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  • Steve Jobs

  • The Exclusive Biography
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson (introduction)
  • Length: 25 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 655

In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story

  • By JPD on 13-06-2019

Fascinating Biography

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2019

Although a relatively long audio book, this is a fascinating story and easy to listen to. The author has worked hard and obviously had unrivalled access to Jobs and key people with the result that the account seems genuine and well crafted. The layout follows key developments and events, each one adding insights into Job's life and character. Having lived through the 70's, 80's and 90's tech booms, this story is almost a fond reunion, a little like watching Forrest Gump!

He was complex, brilliant and driven. The products and companies he spurred were no accidents. They exist because of his almost unique combination of strength and frailties. An amazing account, well told and well worth a listen.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than completely fine

  • By Bec on 29-10-2017

Eleanor Oliphant is a Moving Story

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

Reviewed: 05-05-2019

Eleanor Oliphant is a curious paradox. At first I thought she must be autistic, being so socially awkward and somewhat naive. Then the story began to unfold. The story is sweet, sad and often hilarious. Eleanor is smart, an astute and brilliant observer of human foibles and failings yet blind to simple norms and social conventions. Just why she is so complex yet such a wonderful person unfolds as a tragic yet inspiring story of character and kindness. It was a joy to listen to this brilliant, moving story.

  • Neurotribes

  • The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently
  • By: Steve Silberman
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

What is autism: a devastating developmental condition, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth it is all of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential, humbling, liberating

  • By A. Reeve on 28-02-2017

Informative Account Offers Hope

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

Reviewed: 17-04-2019

Detailed and informative account of the history of autism. Very dry, perhaps over detailed in places and probably of most interest to people directly affected by or living with the condition. It contains one of the best and most honest accounts of biomedical interventions I have come across since being catapulted into the world of autism myself. There is much here about accepting that autism can mean accommodating differences and not forcing or even yearning for a cure. Perhaps this book can help you too make peace with the diagnosis and provide some hope that affected family member's lives aren't already determined.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-2017

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 28-03-2019

This really grew on me as I listened. Intriguing ideas and paradoxes abound. It's also a surprisingly entertaining overview of principles of computer science, game theory and the internet. In passing it gives some handy guidance for flat hunting, job interviews, planning long business trips, avoiding slot machines, sorting stuff and much besides. Well worth reading/listening!

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Sophie on 20-05-2015

Powerful, beautifully written story

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

Reviewed: 18-03-2019

Powerful and haunting anti-war story. Fascinating characters, vivid images with interweaving stories shifting backwards and forwards in time in a way which reveals key insights in sometimes surprising ways. A beautiful tale about a father and daughter's love, fate, the absolute waste and evil of war and how big a puzzle the world can really be.

  • Cloudstreet

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives from scratch. For 20 years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A moment of literary genius!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-2018

Well deserved reputation

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

Reviewed: 02-03-2019

Legendary Australian story about the contrasts between two families in post war Perth. Magical narrative about fortune, place and the importance of home and family. Themes of destiny, chance, sorrow, joy and hope are all explored in a story which just hauls you in and drags you along. Beautifully written, inspiring imagery. A masterpiece.

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  • The Shepherd's Hut

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulvany
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

Jaxie dreads going home. His mum’s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. And then, in one terrible moment, his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. There’s just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he’ll have to cross the vast saltlands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody ripper!

  • By Jan on 02-04-2018

Masterful story

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2019

Some familiar themes from a master of landscape. I know of no living Australian author who can paint with words so vividly. This story bravely explores some elements of masculinity and the damage physical abuse can cause and the courage needed to overcome it. I wished I could have understood more about why the priest was in the wilderness and why he felt the boy was destined to come. I suppose I will be thinking about why for a while. A beautifully descriptive and engaging story.

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict, to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy, mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant narrative masterly voiced

  • By Philip on 19-04-2018

Really wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2019

A wonderful story about the mess we can all sometimes make of our lives and how a little kindness, some practical care and a lot of understanding can go a long way to not just cleaning it all up but healing the broken as well. Beautifully written and inspiring account.

  • 44 Days

  • 75 Squadron and the Fight for Australia
  • By: Michael Veitch
  • Narrated by: Michael Veitch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

The epic World War II story of Australia's 75 Squadron - and the 44 days when these brave and barely-trained pilots fought alone against the Japanese. In March and April 1942, RAAF 75 Squadron bravely defended Port Moresby for 44 days when Australia truly stood alone against the Japanese. This group of raw young recruits scrambled ceaselessly in their Kittyhawk fighters to an extraordinary and heroic battle, the story of which has been left largely untold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story that should be heard.

  • By Robert on 22-02-2017

Brilliant Research, Important Story

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

Reviewed: 15-02-2019

You can sense the extent of the author's hard work and the research put into this important story. A little depressing to hear in its account how brave men were essentially forsaken. A too familiar story in Australian military history, lions led by donkeys. There are a few odd repetitions within the story but generally it is very well told. Hard to imagine the squalor and danger these brave few endured, apparently with little complaint. They definitely deserved better treatment then and our gratitude now.

  • First Light

  • By: Geoffrey Wellum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Brooke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of First Light by Geoffrey Wellum, read by Andrew Brooke. Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, 18-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF. Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum, many never return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fighter pilot’s grand story

  • By Anonymous User on 22-04-2019

Gripping Account

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

Reviewed: 04-02-2019

Gripping account of a bright young man straight from school joining the Royal Air Force at the approach of WWII, learning to fly and taking part in the Battle of Britain. Vividly conveys the ordeal experienced while describing the joys and beauty of flight. Having also once learnt to fly made the book especially resonant for me. I came away with a renewed admiration for 'the few' and the generation which sacrificed so much.