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for Harry potter fans

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-2020

This is an engaging spin off for HP enthusiasts (it will have absolutely no appeal if you don't know the main story) while the four children's storys are essentially Brothers Grimm in style, it's the commentary on each delivered by Dubbledore that is the real treat. He tells it from the perspective of the sixth HP book, so unaware of what is to come! Delivered with Perfect Pitch from a suite of fine actors, it's a treasure for every fan

Alchemy, slow start then grabs your interest

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-2020

Rory's dulcet tones introduces the reader to the concept that we live in a world endentured to the philosophy of logical explanations. This world view limits our ability to see the power of illogical thinking. The book was recommended as an intelligent discussion on modern marketing and it ticks all the boxes. It is not an academic presentation, rather it's more a relaxed chat around theme of marketing solutions that fly in the face of economic logic. Of course, the intial part covers information that is fairly common knowledge on marketing, however the progression moves into personal motivation and behavioural psychology with plenty of case studies. He finishes, as he began, with a plea for a wider perspective in our thinking.

A sales presentation for research funding

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-01-2020

David Sinclair sets out a persuasive argument for the benefits of a dramatically lengthened lifespan (150 years) , how it can be obtained and the challenges to get there. It's dramatic in part and interspersed with a great deal of personal anecdotes, but this serves to break up the epigenome research into bite sized chunks. David is a researcher and comes across with a combination of heartfelt insurance salesman/ deeply focused laboratory coated geek that is so popular in the world today. The debate is likely to rage for many years and despite his lauding of Australian research/political initiatives, I see no change to the attitudes of the medical fraternity nor the incumbent government that indicates anything but a very conservative "wait-and-see" approach. It's an interesting read, a conversation starter and certainly should reinforce the importance of weight loss, exercise and social engagement as ways of prolonging health.

Dan Carlins Expertise

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-2019

This is Dan Carlin demonstrating his grasp on the intricacies of history. As a DC fan (Hard Core History) I found the delivery and content both engaging and, at the same time, disappointing. If you have never experienced Dan Carlin, expect to be enthralled by his focus on the particular, his grasp of the personalities and his broad sweeps from ancient civilisations to popular Si-Fi quotations. Dan takes in the Assyrian civilisation, the rise of the Mediterranean Bronze Age city states, Rome, the Black Plague, the impact and ethical debate of air power, the crisis of nuclear power. It's a broad brush with a consistent theme, delivered with Dan's enigmatic narrative style. and yet.... For those of us who have listened to Dan often, from the saga of the American Indian, the crushing of the Anabaptists, the chaos of Genghis Kahn , the unstoppable momentum of the Supernova in the East, this book seemed to lack a little something. I would have liked to have seen Dan explore the European conflicts of the last 40 years (his modern reference appears to be the last death of smallpox in 1978) and the implications for "The End", of Islamic State , Brexit and the return to isolationism politics of the 21st century. The narrative is a little more stilted than his more meandering podcast style. Such is the restictions of audible books, I gather, but it lacks his "crazy history professor" delivery and conforms more to a conventional dissertation. Overall, a good listen and if you haven't heard Dan before, this is an excellent tappers for the banquet of historical tales he serves in his podcast series.

FF does it again

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-2019

Mr Forsyth has once again provided a wide-ranging, detailed narrative that takes the reader into the tunnels of Vietnam at the height of the conflict, across to Bosnia gripped in the brutality of it's civil conflict and then to South America. the hero is a laconic, highly disciplined ex soldier driven to use his special skills to bring international criminals to justice... not Batman, but the philosophical process is much the same. FF ensures that the reader is provided every detail, all the background, so that the imagery comes alive and the tension is very real. This rivals The Negotiator in scope and story, but the similarities are recognizable. Beautifully read and delivered.

very detailed explanation of De-evolution

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-2019

The information is presented as a continuation of lectures following the series on evolution that ends at 7000 years ago when evolutionary shaping is overtaken by cultural shaping. I found the pace slow and at times monotonous but the message and information fascinating. I doubt that there's a student or practitioner in the health industry who wouldn't benefit from the arguments of this book, since part of our mandate is to educate clients suffering from "Mismatched Diseases". I will take the time to listen again and I believe many will find it worth the effort to pay attention to this powerful message.

Fred Forsyth at his best

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-2019

masterfully told, with all the exquisite, obsessive detail that is so the marque of FF this tale pits the skill and determination of a lone ex Green Beret against the combined with of Scotland Yard, the CIA and FBI. There's the unavoidable romance, classic maniacal genius on the manipulator side and bombastic Washington beaurocrats. In many respects reminiscent of later James Bond stories, but with more colour and detail. Told with skill and engagement, certainly caught my attention, even if the plot was ever so slightly predictable. Perhaps not as spellbinding as "Day of the Jackel" but better than " The Forth Protocol", this ranks highly on the Forsyth library.

an impressive application of modern philosophy

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Reviewed: 25-01-2018

margaret heffernan presents a strong argument for the clear and present danger of communities (businesses, collectives, churches, governments small and big) managing blindly. be the problem subservience or subversion the study takes on the corruption of organisations the length and breadth of the world challenging each to dismiss the warnings of whistleblowers (Cassandras) as cranks and naysayers. she spans the last seven decades and every continent in the search for examples of problems that were obvious to all but spoken by few or none...like the GFC or the child sex abuses of the Catholic Church or the asbestosis of Libby Montana. despite the length of the audiobook, this is comparable to a series of university lectures on modern ethics and deserves to be hailed as an intellectual feast... it is never boring thanks to the passion and elocution of the author and presenter. thank you

delivers what it promises

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Reviewed: 20-06-2017

Triggers sets out to provide thinking and tools for behavioural change in a profound way. Goldsmith delivers a relaxed, laconic guide to take an objective look at the reader's world (establishing a need) and then coaching an approach to fill the gaps. As with so much of the genre, the lessons are often in the form of stories; the difference here is that the stories relate to Goldsmith's clients rather than third parties.
Is it an advertisement for his business? Well it works like that, but there is no pitch.. no follow on . You do get the impression of someone who genuinely wants to share a better approach to getting more out of life.

enjoyable romp over our first 100 years

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 27-01-2017

This a delightfully read historical account of the intricacies of the early colony.I'm inclined to believe the facts, however the tone and slant were meant to entertain rather than find intellectual following. The author/narraor was interesting (I didn't know that January 26th marks the Rum Rebellion Australias only military coup) and the delivery of short anecdotes highlighting the personal shortcomings of all the characters featured on our currency could well trigger the memories of high school students where prescribed texts have failed.