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David

Berkeley Vale, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Sears
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (63)

    The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: On this single day, the battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

    David says: "Excellent Book"
    "Civil War tragedy"
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    Any additional comments?

    I found the book to be compelling, I am quite familiar with the story but this version delves deeper into the flaws of the players and ends up being a study in hubris. other reviews have had a problem with the different accents but I like the way they helped differentiate each character and felt they improved rather than detracted from the experience. A welcome addition to any civil war obsessive's library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D-E-D Dead!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Geoffrey McGeachin
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Alby's partner Harry is gunned down in a Double Bay coffee shop. By lunchtime Alby realizes someone wants him dead - and they want him dead now. All Alby wants is some pasta, a good bottle of wine and to know more about the mysterious Grace Goodluck. But he also has to figure out who shot Harry and who wants him dead. Unfortunately for Alby, the answer lies over the razor wire and past mines protecting a top-secret US military facility deep in the central Australian desert. Now that can really ruin your day.

    Tracey says: "world pix"
    "Fun spy thriller"
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    What made the experience of listening to D-E-D Dead! the most enjoyable?

    Deep it isn't, but there's a lightness of touch and an almost ironic sense of bemusement that plays around the edges of absurdity, that makes the listening experience always amusing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like your books playful and not requiring a huge intellectual investment DED Dead is a good way to pass a few hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perdido Street Station: New Crobuzon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Jonathan Oliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

    David says: "Not My Cup Of Tea"
    "Not My Cup Of Tea"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    As a fan of Sci Fi and Fantasy fiction I have been interested in reading a China Mieville book for some time, I read the young Adult oriented Unlondon and found it too young for me so thought I'd give this one a go which has been well reviewed. I just found it to have no real dramatic thrust and the characters were quite unclear and unengaging to me, the author spends most of the time describing the detail and minutae of the world which I'm sure appeals to some readers but I wanted more attention on the story and characters and ultimately found it disappointing.


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