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David

A lover of Classics, humorous literature, bizarre fantasy and crazed crime and Sci-fi.

Woonona, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • One Summer: America 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

    Ian says: "Classic Bryson"
    "Bill Bryson and his stunning works"
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    Bill Bryson has yet again shown his exceptional talent for the creation of entertaining and instructive non-fiction texts. To those who have already listened or read a Bill Bryson title, you know that his work is unparalleled in its' ability to instruct and entertain using true stories and Bill Bryson's excellent research.

    One Summer America 1927, basically tells you what the book is focussed on. This brief period of time in the first half of the 20th century laid the ground work for many and varied events on the world stage. This was the time of the "roaring twenties", the pre-depression period, the creation of many ideas, inventions and dreams. America was reaching a turning point that would help to change the world forever.

    This book tells the tales of audacious aircraft pilots, pioneering inventors, sports stars, bucking politicians, dastardly murderers and ploting mobsters. Bill Bryson delves into the depths of matters of this period and analyses the effects of the happenings on the future and how they were effected by the past.

    One Summer America 1927 is a stunning example of Bill Bryson's best work and is delightfully humorous and clever whilst being able to instruct and inform.

    So listen on, for there is One Summer in America during 1927 that is amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Steam

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (216)

    To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

    Jacobus says: "It is like being bitten by a black ribbon vampire"
    "Terry Pratchett: Past the bounds of imagination."
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    Terry Pratchett is a well known writer of humorous Science Fiction and Fantasy. His popular series is Discworld. A world perched on the back of four elephants whom themselves stand on the shell of a gigantic turtle that swims through space. On this world logic takes the back seat as magic drives towards a cliff and since its conception by Terry Pratchett, the Discworld has created more than forty stories that push the bounds of imagination and make fun of everything from the traditional view of witches to the stereotypical view of operatic actors and singers.

    Raising Steam is Sir Terry's latest work, in the sub-story line of the character Moist Von Lipwig, a former serial confidence trickster, who after being hanged to within an inch of his life, was employed by the Patrician of Ankh Morpork, the despotic Lord Vetinari, to rebuild several of the important services within Ankh Morpork.
    However with the rise of the steam locomotive to the Discworld, Moist Von Lipwig is charged with making its introduction smooth and without hitches. But troubles stir as the ultra-radical and conservative Dwarven 'Grags' begin to make their presence felt.

    I found this story amusing and highly clever in the use of the common ideas for the hay-days of the railway revolution and the amusing way that Terry Pratchett tied ideas together to create such an excellent story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monarch of the Glen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Compton Mackenzie
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    The ancient clan spirit is not yet dead in the Scottish highlands, with Donald MacDonald of Ben Nevis ruling the roost at wild, craggy Glenbogle Castle. Woe betide those who trespass on this Chieftain's kingdom. So when a hapless bunch of Sassenach hikers invades the glens, camping on Ben Nevis's beloved land and disturbing his prized grouse, they are in for the shock of a lifetime.

    David says: "Monarch of the Glen: A Comedy Treasure"
    "Monarch of the Glen: A Comedy Treasure"
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    Monarch of the Glen is an absolute gem of comedy. Set in the Scottish Highlands in the area around the fictional Glenbogle Castle, it details a brief period during the summer hunting season in the early half of the 20th century.

    This humorous tale involves the tenacious current Laird of Glenbogle, his family, the family of an American millionaire, Scottish Nationalists, The Union of Hikers and the many staff of the estate, all of whom are come together to create a set of amazingly hilarious occurrences which culminate in such unexpected outcomes that you can barely stop laughing.

    Published in 1941, by Sir Compton Mackenzie, this novel is one of his better works and led to a spin-off television series that was broadcast by the BBC for several years. It however remains an excellent novel and is well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Imager: The First Book of the Imager Portfolio

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (442)

    Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, the most powerful nation on Terahnar, he has spent years becoming a journeyman artist and is skilled and diligent enough to be considered for the status of master artisan - in another two years. Then, in a single moment, his entire life is transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire and Rhenn discovers he is an imager.

    Timorell says: "I didn't love it"
    "Imager: A stunning new world to explore"
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    Once again L.E. Modesitt has produced a world of magic that is stunning to behold. The Imager Portfolio of which "Imager" is the first book, is set in a world in which the principle magic is "imaging", a power that allows those with the gift, to bring images from their mind into reality. But of course all magic has a price.

    Imager begins in the city of L'Excelsis on the continent of Solidar on the world of Terahnar. Solidar is the only place in Terahnar where the Imagers are free to live without constant persecution as they provide vital services to the governing body of Solidar.
    It is into this world of political intrigue, war, fighting Factoridges, vengeful High Holders and scheming artisans that Rhennthyl, former journeyman portraiturist and newly found Imager must walk. Rhennthyl must navigate the new world of the Collegium Imago and learn his skills fast before his lack of skills get him killed.

    The Imager Portfolio is a fascinating series that encompasses a world where the main characters deal with playing the proverbial "Great Game". From assassinations to acts of subversive intrigue the Imager Portfolio is certain to keep the listener interested. This book would be recommended for upper age teens and adults and is a fantastic and gripping read or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21620)
    Performance
    (13089)
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    (13220)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Ender's Game - But Was It Really His Game?"
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    Ender's Game is a deeply complex and intriguing novel, that asks and answers a simple question. What would you do to save the world?

    Ender's Game is set in the near future of Earth, in a world that has united in order to fight off the Alien menace known as the "Buggers". The International Fleet guards the Sol system, The Stratego commands the Solar System defence and the Hegemon controls the planet Earth.

    In the emergency, every married couple is only allowed a maximum of two children, unless mandated by the military. Into this world is born Andrew (Ender) Wiggin, a 'Third'. Specially requisitioned by the military for his potential, Ender is thrust into the desperate world of the International Fleet Battle School. In this world he is one of the youngest but will he survive the infighting of the school and prove himself worthy of being a military commander. For all that matters in the battle school is "The Game".

    Ender's Game is a masterpiece of writing and poses an intriguing question "What would be do or give up in order to save the world?". Ender's Game explores what would possibly occur if Aliens attacked Earth. What the human race would do to help each other, how would the battles be fought against a technologically superior race and what sacrifices would be needed to save the world.

    Orson Scott Card has produced a master-work asking deep questions that truly ask us what it means to be human and why it is important. As indicated by my ratings this Audio-book is well read by a small cast of narrators who help provide depth and emotions to the characters within the story. This audio-book is suitable for Mid-teens upwards and has a engaging storyline of truly gifted children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Kruger
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'.

    David says: "Jasper Fforde: An Interesting Read"
    "Jasper Fforde: An Interesting Read"
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    The Eyre Affair is a remarkably amusing book that is a testament to the intriguing writing of Jasper Fforde. His writings are akin to those of the literary genius of Terry Pratchett with crazy worlds, mixed up magic and insane parallel universes.

    The main character of 'The Eyre Affair' is one Thursday Next, a Literary Detective whose job is to police the literary world and prevent fake or bootleg copies of Literary works from entering the literature market. This book is set on a parallel version of Earth where the Crimean War is still being fought in 1985, cloning kits for animals like Thylacines and Dodos are available over the counter and Literature is the defining interest of the world's population. Thursday Next's life is sent into a dive by an encounter with the demonic Acheron Hades and is sent into a series of events that lead her to love, The Socialist Republic of Wales and the pages of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

    I Found the book a highly amusing read and believe that Jasper Fforde's writing is incredibly clever and engaging and it well deserves the epithets of "playfully irreverent", "delightfully daft", "whoppingly imaginative" and "a work of ... startling originality".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (213)

    A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

    A. Millard says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Charles Dickens: Happiness and the Pursuit of It"
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    Our Mutual Friend is one of Dicken's most masterful works. It is a most amusing and creative story of mercenary marriages, watermen, a Dolls Dress Maker and enormous piles of dust.

    Set after the onset of the Industrial Revolution in smoky, smoggy, London, Our Mutual Friend gives the stories of the engaging and beautiful Ms Lizzie Hexam, the humble and good-hearted Mr and Mrs Boffin, the pretty Ms Bella Wilfer, the nefarious Mr and Mrs Lammle, the villainous Silas Wegg and the mysterious Mr John Rokesmith.

    Our Mutual Friend tells of the evils of money, the redemption of character, the happiness of love, the poison of jealousy and the human need for rebirth.
    Charles Dickens has shown his extraordinary and well known talent of displaying the Human condition through his superb work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swallows and Amazons: Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Arthur Ransome
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike – by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

    David says: "Classic Children's Literature at it's Best"
    "Classic Children's Literature at it's Best"
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    Swallows and Amazons is a masterpiece of children's literature, written by author Arthur Ransome and the winner of the inaugural Carnegie Medal in 1937.

    Set back in the time before overwhelming and constricting parental protection became practice, this book is about four children on their Summer holidays sailing on a Lake in the English Lake's District. With parents and other responsible adults far away, they engage in adventures in the sailing dinghy 'Swallow'. While sailing around this lake they make-believe a world of exploration where they are the explorers mapping the Lake. On their journeys they meet the Amazon Pirates, establish an explorer's camp on Wild Cat Island, fight a war and sail in the dead of night.

    This book is the first of a series of 12 books that take place on the Lake, the Norfolk Broads, and on the high seas and have capture the imagination of many children since their first publication in the 1930-50s.

    This book is perfect for children to read or have read to them and conveys the innocence of childhood imagination and adventure in such a way that many children would love to have a holiday such as this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Dorrit

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (92)

    William Dorrit has been a resident of the Marshalsea debtors prison for so many years that he has gained the nickname "The Father of the Marshalsea". However, his suffering is eased by his close bond with youngest daughter Amy, or "Little Dorrit". The dashing Arthur Clennam, returning to London after many years in China, enters their lives and the Dorrits' fortunes begin to rise and fall. A biting satirical work on the shortcomings of 19th century government and society.

    Michael says: "a melody of genius writer & compelling reader"
    "Charles Dickens: The Writer of Troubles"
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    Little Dorrit is possibly one of Dickens' greatest stories encompassing the experience of a lifetime beset by poverty, riches and poverty again. It is also a story of betrayal, love and perfect charity.With such engaging characters as Amy Dorrit, Mr Pancks, Flora and Mr Flintwinch this story is a delight to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stonefather

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (265)

    When Runnel leaves his mountain valley to head for the great city of the water mages, he has no idea of his own magical talents. But he soon finds that without meaning to, he complicates and then endangers the lives of everyone he comes to know and care about. For when it comes to magic, there are rules and laws, and the untrained mage-to-be must be careful not to tap into deep forces and ancient enmities. Otherwise, other people might end up paying the price for his mistakes.

    Scott says: "Familiar and unique--a breath of fresh air"
    "Orson Scott Card: Entering a new world of magic"
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    When talking about Orson Scott Card, many think of his highly successful Science Fiction novels. This book is an excellent starting point to Card's new series of Fantasy books involving the magic practitioners he names the Mithermages. The Mithermages find their power through loving and serving the elements of the world that they feel an affinity with, allowing them to control the forces of nature and help the world become what it wants to be.
    Card has provided a tantalising new world and yet another form of magic.
    Overall this story is an excellent novel for young adults upwards and has an excellent and tantalising flow that keeps interest and hardly makes you want to stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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