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Damien

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 128 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • A Game of Thrones (Part One): Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (531)

    This is Part One of Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is unabridged and split into two parts. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

    Darrell says: "Great story and performance."
    "Australians getting ripped off again?"
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    No one needs me to tell them how good George R. R. Martin's series is. However I did find it disappointing that Australians are forced to buy this book in two parts. The full book is available to other regions so why not for us? It is for this reason I have given the overall rating 1 star. Also if you are coming to the books from the brilliant TV series as I did you may find Roy Dotrice's performance of some characters off-putting as they are so different.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking News: Sex, Lies and the Murdoch Succession

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Paul Barry
    • Narrated By Robert Meldrum
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    At the age of 82, Rupert Murdoch is divorcing his third wife Wendi Deng and gearing up for the toughest challenge of his life: to hand his empire on to his children. But is this the end of the Murdoch dynasty? Lachlan doesn't want to succeed him. James is in disgrace. And Elisabeth is not a serious contender. His grip on the group has also been weakened by scandal. His British tabloids have been caught hacking phones and bribing officials on an industrial scale.

    Damien says: "Gripping and mind boggling"
    "Gripping and mind boggling"
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    This book is presented in four parts: a history of the Murdoch empire and the man himself; a history and character study of his three children by his second wife (who are the ones most involved in or around his business); a history of the illegal activities (such as phone hacking and corruption) by parts of the Murdoch press; and a description of the fallout of the illegal activities for the corporation and the Murdochs themselves. This part also deals with who might run what when Rupert is no longer in charge.

    While the whole book is good for me the best part by far was part III which described the illegal activities and the attempted cover up. Some of this was gripping and I had to force myself to stop listening just so I could get some sleep before work the next day! The callousness and arrogance was mind boggling at times. Parts I and II were also interesting especially reading about the capabilities and characters of his children.

    I've been a fan of Paul Barry ever since reading The Rise and Rise of Kerry Packer and have also enjoyed his stints on Media Watch.This book another great addition to his work and is well worth your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • El Borak and Other Desert Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Robert E. Howard is famous for creating such immortal heroes as Conan the Cimmerian, Solomon Kane, and Bran Mak Morn. Less well-known but equally extraordinary are his non-fantasy adventure stories set in the Middle East and featuring such two-fisted heroes as Francis Xavier Gordon, known as "El Borak", Kirby O'Donnell, and Steve Clarney. This trio of hard-fighting Americans, civilized men with more than a touch of the primordial in their veins, marked a new direction for Howard's writing.

    Damien says: "Dumb Fun!"
    "Dumb Fun!"
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    Story

    Leave your brain at the door and enjoy the ride as El Borak, otherwise know as Francis Xavier Gordon rips it up through Central and South Asia and the Middle East. Most of this collection of short adventure stories set in the late 19th or early 20th century follows Gordon as he outfights, out-toughs, outwits and generally rolls over anyone and anything that gets in his way. There are a few stories that do not star Gordon but they similar in style to the Gordon stories. Great dumb fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10567)
    Performance
    (9590)
    Story
    (9610)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Excellent"
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    Any additional comments?

    It's 6:30am and it was a real struggle to get up for work this morning. I stayed up *way* too late finishing this book last night. Thank you Mr. Clines, thank you very much.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Alexander of Macedonia: The World Conquered

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robin Lane Fox
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Alexander the Great is the most famous king and conqueror known in the ancient world. In his lifetime, he was given honors equal to those of the gods. After his death, he became a legend and the “Alexander Romance” became the best-selling fiction of the medieval world.

    W. F. Rucker says: "An Enjoyable Introduction to Alexander the Great"
    "Good introduction to Alexander"
    Overall

    I thought these lectures were a pretty good introduction to Alexander. Robin Lane Fox's reading was engaging enough to make my daily commute and lunch time jogs more enjoyable. The production is alright as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Peloponnesian War, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thucydides
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    Historians universally agree that Thucydides was the greatest historian who has ever lived, and that his story of the Peloponnesian conflict is a marvel of forensic science and fine literature. That such an historical work would be simultaneously acknowledged as a work of great literature and a penetrating ethical evaluation of humanity is one of the miracles of ancient history.

    Michael says: "Come prepared"
    "Very good, but maybe not for the casual listener."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this volume. Be warned though if this is your first foray into this period of history the deluge of unfamiliar names and places can be a little confusing at times. I thought all of the introductions were good and I have listened to them multiple times. The narration by Charlton Griffin is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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