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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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