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Brad

Robina, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Tobruk

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    In the early days of April 1941, the 14,000 Australian forces garrisoned in the Libyan town of Tobruk were told to expect reinforcements and supplies within eight weeks. Eight months later these heroic, gallant, determined "Rats of Tobruk" were rescued by the British Navy having held the fort against the might of Rommel's never-before-defeated Afrika Corps.

    J B Tipton says: "Fair dinkum"
    "Another Aussie Classic from Fitzsimons"
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    This is the classic true tale of the Tobruk siege as told by the premier Aussie historical author, Peter Fitzsimons. An abridged version of the siege could be told in 4 hours, but the depth of research undertaken and the unrivalled re-telling in this book is equal to his other works, that is outstanding.

    I was often disappointed to get to the end of my drive and have to stop listening. Not only a captivating story, but a history lesson as well. Listen to this and then listen to "Kokoda" by the same author, you will not be disappointed. This is not predominantly a war story, it is a story of Aussie guts, adversity, mate ship and triumph, in a simpler time when the world was at war.

    The narration by Bower is another excellent job. He has narrated other of Fitzsimons works with equal success and passion.

    This story epitomises the Aussie spirit, told from a partially biased perspective, as all home grown stories are. Long live the legend of Jack Edminson VC. Listen to this book and you will know what I mean.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (541)

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "Violently explicit - The way it is."
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    This book has been written from the heart, with the emotion of someone who was there and didn't come home the same way he went. A very realistic tale of the horrors of war with a good insight into the way the 'good guys' play war compared to those on the other side.
    If you have a week stomach some of the verbal graphics may be a bit confronting, but not a patch on the hell that these guys endured. On the down side, this was a bit of a 'Ra Ra USA is the best' type story, that could have benefited from a bit of information from the other perspective. Although it is acknowledged that it was the writer's perspective, and he would not have been interested in the other perspective, hence the war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Don Hagen, Victoria Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    This Chinese treatise on war was written by Sun Tzu in the 6th century BC. Each one of the 13 chapters is devoted to a different aspect of warfare, making it the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time. Studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel it is still one of the most influential works on the subject and is required reading in most military academies around the world.

    Ben says: "It was OK"
    "Useful knowledge, Ancient, but still useful"
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    This book has been a staple learning text for military schools for hundreds of years, and the lessons are still applicable for daily life, military or civilian. The tone of the narator tended to be a bit droll after a while, but the introduction of the female explanatory narrator was a welcome change. A very enlightening book that will provide at least a couple of life hints to every listener. Not a novel, this is a serious learning experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2205)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1843)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Jackie says: "I should have listen to the other reviewers"
    "Revalations 101 for the modern man"
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    This was truely enlightening. Everyone knows the old chestnut about folded arms being a physical communications barrier, but this book puts all of the jigsaw pieces together. It also points out that eg. folded arms, alone, is not the full story. The delivery by Paul Costanzo was a little cluncky in areas, almost like the narrator took a breath mid sentence or mid word.
    I will listen to this one again to pick up the subtleties that I missed in the magnitude of information.
    In reality, the less people that listen to this book, the more I will have the upper hand in negotiations etc. It is easy to put into practice the "secrets" that Joe explains. I was noticing minute body cues after the very early parts of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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