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maxwell

Middle aged; long University course (science based), and long service as a professional. Cynical and very interested in the real world.

katoomba, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Cityboy: Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraint Anderson
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    Overall
    (12)
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    (9)
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    (8)

    'Who is Cityboy? He's every brash, suited, FT-carrying idiot who ever pushed past you on the tube. He's the egotistical buffoon who loudly brags about how much cash he's made on the market at otherwise pleasant dinner parties. He's the greedy, ruthless wanker whose actions are helping turn this world into the shit-hole it's rapidly becoming. For one period in my life, he was me.'

    Jana Danielova, Jiri Daniel says: "Insightful and entertaining"
    "a remarkable story"
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    I was tranfixed by this remarkable and blisteringly honest story about the banking industry. Grossly overpaid and incompetant sleezebags and scumbags at the controls of the banking industry with OTHER PEOPLE"S MONEY.

    I noticed he jumped ship just before the banking bubble burst and I wish him well in his next career- because he has surely burned his bridges by his frankness....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (566)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "exceptional information"
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    This is a unique and valuable contribution to living in the real world; well done and thankyou.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godson

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated By Dino Marnika
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Les thought that playing minder to Peregrine Normanhurst III sounded like a dead-set snack: Les would keep Peregrine out of trouble. So what if he was on the run from the IRA? They’d never follow him to Australia… But Les quickly finds himself thrust into an adventure that moves at breakneck speed from the corridors of power in Canberra to the grimy tenements of Belfast, to climax in a nerve-shattering, blood-spattered shoot out on a survivalist fortress in the Tweed Valley.

    Tracey says: "cool norton"
    "Humour from Downunder"
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    Australia's most popular and entertaining story teller.

    Don't look for deep and meaningful philosophical content with Robert Barrett, just vintage enjoyment Basically, the formula is 3 great sex scenes plus 3 great fight scenes set in a recognizable Oz landscape; with a story line connecting the dots.

    Robert Barrett has a turn of phrase that makes me laugh out loud, which is actually a rare event. Thus, his new books always went to the very top of my reading pile, and the audios are right up there aswell.

    Unfortunately he passed away but his writing hasn't...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viper Pilot: The Autobiography of One of America's Most Decorated Combat Pilots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dan Hampton
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (216)

    Sure to rank as one of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. From 1986 to 2006, Lt. Col. Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, the elite Air Force fighter squadrons whose mission is recognized as the most dangerous job in modern air combat. Weasels are the first planes sent into a war zone, flying deep behind enemy lines purposely seeking to draw fire from surface-to-air missiles and artillery. They must skillfully evade being shot down - and then return to destroy the threats, thereby making the skies safe for everyone else to follow.

    Frances says: "Fast and Furious"
    "wonderful!"
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    I was transfixed by the detail and honesty in this book. The flying stories were wonderful and hair raising at times. This man is a true master of his art and his story needs revisiting... and revisiting.... an aviation classic!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Faust

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Auriol Smith, Derek Jacobi, and others
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules, until Faust’s emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, written much later in Goethe’s life, places his eponymous hero in a variety of unexpected circumstances, causing him to reflect on humanity and its attitudes to life and death.

    Ki says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "ugly"
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    I didn't finish this audiobook because I got depressed. Faust is a legendary jerk and I wanted to understand the story behind the legend.

    I suppose that I may go back to it sometime when I have a stronger stomach.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Worm: The First Digital World War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (334)

    Worm: The First Digital World War tells the story of the Conficker worm, a potentially devastating piece of malware that has baffled experts and infected more than twelve million computers worldwide. When Conficker was unleashed in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, it grew at an astonishingly rapid rate, infecting millions of computers around the world within weeks.

    Julie says: "Clear, Concise Story of the Conficker Worm"
    "Interesting"
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    We all have computers and we have all had malware, which I have never understood. This story concerns a worm/ virus/ or whatever that panicked everyone, but came to very little harm in the end.

    There were huge efforts to sort it out without particular success. Actually, I still don't understand this stuff and the worm malware certainly vexed the people who do understand it - so I suppose we are all in for a very big kicking in the future.... we will just have to wait and see.

    A bit depressing at the end of the day!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grown-Up's Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nina W. Brown
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Being a parent is usually all about giving of yourself to foster your child's growth and development. But what happens when this isn't the case? Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from even very young children. This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder.

    sarah says: "content good"
    "uninspiring"
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    I was annoyed at the compromising attitude of this book. Basically it understates a very serious form of bad parenting and child abuse.

    Narcissism, is a serious form of Personality Disorder and is a lesser form of Psychopathy. Such people are grossly destructive by choice and should in no way be indulged! Infact, like the Terminator, they can't be taught, or bargained with. Use the propositions in this book 'they will be back'! Oh the pain....

    No thanks...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies Audiobook

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rob Willson, Rhena Branch
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    CBT is a hugely popular self help technique, which teaches you how to break free from destructive or negative behaviours and make positive changes to both your thoughts and actions. This audiobook contains an effective and sympathetic introduction to this NHS-endorsed therapeutic treatment; the latest advice on how CBT can help with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder; help with identifying unhealthy modes of thinking.

    Amazon Customer says: "A must read for anyone in stress"
    "OK I guess"
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    This boof didn't really answer many questions for me, nor did it hold my interest.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George K. Simon
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    Dr. George K. Simon knows how people push your buttons: your children---especially teens---are experts at it, as is your mate. A coworker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses. Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it.

    Nathan says: "A Must Read Primer on Manipulation"
    "Excellent"
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    Covert Aggressive Personality Disorder: Sometimes you get the key to a code which gives an AHA! moment. We have ALL dealth with difficult people and wondered how to handle them, but like a ghost in the night they can be very elusive and very tricky.

    Firstly one has to get over self doubts and realize that these creatures exist. After that one has to identify who they are and how they play their games. And their games can be very nasty and toxic indeed and build up to a fatal destructive level. This really is a pernicious relationship destroying problem, which needs to be recognised and controlled post haste whenever it arises, if harmony is going to be restored.

    The point is to realize it and recognise it. I gratefully thank the author and also recommend "Working With Monsters' by Dr John Clarke as an enlightening source of further reading.

    Maxwell

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies of the Night: A Historical and Personal Perspective on the Oldest Profession in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gene Simmons
    • Narrated By Gene Simmons
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Rock legend, best-selling author, reality television star, accomplished entrepreneur, and renowned ladies' man Gene Simmons presents Ladies of the Night, an informative and entertaining mix of narrative history and Simmons' own unique philosophy about the inception and legacy of the oldest profession in the world.

    Marian says: "Ho Hum"
    "Fascinating"
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    This is an extraordinary account of the history of what I thought was ordinary. I was unaware of much of what goes on in the world and for example went straight to my computer to look up Amsterdam and it window women. It is nothing less than a closer look at history, motivations and the world of people. The last chapter was particularly enlightening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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