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Michael

Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4590)
    Performance
    (2229)
    Story
    (2232)

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "Marketing has a lot to learn from this book"
    Overall

    Valuable insight into why somethings take off and others possibly flop. Not sure if "The Tipping Point" is the answer or one of the contributors to why things happen. My experience is that everything is connected to each other in various degrees, but this book sure puts a good case for the authors theories. A little confusing in parts, but the authors voice is easy to listen to. A valuable book for marketing type people. Worth the listen to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Common Law

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Oliver Wendell Holmes
    • Narrated By Robert Morris
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This is one of the true classics in world legal literature. Written by a master of law and language, it is a primary source book for anyone interested either in legal theory or political science. For the layman, it serves to clarify the very essence of the common law, the cornerstone of our present legal system.

    PHIL says: "For law geeks; not a light read"
    "Heavy going"
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    Now I know why lawyers get paid so much. This stuff is dry and hard to plough through. My plan is to keep listening to these law books so it might rub off on me. I understood little of this book and found my head swimming in a swamp of history and basic law terms. I will come back to this book for a second reading once I get other books under my belt. Robert Morris is a rather boring narrator but the subject matter isn't easy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Finish: An Aurelio Zen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    After his adventures in Cosi Fan Tutti, Aurelio Zen finds himself back in Rome, sneezing in a damp wine cellar and being given another unorthodox assignment - to release the jailed scion of an important wine-growing family.

    Denise says: "Not a long finish"
    "Life can be a bottle of wine, good or bad"
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    The use of accents are now becoming a little cliché. Michael Kitchen is his usual high standard and the author Michael Dibdin has really developed into a enjoyable writer. Pity he has died. The story is interesting and moves along nicely. There is no real confusion with characters or plot and watching Zen do his job even with the ills that hit him out of the dark so to speak is wonderful, although he does seem to be resting on his Loral's. I guess he is coming to the end of his career and now knows the score so why upset the system. Never the less he does an adequate job and learns a little about truffles and wine in this case. This book will not make you an expert in these subjects but perhaps appreciate them a little more, and the reason not to keep rats as pets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (279)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "FANTASTIC"
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    Richard Armitage is the best. I nice take on the tale. Worth every cent and every minute listening to it. Do yourself a favour and get this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of the Samurai: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jonathan Clements
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country from the next 500 years. Clements also looks at the Samurai wars that tore Japan apart in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the caste was finally demolished in the advent of the mechanized world.

    BB Bray says: "As Audio Book - Boring"
    "An Excellent History of the Samurai"
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    Well told and superbly narrated this book is an excellent overview of the Samurai. From the start to present day we see the history, the development, and finally the demise. The book shows how the idea of Samurai was used and abused in the 20th Century for political, social and media goals. Jonathan Clements has opinions and views but generally the book covers the topic in a level handed way to make the reader (listener) feel it is balanced and objective. Just over 12 hours long, it is a brief view of the Samurai which if this subject interest you, you'll fly through and find fascinating.
    Loved the book and the narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Man Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jordan Gaither
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    First published in the UK in May 1919, My Man Jeeves is a compilation of short stories by P. G. Wodehouse. Of the eight stories in the set, half presents the famous characters Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, whereas the others concern Reggie Pepper, an early prototype for Wooster.

    Charlotte says: "Narrator not up to the task"
    "Terrible"
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    Other books in the series cover these stories in this book. Jordan Gaither American accent is all wrong. Don't listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ned Kelly: The Story of Australia's Most Notorious Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs. Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy's brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home?

    Michael says: "Not the best telling of the story of Ned Kelly"
    "Not the best telling of the story of Ned Kelly"
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    First of all I don't like this authors (Peter FitzSimons) style of writing or history. Second, the narrator Richard Aspel is dreadful. Thirdly, there are better books than this one on the telling of the Ned Kelly Gang incidents.
    Peter FitzSimons isn't a very good historian, but he does try. He tends to take a side and skew the telling. Don't get me wrong, he can write and his newspaper column is one of my favourite Sunday readings, but his telling of history is not good. He tells a story, that some might like to listen or read but not me.
    Richard Aspel seems to make every sentence a drama filled statement, even when it isn't. I don't think he could read a dozen words without stopping which makes the continuity hard to listen to. By the end of the book, I just wanted the whole thing finished with. It was hard to get through this book, mainly due to his narration.
    If the epilog had introduced the book, without the what happen to the characters after Edward Kelly departed us (spoiler alert) this book might have been forgivable, but it is too one sided, too 'the truth is in the telling' and too sensational.
    I have listen and read some other of Peter FitzSimons books and as an author, he doesn't impress me, as a media personality, I like him, as a historian I am not happy with. This book was a personal quest for Mr FitzSimons who describes it as "a big boofy bearded guy writing about a big boofy bearded guy". (Not exact quote). If you like Mr FitzSimons story telling, then buy the book and read it and skip Richard Aspel narration. If you want to read better books on the history, then go to the back and see which books Mr FitzSimons has used for reference and research.
    Not the best book on Ned Kelly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Persuading, Convincing and Influencing Others

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    In this new book from the best-selling author of Drive, Dan Pink explores the ways in which we can all improve our sales skills in every area of our lives and identifies the three personal qualities and four essential skills necessary to move people. Relying on science rather than platitudes and analysis instead of exhortation, Dan builds on his own sales experience and on the profiles of some of the world's best salespeople - and makes us look again at our own sales skills.

    Michael says: "The best of Pink's work thus far"
    "The best of Pink's work thus far"
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    I have listen to Daniel Pink's books and find that they usually don't convince me of their arguments however this book is good. Not that he totally convinced me that it is human nature to sell, perhaps to trade, convince and work for each others benefits, but to sell, well to sell is to scam and this book didn't convince me other than that idea. To say that, not all sales people are scammers but lets face it, no trade is perfect, somebody pays.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosetta Key

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Dietrich
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (27)

    Gage finds himself hurled into the Holy Land in dogged pursuit of an ancient Egyptian scroll imbued with magic, even as Bonaparte launches his 1799 invasion of Israel, which will climax at the epic siege of Acre. Pursuing Napoleon to France, where the general hopes ancient secrets will catapult him to power, the wily and inventive Gage faces old enemies with unlikely new friends.

    Craig says: "A Good Book"
    "National Treasure - Napoleonic Style"
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    Pure formalistic action adventure that is fun and totally unbelievable. Saying that it is a good listen to. Jeff Woodman does an excellent job and this book is better than the previous. Yes it is over the top in parts and the history is skewed but what a romp through the sands of the Holy Land. A fun action adventure that would of kept the serial movie viewers of the 1930s very happy. Don't expect too much from this book and you will be pleasantly pleased by a fun story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in Black

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Paul Ansdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (304)

    Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

    Karen says: "good story and narration"
    "At last a ghost story that is scary"
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    Wonderfully written, wonderfully narrated. Paul Ansdell does an excellent job narrating Susan Hill's book, The Woman in Black. The cover saids "The classic ghost story" and it is. Loved every minute of it. Slightly predictable but done so well you enjoy the journey. Movies now days make the ending so dramatic, and this does as well, but more realistic, or possible without all the special effects and shock treatment. I am now going to get the film to watch to see how they have interpreted it. I also here it has been done as a stage play to good effect. Worth studying this work for writing techniques as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems. As Zen is drawn deeper into the complex and ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.

    Sandy says: "We have found the perfect narrator for Zen and..."
    "The past is another country, you can only visit."
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    I am sure I wrote a review earlier. This is one of Michael Dibdin best. Aurelio returns to Venice on a little detour to what perhaps he should be doing. Things have changed and although Aurelio gets to the root of it all, he isn't wanted. He loses, he wins, he is nowhere. Just goes to show you can't go back, it isn't there anymore. This book puts it so nicely. As Aurelio puts it at the end of the book speaking to some tourist, "I'm sorry, I can't help you, I'm a visitor here myself", or something like that. Cameron Stewart isn't Michael Kitchen, but does an adequate job. Love the book, love the series. Worth the listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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