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  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (840)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Boring - could be re-written in one chapter"
    Overall

    The title is exciting and the first chapter paints a good introduction into life in the 1660s but thereafter it is very, very slow. The info is repeated and reads like an advert for the Royal Society.

    8 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (278)

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Paula says: "Grand, Delightful, Wonderful Story!"
    "Fortune Cookie"
    Overall

    Once again Bryce Courtenay does it. A well researched, attention grabbing book expertly read by Humphrey Bower. Mr Bower turns a 4star book into 5 star listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wrack: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Bradley
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    While searching for the wreck of a Portuguese ship which could rewrite the history of Australia, archaeologist David Norfolk stumbles upon a corpse buried 50 years before. Determined to understand its connection to the ship, David uncovers a story of obsession, secrets and sexual passion.

    Derek says: "Wrack - Slow moving"
    "Wrack - Slow moving"
    Overall

    Full of facts but very slow moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assegai

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (18)

    It is 1913 and ex-soldier turned professional big game hunter Leon Courtney is in British East Africa guiding rich and powerful men from America and Europe on safaris in the Masai tribe territories. One of his clients, German industrialist Count Otto Von Meerbach, has a company which builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's burgeoning army. But Leon had not bargained for falling passionately in love with Eva, the Count's beautiful and enigmatic mistress.

    Derek says: "Assegai - A true African Safari Adventure"
    "Assegai - A true African Safari Adventure"
    Overall

    As I live in Africa, I can vouch for his knowledge of animals, the veld,koppies and the feel of Africa. He captures the harshness of the terrain and the history of the region and Southern Africa. - A truly great book

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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