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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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  • Rainbow Six

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1616)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1326)

    Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark is the newly named head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, he must stop a terrorist group of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

    Nathan says: "Rainbow Six review"
    "Tom Clancy (Top Cat)"
    Overall

    Adictive and a delight to move outside of the Ryan tales. For anyone into Clancy make sure you 'do' the Ryan tales before you get this one....then get this one!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10870)
    Performance
    (9374)
    Story
    (9362)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "Please do not be offended"
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    I have a number of books about wars over the ages and extraordinary feats of bravery and cunning but until not I have never read a biography about someone who 'enjoyed' the process of killing and it does not sit comfortably for me. Kyle is a tough man and it is no mean feat to become a Seal, the demands are not for the average person, nor is it for any of the world's Special Forces they are indeed 'Special'. The training is tough, it has to be and to survive you have to have incredibly rapid decision making abilities and no compunction as to the outcome. That doesn't mean you have to 'like' what you are doing. Being a professional in any job is to be motivated by being exceptional, about doing what you have been trained for to the best of your ability. This book is, in great measure, about the 'high' experienced in taking life and could, unfortunately used in anti-US proper-gander to 'prove' the US blood lust which is terribly unfortunate. You have to be very very supportive of the way the US, and their Allies as well, conduct themselves as individuals and en mass in warfare, to actually enjoy this book. If an Australian Soldier had written this book, word for word, I do have to say I would not feel the same respect for the individual that I hold for the Armed Forces in general. That being said, it is probably important because it should raise questions about how we train our young men and women but that is a whole different story. Again, to my US cousins, please do not take this criticism as a crusade against your Country, it isn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Larry Jacobson
    • Narrated By Larry Jacobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe. Willing to risk all, Jacobson spent six years sailing into the unknown where the unrelenting oceans served as a teacher of seamanship, personal strength, and perseverance. In The Boy Behind the Gate, the author reveals those crucial steps that will motivate you to make your dreams come true. We are each given one great opportunity at life. What are you going to do with yours?

    LINDA says: "Wonderful!!!"
    "If you are anti gay, don't listen, if not great!"
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    OK this is about Gay skipper and the gay way of life. If that is not your cupper, leave now but if it is ok with you then this is a truly fun listen. The tenacity of our hero is remarkable for he and his crew suffers more than his fair share of mishaps. It is a tail of a dream fulfilled and a cautionary tale about anyone with similar ambitions. 'Julia' is a floating bar to which all are invited such is their generosity. The bar is a magnet for meeting people, learning about seamanship and attitudes. It is undeniably a major achievement, costly beyond imaginings and a great example to anyone who can dream but that's as far as it gets. Go on, listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cruising in Seraffyn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey
    • Narrated By Kitty Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    The cruising tale is full of the sights and sounds, the fragrances and native customs of foreign lands, especially Central American and the Caribbean. It is a story of a leisurely sail through the Gulf of Cortez and on through Panama Canal to the Azores and England. Cruising in Seraffyn is also a carefully thought out guide to living aboard a small boat, with fun and economy as the guiding principles. Four appendices provide data that is vital for anyone comtemplating long-distance cruising.

    Teresa says: "An Incredible Journey"
    "Fun but out of date to be of value"
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    A great tale about bygone times. Going through the Panama Canal then was under ten bucks, today our boat cost $1800. The friendliness, so much a part of this tale, has long since gone and who can blame the islanders. Today you have to be very careful traveling the world albeit nothing has changed in terms of dealing with the weather. Kitty gives a great read so all power to her. If you just like sea tales then fine but it has almost no value these days in terms of cruising.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left for Dead: The Untold Story of the Tragic 1979 Fastnet Race

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nick Ward, Sinead O'Brien
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Fastnet Race is the world famous yacht race from the Isle of Wight to the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland and back. The race of 1979 began in perfect weather conditions but within 48 hours, the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing struck off the south coast of Ireland. By the time it had passed, the havoc caused was immeasurable. Even more devastating, it had mercilessly taken the lives of 15 sailors.

    Brodie says: "A must for all sailing addicts"
    "A must for all sailing addicts"
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    This book is about the human spirit, the desire to try, to pit ones skills against nature as much as it is about sailing. The race of 79 was terrible but the stories it produced are well worth a listen if you have a yen to be at sea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote Lost at Sea: The Story of Mike Plant, America's Daring Solo Circumnavigator

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Julia Plant
    • Narrated By Kitty Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    When Coyote and its skipper, Mike Plant, went missing mid-Atlantic in November 1992, the sailing world held its breath. Now, 20 years later, the story around the mystery, tragedy, and enigma is told at last. Mike Plant came to ocean racing late; as an American in a sport dominated by European sailors he was an underdog. And yet he won his class in the 1986-87 Around Alone 24,000-mile race, beating competitors with more experience, among them Hal Roth. Plant led an adrenaline-fueled life, full of seemingly suicidal adventures and yet his charismatic personality attracted hundreds of friends.

    Thomas says: "Impressive Story"
    "Powerful expose about finding what drives the few"
    Overall
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    A remarkable tale if you like stories about the sea and sailing. Actually it is more than that, it is a tale about a person who is 'damaged' or is he? If he just non-conformist? Does he have demons that are larger than life or is he intoxicated with finding out the limits to which we can place upon ourselves? Either way a jolly good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love with a Chance of Drowning: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Torre DeRoche
    • Narrated By Candice Moll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    City girl Torre DeRoche isn’t looking for love, but a chance encounter in a San Francisco bar sparks an instant connection with a soulful Argentinean man who unexpectedly sweeps her off her feet. The problem? He’s just about to cast the dock lines and voyage around the world on his small sailboat, and Torre is terrified of deep water. However, lovesick Torre determines that to keep the man of her dreams, she must embark on the voyage of her nightmares, so she waves good-bye to dry land and braces for a life-changing journey that’s as exhilarating as it is terrifying.

    Sherrie says: "Great Fun & A Fantastic Adventure"
    "Candice could read the newspaper and make it great"
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    The tale is fun for anyone that likes real life adventure. For an old salt it raises so many 'if only's' so if you are past the six oh and are still dreaming this might raise the wish level. Of course I am biased as the heroine is Australian and thus adds that optimistic kink to the world but during the tale we hear about more than one passage, we hear about the passage into the real world, one that most will never ever experience because they think they can't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Hodges
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    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.

    Linda says: "Mixed Review"
    "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 2 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
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    "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.

    1 of 1 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
    (54)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    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!"
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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
    (75)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (62)

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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