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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 Face of Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (75)
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    In this major and wholly original contribution to military history, John Keegan reverses the usual convention of writing about war in terms of generals and nations in conflict, which tends to leave the common soldier as cipher. Instead, he focuses on what a set battle is like for the man in the thick of it.

    Ryan says: "Worthwhile for history buffs"
    "Excellent study of battle."
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    All students of war, battle, fighting and especially the officer cadet should read/study this book. John Keegan brings to light some interesting thoughts that any man-of-arms should know and have learnt from. Many people see battle as a breakdown of human nature whilst others the heights of achievements but I believe John Keegan has put it into perspective that shows it as part of human nature and a by-product of the society we live in. Industrialisation, mechanisation have played their roll however so has culture like religion and honour. I do find his assumptions of the future of battle a little naive but his study backs-up his summary.
    I loved this book as it was so much in tuned with my own study in this area however I do need to read not only his source material if possible, but continue to read my own pursuits. I will never complete this hobby reading but it is a passion. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view with my studies, I have never been in combat and so this will hopefully always be an armchair study but this book is excellent in helping me move to a little more understanding of the face of battle.
    I hope his other books are made into audio format.

    0 of 1 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
    (27)
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    (23)
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    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
    (89)
    Performance
    (23)
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    (26)

    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
    (360)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
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    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.

    Melinda says: "Classic Gothic Ghost Tale"
    "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
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    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
  • Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Cathy Yardley
    • Narrated By Cathy Yardley, Michael Anthony Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Are you stuck trying to write a novel? This audiobook goes straight to the point, putting theory in plain language, adding examples from blockbuster stories, and finishing each section with exercises designed to help you work with your characters to write a novel that excites you and your readers.

    Jason says: "Very Helpful Outlines & Bonus Material"
    "Take Notes, every word is a gem"
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    Excellent book on plot. Flies at you at a very quick pace and I suggest you have a note book ready to dot down the pearls of wisdom. Follow this book and you are on your way to writing success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nuremberg Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Tusa, John Tusa
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
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    (59)
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    Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goering, each participant is vividly drawn.

    Sandy says: "A really interesting listen"
    "Great Work"
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    Ann Tusa and John Tusa have created a great piece of work on this subject. If you are a student of this period of history, you need to listen to this book. If you are a student of international law, then listen to this book. If you want to understand this period of history, then listen to this book. Ralph Cosham haunting voice really does justice to this book. This book covers the period, subject and opinions very well. It leaves for dead the movies and documentaries produced on the Nuremberg Trial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birdsong

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (29)
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    Set before and during the Great War, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives to the unprecedented experience of the war itself.

    Kim says: "Fantastic narration of a modern classic"
    "Beautiful"
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    What a beautiful story. Loved Samuel West narration but without Sebastian Faukls writing I don't think this story would have been as beautiful as it was. Sad, yes, prosed nicely, yes, real, yes, captivating, yes. To be fair, I thought the first hour was a rather wishy washy love story, but then once they get into the trenches, wow, what a good book. I have been told the movie is very well done, so straight to get a copy of that to watch. Worth every minute listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cosi Fan Tutti: An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    Neopolitan businessmen, politicians, and eminent mafiosi are assassinated as someone takes literally the job of cleaning up the city's tarnished image. In this mystery, Aurelio Zen discovers that in '90s 'New Italy', things are still the same.

    Jeff Radt says: "Wonderfully entertaining"
    "Much To Do About Nothing"
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    One of those stories where one chases their tail only to end up having it all work out in the end with a few laughs to tie it all up. Not Michael Dibdin's best, but still nice to see that Aurelio Zen hasn't been affected by fame and success, actually this character always just misses out, but he still ends up surviving and not looking too bad. Michael Kitchen is his usually best.
    ZEN LITE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Michael K. Salemi
    Overall
    (143)
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    (125)
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    (127)

    Money and finance play a deeply fundamental role in your life. Now, let an expert professor lead you in a panoramic exploration of our monetary and financial systems, their inner workings, and their crucial role and presence in your world. As a guiding theme of these 36 content-rich lectures, you observe the ways in which economies require efficient and evolving financial institutions and markets to fulfill their potential.

    LongerILiveLessIKnow says: "Bank mysteries only somewhat less mysterious"
    "Money Makes the World Go Round"
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    Professor Michael Salemi has convinced me that the banking system is important, in fact you could say has created the modern world however I don't think I am any wiser on how it all works. Based on the US system he does touch on Europe and a little on Asia. He isn't the best narrator but he does know his stuff and comes across as honest and real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day.

    Sherrill says: "Captivating"
    "Not Many People Know That..."
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    I thought I knew Sir Michael Caine. I love and hate some of his movies. I think he is a loveable guy and great character. As he has got older I think his work gets better but this book shows how little I knew about the man. I found out his favourite movies are mine, well besides Alfie, which I have never seen but it made him. He has worked hard for his career and had a lot of luck. He has had downs and hard times, which come out nicely in this book. What really makes this book is Michael narrating it. His laugh is so funny. Would love to have a dinner with the man, but I don't see that happening, we move in different circles. Love the book, can't say you will understand or know Michael Caine any better but what a trip down memory lane. His accent is so comforting and his story telling captivating. I know he is getting on in age, but please stick around and make more movies, even write more books.
    Love your work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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