If you want good coverage of news with a global perspective, then this is probably the best you'll find. The interviews are engaging, the topics varied, and the standard of journalism is usually brilliant.
It was well worth the wait to accumulate all 4 credits needed to get the 1 year subscription. Thank you Audible, PRI and the BBC for giving me great news coverage every day.
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.
Many business books pad out their material and say the same thing in different ways. Not this book. Everything is clear, concise and well put. It's a gem. I have listened to it several times to get the full benefit of the authors' experience and wisdom.
The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series seems to go from strength to strength, and this book is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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