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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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  • 79 reviews
  • 122 ratings
  • 343 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Winter of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (164)

    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"
    "How does he do it?"
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    When you have a book of four or more 'discs' you have a long tale. Migrating a positive army of characters through time and place and keeping them working is a masterful skill and Follett is indeed a master. John Lee takes a bit of getting used to but when you get into his idiosyncratic delivery it works and works well. If you are a 'boomer' from this period it will have extra resonances bringing things into focus often not explored in period specific books. If you like modern history that is tweeked with a reasonable amount of literary spice licence then put this on your list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Winston Groom
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Gifted storyteller Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, has written the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight: Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival at sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys.

    tjcrewsbooks says: "Great listening experience!"
    "For the history/flying buff this is sublime"
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    Perfectly stitched together tales about the world's flying greatest 'transitioners' in that they started in string bags and finished just after the moon landing. Great read, super tales, excellently researched and well balanced. Well worth a credit in anyone's money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moab Is My Washpot

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    a) A fatuous, wasted, degenerate and wholly useless existence captured in delicate, lyrical and exquisitely realised prose. b) Lightly amusing anecdotes and tender reminiscences of the great men and women encountered during a rich, varied and rewarding lifetime, fondly remembered in the tranquil evening of a career of public service. c) The autobiography of a dizzying life fuelled by the lust for power and the search for ever more degrading downward paths of repulsive sexual adventuring.

    Steve says: "Genius"
    "My one and only Perfect 10"
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    In truth this is not everyone's cuppa because you had to have been there to really, and I mean really, 'get it'. I was, albeit before Fry Minor and at a different school but through his recollections and story telling I was reacquainted with senses, events and people I had long forgotten. It is a magical carpet ride, a parallel universe where everything was the same, only the names different (we even had our own Stephen Fry!). Be warned, expletives are therein aplenty but when used in Fry's context, in his delivery, they are an important part of the adjectival pallet. Thank you Stephen for your intellect and courage and supreme sense of humour and contriteness. Long may you continue to scribe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkening Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Alexander Kent
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Returning to England after the dramatic capture of Martinique, Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho attains an all too brief respite from war and politics. But the shadow of a new conflict already darkens the horizon. The old enemy, France, forges an uneasy alliance with America - threatening the safety of British trade routes. Although ordered immediately to the Indian Ocean, Bolitho’s thoughts are of his own - and the Navy’s - past. Both Nelson and Collingwood died in their country’s service.

    Brodie says: "Please List In Sequence!"
    "Please List In Sequence!"
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    The Book is great but please, please let the listener know the order in which a series needs to be listened to. Kent just writes books, great books if you like his genre but it is essential you listen to them in sequence. Would it be too hard to ask???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (191)

    Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

    Garry says: "Dan Brown at his best"
    "Predictable"
    Overall
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    The Langdon Tale continues in more or less the same places he always seems to venture. Easy listening that does show that Brown seems to love to travel and does try to find issues that naturally polarize his audience. Not a 'must have' but fun for all of that.

    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
    (2945)
    Performance
    (2563)
    Story
    (2603)

    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"
    "Octopussian entertainment"
    Overall
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    What I mean by that is if you like books within books that come together then this is your genre. The tentacles start far apart and come together to form the body of the tale. I listened twice because it was easy and 'hopeful'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1914)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1314)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    Jean says: "Against All Enemies"
    "Sorry? Who wrote this exactly?"
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    I am sorry but I cannot think this was written by TC, it is misses everything that makes his work work. Either he is in his dotage and lost the plot or he is being 'played' by the publishers. Couldn't follow it, the names were all over the place and you lost track, it just made me think 'what is going on here?' This is the only bad report I have ever written for TC and if he DIDN'T actually write it but leant his name to it in some way well then it is a publishing ripoff. If he did write it then it is time to stop, sorry!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Centre: Nick Stone, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Indonesia, January 2005. Nick Stone is working to retrieve incriminating material from amongst the tsunami-ravaged landscape. His team is attacked, and a man dies - but not before he makes an agonising promise that will return one day to haunt him.... Moscow, March 2011. Semi-retired but restless, Stone finds him at the centre of a mission that leads him from the Alpine enclaves of the super-rich to the savage underbelly of war-torn Somalia.

    Brodie says: "Great audio wallpaper"
    "Great audio wallpaper"
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    I like the McNab tales but they are not always relaible and this was one of those

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "Great Aussie Tale"
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    A little simplistic but in true Courtenay fashion a great little tale that will entertain

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: The Reply

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert Doherty, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    When scientist Lisa Duncan and Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte uncovered the stunning truth about Area 51--a "training area" on Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada--they opened up a Pandora's box kept hidden from the American public for 50 years.

    Alex says: "Keeps getting better"
    "Time to move on from 51"
    Overall
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    Guilty, you sort-a kind-a hope that something new in terms of ideas is going to come out but it doesn't, it didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlight Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (504)

    This 10th novel in Robyn Carr’s New York Times best-selling series features scruffy-looking ex-Navy gynecologist Aiden Riordan and prickly lawyer Erin Foley. While each just wants to get away from it all for the summer, a bear scare, a bizarre concussion, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity thrust them together and kindle an unlikely romance. Then Aiden’s scheming ex-wife shows up.

    Judy says: "Like Catching Up With Old Friends!"
    "Light listening"
    Overall
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    Good audio wallpaper but it will not drive the intellect in any way or form. Not that intellect is important you understand, but this is a review and this is basic reading/writing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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