and the rise of the anti - war movement, to the tactics and horror of the battlefi eld, Ham exhumes the truth about this politicians' war - which sealed the fate of 50,000 Australian servicemen and women.

    A User says: "Fascinating detailed account"
    "Brilliant and Entertaining"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating book. Certainly it is a book about the Australian Army's war, but it also details the context of Australia's decision to become involved. The book covers the background in Australia including; domestic politics, conscription, the peace movement, families of service personnel, the media, etc. There is a relatively balanced discussion of the the North Vietnamese perspective and and their attitudes to Australia's involvement. The book covers, all of the significant actions, the use of weapons such as napalm, cluster bombs, tanks, and chemical defoliants. There is an excellent chapter on the impact of the service personal and the Vietnamese themselves of these and other chemicals. Overall it is a fascinating book. Some of the stories anger you, frustrate you and others make you laugh. The narration is fantastic. Peter Byrne offers listeners dead-pan statements, lively characterisations and emotive oration all when appropriate. Even thought the material is occasionally dry, the treatment given by both the text and narration make this easy to listen to from start to finish. If you want a book about battles only, you will be skipping forward often. however if you want to know about the war from the perspective of individual soldiers, civilians, prostitutes, politicians, children, etc, you will get a lot out of this book. I recommend it to anyone who lived military history, Australian history or just loves a well written, non-fiction essay about people who's experiences are as amazing as they are so very human.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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