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Rob Steyn

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  • Red Notice

  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 183

November 2009. Sergei Magnitsky is led to an isolation cell in a Moscow prison and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million in taxes. Magnitsky’s brutal killing has remained uninvestigated to this day. Red Notice is a searing exposé of the Russian authorities responsible for the murder, slicing deep into the heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super intriguing story

  • By Damon on 08-02-2016

Truth sounding stranger than Fiction

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-2019

A friend of mine recommended this book to me. I was mesmerised not only by the well-written nature of this story, but also by the fact that it was non fiction: an account of real world political intrigue and injustice. Highly recommended reading.

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris' cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Sedaris. Hilarious late middle age memoir.

  • By Anonymous User on 07-10-2018

Fun "read"

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-2018

I enjoyed David's prose and use of language. The honest and touching rendition of inside one's family.

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  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kenneth Branagh is spectacular

  • By Rob Steyn on 13-08-2018

Kenneth Branagh is spectacular

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-2018

Kenneth Branagh made this an interesting story. I have read the book before and found it fell short. Mr Branagh's reading changed that for me.

  • Think, Write, Publish

  • How to Self-Publish a Book: Pre-Writing, Writing, Publishing and Marketing Guide
  • By: Benjamin Chapin, T.K. Chapin
  • Narrated by: Jay Prichard
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Life can be crazy with the demands of the world pressing against our every moment, but there's hope. Writing and authorship might not be for everyone, but how do you know if you never give it a try? From start to finish, Think, Write, Publish will help you along the way. From coming up with book ideas to finding pockets of time in the day to do the writing itself, everything is covered.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Put off by Opening Remarks

  • By Rob Steyn on 27-07-2018

Put off by Opening Remarks

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-2018

When someone opens an instructional piece of non-fiction work talking about how "...great God is..." and how "...grateful they are to God" in helping them with their writing, I lose immediate interest. What a pity...

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Anonymous User on 14-11-2017

Both thoroughly enlightening and entertaining.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-2018

Stephen Fry, in reading his own work, drew me in. I loved his storytelling -- of a subject I might have found tedious, but which he made interesting and entertaining through his words and reading style. I was hooked until the whole work was complete...

  • Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Step into the real world of the spy with this detailed and unforgettable tour of the millennia-long history and enduring legacy of espionage and covert operations. While most of us associate this top-secret subject with popular fiction and film, its true story is more fascinating, surprising, and important than you could possibly imagine. These 24 thrilling lectures survey how world powers have attempted to work in the shadows to gain secret information or subvert enemies behind the scenes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Interesting and Enlightening Experience

  • By Rob Steyn on 30-05-2017

An Interesting and Enlightening Experience

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-2017

Although quite long, these lectures were interesting and often entertaining as they uncovered the secret world of espionage... genuinely enjoyable if the subject interests you.