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Blood Territory - A True Crime Conundrum - Bloody Tragic

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

Reviewed: 28-08-2019

I was expecting a tale of extreme sadness, deception, betrayal and corruption. What Mark Whitaker achieved through his research of Jimmy O'Connell's murder was exactly that but more.
I must admit that although there were links to the alleged crime making his best mate Phil the murderer. There were also so many questions and too many coincidences that give a shadow of a doubt that Phil didn't commit the murder. A conundrum big time!
Especially true regarding a key player, Colin, who was the last person to see Jimmy alive. Why also did Colin on the night in question call Jimmy's dad and scream into the phone that the cops had got Jimmy? After that one call, this was the last thing he said to anyone about it. He never did a police interview nor was compelled to do any other interviews. There were also other key factors such as the police investigation itself or lack there of in the beginning and some intriguing and conflicting autopsy results between coroners. There are other things that make me question either way?
Unfortunately, due to Mark's deadline I assume for these Podcasts, the research, in my opinion of course, should have been extended. There were many answers that asked for more follow up between persons of interest.
However, all in all, I think that these Podcasts are the point to what I've said. It does make you question, makes you outraged, makes you wonder if an innocent man was convicted for 11 years for a crime he didn't commit or did he pull the wool over people's eyes? It makes you outraged towards the justice system, about police brutality and corruption in NT as I've seen firsthand myself elsewhere in Australia. The racism against indigenous Australians still?!! The contradictions and in this case, the possible cover up and/or use as Phil to be a scapegoat for someone else's crime?
Who knows?!
I will be listening to these Podcasts again. Brilliantly written, performed, produced and directed. It captures the soul, gripping, insightful and extraordinarily sad for all parties effected by this terrible crime. In many regards, this story isn't just about one crime but many. The repercussions for many involved hit are like a hurricane.
Thanks to all involved. I hope one day this case is solved without doubt and that Jimmy's family and friends get the closure they need.
I totally recommend these Podcasts. That's if you have the stomach for it. Tragic doesn't even come close.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Brilliantly outrageous, witty and performed!

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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: 30-05-2019

Slaving away, series 2 is brilliant! Following on from the first series, Mistress Miranda and Mistress 'Latrine' (Levine) go on a Dominatrix tour of the UK together.
Totally opposite in many ways, these spanking gals have you laughing all the way and totally curious as to how a dominatrix tour would actually be embarked and executed.
Totally engaging, hilarious, outrageous and extremely naughty!
Go on Audible, please make series 3!! Thoroughly enjoyable! :D
Thanks Miranda and all involved that made this happen!

Brilliant, extremely witty and very educational!

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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: 26-05-2019

I really loved this series! Thanks Miranda for your fabulous, witty, brilliantly written, and educational insight into your life as a dominatrix. Extremely well performed. Looking forward to the next series! Five stars for sure! Thank you :)

A kaleidoscope of a story. Fractured yet brilliant! Compelling and frank.

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-2019

There is so much you could say about this story. One of those high school books your supposed to read but in my case, never did.

I'm glad I waited until now. It's so fractured and compelling. Only 5hrs of audio so got through it quickly. I think reading it would have been harder unless you read it in one sitting.

The frankness in Kurt Vonnegut's writing about WWII POW's before and up to the bombing of Dresden, Germany through the eyes of one or many people from moment to moment was so brutal, genuine and heartbreaking. Particularly, the portrayal and stark differences of humanity. Whether you were a US, British or Russian POW, Nazi or civilian in Germany during that time.

Most of the story though was seen mainly through the eyes of one US would be optometrist, Bill Pilgrim. He stretches constantly through space and time, quite literally but most often back to WWII as a US POW before, after and the aftermath of the bombing of Dresden. One thinks often that his behaviour is likened to PSTD, which at the time of WWII was seen as cowardice and odd. Such a fractured human being but brilliant mind.

I recommend this book definitely. There's so much in it!

James Franco was great as the narrator with his approach but was lacking also. The story nonetheless was brilliant on its own. Amazing, sad, atrocious, frank and brilliant! Totally an unexpected read. Blew my mind in so many directions!

Thank you to all for their contributions. Especially, making classic reads available on audio!

Brilliant Concept and Fantastic Performance!

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

Reviewed: 31-03-2019

Absolutely loved this story by Terry Mancour. Never read one of his books before but as John Lee was the narrator, I had an inkling it would be a decent read and I was not disappointed.

Written in the first person under the character of the Spelllmonger, you find that this is no ordinary Mage in every way. He also has a loyal apprentice who follows wherever his master takes him.

It's an extremely witty and clever story of fantasy. There's a whole lot of action, a spot of frolicking and real danger around.

I liked it so much, I'm about to download book 2!

Happy reading folks. I definitely recommend this one. John Lee is brilliant!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Fantastic! Thoroughly enjoyed It :)

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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: 23-10-2018

I've read other Jonathan Renshaw novels and love his writing style. He really takes the listener on an amazing journey from start to finish. His imagination is boundless! His descriptive writing, research and knowledge right down to their intricacies, such as how people, cultures and older world type kingdoms may have behaved is extremely believable. There's a wide range of weaponry, fighting, intrigue, humour, sorrow, the lot.

I truly hope he writes the second book soon or finishes it as I'm on the edge of my seat to find out what happens next. Eek!

As for the narrator/actor, a perfect fit! Tim Gerard Reynolds is my favourite. Not many surpass him, if any, that I can say. I can't count how many accents, male or female, child, teenager or adult that he did in this novel and remembered later. Yes, reader, he is that good! He brings all the characters to life every time, his tempo is always perfect with anything from fighting scenes, quick wit, serious moments and more, his voice and warmth just flows like you're listening to an old friend.

Thanks everyone for a top novel! Would highly recommend. :))

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-2018

What a brilliant series! I know I could talk about how good the plot was & ramble on about so many things that make this series great. However, I won't spoil it for you.

All I will say is that James Maxwell did a terrific job & everyone involved should be darn pleased with themselves!

Each book in this series just gets better & better with the final resolution in book 4. Extremely well executed, well written & well performed! Simon Vance is a fantastic narrator & performer.

What else can I say? You won't be disappointed with this series. Thanks all to those involved.

Getting Better & Better!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-2018

Just when you think one chapter has closed, another one opens?!! Absolutely enjoying this series to no end. Highly recommend it in every way! :))

Brilliant Story & Well Executed!

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

Reviewed: 30-08-2018

As the story unfolds, the listening of it becomes more encapsulating! Great & unique characters, with a well thought out plot. James Maxwell is a brilliant author of fantasy. Up there with the best!

I'm such a lover of Simon Vance. His narration, performance and reading tempo is always spot on. Whether it's fantasy, sci fi, horror or prose he'll keep you listening for hours on end!

Highly recommend this book. Now onto book 2. Thanks to all that put this together! :))

It's like the Harry Potter tales on Adrenaline!

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2018

A brilliant story & trilogy. I'm already downloading book 4 as we speak. :))

Would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good epic fantasy, sci fi, magical tale.

Derek Perkins is a great narrator throughout this trilogy. His deep baritone voice of conviction reminds me a little of Rupert Degas. However, alters to a very decent range to fulfill the more feminine, elderly or magical characters.

The story does remind me a bit of Harry Potter but the main character centres around a teenage girl instead. There are other similarities too but the differences are more prevalent & pronounced as the tale unfolds.

A grand effort which will whisk you away on an epic adventure of good vs evil, light vs the dark.