John C Dvorak recommended this book on the TWiT podcast, and I can see why. If you follow current events around the world, this book will fascinate you. If you work for a large company, this book will horrify you. But face the facts, and learn from another man's story.
I have enjoyed Adjoa Andoh's readings of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and even though she acted in "Invictus", a movie about Nelson Mandela, she simply cannot do a credible or authentic accent of either Zelda la Grange or Nelson Mandela. I cannot understand why producers of audiobooks about Nelson Mandela have failed so monumentally in getting narrators that can do the job.
There are plenty of competent South Africans who would read this book and get the pronunciation of "la Grange" and "Mandela" correct. An example would be the person who interviews Zelda la Grange at the end of the book.
It is agonizing for a South African to listen to 14 hours of mangled words like this. I'm returning this book in disgust at the publishers. Sorry, Zelda!
This book has changed the lives of millions around the world, and for that reason alone everyone should listen to it. The stories of changed lives are fascinating and compelling. Unlike many novels, these stories are not embellished, and drinking is not glamorised.
This book is a sobering look at alcoholism, and at the same time takes a cold hard look at the question of "Who is God and why should I take Him seriously?"
The narrator, Glenn Langhor, is clearly no professional narrator. He makes many minor mistakes and seems to stumble through some passages. But what he lacks in professional reading ability is completely overshadowed by his earnestness. This quality in itself makes the book totally compelling listening, even if you've never had a drink in your life.
I'm really glad I listened to this book. I can now understand what alcoholics and their families have to deal with.
The stories are hot and sexy, but not "bump and grind" porn. They are much more subtle and intriguing than that.
The narrator does a great job, BUT there is no gap between stories, not even half a second. This spoils the delicious moment at the end of each story by immediately announcing the title of the next story. Not good, Audible!
It is a pity that this book has been abridged. The story is disjointed and doesn't flow properly, and a lot of important information has been hacked out. What remains is the bleeding corpse of a novel.
I sincerely hope that the publishers produce an unabridged version of this book. The author deserves better than what he got with this hack job.
Having said that, the pace and general plot seem to have survived somehow.
This is not a review, but a correction
The authors are Clive Cussler and Jack du Brul.
The Narrator is Scott Brick
It is book 7 in the Oregon Files
I enjoyed this short story about Jack Reacher at the age of 13. It is credible and enetertaining.
Before you buy this book, however, check out whether it is bundled with "The Affair", because it seems to be for US buyers.
I am appalled at the treatment of Bradley Manning described in this book. And this from a state that complained about solitary confinement in Apartheid South Africa and other repressive regimes. The hypocrisy of the State department and incompetence of the US military is clear for all to see.
Julian Assange does not come out of this book as a saint, but as an activist with human flaws and idiosyncrasies.
The insights into the newsrooms and negotiations leading up to the release of the Afghan and later Iraqi war logs, and then the (un)diplomatic cables, are fascinating. The authors' British bias is obvious, but not annoying.
Unfortunately the narrator blunders through some poor name pronunciation and pauses in funny places. Perhaps the narration was a rush job; I think a British voice would have done better. The book was put together in record time, so it tends to repeat some items. Nonetheless I found it impossible to put down, and it clarified the history and background of the WikiLeaks saga for me.
Read by David Cochran Heath not Lloyd James
Please could this error be rectified. Thanks very much
If you want a simple murder mystery, try some of the earlier Anna Pigeon books. This one has a story that is hard to hear, but needs to be heard. I found it quite shocking, and not in the least bit titillating.
I was also intrigued at how easy it was to draw the wrong conclusions about people, particularly the heroine of the story. This is a story you won't forget, and its setting makes it all the more bleak. I trust all the bad guys will BURN in hell.
If John Grisham wrote this story to reach a wider audience, I think he will succeed. This novel is far less technical than his legal thrillers, and much less tense. Still, the story moves along with pace and humour, and the characters are all believable and interesting.
The narrator does a good job and by the end I was hoping the book would go on longer. Great story, brilliantly told.
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