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Brodie

An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

Mornington, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (96)

    Mr George Smiley is small, podgy, and at best, middle-aged. He is disillusioned, wrestles with idleness, and has been deserted by his beautiful wife. He is also compassionate, ruthless and a senior British intelligence officer in short-lived retirement from the Circus the British Secret Service organisation situated in London. But Moscow centre has infiltrated a mole into the Circus and it’s more than likely that the perpetrator is Karla Smiley’s old adversary and his opposite number in Moscow.

    Geoff says: "Top Narration"
    "Great but hard work"
    Overall

    Not 'easy listening' but if you like the tales of Smiley with all his dower manorisms, this is an epic. Be warned though you can lose the thread and may need to go back a chapter or two unless you listen in one long session. Worth it for all that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Hodges
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

    Blashy says: "WAY too technical !!"
    "Better than the film certainly"
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    A big book at so many levels. Not so much a read/listen as an education. The man himself was just as much an Enigma as his nemesis. Not for everyone but with holding the course from an historical perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At the Mercy of the Sea: The True Story of Three Sailors in a Caribbean Hurricane

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Kretschmer
    • Narrated By Patrick Conn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    "The tale of Carl Wake and the hurricane that was waiting for him goes straight to the heart of the greatest sea stories: they are not about man against the sea, but man against himself. John Kretschmer's audiobook is as perfectly shaped and flawlessly written as such a story can be. In addition to being the best depiction I have ever listened to of what it is like to be inside a hurricane at sea, At the Mercy of the Sea is as moving a story of a man's failure and redemption as can be found anywhere in the literature of the sea. This audiobook is surely destined to become a classic."

    Brodie says: "If sailing tales are your 'thing' then listen"
    "If sailing tales are your 'thing' then listen"
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    Yuo do need to know something about sailing big boats and the challenges of making long passages to get the most out of this book but even for the novice with an imagination it works. 'The Cruel Sea' is an old reflection but oh so true. If you are unlucky, if you don't think things through, if you are unprepared, the bite of the ocean can be hard and relentless. Many brave and sensible sailors have lost the battle let alone the novices. For anyone planning a voyage this book will sharpen your thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Seas: An Overweight, Middle-Aged Computer Nerd Buys His First Boat, Quits His Job, and Sails Off to Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Glenn Damato
    • Narrated By René Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Do you have a dream you must pursue, but everyone says it's unrealistic? Or that you're not qualified? Too old, too out of shape? Or you don't have the "right experience?" Glenn Damato was a 41-year-old software instructor who sought to exceed the bounds of his comfortable but humdrum existence. He embarked on an adventure for which he was miserably unprepared. Why did he do this? How did he answer the ancient human question: how do we jump-start growth in our lives? We become something we were not.

    Michael says: "If it fly's floats or f.... - its cheaper to rent"
    "A great sea chuckle!"
    Overall
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    A great fun tale that reveals insights into the human condition with regards romance, the sea and taking on a project on a whim. From the get-go it is a light hearted nautical romp of a man with wit, humor and observational powers. As you will discover, he deserved much more than he got for no other reason that his tenacity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Salvaneschi
    • Narrated By Andrew Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (58)

    Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.

    John S. says: "If you're into maritime adventure"
    "Great tale let down by production"
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    For anyone interested in ocean sailing this is a great tale, if not interested in sailing it will be very repetitive. But what is not acceptable is the production. There are more than 10 entries of duplicated reads where the wrong passages have not been edited out. This is just production laziness and should not be accepted by Audible! Then there in pronunciation of place names. This is not the reader's fault it is the responsibility of the director; before any book is read a little bit of research into how places are pronounced should be a undertaken but in this book I cringed at the Australian mispronunciation. I also hear it with American reads about places in England. Come on people, readers are 'actors' and Directors should know how a place is pronounced, it makes the reader look hick which is not fair. Matt Armstrong, the Director and Producer needs to go back to audio book production school!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sea of Fire: Tom Clancy's Op-Center #10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik, Jeff Rovin
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    America's most proficient covert operations team, hand-picked for its intelligence, analysis, and crisis-management skills, has had many a tough situation thrown at it. Years ago, before North Korea made its belligerent intentions known to the world, Op-Center's first mission was to thwart a crisis on the Korean peninsula. Since then, it has dealt with the machinations of Russian hard-liners, prevented the resurgence of age-old hatred in Germany, gone underground to prevent Kurdish terrorists from destabilizing the Middle East, subjugated the tensions of rebellious Basques....

    Vaughan says: "A great no fuss read"
    "This is so thin it should be binned."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If this is what is now going to come out of the Clancy stable, this horse is bolting. It misses any of the rich characterization the TC sewed into his books of the past. If TC cannot write anymore do not fool the public to assume he is at the helm. If he is then he as asleep! TC you have just loss me as a customer. Good luck and let us know when you, yourself pen another piece of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (358)

    Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

    Theresa says: "Chilling..Fantastic"
    "Dreary, but that might be the point"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    That is possibly not fair, it is 'muddy' and it does 'drudge' but the subject is a molasses topic and so I guess it was always heading in that direction. It works but it deosn't grab.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (930)

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    David says: "An SCAer's dream"
    "I had high hopes but should have left it at book 1"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It starts in the real world and slowly loses the plot. It is just another twist on the galloping 'Thrones' machine and it really doesn't get there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14624)
    Performance
    (13693)
    Story
    (13713)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Great fun in a 'do-it-yourself' kind of way"
    Overall
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    An intergalactic tale of how to make a swiss army knife out of space junk, easy and almost believable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (37)

    As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War. When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene.

    leonie says: "A great ending to the trilogy"
    "Classic Follett"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    How he does it I will never know, weaving all the threads into an audio Beyeux. I great pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1497)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "1 of three and a good listen (for the genre)"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Get them in sequence and buy them rather than use your credits as they are good value. His (theoretical and believable) grasp of the world of computers if fun. Not easy to put down

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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