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Werner

South Guildford, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Salvaneschi
    • Narrated By Andrew Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (52)

    Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.

    John S. says: "If you're into maritime adventure"
    "Nice sailing story for those who enjoy the genra"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not an 'edge-of-your-seat' adventure story. It's simply the story of one man's journey around the globe. It's not a hard core sailing yarn, so sailing terminology and jargon is kept to a minimum. I found it a bit 'flowery' and over descriptive at first but did get used to the style. I found it a good pleasant listen, but only for those with an interest in sailing stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10686)
    Performance
    (10170)
    Story
    (10186)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Great Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is easily one of the best books of the year, and could easily be used as a basis for a high school science course.

    I will be listening to it again, in front of my PC, to research some of the many interesting scientific facts mentioned in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open All the Way: Confessions from My Open Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sadie Smythe
    • Narrated By Sadie Smythe
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Open All the Way marks Sadie Smythe's foray into long-range storytelling. Most well known for her outspoken commentary on her blog, about relationship paradigms and the navigation through her own alternative arrangement with her husband Scott, Sadie is very excited to offer her loyal readers a larger-lensed view into her openly married life. Each chapter of Open All the Way is an individual story in itself. But the combined ensemble compellingly chronicles her journey.

    Jessica J Newton says: "Loved this book!"
    "Memoirs of a Sex Addict"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this book might provide some insights and thoughts on open marriages. Not so. This book is a detailed and often graphic description of the authors various sexual adventures, punctuated by some of her thoughts on the subject of open marriage.

    Unfortunately, while it gives plenty of details about the various sexual acts and some details about those involved, little or no voice is given to the authors husband and who, appears almost coerced into the open marriage by his sex addicted wife.

    It also, offers little insight into what drives the author in her relentless pursuit of extra-marital relationships. At times, I almost felt sorry for her, as there appears to be some deep unfilled need inside her. But unfortunately, this is never really explored in depth.

    This is easy listening, soft porn, but offers few insights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bumfuzzle: Just Out Looking for Pirates

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Patrick Schulte
    • Narrated By Nick O'Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The story of a young couple who, without any prior sailing experience, decide one night over too many drinks that they are going to sail around the world. One year later they are bobbing around in the Bahamas on a 35 foot catamaran teaching themselves how to cross oceans in a small boat. Along their way they meet amazing people, visit locations only accessible by those on their own yachts, become television actors in Australia, minor celebrities in Puerto Rico, and generally have a great time of it all.

    Werner says: "Conceited"
    "Conceited"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Unlike most books in this genre, which appear to be written by either the very young, solo sailors (Jessica Watts, Jesse Martin, Robin L. Graham and) or the older cicumnavigator, this book is written by a young couple. It hence offers a slightly different perspective. And at first I thought this might be a fairly refreshing and entertaining book.

    Unfortunately, this young couple uses the book to pour scorn on the cruising fraternity as a whole and gloat how great they area and how easy it all comes to them. I guess it takes a bit of wisdom, which is generally gained with age, to appreciate to the real skill is to find commonalities rather then pick differences.

    Listening to the book, I couldn't help thinking that these guys are a couple of conceited idiots whom, should I ever have have the misfortune to meet them on the ocean, I would steer well clear off.

    Other than that, this is a fairly standard "milk run" cruising story. Neither particularly exciting nor particularly well told.

    As such, there are better stories, including "Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World" which is also available on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Smuggler's Blues: The Saga of a Marjuana Importer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jay Carter Brown
    • Narrated By Gavin Hammon
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Told from the viewpoint of an impressionable young entrepreneur named Jay Carter Brown, this memoir quickly dives into the gritty underbelly of the international drug trade. The story begins with minor-league smuggling scams between Canada and the Caribbean that soon escalate to multi-ton shipments of grass and hash from the Caribbean and the Middle East. All goes well for a time, but as the stakes grow higher, inevitable setbacks occur. Drug-runners, police, jealous friends, and rival gangs all contribute to this extraordinary story of a young man who became involved at the highest levels of the drug trade and lived to tell about it.

    Roman says: "Very entertaining and I learned a couple of things"
    "Pointless Anectodes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not a story in the conventional sense but simply a collection of anecdotes, each chapter apparently focusing on a new assembly of characters. There appears to be new storyline or character development and listening became pretty tiring after a while (so I never did finish the story). Like sitting at a bar with some guy who insists on telling one pointless story after another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Midler
    • Narrated By Paul Midler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (204)

    It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

    John Mckenzie says: "Hours of jaw dropping amazment"
    "Great trip into a different world"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story that really helps one understand how things work. This is not an academic treaty but primarily the story of one factory (also many other anecdotes are mentioned) and their relationship with one American company as seen through the eyes of an American intermediary on the ground in china.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Christopher Hadnagy, Paul Wilson (foreword)
    • Narrated By A. T. Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (155)

    From elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the Science & Technology behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering. Kevin Mitnick - one of the most famous social engineers in the world - popularized the term social engineering. He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password than to exert the effort of hacking.

    Doug says: "Social Engineering Savvy"
    "Some interesting points but way too long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking better?

    Book should have been more concise - as it is the book is way to repetitive to be enjoyable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No sure


    Would you be willing to try another one of A. T. Chandler’s performances?

    Maybe. If I really wanted to hear the story. But he certainly is not one of my favourite narrators based on this book. But than again he didn't have much to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking?

    Each chapter could have been cut by 50-60%


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Marine lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company have been dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam. Standing in their way are the North Vietnamese, the monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, and disease and malnutrition. When the company is surrounded by the enemy, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever.

    Ian C Robertson says: "Made for the Big Screen"
    "An interesting look at the Vietnam wa"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Matterhorn?

    A interesting look at the Vietnam war from the perspective of the troops on the ground. I certainly learned a thing or two about what happened on the ground and some of the dilemmas solders at different levels at the hierarchy had to deal with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malas and Hawk, the two main protagonists.


    What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

    Well and clearly spoken while still being able to capture and embody each of the many characters with their own distinct voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's probably not as gripping as some other war books I have read but it still is a good read.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many characters to keep track of and it helps to have some understanding of the US army hierarchy. There are some character lists on the Internet that are helpful. Simply google 'Matterhorn character list'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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