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Brian

BALMORAL,Brisbane Australia

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  • 266 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • Billy, Alfred, and General Motors: The Story of Two Unique Men, A Legendary Company, and a Remarkable Time in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By William Pelfrey
    • Narrated By Dickson Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (54)

    You couldn't find two more different men. Billy Durant was the consummate salesman, a brilliant wheeler-dealer with grand plans, unflappable energy, and a fondness for the high life. Alfred Sloan was the intellectual, an expert in business strategy and management, master of all things organizational. Together, this odd couple built perhaps the most successful enterprise in U.S. history, General Motors, and with it an industry that has come to define modern life throughout the world.

    Ray says: "Not Only an Automotive History"
    "Great Story"
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    I really liked this book about the history of not only one of the most significant companys in history but the lives of these two key players.

    Not only did we get the history of GM but the history of the motor car in the American incarnation. It is a historical story, really well read, I really like the soft reading when quoting actual characters, and it kept moving.

    An enriching experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2363)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1069)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Trish says: "one new idea"
    "Everyone can Benefit .."
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    We all procrastinate .... This book though not earth shattering would be of value for EVERYONE ... because we all could use our time better and be so much more satisfied with our lives as a result .... This book was interesting and useful very well worth a credit or a purchase

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "A Ripping Yarn …."
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    The characters in this book, most not particularly likeable, were just complex enough to grip you with interest yet not feel that they were unreal. I really liked the dialog - again some shy from the coarse language but this is the way people talk. The way people curse tells a lot about the character.

    The Ripping yarn I believe comes from the interweaving of the many characters, shades of Ken Follett, relationships horizontal and vertical, is up and down the generations and across community.

    The narration was really excellent, even, flowing and subtle with each character. The story though not much fun, kept me intrigued as to wanting to know what was going to happen next - to me it was an audio page turner .

    A story with guts, some humour, intrigue, an I felt immersed and absorbed in the world of the the English midlands.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (178)

    Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

    Anne says: "Listen and learn"
    "Excellent Entertainment"
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    This is a great story. Ken Follett's stories are magnificent, the characters woven with the history is so stimulating. I really liked the interweaving of the cultures, nationality and classes. The children of the characters of the first book grow and take centre stage.

    I really like the way Audio books makes really large books accessible, I used to find them daunting , now I enjoy the alone times in cars, in motels, doing the washing and ironing and sharing the time with "my friends" in these long wonderful stories ...

    If you read the first ... you cannot miss this one.

    Brian

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3079)
    Performance
    (2684)
    Story
    (2723)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Interesting to read after Mathew Corbett Novels"
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    Swan Song was and interesting "post-apocalyptic" story as I have not read one before and have avoided them in the past ... I got a bit confused with the whole "Friend" character and I thought it was overly long. I agree with another reviewer that the story is not too dated given it was written in 1987.

    Still I persisted and found it enjoyable but the problem for me is that I am 3 out 4 into the Mathew Corbett series which I think are just "Ripping Yarns" and absolutely adore them.
    So this earlier work I found dragged a little.

    I enjoyed the linking of the 3 sometime 4 separate adventures of the different characters and thought the narration was well done. I think Robert McCammon's characters are always very interesting.

    Brian
    Brisbane, Aust

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Matt Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (181)

    Mark Twain's engaging novel about Tom Sawyer, a young, mischievous boy with a nose for trouble and a heart of gold. One of the most enduring American novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a jaunty, free-wheeling story that exemplifies the life of a young boy on the frontier in the mid 1800s.

    Craig says: "Entertaining Classic"
    "An old favorite !"
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    The old great story ... good to hear again .... We have probably all read this when we were younger and it is really nice to listen to it performed and relive it all again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • New Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (423)

    Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

    John says: "New Tricks"
    "Great plot and humour"
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    Rosenfelt's style is very enjoyable combining humour with an interesting plot ... even though you tend to have the solution only at the end ... the journey is really enjoyable as his wise cracking self effacing style is just as pleasant as the story ...

    I use his book as a break in between longer sagas.

    Brian, Brisbane, Australia

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (500)

    Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

    paul says: "Skeptical at 1st, Enjoyed every moment"
    "Excellent Story, History & performance sheer joy ."
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    I thought this was so enjoyable, listening to the accents of the 3 different readers, the weaving of the story, the danger, and the strong feelings of humanity and connectivity.

    I knew the Film was our and it was great to listen to the story first. Brian (Australia)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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