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Dr. Graham C. Mair

Kangarilla, South Australia
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Great short story

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Reviewed: 09-04-19

Grisham tells a nice story about a child prodigy lawyer, good characters and a nice introduction to Grisham suitable for younger readers also

A good story well told

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Reviewed: 08-11-19

Have read several in the series now and this was a good story that flows well with a good twist at the end

The most thought provoking book I have ever read

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Reviewed: 06-07-19

This book should change the way you think about a lot of things. Harari presents issues from the perspective of the evolution and development of the human race and it gave me a fresh perspective on so many issues and I now look in at many issues in different ways. I don’t know how many times I have mentioned information from this book to friends and colleagues as its perspective is so relevant to day to day life. Cant recommend this enough to any thinking person.

a good read not requiring an understanding of quantum mechanics

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Reviewed: 05-08-19

This story takes a while go get going but koontz does a great job of building his characters and compelling descriptions. The book slowly develops to take in some supernatural twists which are not usually my thing but it but this does not dominate the narrative. Koontz builds a complex and evolving plot which kept me engaged once I’d got into the story.

Salatin makes you think hard about modern day food systems

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Reviewed: 02-14-19

I have a hobby farm in Australia and have heard Salatin speak out there. Salatin is a confident outspoken American but he’s done some great things on his Polyface farm and this book outlines some of his interesting views on modern food system and he makes a strong case for a return of sorts to local food systems. I don’t agree with all Salatin’s view points, particularly on creationism and GMOs but the vast majority of his ideas and concepts resonated with me and if I could achieve only a 10th of what he has achieved, on my farm, I would be content. The overly regulated and anti small farm anti innovation food systems in the US are becoming the norm in other developed countries and Australia is heading the same way. Salatin makes a convincing case that this is driving small scale farmers producing healthy food off the land in favour of mass monoculture and overly processed food. Whilst there is to some extent an increasing demand from consumers for local food and a willingness to pay a bit more, the regulatory systems really make it difficult and are stiffling this type of innovation. If you have an interest in eating healthy and living off the land you will enjoy Salatin’s bold and brash ideas as I did.

Fascinating for the most part

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Reviewed: 02-07-19

The idiot brain was an interesting read. I am a scientist but ill informed about the workings of the human brain. This book has made me much better informed and probably 75% of the book is a fascinating and informative read but there were a few sections where I was either less attentive or the specifics did not interest me as much and I never did get my head around the roles of the various parts of the brain which was just a bit too much detail to absorb in an audio book and maybe i neeed a diagram. The book is written in a very entertaining and quite witty prose and well narrated. Being a welshman I did enjoy the welsh lilt to the narration. Overall a very worthwhile read.

Still relevant today

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Reviewed: 11-20-18

I started this book a few years ago but lost interest, perhaps as I’m not American. However with the current soap opera around US politics, I started again and enjoyed it this time. Many of Obama’s comments are as relevant today as they were at publication and the read enhanced my understanding of current issues, although many remain difficult to comprehend. The author does a good job of narration which makes the book more prescient

A good story from a new authors (to me)

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Reviewed: 10-10-18

This is an entertaining and well told (and well narrated) story with a good feel to it. The story keeps moving at a steady pace with a few good twists and turns that prevent from getting too predictable.

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Grisham matures as a story teller

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Reviewed: 09-27-18

One of Grisham’s early works and its a great story well told. In the unabridged version the descriptions of the broker settling into life in Italy are quite detailed and some might think the pace of plot is a bit slow but as an expat recently moved to Italy, I enjoyed this part a lot and could share some of the experiences.

A very entertaining read

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Reviewed: 09-27-18

I am a fan or Bryson and I listened to this book on my daily walking commute to work and I wonder how many times my fellow commuters wondered on the source of my smile. Although I was a child of the 60s not the 50s and grew up in the UK, not the US, I could appreciate many of Bryons insightful observations but the highlight is the witty descriptions he applies to his childhood experiences.