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Gordon, Australia

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 92 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Nelson Mandela
    • Narrated By Danny Glover

    The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling, and uplifting, Long Walk to Freedom is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience, and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader.

    Penny says: "A Pronunciation Massacre"
    "Nelson Mandela's Life Story"
    Would you try another book from Nelson Mandela and/or Danny Glover?

    I was particularly disappointed with Danny Glover's voice and hence I didn't enjoy the book as much as possible.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There was not enough detail to really grab my attention, and in addition to this I found there was a never ending list of people's names and associations that in the end became somewhat meaningless.

    Was Long Walk to Freedom worth the listening time?

    I expected a lot more from this book. The only parts that really grabbed me were the freedom songs that were occasionally inserted into the story and the actual speech by Nelson Mandela towards the end of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Korean War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Cameron Forbes
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel

    The Korean War was a 20th Century conflict that has never ended. South Korea, a powerhouse economy and dynamic democracy sits uneasily alongside North Korea, the world’s most secretive, belligerent, unpredictable and repressive totalitarian state. Today, tensions simmer and occasionally flare into outright violence on a peninsula dense with arms, munitions and nuclear warheads. Cameron Forbes, acclaimed author of Hellfire, tells the story of the war and Australia’s involvement in it in a riveting narrative.

    Steven says: "The Forgotten War Remembered"
    "The Forgotten War Remembered"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is excellent value for anyone interested in military history and tales of personal commitment.

    Any additional comments?

    It is important not to think that WWI, WWII and Vietnam are the only times that soldiers fought for our nation. This war was every bit as important as the others even though it sometimes seems to be forgotten by many people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: Jack Reacher 15

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding

    There’s deadly trouble in the wilds of Nebraska… and Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing eight-year-old girl, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.

    Lia says: "Another Jack Reacher classic"
    "Not Worth Dying For"
    What would have made Worth Dying For better?

    A plausible plot and some realistic characters might improve this novel.

    Has Worth Dying For turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has certainly turned me off books by Lee Child.

    How could the performance have been better?

    This would be hard with a plot and characters like those found in this book.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Worth Dying For?

    All of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Bonhoeffer: A Disappointment"
    What would have made Bonhoeffer better?

    I didn't expect such a drawn out focus on his religious beliefs. I thought it might be more based on morals that he acted the way he did.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Metaxas again?

    Eric Metaxas' voice served the story well enough, but even his reading couldn't drag it out of its boredom.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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