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Joseph

Australia | Member Since 2002

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  • 47 reviews
  • 62 ratings
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  • Police

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.

    Joseph says: "Say it ain't so Jo"
    "Say it ain't so Jo"
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    The end of the Harry Hole series?

    What a way to go out! Jo Nesbø wraps up many things and, of course, leaves some things intriguingly unwrapped. The story is wonderfully complex, and filled with old and new characters.

    This is definitely a driveway book (one where you stop in your driveway and keep listening until you find an acceptable place to pause the book and go inside).

    Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett, and Sean Barett have again united to keep me glued to my Audbile iPhone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carl Sandburg
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (64)

    Originally published in six volumes, which sold more than one million copies, Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln was praised as the most noteworthy historical biography of Sandburg’s generation. He later distilled this monumental work into one volume that critics and readers alike consider his greatest work of nonfiction, as well as the most distinguished, authoritative biography of Lincoln ever published.

    Growing up in an Illinois prairie town, Sandburg listened to stories of old-timers who had known Lincoln. By the time this single-volume edition was competed, he had spent a lifetime studying, researching, and writing about our 16th president.

    Joseph says: "No Spoiler Alert"
    "No Spoiler Alert"
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    Story

    Yes, we all know how the story ends.

    But this significant book (44+hours) was well worth the listen. Carl Sandburg tells the story of Abraham Lincoln in a way that had me feeling like I knew the man. I learned the good, bad and completely unexpected about Mr. Lincoln, his beliefs, his relationships, his humour and the amazing times in which he lived.

    Arthur Morey was a wonderful narrator, balancing his delivery and dialects in a measured, respectful and, I thought, unbiased way.

    The ending was sad because it felt like I had lost a friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner’s confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny’s disgraced father. Sonny wants revenge. He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes. Whatever the cost.

    amber says: "Excellent"
    "LOL Funny"
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    No, Jo Nesbø's book, The Son, is not a comedy. In fact, it is filled with the drama, suspense, mystery and surprise that make him such a great author. But I have always enjoyed his twist of phrase, metaphors and wonderful use of language. Listening to The Son while I was wandering through a book store I heard one of his great characters, Kalle, say "But ultimately it was about getting the work/life balance right". And I did, in fact, laugh out loud. Why? You'l have to listen to the book to find out.

    The Son takes place in familiar settings (Oslo) with some familiar groups (Crime Squad, Kripos) but with new and complicated characters.

    Although there were a few moments that tested my credulity, this was another Nesbø book that I just could't put down!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler.

    Kenzibit says: "All for the PEACE & FREEDOM we enjoy today."
    "A fascinating story of the long road to liberation"
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    As my father served in the 45th Division, I read with interest Alex Kershaw’s story of Felix Spark’s Sicily to Dachau odyssey. The story is detailed and personal, providing real insight into the reality of war and the horrendous conditions that soldiers faced.

    Fred Sanders does a good job interpreting the emotion as well as the variety of Italian, French and German words. I wish he had not done accents, which I found to be caricatures and distracting.

    All in all, it is a book I recommend, as it brings to life a time which is fast fading from our memories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1476)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1320)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "The missing context!"
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    I grew up with a great deal of instruction about christianity, but very little about Jesus himself. Reza Aslan crafts a story which breathes life into what I had perceived to be an archaic time. His style is approachable and not pretentious.

    Reza's description of the life and times of Jesus made me realise that almost every New Testament verse I had heard, read or memorised was out of context. It is that context which makes the book so compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donnie Eichar
    • Narrated By Donnie Eichar
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (198)

    In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

    Madeleine says: "Engaging and Creepy"
    "A dramatic unraveling of a 50 year mystery"
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    Donnie Eichar cleverly weaves his personal story into this decades old mystery. His approach is methodical and captivating. I felt as though I was trying to unravel the evidence along with him.

    His narration was steady and nearly monotone, which for me, added to the suspense. This story could have been sensationalised which would have done it a disservice.

    The book kept me engaged throughout. In my mind's eye I still find myself seeing that mountain and those hikers, feeling the cold and hearing that wind.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer
    • Narrated By Theresa McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (399)

    A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys.

    John B. Hayes says: "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"
    "Narrator captured the awful attitude of the book"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the book had been rewritten with some respect for science, education and the reader.


    What was most disappointing about Chrissy Stockton and Sarah Heuer ’s story?

    The story wasn't horrible, but the way it was told was offputting.


    What about Theresa McCarthy’s performance did you like?

    She seemed to capture the cynical, hypocritical, immature, disrespectful, humourless attitude of the author.


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

    Interesting cover.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cockroaches

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Harry is on a special mission. Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and Harry has been sent to investigate. It’s clear that the Ambassador’s family are hiding some secrets of their own, but few people are willing to talk.He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal. When Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage, things only get more complicated.

    Ian C Robertson says: "Retrospective"
    "Flashback"
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    If you could sum up Cockroaches in three words, what would they be?

    Steamy
    Suspenseful
    Surprising


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Maybe not the very edge, but the suspense was there along with my curiosity to know more.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read the rest of the Harry Hole series prior to reading Cockroaches, I found this to be a giant "flashback" to a character I already knew. It added some background to the other books. The book reamiand a compelling read full of all the interesting twists and wonderful language of Jo Nesbo and Don Bartlett.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wilson

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By A. Scott Berg
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson - the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th president.

    Joseph says: "The 28th President Brought to Life"
    "The 28th President Brought to Life"
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    I would have had no interest in reading Wilson, except that I heard the author interviewed on an Australian radio program. My preconception of the former President was of a bland, formal, humourless and ineffectual leader. I confess that this view was based on my own ignorance, and the few grainy black and white photos I had seen.

    So with that backdrop, I touched play and proceeded to have all of those thoughts turned on their heads. I was enthralled by this story. A story so connected to modern politics and world events. A story of emotion and humanity, not a dry chronology of the movements and decisions of the man.

    It is a story well told and well narrated. As the book unfolded I found myself connected with Woodrow Wilson, as well as his family, friends, enemies and the fascinating times in which he lived.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3952)
    Performance
    (3517)
    Story
    (3538)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Spoiler Alert!"
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    This is a familiar story told in a new and compelling way. I enjoyed learning more about the assassin, the plot, the accomplices, the motive and the implications.

    The “chronological count down” adds suspense to a story to which we already know the ending.

    As other reviews have mentioned, Mr. O’Reilly misread his own book. The Calvary / Cavalry mix up was bad for two reasons: first it was annoying, grating and distracted from the drama of the story. And secondly, because no one, not the author, narrator, editor, director nor publisher cared enough to correct the mistake. That is either lazy or a gross disregard for the audience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (114)

    Talk about a fish story! New York Times and Harper's columnist Mark Kurlansky offers "history filtered through the gills of the fish trade." David McCullough, the historian behind John Adams, says Kurlansky's "charming tale" of a "seemingly improbable idea" will change the way people think of the fish and the history.

    Karen says: "A great fish story"
    "I believe in Cod"
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    This is a wonderfully written book. Mark Kurlansky’s protagonist could be seen as just a rather boring fish. But he demonstrates that this fish has been in the middle of great struggles, political battles, economic experiments and even wars. He throws a net around a thousand disparate facts and hauls in a fascinating catch.

    I was less enthused by the narration. Whilst it was a solid performance I found the accents forced, even caricature like.

    Chapters begin with a recipe, a nice technique that I quite enjoyed in the book “Like water for chocolate”. But I read that book, and listened to this one. It leaves me convinced that recipes are meant to be read, not heard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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