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  • A Game of Ghosts

  • A Charlie Parker Thriller, Book 15
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

It is deep winter. The darkness is unending. The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down. Parker's employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best!

  • By maxwell on 03-10-18

The Best!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Would you listen to A Game of Ghosts again? Why?

Yes, and I have listened several times - because it is a deep and intricate work. It deals with 'Brethren' which is a cult that I am unfortunately familiar with, and this book helped me think through many aspects of my experiences with them.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, Connolly has a very deep and inquiring mind. Why is this cult (and many other cults), so secretive and punitive? Well Connolly has some very good suggestions embedded in the text of this book...

What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Well Jeff Harding is a wonderful narrator who is a pleasure to listen to - especially at night when the lights are out.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

where the cult meets the occult.

Any additional comments?

Yes the head of the Brethren Cult thinks he is the reincarnated St Paul. The Pope thinks he is the reincarnated St Peter...

  • The Diggers Rest Hotel

  • Charlie Berlin, Book 1
  • By: Geoffrey McGeachin
  • Narrated by: Peter Byrne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 665

In 1947, two years after witnessing the death of a young Jewish woman in Poland, Charlie Berlin has rejoined the police force a different man. Sent to investigate a spate of robberies in rural Victoria, he soon discovers that World War II has changed even the most ordinary of places and people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Won the Austrailian Crime Writers Award for 2011

  • By Anniebligh on 08-06-12

Very Australian

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

An engrossing and entertaining Aussie thilller and detective story whitch was strangely satisfying. Sort of an adult Biggles book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spy the Lie

  • Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception
  • By: Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, with one disappointment

  • By Kim on 08-07-12

exceptional information

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

This is a unique and valuable contribution to living in the real world; well done and thankyou.

  • The Godson

  • By: Robert G. Barrett
  • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Les thought that playing minder to Peregrine Normanhurst III sounded like a dead-set snack: Les would keep Peregrine out of trouble. So what if he was on the run from the IRA? They’d never follow him to Australia… But Les quickly finds himself thrust into an adventure that moves at breakneck speed from the corridors of power in Canberra to the grimy tenements of Belfast, to climax in a nerve-shattering, blood-spattered shoot out on a survivalist fortress in the Tweed Valley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant !!

  • By David on 01-02-15

Humour from Downunder

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

Reviewed: 12-04-13

Australia's most popular and entertaining story teller.

Don't look for deep and meaningful philosophical content with Robert Barrett, just vintage enjoyment Basically, the formula is 3 great sex scenes plus 3 great fight scenes set in a recognizable Oz landscape; with a story line connecting the dots.

Robert Barrett has a turn of phrase that makes me laugh out loud, which is actually a rare event. Thus, his new books always went to the very top of my reading pile, and the audios are right up there aswell.

Unfortunately he passed away but his writing hasn't...

  • Viper Pilot

  • The Autobiography of One of America's Most Decorated Combat Pilots
  • By: Dan Hampton
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

Sure to rank as one of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. From 1986 to 2006, Lt. Col. Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, the elite Air Force fighter squadrons whose mission is recognized as the most dangerous job in modern air combat. Weasels are the first planes sent into a war zone, flying deep behind enemy lines purposely seeking to draw fire from surface-to-air missiles and artillery. They must skillfully evade being shot down - and then return to destroy the threats, thereby making the skies safe for everyone else to follow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY A Pilot Tells it Like it is!!

  • By aaron on 10-26-12

wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

I was transfixed by the detail and honesty in this book. The flying stories were wonderful and hair raising at times. This man is a true master of his art and his story needs revisiting... and revisiting.... an aviation classic!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Cityboy

  • Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile
  • By: Geraint Anderson
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

'Who is Cityboy? He's every brash, suited, FT-carrying idiot who ever pushed past you on the tube. He's the egotistical buffoon who loudly brags about how much cash he's made on the market at otherwise pleasant dinner parties. He's the greedy, ruthless wanker whose actions are helping turn this world into the shit-hole it's rapidly becoming. For one period in my life, he was me.'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and entertaining

  • By Jana Danielova, Jiri Daniel on 01-02-12

a remarkable story

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

I was tranfixed by this remarkable and blisteringly honest story about the banking industry. Grossly overpaid and incompetant sleezebags and scumbags at the controls of the banking industry with OTHER PEOPLE"S MONEY.

I noticed he jumped ship just before the banking bubble burst and I wish him well in his next career- because he has surely burned his bridges by his frankness....

  • Faust

  • By: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Narrated by: Auriol Smith, Gunnar Cauthery, Stephen Critchlow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules, until Faust’s emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, written much later in Goethe’s life, places his eponymous hero in a variety of unexpected circumstances, causing him to reflect on humanity and its attitudes to life and death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Goethe's play wasn't usually performed in full...

  • By cheresse on 09-29-12

ugly

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

Reviewed: 07-23-12

I didn't finish this audiobook because I got depressed. Faust is a legendary jerk and I wanted to understand the story behind the legend.

I suppose that I may go back to it sometime when I have a stronger stomach.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Worm

  • The First Digital World War
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 769

Worm: The First Digital World War tells the story of the Conficker worm, a potentially devastating piece of malware that has baffled experts and infected more than twelve million computers worldwide. When Conficker was unleashed in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, it grew at an astonishingly rapid rate, infecting millions of computers around the world within weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and Informative

  • By Lynn on 11-04-11

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-23-12

We all have computers and we have all had malware, which I have never understood. This story concerns a worm/ virus/ or whatever that panicked everyone, but came to very little harm in the end.

There were huge efforts to sort it out without particular success. Actually, I still don't understand this stuff and the worm malware certainly vexed the people who do understand it - so I suppose we are all in for a very big kicking in the future.... we will just have to wait and see.

A bit depressing at the end of the day!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Children of the Self-Absorbed

  • A Grown-Up's Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents
  • By: Nina W. Brown
  • Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Being a parent is usually all about giving of yourself to foster your child's growth and development. But what happens when this isn't the case? Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from even very young children. This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • uninspiring

  • By maxwell on 07-09-12

uninspiring

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

I was annoyed at the compromising attitude of this book. Basically it understates a very serious form of bad parenting and child abuse.

Narcissism, is a serious form of Personality Disorder and is a lesser form of Psychopathy. Such people are grossly destructive by choice and should in no way be indulged! Infact, like the Terminator, they can't be taught, or bargained with. Use the propositions in this book 'they will be back'! Oh the pain....

No thanks...

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies Audiobook

  • By: Rob Willson, Rhena Branch
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

CBT is a hugely popular self help technique, which teaches you how to break free from destructive or negative behaviours and make positive changes to both your thoughts and actions. This audiobook contains an effective and sympathetic introduction to this NHS-endorsed therapeutic treatment; the latest advice on how CBT can help with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder; help with identifying unhealthy modes of thinking.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wish it were Unabridged

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-01-12

OK I guess

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

This boof didn't really answer many questions for me, nor did it hold my interest.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful