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Adam Webb

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  • The Mind of a Madman

  • Norway's Struggle to Understand Anders Breivik
  • By: Richard Orange
  • Narrated by: Gary Dikeos
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Anders Behring Breivik killed more people in his twin terror attack in Norway last year than any lone gunman ever had in peacetime before him. When he was arrested, he claimed to act on behalf of the Knights Templar, a militant network sworn to protect Europe from Islam. But Norwegian police could find no evidence such a group existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some insight into the far right

  • By Adam Webb on 02-04-2019

Some insight into the far right

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

Reviewed: 02-04-2019

I listened to this hoping to gain some insight into the minds of far right terrorists following the New Zealand terror attacks. The whole matter turned on the psychological assessment of the offenders mind and the various arguments back and forth regarding this are very interesting. They speak more of the far right terrorists mind set than discussing finding nazi memorabilia.

  • Hunting LeRoux

  • The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Empire
  • By: Elaine Shannon
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The story of Paul LeRoux, the twisted genius entrepreneur and cold-blooded killer who brought revolutionary innovation to international crime, and the exclusive inside story of how the DEA’s elite, secretive 960 Group brought him down. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating content poorly executed

  • By Adam Webb on 06-03-2019

Fascinating content poorly executed

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2019

There’s two books doing the rounds about Le roux at present. The other is by Evan Ratliff. I would recommend that work above this. In the closing credits, Shannon states this book took six years and thousands of interviews to compile. I wonder if those six years could have been better spent. Very little time is devoted to discussing how Le roux came to be in the position of power he was in when he truly dedicated himself to criminal misdeeds. There’s a lot to be learnt about Le roux and his criminal empire from the formation of Rx limited. There is even more to be learnt about Le roux from his early days of tech work. There’s a pivotal moment in Le rouxs life in his early tech days where he decides to stop being screwed over and start becoming a powerful figure. None of this is present in this book which is really disappointing because it is very informative in the process of Le rouxs evolution to a criminal mastermind. Perhaps I missed the point of this book but this is important information. Had I not read Ratliff’s book I would not have known it.

  • The Apocalypse Crusade: War of the Undead Day One

  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Erik Johnson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In an apocalypse, there is definitely a beginning where mistakes are made and the seeds of evil are allowed to sprout and take shape. However, an end is not so certain. Once an apocalypse occurs, not even death is certain. Sometimes, death is only the beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well developed plot

  • By Adam Webb on 30-01-2019

Well developed plot

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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: 30-01-2019

I like the zombie post apocalyptic genre a great deal and this series was a good find. The story is well developed as are the primary characters. I’m looking forward to finishing the series

  • Guts 'N Gunships

  • What It Was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam
  • By: Mark Garrison
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

In the summer of 1967, Mark Garrison had dropped out of college at Southern Illinois University just before entering his third year. He had run out of money and had to work for a while. These were the days before the lottery and the draft soon came calling. In order to somewhat control his own future, he enlisted in the US Army's helicopter flight school program. Little did he know that this adventure would be the most profound experience of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm an ex military UH1H Mechanic, Australian Army

  • By The reader who failed English! on 20-02-2017

Excellent recount of a difficult experience

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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: 31-12-2018

Simply put this is an excellent telling of a horrendous life experience in the Vietnam war. You can’t pilot a gunship in a two firing range every day for 12 months and not come out altered. It’s a great telling of one mans experiences. The narrator is perfect.

  • The Actor's Life

  • A Survival Guide
  • By: Jenna Fischer
  • Narrated by: Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. She was determined, confident, and ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong? Uh, basically everything. The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she’d imagined. It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office, nearly a decade of frustration, rejection, and doubt. If only she’d had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way. Jenna wants to be that person for you.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Average - gets lost in itself

  • By Adam Webb on 13-09-2018

Average - gets lost in itself

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-2018

It started off well and was on a downward sliding scale from there. Some of the day to day details of being an actor are interesting and the book pulls the curtain a little bit on the life experiences of an actor. It doesn’t go into enough detail of the actors life unfortunately.

There’s no doubt a struggling working actor would be a tough life. Fisher covers this well. The day in day out grind of rejection would be tough and the need for persistence is well discussed. I found some of the technical aspects of an actors daily routine on set interesting too.

There’s a series of oddly placed interviews in the last few chapters. I didn’t enjoy these at all. The narration is good at times but the ‘doe eyed’ girl voice grows a bit tiresome after a while.

I wouldn’t recommend the book.

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  • Damaged Goods

  • By: Oliver Shah
  • Narrated by: Oliver Shah
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Penguin Audio presents Damaged Goods, by Oliver Shah. In March 2015, British businessman and the chairman of Arcadia Group Sir Philip Green sold BHS for £1 to Retail Acquisitions, owned by Dominic Chappell, a serial bankrupt who filed BHS for administration shortly after. By April 2016, BHS had debts of £1.3bn, including a pensions deficit of £571m. Damaged Goods follows Green's journey to the big time, the sale of BHS and the subsequent investigation that concluded with Green paying £363m to the Pensions Regulator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probing first rate writing

  • By Adam Webb on 28-08-2018

Probing first rate writing

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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: 28-08-2018

What a great piece of investigative journalism converted into a book. Exceptionally researched yet concise with a balanced approach to the characters particularly Phillip green. Great narration. I’ve been lucky to listen to this and John Carryrou’s ‘Bad Blood’.

  • Harpoon

  • Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters
  • By: Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Samuel M. Katz
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

A revelatory account of the cloak-and-dagger Israeli campaign to target the finances fueling terror organizations - an effort that became the blueprint for US efforts to combat threats like ISIS and drug cartels. ISIS boasted $2.4 billion of revenue in 2015, yet for too long the global war on terror overlooked financial warfare as an offensive strategy. "Harpoon", the creation of Mossad legend Meir Dagan, directed spies, soldiers, and attorneys to disrupt and destroy money pipelines and financial institutions that paid for the bloodshed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MUST READ

  • By Anonymous User on 21-03-2019

Follow the money

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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: 18-07-2018

The Israelis know how to fight terrorism. They’ve been facing it on a large scale long before the west and have worked out how to do it effectively. Once again, lessons can be learnt from history both modern and ancient.

This is an excellent book which goes into significant detail about money and terrorism. I quite enjoyed it. The narrator is good. The book is well written. It seems odd that I enjoyed a book which is essentially about death.

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Legendary detective and his story

  • By Adam Webb on 01-07-2018

Legendary detective and his story

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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: 01-07-2018

If you’ve worked in Kenda’s occupation for a lengthy period of time, it’s a tough book to listen to at times. Graphic recollections of incidents aren’t the really scary parts of this book. Rather it’s the long term impact it has on kenda and cops just like him. Kenda is a committed man of the law who sees it as a genuine struggle to bring down the bad guys. His commitment is undeniable and nor are his results. I’m stunned at the number of murders in Colorado Springs. I’m stunned at the number of autopsies kenda went to.

I highly rate this book. Some of the time when an author narrates their own work the outcome isn’t the best but kenda nails it from start to finish.

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  • Bad Blood

  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 623

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up ‘unicorn’ promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating - unbelievable that this is a true story

  • By Glenn Gillan on 29-06-2018

Amazing journalism

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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: 09-06-2018

The best audio book I’ve been fortunate to listen too. The sheer evil audaciousness of Holmes and Theranous are really something to behold. The persistence of Carreyrou is to be admired also.

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  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is one of the best books I've read/listened to for a long time

  • By Anonymous User on 29-07-2017

Brilliant

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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: 26-05-2018

Another great episode in the series. Great writing and RC turns in a spectacular performance particularly when voicing Skippy.

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