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Great seagoing novel

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Reviewed: 03-08-2017

This is the fifth novel in the series, and the storyline continues to draw you into the world of the English navy in the Napoleonic era.

This novel has female intrigue and great wildlife scenes in the southern ocean, as well as a ship battle in extreme weather.

It's much easier to follow the technical naval language when told by a professional voice actor than on the printed page.

I look forward to the next voyage of Captain Jack Aubrey.

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The secrets of national success and failure

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Reviewed: 22-12-2015

This is an academic book with a serious treatment of its subject, but the explanations are clear and well presented. The authors use examples from countries around the world and through history to show consistent patterns in success and failure.

The encyclopedic examples bring the book alive. As you follow the developing argument, you also develop political and economic understanding of countries you are familiar with. The authors' predictions about the future of the Chinese economic miracle are particularly challenging.

It's a long audio book, but never tedious. Dan Woren's voice is pleasant, and he sounds like he knows what he is talking about.

If I had bought this on paper, it would probably still be on my bookshelf with a bookmark in chapter 1. As an audio book on my phone, it fits my busy life.

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Vimes and Vetinari at war

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Reviewed: 03-12-2015

Ankh-Morpork goes to war against Klatch. Great performances by Vimes and The Watch. Nigel Planer's narration has great range and makes listening a pleasure.

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A great way to learn about literature

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Reviewed: 10-10-2015

I enjoyed the Prof's selection of heroes, and especially the insights he gave into how legends fit the society in which they are created.

He inspired me to go back to The Odyssey, which I have put down too many times. It's surprising how readable the language is, once you understand the theme of the story.

A great way to visit Ankh-Morpork without a suitcase of penicillin

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Reviewed: 20-07-2015

Feet of Clay is a classic Pratchett whodunit.

The story is well read and characters voiced by Tony Robinson. Audio allows me to enjoy following the plot while doing other things, such as driving or cooking.