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Stephen

west pymble, Australia | Member Since 2006

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  • The Swimming Pool Library

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

    Aoife says: "Beautifully Written and Read"
    "Pointless and Plotless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I did actually listen to the whole book because I waited in hope of some twist or purpose to the story .... sadly there was none. I purchased because it won the Man Booker prize, I have to say I have no idea why.

    I think as others have said this is more of a gay porn novel and as I straight person I found it over the top (probably 1/3 of the book was gay sex), I only tolerated it in the hope the story had some interesting twist around Charles Nantwich... but sadly no .. and well it just ends with no reason, although I was very happy about this in many ways.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9405)
    Performance
    (5101)
    Story
    (5170)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "What an epic tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I must admit I am a Science fiction person, so was always going to like the story... having read the book when younger and watched the TV show. However the Audio book was just amazing, it has been produced in an epic manner and it is impossible not to get dragged into the story.
    I used it to pass time on two very long trips and it made them fly past, the first leg of 13 hours I was almost disappointed to arrived as it meant I had to put a hold to listening to the book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (192)

    Following his two New York Times best sellers, Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty, comes George Carlin's third audiobook, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, a riotous journey through the mind of one of America's premiere comic observers.

    Dana Wolfe says: "Wonderful!"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    What can I say I was blown away at how average ..... it was simple mindless ranting. thought he was smart with the very regular use of the c and f word… I don’t mind smart swearing but it was just terrible

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (591)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Average"
    Overall

    No where near as good as I had hoped, story 1 nearly made me leave…. The rest not too bad.. nor that good either but good enough to pass the time. I did not bother to finish the last it was too painful as well.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Goal: Theory of Constraints

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
    • Narrated By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Since it was first introduced in the multi-million-copy best seller The Goal, Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt's Theory of Constraints (TOC) has emerged as one of the most flexible and effective approaches to management and problem solving in the corporate world.

    Manoj says: "Best Book on Supply Chain"
    "Foolish Error"
    Overall

    I am such a big supporter of Eliyahu Goldratt and he is an exceptional person. However this audio book is nothing short of a disgrace, for a smart guy he has an egotistically blind spot that is just sad. He is a terrible terrible terrible narrator and makes a good message awful, I think buying this book in audio format would be a terrible error.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jack: Straight from the Gut

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Jack Welch, John A. Byrne
    • Narrated By Mike Barnicle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (140)

    Jack Welch lifted GE from a conglomerate with a market value of about $12 billion to one of the world's largest and most widely-admired companies, with a market value of more than $500 billion. In Jack, the author reveals the strategies and philosophies that put him at the top.

    Plato777 says: "Truly inspiring!"
    "Great Insight"
    Overall

    A good business book that both is interesting walking through the management life of Jack Welsh, but also giving some great tips and tricks for everyday management. It is not about agreeing with all the approaches but getting more selections for your work tool box… I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Here is a bold new history of economics, the dramatic story of how the great economic thinkers built a rigorous social science without peer.

    David says: "Fair Review of the Men Behind Modern Economics"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    I have to say as my first book to listen to in economics for 15 years (when I read books) I loved the overview all bar the last 30 minutes was well balanced and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Search: How Google & Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business & Transformed Our Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Battelle
    • Narrated By John Battelle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (154)

    What does the world want? According to John Battelle, a company that answers that question can unlock the most intractable riddles of both business and culture. And for the past few years, that's exactly what Google has been doing.

    T. Goss says: "Trevor Goss"
    "Easy Listen"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this audio book, in terms of understanding the history of search and the potential future. I also got some good little bits of wisdom. All in all a good book one of the better ones I have heard, I think anybody in the tech industry will enjoy this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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