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Michelle

Turramurra, Australia | Member Since 2005

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  • Tyrant

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Valerio Massimo Manfredi
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Sicily 405 AD: the infinite duel between a man and a superpower begins. The man is Dionysius, who has just made himself Tyrant of Syracuse. The superpower Carthage, mercantile megalopolis and mistress of the seas. Over the next eight years, Dionysius' brutal military conquests will strike down countless enemies and many friends to make Syracuse the most powerful Greek city west of mainland Greece.

    Michelle says: "Manfredi is pyschic"
    "Manfredi is pyschic"
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    What would have made Tyrant better?

    When I bought Tyrant I was expecting a history book, not a novel based around the known facts of Dionysius's life. In my opinion it should be removed from the history section as most of the books content is just the authors imagination running wild.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3919)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2115)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "Hated it, hated it, hated it"
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    I hated all the sequels to Enders Game on a geometric ratio, the further into the series the more I hated it. I thought Enders Game was a work of genius, but his sequels are full of annoying, horrible people and ridiculous plot lines. Common guys, why would the Speaker of the Dead spend more than a nano second with that hideous family that he ends up marrying into? His wife is one of the greatest drop kicks in literary history, for me she had no redeeming features.

    Eventually I had to stop mid point in this book to save my sanity.

    What really annoyed me was that I could see the potential in this series, but the author seems to need a stronger editor to take him to task. I suppose if you liked the previous sequels to Enders this is more of the same, but if you’re reading it in the forlorn hope that he will rediscover his mojo – stop now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (272)

    In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

    Robert says: "As raw as it gets"
    "One of the best audio books I have listened to"
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    This book gives a brilliant insight of what it was like to be in the US Army, in Iraq, post Saddam. The author is very funny, honest and doesn't spare the listener from any of the horrors of war. This is a book you must get.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (271)

    A National Book Award finalist for this epic work, Adrienne Mayor delivers a gripping account of Mithradates, the ruthless visionary who began to challenge Rome’s power in 120 B.C. Machiavelli praised his military genius. Kings coveted his secret elixir against poison. Poets celebrated his victories, intrigues, and panache. But until now, no one has told the full story of his incredible life.

    Darwin8u says: "A mythic & complicated life of a charismatic King"
    "Excellent book"
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    I found the book informative and enjoyable. It was annoying that for all Mithradates skill, he just could not beat the Romans when it counted. Anyone who thinks the Romans are the good guys will be shocked by this book, they were violent scum of the highest order.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Dynamite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (58)

    A chance meeting on a train brought together Lord Ickenham and Bill Oakshott, although being told that the love of his life, Hermione, was engaged to none other than Pongo, Lord Ickenham's nephew, did not make Bill feel like he'd been struck behind the ear. And what with the usual amount of stirring goings-on at Ashendon Manor that include biffings and black eyes and duckings in duck ponds, is there any chance that it will ever work out for poor Bill?

    Sarah says: "Almost better than Jeeves"
    "I feel I listened to a different book"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I am a big fan of Wodehouse and the Code of the Woosters is one of my favourite books, but I found this book disappointing. I know this book is 80 odd years old but I found the male and female interactions to be very dated and worst of all, unfunny.

    The farce element of the book which Wodehouse can do so just didn't work for me. For reviewers to claim that the characters in this book are some of Wodehouse's best, puzzles me. Lord Ickenham just seemed pompous and his clever plans were exceedingly stupid. The policeman and his love interest were annoying, in fact none of the characters were of interest to me.


    I guess the good news is that if you like this book there is nothing that Wodehouse wrote that you won't love.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Andrew Wheatcroft
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (146)

    In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the "Golden Apple", as Turks referred to Vienna. The ensuing siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding 17th-century grenades against Habsburg armies, widely feared for their savagery. The walls of Vienna bristled with guns as the besieging Ottoman host launched bombs, fired cannons, and showered the populace with arrows during the battle for Christianity's bulwark.

    Shaun says: "Excellent work"
    "A clash of empires intelligently told"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're a fan of history this is a compelling tale with larger than life protagonists battling in many cases, literally to the death. The author is to be commended for his excellent research and his ability to make the story so engaging.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2176)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (984)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "This didn't work for me"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you're a fan of Donaldson, Tolkien, Jordan and Feist please steer clear of this book. It's definitely second tier fantasy and I'm amazed so many people like it.

    The love story is a pedo's wet dream and there are holes in the plot you could drive a semitrailer through. I listened to most of it but finally gave up - you have been warned.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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