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colin

Tully, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • First Man in Rome, Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Stanley McGeagh
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    The first book in the epic Masters of Rome series. Rome. 110BC. A city which is home to Gaius Marius, prosperous but lowborn, a proud and disciplined soldier emboldened by his shrewdness and self-made wealth. It is also home to Lucius Cornelius Sulla, a handsome young aristocrat corrupted by poverty, a shameless pleasure seeker. Two men of extraordinary vision, men of ruthless ambition, both blessed and cursed by the special favour of Fortune.

    ken says: "Beware - mangled audiobook"
    "brilliant book ruined"
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    As reported by Ken, this brilliant book has been utterly mangled by poor editing of the download files. how this was achieved is difficult to imagine as the repeated sections and interruptions seem to happen almost randomly.
    Do not buy until this has been fixed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yarn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jon Armstrong
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    From the neo-feudalistic slubs and cornfields of his youth to his apprenticeship among the saleswarriors of Seattlehama - the sex-and-shopping capital of the world - to the rarefied heights of power that Tain now treads, Yarn takes its readers on a roller coaster ride through his life. Vada, the stylish revolutionary and love of Tane's life, draws him back into a world he had thought was long behind him. The swirling threads of violence and passion threaten to destroy him and the world he has made for himself.

    colin says: "caveat emptor"
    "caveat emptor"
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    Save your credit. Anime silliness compounded by poor writing and incredible setting make this abomination a waste of time, space and credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tears of the Sun: A Novel of the Change (Emberverse Series, Book 8)

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (268)

    It's Change Year 25, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage - and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition has travelled to Nantucked across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.

    Robert says: "Admit it, you're in for the duration"
    "off the rails"
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    This series has well and truly passed it's use by date; the author should have terminated the cycle with A meeting at Corvallis. There really is nothing good to say about this latest installment. The story drags with an almost pointless set of flashbacks taking up way too much space, and then the build up to the denouement culminates in the same rushed ending as in the previous book and an attempted cliffhanger.
    The characters have become even shallower and the action sequences exceed their previous anime silliness.
    A sad and dismal end to what could have been a great series. I will not be getting anything else by this author.

    14 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (513)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "brilliant"
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    The tangled web that is the origin of WW1 is brilliantly unravelled in this book. I have explored this topic over many years and volumes and have never found a clearer explanation of how the world slipped, inexorably, into the maelstrom.
    Tuchman's style is, as always, lucid and to the point and the narrator carries the story in her own inimmitable way.
    An all round good experience and highly recommnded to anyone wanting to understand how otherwise intelligent men got the world into such a mess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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