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Brodie

An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

Mornington, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Columbus: The Four Voyages

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laurence Bergreen
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
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    (39)
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    (44)

    From the author of the Magellan biography, Over the Edge of the World, a mesmerizing new account of the great explorer. Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history.

    David says: "Does exactly what you want"
    "Brings history to life while boring to death"
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    Look, history is dry it is dead it is the past and, most of all we have to make many assumptions. This is either a historical work with a spoonful of swash buckling or a rather tepid tale of discovery and the misery that was inflicted in the name of Spain and the Church. Either way it is hard work with limited entertainment value. For those into history, assuming the bare bone facts are true, blow of the dust and enjoy. For those expecting a little more colour and seamanship, look for another tale.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Maya Codex

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Adrian d'Hagé
    • Narrated By Jim Daly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (20)
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    (19)
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    .Deep in the Guatemalan jungle lies the Maya Codex, an ancient document containing a terrible warning for civilisation. Archaeologist Dr. Aleta Weizman is desperately searching for the codex, but powerful forces in Washington and Rome will do anything to stop her. When CIA agent Curtis O'Connor joins Aleta in her dangerous quest, he also becomes a target. Both Weizman and O'Connor know that the earth will align with a massive black hole at the centre of the galaxy on the winter solstice, December 2012 - just as the Mayans predicted.

    Matthew says: "The end is neigh!"
    "Good writing needs good research and this has it"
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    d'Hage is certainly an accomplished writer and well worth the listen. The trouble is, his subject matter had a grain of 'possibility' before we passed a certain period of time. Now that time has passed and the predictive elements no longer apply and all becomes a bit whimsical. But the charters are rich and there is a level of plausibility that sits like a thin layer of cream on the milk jug. Make sure you listen to the three books in order and they will hold you like Clancy does (did).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Year Island

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Draker
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
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    (182)
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    Ten strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned island overrun by wildlife. One dies in a horrible accident. Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds once before. One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed. Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the greatest danger on the island... each other.

    Terri Berg says: "Wow, just wow!"
    "Edge sitter certainly, listen hard or be confused"
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    This book certainly holds your attention but in that Reality Show kind of way....you don't want to watch(listen) but you have to. That is what makes it endearing even if the characters are all cliches, the situation impossible and the conclusion, well listen and you will know. Worth a listen? Well if you are sick in bed, why not.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Ship: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William Brinkley
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    (67)
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    The unimaginable has happened: the world has been plunged into all-out nuclear war. Sailing near the Arctic Circle, the USS Nathan James is relatively unscathed, but the future is grim and Captain Thomas is facing mutiny from the tattered remnants of his crew. With civilization in ruins, he urges those that remain - 152 men and 26 women - to pull together in search of land. Once they reach safety, however, the men and women on board realize that they are the earth's last remaining survivors.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Sailor Beware"
    "Shakespear meets Mathew Rielly"
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    You will need to carry an Oxford Dictionary if you are to siphon all that you can from this listen but it will be well worth it. Brinkley takes ten words when one will do, the antithesis of the modern fiction writing model. Also it is nothing like the TV special (as far as I can tell.) The book demands your attention but keeping focus is a challenge due to its punishing pros. The Naval foundation is excellent, the characters a delight and the read wonderful. My own guess is that this will be a four-listen book over time and enrich my vocabulary come the final listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "Please do not be offended"
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    I have a number of books about wars over the ages and extraordinary feats of bravery and cunning but until not I have never read a biography about someone who 'enjoyed' the process of killing and it does not sit comfortably for me. Kyle is a tough man and it is no mean feat to become a Seal, the demands are not for the average person, nor is it for any of the world's Special Forces they are indeed 'Special'. The training is tough, it has to be and to survive you have to have incredibly rapid decision making abilities and no compunction as to the outcome. That doesn't mean you have to 'like' what you are doing. Being a professional in any job is to be motivated by being exceptional, about doing what you have been trained for to the best of your ability. This book is, in great measure, about the 'high' experienced in taking life and could, unfortunately used in anti-US proper-gander to 'prove' the US blood lust which is terribly unfortunate. You have to be very very supportive of the way the US, and their Allies as well, conduct themselves as individuals and en mass in warfare, to actually enjoy this book. If an Australian Soldier had written this book, word for word, I do have to say I would not feel the same respect for the individual that I hold for the Armed Forces in general. That being said, it is probably important because it should raise questions about how we train our young men and women but that is a whole different story. Again, to my US cousins, please do not take this criticism as a crusade against your Country, it isn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Larry Jacobson
    • Narrated By Larry Jacobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (83)
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    (76)
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    With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe. Willing to risk all, Jacobson spent six years sailing into the unknown where the unrelenting oceans served as a teacher of seamanship, personal strength, and perseverance. In The Boy Behind the Gate, the author reveals those crucial steps that will motivate you to make your dreams come true. We are each given one great opportunity at life. What are you going to do with yours?

    LINDA says: "Wonderful!!!"
    "If you are anti gay, don't listen, if not great!"
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    OK this is about Gay skipper and the gay way of life. If that is not your cupper, leave now but if it is ok with you then this is a truly fun listen. The tenacity of our hero is remarkable for he and his crew suffers more than his fair share of mishaps. It is a tail of a dream fulfilled and a cautionary tale about anyone with similar ambitions. 'Julia' is a floating bar to which all are invited such is their generosity. The bar is a magnet for meeting people, learning about seamanship and attitudes. It is undeniably a major achievement, costly beyond imaginings and a great example to anyone who can dream but that's as far as it gets. Go on, listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cruising in Seraffyn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey
    • Narrated By Kitty Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
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    (21)
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    (22)

    The cruising tale is full of the sights and sounds, the fragrances and native customs of foreign lands, especially Central American and the Caribbean. It is a story of a leisurely sail through the Gulf of Cortez and on through Panama Canal to the Azores and England. Cruising in Seraffyn is also a carefully thought out guide to living aboard a small boat, with fun and economy as the guiding principles. Four appendices provide data that is vital for anyone comtemplating long-distance cruising.

    Teresa says: "An Incredible Journey"
    "Fun but out of date to be of value"
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    A great tale about bygone times. Going through the Panama Canal then was under ten bucks, today our boat cost $1800. The friendliness, so much a part of this tale, has long since gone and who can blame the islanders. Today you have to be very careful traveling the world albeit nothing has changed in terms of dealing with the weather. Kitty gives a great read so all power to her. If you just like sea tales then fine but it has almost no value these days in terms of cruising.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left for Dead: The Untold Story of the Tragic 1979 Fastnet Race

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nick Ward, Sinead O'Brien
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (10)
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    (9)
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    (9)

    The Fastnet Race is the world famous yacht race from the Isle of Wight to the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland and back. The race of 1979 began in perfect weather conditions but within 48 hours, the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing struck off the south coast of Ireland. By the time it had passed, the havoc caused was immeasurable. Even more devastating, it had mercilessly taken the lives of 15 sailors.

    Brodie says: "A must for all sailing addicts"
    "A must for all sailing addicts"
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    This book is about the human spirit, the desire to try, to pit ones skills against nature as much as it is about sailing. The race of 79 was terrible but the stories it produced are well worth a listen if you have a yen to be at sea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote Lost at Sea: The Story of Mike Plant, America's Daring Solo Circumnavigator

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Julia Plant
    • Narrated By Kitty Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    When Coyote and its skipper, Mike Plant, went missing mid-Atlantic in November 1992, the sailing world held its breath. Now, 20 years later, the story around the mystery, tragedy, and enigma is told at last. Mike Plant came to ocean racing late; as an American in a sport dominated by European sailors he was an underdog. And yet he won his class in the 1986-87 Around Alone 24,000-mile race, beating competitors with more experience, among them Hal Roth. Plant led an adrenaline-fueled life, full of seemingly suicidal adventures and yet his charismatic personality attracted hundreds of friends.

    Thomas says: "Impressive Story"
    "Powerful expose about finding what drives the few"
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    A remarkable tale if you like stories about the sea and sailing. Actually it is more than that, it is a tale about a person who is 'damaged' or is he? If he just non-conformist? Does he have demons that are larger than life or is he intoxicated with finding out the limits to which we can place upon ourselves? Either way a jolly good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love with a Chance of Drowning: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Torre DeRoche
    • Narrated By Candice Moll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
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    (25)
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    (25)

    City girl Torre DeRoche isn’t looking for love, but a chance encounter in a San Francisco bar sparks an instant connection with a soulful Argentinean man who unexpectedly sweeps her off her feet. The problem? He’s just about to cast the dock lines and voyage around the world on his small sailboat, and Torre is terrified of deep water. However, lovesick Torre determines that to keep the man of her dreams, she must embark on the voyage of her nightmares, so she waves good-bye to dry land and braces for a life-changing journey that’s as exhilarating as it is terrifying.

    Sherrie says: "Great Fun & A Fantastic Adventure"
    "Candice could read the newspaper and make it great"
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    The tale is fun for anyone that likes real life adventure. For an old salt it raises so many 'if only's' so if you are past the six oh and are still dreaming this might raise the wish level. Of course I am biased as the heroine is Australian and thus adds that optimistic kink to the world but during the tale we hear about more than one passage, we hear about the passage into the real world, one that most will never ever experience because they think they can't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Hodges
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (421)
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    (360)
    Story
    (367)

    It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

    Sara says: "A Fantastic Biography For The Patient Listener"
    "Better than the film certainly"
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    A big book at so many levels. Not so much a read/listen as an education. The man himself was just as much an Enigma as his nemesis. Not for everyone but with holding the course from an historical perspective.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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