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G. Hamilton

Melbourne, Australia
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  • A Paradise Built in Hell

  • The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
  • By: Rebecca Solnit
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

A Paradise Built in Hell is an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid disaster's grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life. It points to a new vision of what society could become - one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more collaborative and local.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By G. Hamilton on 03-01-2019

Excellent

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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: 03-01-2019

A thorough and well researched and insightful book with a biting critique of the New Orleans Disaster.

  • France

  • A Short History: From Gaul to de Gaulle
  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

John Julius Norwich (at 88) has finally written the book he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains to Charlemagne through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, France is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat - and love better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • easy listening

  • By Liine on 26-09-2018

Superb

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

Reviewed: 16-08-2018

Interesting narrative with baits and foreshadowing, such as "It was the last decision he would make" which keeps you curious about what is around the corner.

  • The Unthinkable

  • Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
  • By: Amanda Ripley
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Today, nine out of 10 Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? Will our upbringing, our gender, our personality - anything we've ever learned, thought, or dreamed of - ultimately matter?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for the professional.

  • By Guy Sadler on 07-01-2019

Super Interesting

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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: 18-10-2017

Great analysis of many dimensions of human behaviour. Excellent interviews and the book was well organised, returning to people’s personal experience of certain events to compare and contrast different facets. This was complemented by thorough academic research.

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Australian accent and a tenuous drawn out story

  • By Jack on 06-07-2017

Potential not reached

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

Reviewed: 16-09-2017

Some aspects were interesting but overall it was a cliché secret-agent-with-amnesia genre book. Pandemics are fascinating in themselves and the done to death overplot detracted from the book's potential.

The narrator had a good voice to listen and expressed well. It has to be a difficult choice when the characters are international - to do the accents or not. The narrator chose to do them, but didn't do them at all well, and this was winceworthy. It's probably necessary to get someone from country to model those parts or not do them, rather than guessing at them.

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  • The Little Paris Bookshop

  • By: Nina George
  • Narrated by: Ray Sawyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56

On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop - or, rather, a 'literary apothecary', for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful read.

  • By Barbara on 23-08-2016

Not especially recommended

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

Reviewed: 10-09-2017

Some lovely moments, a bit reliant on the same devices and sometimes rambling, hard to tell who was present at times. Blurred into Nanna porn occasionally. Characters seemed a bit selfish or callous at times and I found them hard to relate to.

  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 24 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

In the dark depths of the bottomless sea dwells a white demon, taking shape as the Leviathan known as Moby Dick. One year ago, the malefic brute crunched off the leg of the ungodly Captain Ahab, who now swears revenge. So runs the epic tale of Moby Dick, the supernal work of Herman Melville. In this unabridged production, you will walk with the young sailor Ishmael through the fires of life on a whaling vessel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immersive

  • By G. Hamilton on 03-09-2017

Immersive

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

Reviewed: 03-09-2017

Moby Dick immerses you in a world that no longer exists. It lets you experience this half made world with beauty, fear, immediacy, and a visceral surrounding of the sights and smells of a world inhabited by monsters and cannibals, taking with yourself a somehow very relatable view of the characters that you live amongst, with all of their decisions, fears, longings. It's as informative as an encyclopaedia.