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  • Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age

  • Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen
  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 73

Australia's best-selling nonfiction author of all time. Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, he led an expedition from Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. After setting up Main Base at Cape Denision and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Ice Men

  • By Vivien on 29-04-2018

A heroic story that everyone should know

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2019

I have only recently listened to "the mutiny on the bounty" and loved the way Peter wrote in a gripping way.
I chose this book after reading its good reviews and was immediately hooked. I honestly don't know how I had never heard the story of Mawson in my 24 years of life.

A must read for anyone who loves a story of adventure and a battle against all odds.

  • Mutiny on the Bounty

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Michael Carman
  • Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 160

The mutiny on HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, is one of history's truly great stories - a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order - and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before. Commissioned by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and take them to the West Indies, the Bounty's crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. Five months later, they did not want to leave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A ripping yarn.

  • By Tim on 16-11-2018

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 20-02-2019

What an amazing story, read perfectly by Michael.
This book has been written is such a way that I couldn't stop listening! Peter has done an amazing job and I would recommend "mutiny on the bounty" to anybody!

Reading "batavia" next and definitely looking forward to it.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,135
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,133

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique, Funny, Genuine.

  • By Anthony on 19-03-2014

Good book, better then the movie

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

Reviewed: 10-09-2018

Loved it, honestly sounded like it actually happened. Allot of research went into this book.

  • Forbidden Island

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

On the precipice of a cliff, contemplating suicide, dishonorably discharged US Army Ranger Rowan Baer is invited to provide security to a research team visiting the most dangerous island in the world - North Sentinel Island in the Sea of Bengal. Seeking redemption, he accepts. Living among Amazon rainforest tribes, eccentric Israeli anthropologist Talia Mayer is recruited to study the island's elusive inhabitants - the Sentinelese - who have resided on the tropical island since the dawn of mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to get through

  • By Alex on 11-07-2018

Hard to get through

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2018

Story was ok, pretty weird though.
Not as gruesome or gorey that some of the other reviews would lead you to believe.
reader killed it for me though, his downward inflection is really bad and made me hate the book towards the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Annihilation

  • Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilisation. This is the twelfth expedition. Their group is made up of four women: An anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is perfect

  • By Michael John Beggs on 15-01-2015

Not worth it.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-2018

Was a struggle to get through, not at all engaging or even interesting.
Reader doesn't put any emotion into any characters and pronounces allot of words wrong.
Badly written and has no direction.

  • Dinosaur Lake

  • By: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
  • Narrated by: Johnnie C. Hayes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Ex-cop Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for eight years and he likes his park and his life the way it's been. Safe. Tranquil. Predictable. But he's about to be tested in so many ways. First the earthquakes begin, people begin to go missing, then there's some mysterious water creature that's taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake and it's not only growing in size, it's aggressive and cunning and very hungry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen and fast paced

  • By Alex on 29-11-2017

A good listen and fast paced

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

Reviewed: 29-11-2017

I really liked this book, it rolled together very well and I thought the narrator did a pretty good job. Not as full on or as descriptive as say jurassic Park but definitely had its own type of gripping story. Definitely not a boring 10hrs, Ide recommended it.

  • In the Heart of the Sea

  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The epic true-life story of one of the most notorious maritime disasters of the 19th century - now a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth. The sinking of the whaleship Essex by an enraged spermwhale in the Pacific in November 1820 set in motion one of the most dramatic sea stories of all time: the 20 sailors who survived the wreck took to three small boats (one of which was again attacked by a whale), and only eight of them survived their subsequent 90-day ordeal, after resorting to cannibalising their mates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly good

  • By Alex on 02-05-2016

Mostly good

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

Reviewed: 02-05-2016

I loved this book for the most part but the last couple of hours really drag on once the main part is over.

Good reader though.

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