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Don

Curtin, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Catch 22

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Trevor White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (87)

    At the heart of Joseph Heller's bestselling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it.

    stephpar says: "A great book well read."
    "MASH on Acid!"
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    Decided to check this out given its iconic nature and it is a crazy ride. Really good account of the absurdity of war and the mind bending circumstances for its combatants. I struggled at times with this just the crazy logic (or lack of it) but it always brought me back. you can see this as the forerunner for some of the great war stories such as MASH and even Full Metal Jacket.

    A classic and deservedly so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

    BSquared67 says: "Excellent, evocative book"
    "It just didn't engage me"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story felt like it relied on a lot of old soviet cliches, the crime story took 7 hours to get going and was a bit fanciful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Rob Smith again?

    I doubt it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Steven Pacey?

    He didn't add or subtract from the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Child 44?

    it was very long for a thin story line. A few decent twists but nothing particularly interesting or not telegraphed.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished the book but only pushed on to finish it so I could get back to the Harry Bosch series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luther: The Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Neil Cross
    • Narrated By David Bauckham
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He's a murder detective. He's brilliant; he's intense; he's instinctive. And yet there are rumours that DCI Luther is bad - not corrupt, but tormented. The first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther takes us into Luther's past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart, and propelled him over the precipice....

    Don says: "A very dark introduction to Luther"
    "A very dark introduction to Luther"
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    I decided to read this before starting to watch the BBC TV series with Idris Elba. There is a lot to like about this book, the characters on the police side are well formed, the performance is solid and the pacing is good.

    My understanding of the tv series is that Luther pushes the boundaries and is a dark character and given this book is written after the tv series to try and explain (prologue) the Luther character I think the author has gone overboard in the violence and nature of the crime Luther is investigating which detracts from the story (and I have read a lot of crime novels).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moe & Me: Encounters with Moe Norman, Golf's Mysterious Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lorne Rubenstein
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Globe and Mail golf columnist Lorne Rubenstein has authored multiple acclaimed books and had his work featured in major golf publications. Moe & Me is a riveting exploration of the life of Moe Norman, known for his unusual swing on the course - and his crippling insecurity and introverted nature off of it.

    Don says: "Gaining an insight to Moe Norman"
    "Gaining an insight to Moe Norman"
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    Moe Norman is one of the more interesting characters in golf over the last 50 years, arguably the greatest ball striker that ever lived. Due to some difficulties (believed to have had Asbergers but never diagnosed) he struggled with the other elements of the game and the tournament schedule.

    This book goes some way to sharing Moe's story and is interesting, given Moe's utter devotion to hitting balls the story does not stray to far from the golf course or driving range. This is a well told story, good performance and is worth the read for anyone interested in the history of golf - For those that don't know of Moe Tiger Woods has described that Ben Hogan and Moe Norman are the only two to have ever really owned there golf swings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jayna Davis
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Within hours of the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the FBI had evidence pointing to Islamic extremists. But incredibly, federal authorities quickly squelched all investigations implicating Middle Eastern suspects. Here, award-winning investigative reporter Jayna Davis shares a gripping and intensely personal account of her arrival on the scene 13 minutes after the blast, the worldwide search for suspects, and the abrupt abandonment of the manhunt for John Doe #2.

    Don says: "An unconvincing rabble of an argument"
    "An unconvincing rabble of an argument"
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    Would you try another book from Jayna Davis and/or Jerry Sciarrio?

    No - if you have even a passing knowledge of terrorism and investigative procedures you will be picking holes in this book the whole way through to the completely fanciful final hour of this book.

    Davis has taken a few sketchy descriptions and gone about trying to confirm the case rather than looking at the whole case - a wonderful study in confirmation bias. She spends a long time on very tenuous links but no time looking at the case the prosecution put up.

    Don't waste your time - go read Marc Sagemen and get a good feel for what drives home grown terrorism.


    Has The Third Terrorist turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I will just avoid conspiracy books


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

    First read by Jerry for me - a serviceable performance


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I kept going thinking there must be more but it all built up to a truly farcical conclusion


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Glenn Beck and Infowars you will probably love this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Walter Dean Myers
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    As a 14-year-old he was Malcolm Little, the president of his class and a top student. At 16 he was hustling tips at a Boston nightclub. At 20 "Detroit Red" was in prison. It was there Malcolm Little started the journey that would lead him to adopt the name Malcolm X, and develop his beliefs about what being black means in America: beliefs that shook America then, and still shake America today. His significant role in the Nation of Islam and eventual split from it, along with his journey to Mecca, followed by his assassination in Harlem are chronicled in this fascinating portrait.

    Don says: "Good introduction to Malcolm X"
    "Good introduction to Malcolm X"
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    This is a good (but rather short) biography on Malcolm X. The narration is very good and what there is of the story is well researched and informative.

    Having read stories on Martin Luther King Jr the difference in life stories of these two men is intriguing. Well worth a listen if you are interested in the civil rights movement.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    For Maddog, the killer who had Minneapolis in a grip of chilled terror, satisfaction came from the thrill of the contest. After each grisly murder he would leave behind one of the rules he had devised: Never kill anyone you know. Never have a motive. Never follow a discernible pattern. He was no textbook psychopath. But Lieutenant Lucas Davenport was no ordinary detective. To bring an end to Maddog's trail of death, he would have to play by his own rules.

    Don says: "Start of the excellent prey series"
    "Start of the excellent prey series"
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    I read these books twenty years ago now and have been an avid fan of the series ever since. John Sandford finds a way to drag you into the characters and it was great to go back to where it all began. Not the greatest performance but not the worst either.

    I highly recommend this series for any fan of the serial killer/cop genre, these are good gritty urban tales with a good sense of humour about them also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By L. Jon Wertheim, Tobias Moskowitz
    • Narrated By Zach McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Drawing from Moskowitz's original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at: the influence home-field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships; the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations; the unintended consequences of referees' tendencies in every sport to "swallow the whistle," and more.

    steve says: "9 out of 10 people will like this!"
    "Statistical Nirvana"
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    What did you love best about Scorecasting?

    I love sports and statistics this was a perfect storm!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the book goes to the true value of particular trends in a range of sports


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

    N/A good read


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

    Moneyball


    Any additional comments?

    Book was strong on Baseball and NFL but struggled a little when it went into other sports. Got a little dry after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Audrey Kurth Cronin
    • Narrated By Diana Dorman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Amid the fear following 9/11 and other recent terror attacks, it is easy to forget the most important fact about terrorist campaigns: the always come to an end - and often far more quickly than expected. Contrary to what many assume, when it comes to dealing with terrorism it may be more important to understand how it ends than how it begins.

    John S. says: "Halfway through"
    "A must read for counter terrorism students"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am studying counter terrorism at the moment and I would highly recommend this to any one studying or just interested in the field. A very insightful look at terrorism and how to combat it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Diana Dorman’s performance did you like?

    Good read, not one of my favorites though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me think about the topic in a new way


    Any additional comments?

    One of the better books on CT out there

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner at a restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. The two had met five years before while Coyle was writing his best-selling book Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force. But this time, Tyler had something else on his mind. He finally wanted to come clean, about everything: the doping, the lying, his years as Lance Armstrong's teammate on U.S. Postal, and his decade spent running from the truth.

    Mark says: "Wasn't a Fan, am now!"
    "Tyler tells all"
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    Where does The Secret Race rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very interesting book, solid expose of cycling.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Race to and why?

    I had just read the Bush at War series before this and in some ways it lifts the veil on a world we only glimpse into much the same way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discussion of how Tyler first came to dope


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The persistence of USADA to go after Armstrong was impressive


    Any additional comments?

    As a casual cycling fan I found this fascinating, Hamilton does not leave any thing out and should be commended for his candor. A really interesting read for any sports fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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