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aussieGeorge68

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This is fiction not a memoir.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-19

An ok story, worth a listen. But note the author goes to great lengths to present this as a memoir of a young officer in the Africa Core of WW2, based upon his diary.

Only at the end does the narrator lets us know its historical fiction. So don’t waste your time trying the google interesting detail like me. I tried to google the Stein book referenced in the text, thinking it would be interesting to read. The author sure fooled me.

Short Lack Luster.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-19

Not Lee Child's Best work, nothing of substance here.

I personally don't care, but some some Australians will find Jeff Harding's Accents cringe-worthy.

Marginal plot, no clever moments.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Recommended before or after season 1 of series.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-19

While clearly there is some overlap and some of the drama is in a somewhat different order to the TV series. I think its a compelling listen before or after season 1 of the TV series.

The primary story line of the book is solely narrated by Elisabeth Moss, with the other narrators only appearing at the end outside of the main story line. I found Elisabeth Moss extraordinary. I must say at the start of the book I was a little unsure about her, I think it was the case that she did not do her best work at the beginning and normal expectations one normally has about the clearer diction typical of most professional narrators. As my expectations washed away I found myself truly amazed by the performance the way the emotion of the character was conveyed was amazing.

I found the book was able to fill in various gaps in the TV series and carried far more impact on me than season 1 of the TV series, not to say I did not find the TV series fantastic as well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Not as good as the first book

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-17

This book did not engage my interest like the first book, I would rate it just OK. As there was aa bit if a gap between listening to the first book and the second in the series I found it difficult to follow as the characters were not reintroduced very well.

An amazing book in the top 1%

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-17

This book has a bit of a horror theme, so those who are revolted by horror stories should avoid this. The book is so much more than horror and is one on the best audio books I can recall in years. It seems to have been written as an audio book rather than a normal book turned into an audiobook. It's primary themes involves audio books and the great radio plays of the past mainly war of the worlds.

The narration is superb, the best author narration performance I have heard by a significant margin, I was shocked when I discovered it was read by the author. The narration is in the top 5% as well!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Some excellent bits but too much woo woo.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-16

I really loved the start of this book. However toward the end I started skipping chapters it both got a little boring and it started to spin off into woo woo.

Toward the middle of the book Michael starts to describe how he became to believe in spiritualist and bends spoons. That's a bit over the top for me.

However worth a listen as there is at least 6 hours of quality audio.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

I could not follow this badly aged story

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-16

I stopped half way through, I gave up. I just could not follow the story line. I listen on my commute so admittedly I don't follow as closely as I could under other circumstances. That being said I have over 400 titles in my audio library and I have only lost track this badly in a story once before.

The story seems very average in other respects, the author's depiction of women is offensive to me, I know attitudes were different in the 30s but the author did not need to depict the female characters in the way he did.

The main character's confrontational style did not seem to add anything to the story and also rubbed me up the wrong way.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

A amazing book on human nutrition.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-15

This book outlines the history and our knowledge of nutrition. It's remarkable for pointing out what the scientific community don't really truly know with certainty. The author's balanced approach is refreshing, she does not push a particular dogma and indeed takes the various diet dogmas that have been more successful than the standard American (or Australian) diet and distils down to find the common ground that seemly vastly different diets such as Atkins and ornish have in common.

A note about the narrator, he is clearly not a professional narrator and given the same last name may be related to the author in some way. No his voice is not crisp or tonal like Jonathan Todd Ross for example, but despite the fact that the American accent is far from the Australian accent I am used to in day to day life I was able to understand his words without any issue. The text is very well written so the narrator fades to the background.

Great action sequences but a frustrating book

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-15

Firstly great action sequences throughout this book, the author is a action sequence master in my opinion.

However after this and book 3, I am so frustrated by the other aspects of the book I don't think I will purchase another Dalton Fury book.

The author time and time again starts a story thread and then appears to get board and it disappears with little or no explanation. The absurdity of most of the action scenarios is also very frustrating.

Also frustrating is the times were Colt is arguing forcefully to do a mission and then soon after is arguing against it.

If you just like to listen to compelling action sequences and don't think too much about the story this book is a total firecracker.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

A gripping action novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-15

I will start off by saying the action sequence at the start of this novel was the most compelling start I have ever experienced in an audio book. The traffic and bad drivers melted away and I was with the characters on the plane.

Competently written in a straight forward style that focuses on the action rather that flowery dialogue and descriptions.

The narrator is good I would be happy to listen to him again.

Two things let this novel down a tiny bit. Sections in the middle of the book seem to drag on a little. The plot also is a little on the unbelievable side, too many coincidences and too many other ways the situations presented in the book could of been resolved. Except for the main characters everybody else is stupid and incompetent.

If you can allow the author some latitude with the plot this is a gripping and highly recommended audio book.