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Adam Webb

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Quite disappointing. Anti USA sentiments

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-2020

I heard the authors interview on the podcast “Longform” and was immediately interested in the subject of industrial espionage. There are two narrators to this book - James Laurie who is quite good and secondly the author herself. The author is not a good narrator. She can’t maintain the even and consistent voice required to narrate professionally. Fortunately Laurie narrates the bulk of the novel. When the author narrates she has this appalling tendency to end every sentence with an upward inflexion. Just because you wrote the book doesn’t mean you should narrate it. Listening to the author narrate is akin to being forced to listen to a flock of adolescent girls talk. Needless to say I skipped the chapters she narrates after a while. As to content, the book starts strongly on the topic of industrial espionage and was quite to my liking. But after some time, the subject strays to prosecutorial over reach of the FBI and the US Federal Government. The book becomes somewhat dull at this point and frankly, laborious. As the book progresses, an anti-USA sentiment rears its head and there is even a bit of Trump bashing in there which really diminishes the book. Invariably, the author almost takes the side of the primary offender and sympathises with him. At the end of the day, he committed a crime and was convicted. The author cannot help but import systemic racism as a topic. The book touches upon some interesting topics such as the ethical dilemma created by the FBI prosecuting intellectual property theft crimes on behalf of Monsanto and Pioneer given that much is made of Chinese government support for Chinese companies. This is a really interesting theme that goes unexplored. Ultimately the book fails to thoroughly cover industrial espionage. It is at times poorly narrated and is a missed opportunity on the part of the writer.

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Quite good

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

Reviewed: 29-04-2020

I didn’t know anything about Leary before listening to this book. Leary’s life is really quite an interesting tale. The story of his rise as a public figure, fleeing from America to Algeria and Switzerland and the happenings therein make for a somewhat suspenseful story. The feed in of Black Panther Party figures, US Government characters and prominent cultural figures of the 60’s and 70’s makes for a really good listen. The narrator is quite good. He does the book justice and has an interesting tone and pitch.

Brilliant side step

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-2020

As brilliant as every other book in the Arisen series. I really enjoyed it. Homer is invincible.

Rushed ending for series

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

Reviewed: 21-01-2020

The first two books of the series were really quite good. Good plot and character formation. There was quite a lot of depth and scale during these two books. As the series drew to its end, the books became rushed and somewhat unbelievable.

Great story - very prescient

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-2020

This is really good. Covers a lot of ground around uber and has a bit of a look into the world of venture capital. There’s no good guys in this story. They’re all despicable characters driven by power and money. Uber and venture capitalists are not on an honourable mission. It’s all about making maximum money at any cost. The VC group speaks about ousting the CEO to save the company. It’s about saving their money. Best not to lose sight of that fact.

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Absolute rubbish

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-2019

I listened to the first episode and this is really just the bottom of the barrel. The show is all over the place. Safran is not a narrator of my choice. His voice is jerky and unappealing. The content is not enough to capture my attention.

Great trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-2019

I really enjoyed this trilogy. It’s nice to read a post apocalyptic story from New Zealand. Fast moving story. Characters are nicely developed.

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  • It Burns
  • The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli, An Audible Original
  • By: Marc Fennell
  • Narrated by: Marc Fennell

Good thing it’s free

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-2019

This was quite good until the end of chapter 4 when it spiralled off into the deeper psychological and spiritual reasons people eat ultra hot chilli. It became the epitome of searching for something that wasn’t there. I wouldn’t pay for this

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Extraordinary story

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-2019

This was easily one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened too. It’s quite the story about evil behaviour and at the same time provides a really strong description for what life was like for poorer Australians in the 1900’s to the 1960’s. The narrative is so well co stricter that you almost feel like you’re there living by the banks of the Murray river. Really powerful stuff and quite saddening at the same time. This is a story that spans the past all the way through to recent years and in that sense is a saga.

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Some insight into the far right

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3 out of 5 stars
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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.