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Lisa

Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2010

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  • 27 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 126 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Pecked to Death by Ducks

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tim Cahill
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    From the wastes of Antarctica to the blazing oil fields of Kuwait, Cahill offers a grand tour of the Earth's remote, exotic, and dismal places, learning valuable life lessons along the way.

    Lisa says: "Tim's B Sides"
    "Tim's B Sides"
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    I've listened to some of Tim's other books and enjoyed them but this is not his best work, more like a bunch of B sides that didn't make the first cut.
    Some of the stories seemed a bit pointless; could only describe them as vaguely interesting and mildly amusing and quite glad when it finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (70)

    Internationally best-selling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio DJ, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.

    Marci says: "This isn't a book, it's a complete experience"
    "Loved it - and I've never even read Tom Robbins."
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    Packed full of entertaining, good natured anecdotes and philosophies from an exceptionally fully lived life.
    You don't need to be a Tom fan - or even have read his books - to enjoy this.
    Narration is perfect, can't imagine a better match for this book.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neil Peart
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The prolific drummer for the rock band Rush travels through African villages, both large and small, and relates his story through journal entries and tales of adventure, while simultaneously addressing issues such as differences in culture, psychology, and labels. Literary and artistic sidekicks such as Aristotle, Dante, and Van Gogh join Peart and his cycling companions, reminding the listener that this is not just another travel book - it is a story of both external and introspective discovery and adventure.

    Lisa says: "Downbeat and Disappointed in Cameroon"
    "Downbeat and Disappointed in Cameroon"
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    Most helpful thing I have to say - if you're looking for a great book about travelling through Africa on two wheels - get Sam Manicom's "Into Africa".

    My summary of Masked Rider - he didn't enjoy the trip, didn't like Cameroon or it's inhabitants, didn't like his travelling companions. And didn't even manage to get some humour out of it.
    Whatever the opposite of inspiring is, this book was it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flanagan’s Run

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tom McNab
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (105)

    During the Depression the ebullient American entrepreneur Charles Flanagan assembles 2,000 runners from all corners of the earth, to run from Los Angeles to New York for prize-money of $150,000. Flanagan’s Trans-America runners face 3,000 miles, across the Mojave desert and the frozen Rockies, running a daily average of 50 miles for three months.

    Tracy says: "Loved it"
    "A blockbuster movie waiting to be made"
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    Or maybe a mini series.
    Great cast of characters and sub-plots, great period detail, great landscapes, great entertainment.
    And a genuine love of long distance running runs throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (308)

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    "Hard to switch off and go to sleep"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not the usual type of book I go for, but it was genuinely gripping - flows along in a way that makes it really hard to put down at any given point.
    Very well written, sharp and mesmerising insight into two people's psyche's and the tension never stops.
    It did get a bit too dark for my liking, and though I'd like to read more from the author, I read the synopsis for her other books and they sound ever darker, so think I'll give them a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites "The Female Eunuch" from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain...Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina?

    Sara says: "Stirring Stuff!"
    "More than you ever wanted to know"
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    Performance
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    Though I agree with most of her philosophies and opinions on life and feminism,
    I would have liked it if there was a version with not quite so many f and c words in it- more than any other book I've read, or heard of - and the chapter when she's 13 could have done with WAY less detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Africa: Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sam Manicom
    • Narrated By Sam Manicom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    A liberating motorcycle journey through Africa with descriptions of the amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape destiny. Into Africa tells the story of a novice motorcyclist who takes on the challenge of riding the length of the continent just because, 'it seemed like a great idea’.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another great travelogue by Sam Manicom"
    "Great Entertainment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My ideal travel story - great details of the people, countries, landscapes and culture along the way, told in a light-hearted, upbeat, entertaining style. Not a story of soul searching or "finding himself" but not superficial either, packed full of one fascinating episode after another.
    Sam gets fully immersed in Africa and the people around him, and his observations are totally open-minded and non-judgemental. Love that he narrates it himself, and he comes across as a totally likeable guy.
    I loved his pragmatic "just deal with it" attitude - whether getting malaria, dealing with the many excruciating border crossings or having a serious bike crash.
    Found out he's written several more travel books and my only disappointment is - why are they not on audible??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them.

    Reuben says: "Fantastic"
    "An Absolute Gem"
    Overall
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    If you love stories about escaping to the wilderness and living a totally self-sufficient life with only the wildlife for company, you'll love this.
    But what I loved most was Richards' unfailing cheerful, practical, philosophical attitude to everything that happened to him and everything he had to do. This is a guy who gets dropped off in the middle of nowhere and cheerfully sets about building a log cabin from scratch, making every piece of furniture; hunting, fishing and growing food, exploring the surrounding mountains - all of it with no help or company, except for the occasional supply drop and the local friendly wildlife.
    There's no angst or hardship, no preachy-ness, just a genuine appreciation and love for his surroundings, and uncomplaining embracing of the fact that anything you want done, you've got to work out a way to do it yourself.
    It's entertaining, moves at a steady pace, and the overall effect is totally uplifting and inspiring. Makes you want to go live in the mountains and build a log cabin yourself, even if you'd never thought about it before.
    Hard to avoid the cliché - they don't make many like Richard anymore but you so wish they did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazing Sailing Stories: True Adventures from the High Seas

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dick Durham
    • Narrated By Steve Hodson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Tales of adventures on the high seas captivate both sailors and those who stand on the shore and gaze out across the oceans. In this original collection of sea stories, edited by veteran writer Dick Durham, the gamut of human experience is mirrored in a world of tragic shipwrecks and sea monsters, epic races and brave rescues, tall ships and tiny dinghies.

    Matthew says: "Hours of factual unemotional stories"
    "More summaries than stories"
    Overall
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    Some potential great stories, but they're so brief you might as well be reading the blurb on the back cover - or that's how it seemed to me. Even Shackleton's incredible epic journey gets turned into a short and not very impressive story which I wouldn't have thought possible.
    I love amazing sailing stories, but amazing story summaries are not the same thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Follow the River

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Alexander Thom
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (293)

    Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit. With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen.

    Marie says: "Amazing tale of survival"
    "Epic but Grim"
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    It's a truly epic journey and gripping survival story. Mary's ability to survive her hellish ordeal was almost super-human and definitely inspiring, BUT...be warned - it's quite relentlessly grim and harrowing.
    I kept waiting for the small triumphs to come, maybe catching a fish just once, or finding some moss or bark or leaves they could make something out of, but once they were on the trail there were very few light moments or any relief from the constant grimness.
    And that was after the gruesome brutality of the Indian attack and captivity.
    But if you can handle that - definitely recommended as an epic story of survival against all odds, and makes you very grateful for every small comfort - like food, warmth, clothes, river bridges...
    The ending was really great, a long epilogue covering what happened to Mary and her family afterwards which was very satisfying to hear, and put it into context with the history of the time and place. You don't always get that and I really appreciated it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rod: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rod Stewart
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    The long-awaited autobiography of one of rock's true megastars. Rod Stewart (aka Rod The Mod and to a very select few, Dad) was born the working-class son of a Scottish plumber in North London. He was never, as some stories later had it, a professional footballer or a gravedigger, though he did become a bit of a singer - and a fairly good one at that.

    Lisa says: "Totally Entertaining"
    "Totally Entertaining"
    Overall
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    I knew his life would be full of fascinating, entertaining, funny stories and I fully expected to enjoy it, but I had no idea he's such a fantastically entertaining writer.

    If you're interested in him already - definitely get it, you'll love it even more than you expect.
    Detail, honesty and humour by the bucketload. Particularly loved hearing about the process of how certain classic songs came to be written, and all the detail about different bands and people he played with over the years - all written in a totally entertaining way. Always fast moving and entertaining. Never angsty or plodding. Of course not, it's Rod.

    And even if you're not particularly interested in him - get it anyway. It's a brilliant read, never a dull moment. Everything you'd expect, plus fantastic descriptions of life in London and L.A the 50's, 60's, 70's. Lot's of it is hilarious and he comes across as such a likeable person, with the exception of how he treated some women along the way, but even that's O.K since karma eventually got him for it.

    Not only highly recommended - he should write more books!!





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