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Garry

I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

Cannington, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Kokoda

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Lewis FitzGerald
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (146)

    For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

    Mark T Ryan says: "A Tribute to Fighting Australians"
    "A great true story of suffering and war"
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    What made the experience of listening to Kokoda the most enjoyable?

    Kokoda is legend in Australia, and no doubt many places in the world with legends and stories abound. Peter Fitzsimons does a wonderful job in his telling.


    What other book might you compare Kokoda to and why?

    Consider this comparable to his Tobruk


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (3077)
    Performance
    (2916)
    Story
    (2921)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "The perfect version"
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    If you could sum up World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    The Perfect Version


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This was a great listen, so many stars and so many characters. Max Brooks wrote a brilliant book with great description and great words and each word spoken by stars who made the work come alive


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It is not the end of the world, but the start of recovery


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable version and one I am truly pleased to have heard and have in my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glengarry Glen Ross

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By David Mamet
    • Narrated By Gordon Clapp, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    A group of low-ranking real-estate salesmen are trying to survive in a cut-throat office culture. But when two of them devise a plot to redress the company's wrongs, the resulting turmoil increases the pressure to unbearable levels. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance.

    Nothing really matters says: "Top notch, dramatic acting in a great story."
    "Great Play, Great cast"
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    Where does Glengarry Glen Ross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High, I am a fan of the three leads and it was great to hear them all together in this.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Each are fine speakers and all had great performances in this. Done in front of a live audience this protection took me there and in my minds eye I could see each of them there in front of me. A great performance.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Cleland
    • Narrated By Veronika Hyks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure was one of the most banned and censored books in the history of literature. John Cleland (a contrary man of letters, prone to boasting and getting into trouble with the law) wrote it while he was in Fleet debtor’s prison. First published in 1748 and withdrawn within a year, it was not legally republished until a hundred years later. Widely considered to be the first example of literary erotica and a stylistic tour de force, with its combination of charm, daring and love of pleasure.

    Teddy says: "No wonder this book was banned in Britain..."
    "As amusing as I thought it may be, but rude too."
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    If you could sum up Fanny Hill in three words, what would they be?

    We Miss Fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never read Fanny Hill (nor heard it until now) but knew off it. I knew of its reputation and history but on a whim decided to purchase and have a listen. The first thing I noted was how wound up we have become with a 'naughty story' a little bit of 'titillation' can be fun and Fanny Hill shows this. Why have we become so sour on the subject of titillation. Before TV and radio, at a time when people were more serious along came Fanny Hill and its like, shock, horror and giggles.

    Now is that not fun?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeful

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Omid Djalili
    • Narrated By Omid Djalili
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Omid Djalili's fascinating story begins with an unconventional childhood spent at his family's London guesthouse for visiting Iranians. At school he is kept busy with the beginnings of a passionate love affair with football but he hopes one day to live a more intellectually fulfilled life. For one wonderful summer in California it seems that maybe he will find his spiritual home at UCLA.

    Garry says: "A comedian's comedian"
    "A comedian's comedian"
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    Would you listen to Hopeful again? Why?

    Yes, most certainly. Omid Djalili spins a tale like no other. Down to Earth, an hint of crazy, lots of humor and of course, honesty. One listening will not be enough.

    The choice of Omid doing the narration is a true gem of a decision. I have admired this man's humor for many years and no one but him could do himself justice. You can picture Omid in the Studio having fun narrating this book.


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

    I have his other two books and enjoy them immensely.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to say, in today's age there are jokes that would be considered wrong if said by any other person but Omid somehow gets away with it and makes us laugh doing it.

    I find Omid a great comedian, I adore everything he does. He is able to, in this day of (as I see it) too much political correctness say what he does in a manner we just love, yet potentially said by others could be seen as racist, derogatory and offensive. Somehow Omid gets away with it - to our enjoyment. An honest comedian.

    Well done Omid a fine book, a fine narration. And made a few travels on Public Transportation a lot more fun for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forsaking Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (443)

    Morgan Carter has weathered the weeks after the collapse of the nation's power grid, reuniting with his family and ensuring their safety, but his struggle isn't over yet. Carter must focus on survival in an increasingly unstable society - but the challenges he faces are beyond his wildest imagination. Meanwhile, the enclosed quarters of the nearby government-run refugee camp make for an environment where injury, assault and murder are the norm.

    Jan says: "Completes the series nicely... with a 3.5 read"
    "Loved it - I want more from A. American please...."
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    If you could sum up Forsaking Home in three words, what would they be?

    A fine listen


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and was annoyed I could not.


    Any additional comments?

    I have really enjoyed this series and do certainly recommend it to my audible loving post apocalyptic fellow readers (listeners)

    You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (719)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "Very, very good."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Jakarta Pandemic the most enjoyable?

    I liked the timely of the book, the story did not rush and done not push too much at you. I could envisage that in an actual pandemic many of the stories in this book would or could occur and that I found made this book interesting.


    What about Joseph Morton’s performance did you like?

    A very good job, well don.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the timely in this book, how the timely made the book more believable. I was never bored or felt I had Heard (read) this type before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Objects of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sean T. Smith
    • Narrated By Gabriel Vaughan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    After the bombs rain down, the entire world is an open wound; it is in those bleeding years that William Fox becomes a man. William flees with his family to Magnolia, a farm in Tennessee, while America descends into madness, anarchy, and death. With the aid of elite Special Forces units, Magnolia emerges as beacon of hope and stability. But evil is hungry and relentless. A new threat stalks the Earth. To save his people, and perhaps all of humanity, William must be more than a lethal soldier; he must become a hero.

    Garry says: "Excellent and different"
    "Excellent and different"
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    Where does Objects of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the top ten of post apocalyptic books list, maybe top five.


    What does Gabriel Vaughan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good voice, clear and concise, easy to listen too.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book, different from the 'standard' apocalyptic books much more story, much more emotion. I would like more Writer and Narrator

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Perseid Collapse: The Perseid Collapse, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By John David Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (220)

    2019. Six years after the Jakarta Pandemic “decimated” the world's population; life is back to normal for the Fletchers and most Americans. The United States stands at the brink of a complete domestic and international resurgence, with stories of confidence and prosperity dominating the headlines. Appearances can be deceiving. An undercurrent of paranoia and fear still runs strong below the surface; the collective angst spawned by 28 million American deaths forever stamped into population's psyche.

    Denise says: "DON'T BUY THIS BOOK YET...Wait for the 2nd part.."
    "Very Enjoyable, has me wanting to listen to more"
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    Would you listen to The Perseid Collapse again? Why?

    Yes, it is a detailed and descriptive story. Listen carefully.

    This is unlikely many disaster books, more detail, paced in reality in real time even. Which is better as it aids to the believability.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think most of the characters but do like the lead Alec and in particular his wife. Someone I would not want to upset.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and very nearly did.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book, I read the Jakarta Pandemic which is the book that got me interested in Steven Konkoly's writing. I liked that as it was very detailed (as I will say in review of that book) so I expected much the same in this book and found it excellent in the style.

    John David Farrell did an excellent job

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3131)
    Performance
    (2729)
    Story
    (2767)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Wow, Great listen"
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    Would you listen to Swan Song again? Why?

    Absolutely and will, the story is so well woven, so well interloping that I need too so to ensure I got every inch of the story out.


    What other book might you compare Swan Song to and why?

    Most certainly Stephen King's The Stand. I had thought nothing could compare to that book but Swan Song does come close. How close? Very close.


    If you could rename Swan Song, what would you call it?

    Leave as is, this is perfectly titled


    Any additional comments?

    Did you love the Stand, then Swan Song is a book you must read/Listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Z 2134

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    One hundred years after the zombie apocalypse, those lucky enough to survive now exist in scattered cities, under the merciless rule of the City Watch. A simple tenet overshadows all aspects of daily life: obey or die. When Jonah Lovecraft is framed for murder, his status as a Watcher doesn't spare him from the ultimate punishment: being cast into the Barrens and forced to battle zombies and other criminal contestants in the Darwin Games.

    As he fights for every heartbeat, his daughter, Ana, embarks on her own desperate quest to uncover the truth about her father. Yet neither expects their efforts to reveal grim secrets that could tear apart the fabric of society - if either lives long enough to expose the truth.

    Garry says: "Better than I expected"
    "Better than I expected"
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    What did you love best about Z 2134?

    I came across this after the author's Yesterday's Gone Series which I enjoyed however not as much as I would have liked. However, I took the plunge and purchased Z 2134 and was pleased I did so. This is the sort of book you just knew from half way through there would be more and I had the hope it would keep me interested and this book does it. I am now into book two and am glad I started.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Z 2134?

    Several, I like some of the back stories, some of the characters


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    Enjoyable and easy to listen too.


    Any additional comments?

    I can see this as described 'Hunger Games with Zombies' but also a little Brave New World or 1984. That look of the future we all hope does not happen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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