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Shad

Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • The Richest Man in Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George S. Clason
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Travel back in time as George S. Clason takes you back to Babylon in his enlightening, insightful book on financial investment and financial success. The original version now restored and revised, this series of delightful short stories teaches economic tips and tools for financial success that have withstood the test of time and are applicable still today. Enjoy reading, and start saving today!

    Wayne says: "Do not under any circumstances buy this recording!"
    "terrible narration"
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    I wanted this book very much that i ignored the previous reviewers warnings and got it any way. I thought how bad can a narrator be? very very bad it seems. I have no idea if the book is any good or not as i could barely understand what is said. This narrator must have been in such a hurry to get out of the studio he speed read it in 3 hours instead of taking 5 so it could be understood. Please narrator, next time take a breath between sentences, and slow down a little. Perhaps calling the horse races may be better suited to your gifted talent of being the fastest reader on earth. Give us a chance to enjoy your next performance. You might actually be capable of doing it very well, please slow down so we can find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Colours: My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Adam Gilchrist
    • Narrated By William McInnes
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Many critics believe Adam Gilchrist is the greatest wicketkeeper/batsman to have played the game, but Adam's huge popularity does not rest solely on his incredible track record. To his millions of fans around the world, it is the way he plays the game - rather than simply the sum of his achievements - that marks him out as one of the best-loved cricketers of his generation.

    Shad says: "A walk down memory lane"
    "A walk down memory lane"
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    I really enjoyed this book for two main reasons. Firstly is because it brought back many fond memories of Gilly at his most attacking best. I could not help but regularly go to you tube and watch highlights as i listened. The second reason would have to be finding many behind the scene stories of events that took place but i never fully understood at the time. This was very enjoyable to be able to get a closer look at many of the cricketers that i had watched so much over the years. Gilly wasn't just a crowd favorite for his dare devil explosive batting but also for his humble warm hearted character that he is. You can enjoy both of these aspects listening to this book.
    Oh and a really great job done by narrator although he did at times sound a little like Nic Schultz from blue healers
    A really good book for cricket lovers of all countries, but not sure if it could hold interest to anyone who doesn't know of the iconic Aussie sports star

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychology of Winning for the 21st Century

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Denis Waitley
    • Narrated By Denis Waitley
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Based on Denis Waitley's breakaway best-selling book Psychology of Winning, listen to Denis share a wealth of ideas and that have inspired and empowered tens of millions of readers. In this series, you will come to understand that the value that matters is on the inside. Learn how to motivate yourself by desire, knowledge and determination. Finally, let this coach and psychologist of Olympians teach you how optimism is the key to empowering your passions.

    Warren says: "The Psychology of Winning for the 21st Century"
    "Listened to it 5 times already, An Ahhh Huh! book"
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    So many thought provoking ideas packed into one little book. The Narrator sucks you in so deep you cant put it down. He has the ability to hold and captivate his audience. After finishing this book i new i havd a little gem that i would willing recommend to every living person i know. Do yourself a favour buy this book, sorry but i dont have enough credits to buy it for you but otherwise i would. You will laugh, you will be inspired and you will feel confident enough in yourself to believe you can make positive changes in your life. I did. It has given me many ahhh huh moments

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

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (756)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "The Narrator gets 10 stars"
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    This is not the greatest book or story etc but i think it is the best performance from a narrator. This guy is amazing with all of his different accents. At times the story is a little slow moving and can get a little lost but most of the time its very enjoyable. I found myself feeling like i was in the slums of india.

    Have you ever heard he term " he could read a phone book and id listen?" I think Humphrey Bower must have played with one as a kid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Thoughtful and meaningful novel / an unusual novel"
    "4 or 5 I cant decide"
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    Ohh come on Audible le us choose half a star for ratings. This is a better than 4 stars but not quite 5. Or maybe it is i cant decide. I really loved it though. Just wish it was longer. made me laugh many times. I started out not really liking the Ove very much and enjoyed him being antagonised a little for being such an anal grump but i softened to him as the story went on. I guess i'm only a little disappointed that it ended.

    Oh OK ill give it 5 but only because he checks his neighbours rubbish bins to inspect correct recycling procedures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape from Sobibor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Rashke
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    On October 14, 1943, 600 Jews imprisoned in Sobibor, a secret Nazi death camp in eastern Poland, revolted. They killed a dozen SS officers and guards, trampled the barbed wire fences, and raced across an open field filled with anti-tank mines. Against all odds, more than three hundred made it safely into the woods. Fifty of those men and women managed to survive the rest of the war. In this edition of Escape from Sobibor, fully updated in 2012, Richard Rashke tells their stories

    Honest Sam says: "Great book about an awful period in Jewish history"
    "They Fought Back and Won. Incredible Courage"
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    I watched the movie many years ago and naively thought " OK cool they have escaped now they are free" Wrong. The escape from the camp was just the start of the ordeal for the many who would break free. THis book has done an amazing job at showing how truly great the ordeal of the the holocaust survivors was. There was no run of to the forest and live happily ever after. Those that broke free and made it to the woods would still have to endure a constant fight for their lives for many many months. This book does a brilliant job at describing the many different stories of some of its survivors. I now have a much deeper appreciation for the range of difficulties faced by condemned people fleeing the notorious death camps for all of Europe was one very large prison. If the movie needed a sequel then this book is its equivalent.

    I titled this review as they fought back and one with reluctance. I didnt want to sound gimmicky on such a subject but the fact is that facing certain death, those that fought back and still lost their lives would still take a small victory with them. Incredible courage.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • William & Rosalie: A Holocaust Testimony (Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By William Schiff, Rosalie Schiff, Craig Hanley
    • Narrated By Michael Fischbein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    In 1941, newlyweds William and Rosalie Schiff are forcibly separated and sent on their individual odysseys through a surreal maze of hate. Terror in the Krakow ghetto, sadistic SS death games, cruel human medical experiments, eyewitness accounts of brutal murders of men, women, children, and even infants, and the menace of rape in occupied Poland make William & Rosalie an unusually explicit view of the chaos that World War II unleashed on the Jewish people.

    Shad says: "Speachless, I wont forget this book"
    "Speachless, I wont forget this book"
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    I cant use the words that i enjoyed this book, surely no one could. But i can say it just left me so captivated. I have been to Krakow in Poland and walked the very streets described in this book. This just made hearing the stories of life in the ghetto so much more haunting. I honestly dont know how to reccomend this book other than to say an absolute must. If they can endure such an ordeal then we can endure the difficulties of hearing their story. Be warned it can be heart breaking but also spiritually lifting. I am so grateful Their story has been shared in such an honest and revealing manner.

    The narrator did such a great job with the right amount of sensitivity that i completely forgot there was a narrator. It felt like i was listening to the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1421)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    karen says: "American classic, not to be missed."
    "Epic"
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    I dont know what to say other than i loved it. Nothing analytical from me. I just put it on and pressed play and finished it in four days, then at the end when it stopped i thought what a wonderful story, i loved it. So glad i gave this old classic a try, it had everything

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8619)
    Performance
    (7744)
    Story
    (7751)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Wow This Girl Can Write"
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    Before i finished this book i was on Audible.com searching for other books written by Sue Monk Kidd. I found "The Secret life of bees" and bought it straight away. What has that got to do with this book? Ooooh this girl can write. I wont write a full analogy of this book, many other reviewers have written better reviews than me. Im just going to say get this book and listen, you wont want to put it down cause this girl can write.

    Oh and narrators! you were both awesome, well done to you both. I notice you both had at times to do the voice of the other character being read mostly by the narrator. That could have made it confusing but it worked so well. Great job.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pecan Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassie Dandridge Selleck
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief's son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man.

    Delah says: "LOVED IT! Great story. Great narrator."
    "Easy to enjoy on a long afternoon"
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    I enjoyed this little book, I had only one small disappointment with it. It felt like it jumped through time a little bit to fast. I know i would have enjoyed it more if the everyday life and stories were more abundant. The fault is perhaps more mine as i found myself comparing to "The Help" and "To Kill A Mockingbird" Never the less it is still a nice little book which i did enjoy very much. Easy to finish in full day as it does keep you entertained.

    The narrator probably deserves 4 and a half stars. I like to save the 5 stars for the absolute best

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (359)

    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    David says: "Stop browsing and get this Book"
    "Left me wanting to know much more"
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    This book is a fascinating account of escape but also of how terrible circumstances are in North Korea. While the book covers a certain amount of info on conditions of the prison state, its main focus is on the escape of two individuals. The book doesn't really go wrong anywhere but at the end i wasnt unhappy that it finished as i found my interests grew much more in the subject of the bigger picture of North Korea. This book tries to mix both individual story and the bigger picture quite well. My desire to find out more about the later will have to come from another source. The Narrator was very good but i wonder if all the characters in the book are of Korean and Chinese accents, then maybe it could have been more ideal to choose a narrator from this region. I certainly have no problems with the narrators accenting but think it an odd choice. Still a very good read was performed.

    I do recommend this book to anyone, but be prepared to want to know more about the subjects touched on. Oh well here goes another credit and some research time as i really want to find out so much more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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