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jason

Aussie truckie, on the long haul!

perth, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • 12 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 199 titles in library
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  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (737)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "burns hot!"
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    What did you love best about Four Fires?

    A good example of australian country town life back in the fifties.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't really have a favourite one, every character plays their part nicely but i do think tommy's story about his p.o.w treatment in ww2 had my ear buds stuck firmly in my ears & also made me shed a few tears too...


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes i have listened to quite a few of humphrey's narrations & i think he really brings out the australian country town accent perfect in this book, my opinion of humphrey is that he rarely gets a character's accent wrong & nearly always brings the book to life.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favourite bryce courtenay books, just remember it is a work of fiction, but with a good deal of research & facts thrown in which gives it a sort of non fiction feel. A must for anyone who loves to kill a bit of time with a great audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Robert Meldrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor Mark Twain called it: "a strike for liberty". Was this rebellion a fledgling nation’s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes?

    Mr says: "A gentle telling"
    "Give the diggers a go!"
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    I really enjoyed this book, mostly because i consider myself an australian patriot. And because the history of australian democracy just well might have been a boring story, if it wasn't for the union of hard done by gold diggers standing up against the incompetent brittish governor of victoria, the unfair treatment of diggers and the ludicrous gold licence fees. The savage brutality of the red coats is absolutely appalling. A good book for any one interested in the facts of the bloody eureka stockade.
    Another great book by peter fitzsimons

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4079)
    Performance
    (3640)
    Story
    (3636)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "K9 out of 10"
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    Not being the biggest dog lover, i still felt this book was a good read. It took me a little while to really get into it. The intro to the main characters almost had me stopping the book and listening to another, but i bit through it (pardon the pun), and it turned out to be a entertaining listen. Almost made me want to get a dog.... Almost.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (867)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "North and South"
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    Great book. Held my attention all the way through, so it deserves a minimum of 4 out of 5 just for that. Nothing entertains me more, than learning about different countries histories through fictional characters, set in non fictional events. And this is a great story set in the civil war, which has eluded me for some time. I'll definitely listen to the sequels to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death on Demand

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Paul Thomas
    • Narrated By David Tredinnick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    After a men's room confrontation with his new boss right-hand man, Maori cop Tito Ihaka has been sent into exile. And yet, out of the blue McGrail summons him back to Auckland. Christopher Lilywhite, the businesswoman s terminally ill husband whom Ihaka suspected was behind his wife's death, wants to see him. Lilywhite confesses that he had his wife murdered, but he dealt with the hit-man at arm's length so has no idea who he is. In quick succession Lilywhite and another potential source of information are murdered.

    Mark says: "Light but enjoyable"
    "Tito Ihaka... The detective every city needs!"
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    I try to read all the bad reviews before making my mind on a purchase, but there weren't any for this book. I'm a bit of a fan of a good detective story, so naturally it appealed to me anyway.
    Turns out to be a cracker! Tito Ihaka is a blunt, but to the point, no BS kind of detective. David tredinnick does his voice absolutely perfect!!! apart from the occasional lapse of the new zealand accent. In my opinion, 5 out of 5 in all aspects.
    It'd be good to see all of the tito ihaka book series on audio too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (315)

    I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

    William says: "Amazing. I want you to listen to this."
    "Fair dinkum mate! this book kicks ass!"
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    Well.... to think i nearly gave up listening to this book after about an hour! i found it hard at the start to really get into it, but WOW!!! this is a book that you'll have trouble pressing the stop button (after the 1st hour). Rupert degas is the key to this book coming alive, his performance is absolutely outstanding. Patrick rothfus, you sir, are a genius!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear (Part Two)

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (258)

    Part Two of The Wise Man’s Fear Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.

    Irene says: "As good as it gets."
    "Patrick Rothfus fails to disapoint again!"
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    Rupert Degas does this book justice!!! but the story probly would've been just as good with a lesser narrater than he, absolutely get this follow on from the 1st amazing book!!! this book is among a rare few that made me want to drive all night to finish it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sandakan: The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Paul Ham
    • Narrated By Robert Meldrum
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    This is the story of the three-year ordeal of the Sandakan prisoners of war - a barely known episode of unimaginable horror. After the fall of Singapore in February 1942, the Japanese conquerors transferred 2700 British and Australian prisoners to a jungle camp some eight miles inland of Sandakan, on the east coast of North Borneo. For decades after the Second World War, the Australian and British governments would refuse to divulge what happened here, for fear of traumatising the families of the victims.

    jason says: "The japanese's shamefull past!"
    "The japanese's shamefull past!"
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    Great story! being an aussie, this book really hit home with only 6 survivers left, out of over 2400 australian & brittish troops.... a death rate of 99.8%!!! their accounts of the japanese barbaric & brutal torture of them, truly saddened me to tears. Every one should learn about what the japanese did to their P.O.W's in world war 2, such a disgrace. my only gripe about this book is that there were too many personal opinions from the author for my liking!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of Sorrow: A Cliff Hardy Mystery, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter Corris
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Cliff Hardy is stunned to get a phone call from his ex-wife Cynthia. It has been over 20 years since she last shouted she never wanted to see him again and she was never a woman to change her mind. But that surprise is nothing to the bombshell Cynthia is about to drop. Dying of cancer, she's desperate to get in contact with the daughter she gave up for adoption - and the daughter in question, she confesses, is also Cliff's! A shocked but sceptical Cliff agrees to search for their missing daughter. But this is never going to be a straightforward investigation....

    jason says: "Another great listen from Peter Corris!!!"
    "Another great listen from Peter Corris!!!"
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    I've listened to around 350-400 audiobooks now, while driving road trains all over australia, & the one thing that really helps time fly on the road, is a good audiobook! especially ones that can hold my attention like this book, or any other books from the Cliff Hardy series for that matter. Peter Hosking's narration is absolutely brilliant! The way Peter delivers his narration really brings the characters alive and makes it a fantastic book that is hard to put down.
    More please!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beware of the Dog: A Cliff Hardy Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Peter Corris
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The woman was bad news; Cliff knew he shouldn't have taken the case. Now his gun's been stolen, he's wanted by the police and all he has to go on is a mutilated photograph. Cliff Hardy rubs elbows with Sydney's blue bloods in his latest case, involving murder threats received by a woman filing for divorce. The clues explode when the Australian private eye stumbles upon the high society husband and his mistress - just as the house bursts into a fireball. Now Cliff is fighting for his life.

    jason says: "Why aren't there more of Peter's books on audio???"
    "Why aren't there more of Peter's books on audio???"
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    Like my headline suggests! this book is just 1 of Peter Corris's fantastic Cliff Hardy series & i just can't get enough of these books. In my opinion, the narration can make a good audiobook, & the performance of Peter Hosking is flawless, & makes it hard to not listen to it all in 1 go!!!. Obviously the storyline has to be good too, & Peter Corris has yet to fail in keeping me entertained while on the road, & being a truckie on the long haul, i really appreciate a good audiobook like this one!!! More please!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Devlin and the Deep Blue Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated By Dino Marnika
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Okay, so it looks like the Kelly Club is finally closing down - it had to happen sooner or later. And it isn’t as if Les Norton will starve. He has money snookered away, he owns his house, and his blue-chip investment - a block of flats in Randwick - must be worth a fortune by now. Except that the place is falling down, the council is reclaiming the land, there’s been a murder in Flat 5, and the tenants are the biggest bunch of misfits since the Manson family.

    jason says: "Another great Les Norton adventure"
    "Another great Les Norton adventure"
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    Would you listen to Between the Devlin and the Deep Blue Sea again? Why?

    Bloody oath mate... Les's adventures always help the time fly when trucking along the boring outback highways of australia.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just about every thing. Les norton seems to have a bit of bad luck, & then again he manages to pull himself out of the sh%t.


    Have you listened to any of Dino Marnika’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, in just about all of Robert G. Barrett's other books. Dino's voice does Les's character justice & is a treat to listen to.


    If you could take any character from Between the Devlin and the Deep Blue Sea out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Definetly the heathen harletts girl rock band!!! coz any red blooded aussie bloke would love to have 5 good sorts around for dinner!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is just another example of Barrett's awesome Les Norton series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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