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Some credibility but not a lot

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

Reviewed: 07-02-2021

The first chapter is very patriotic but the author had preconceived conclusions and scoured the internet very selectively for "evidence" supporting his view. His comments on finance sound more convincing but, in my view, credibility is undermined by the early part of the book.

Interesting biography but ordinary narration

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

Reviewed: 15-01-2021

The biography seems well-researched and interesting. It was a balanced account - highlighting Banks' many achievements but also revealing his foibles. Unfortunately the narration was less impressive - the narrator seemed a little fast, as if racing to get it over and done with. Some of the narrator's pronunciations were also irritating. While some might excuse "forte" being pronounced as "fort" and "mores" pronounced as "maws", there is no excuse for "mariner" being pronounced as "marina" and the Californian city of Monterey being pronounced as "Mon Terry". Well-written books deserve to be properly narrated.

Surprisingly Satisfying

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

Reviewed: 21-12-2020

I was not expecting much, for whatever reason, but I was happily surprised by the quality of both the story and the narration.

Crime story with an authentic Australian theme

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

Reviewed: 19-10-2020

Enjoyed the tale and enjoyed the references to authentic Australian ideas and products from the late 1940s. Great story which was even better when told by this narrator. This was my second McGeachin book and I'll be looking for more. Anything by this narrator must be worth listening to. Yes, I really did enjoy this audiobook.

A Warm But Funny Memoir

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-2020

I have occasionally listened to Richard Glover on the radio and remember I once used to read newspapers which contained his columns. This memoir recalls a most unexpected story and can make us all wonder about our own parents and upbringing. He refers to the game of "Who had the weirdest parents?" I think Richard Glover is usually going to win that game. But he tells the story with warmth, compassion and humour. I laughed regularly while listening to this audiobook. I'm not sure if it would appeal to people in other countries but the humour will certainly appeal to Australians and possibly some Brits. Richard's survival of his upbringing makes him something of a hero but being prepared to tell his story with such candid honesty, including his own imperfections, is bravest of all. I don't wish Richard's upbringing on more children but a world with more Richard Glovers would be a better one. "Flesh Wounds" is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to - ever.

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A Terrrible Disappointment

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-2020

I had read Yeldham's "Murrumbidgee Kid" in print (not yet available as audiobook) and I enjoyed it very much. I was looking forward to my first Yeldham audiobook but it was very disappointing. The narrator sounded bored and clearly conveys that to the listener. Having the same name as the book's editor, I am presuming it is the same person - perhaps she had read it many times and really was tired of it. Unfortunately she does a great injustice to the book. Even if one gets past the narration, the story was just ordinary - more like a simplified movie script than the complexities of a good book. And it lacked some authenticity. I haven't listened again but it seemed to me that one of the characters (Julia) was catching a train between two rural towns to get some clothes and then another train from the rural town to Sydney so that she could catch an afternoon flight from Sydney Airport to Longreach. I have no particular knowledge of railway and airline routes or schedules in wartime New South Wales but the writer, although claiming to be Australian, betrays serious lack of knowledge of geography and distances. Not sure I can bring myself to any more Yeldham books, He needs both a good editor and good narrator.

I Got Bored

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-2020

My first Deaver book and there won't be any more. I reached about halfway in the book but thought life is too short for bad books, so I'm moving on to something else. The subject matter of the book should be interesting but it wasn't.

Most Enjoyable Tale

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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: 20-04-2020

Great story of Dickens' sons in 19th century New South Wales, told in Kenneally's great style. Tom just keeps getting better. I noted one minor error in geography but it did not detract from the story. Narration is excellent.

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Sadness, joy and hope plus a few good laughs

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

Reviewed: 10-04-2020

Well-told tales of paramedics in a busy city. Really touching stories told with empathy and humour. Narration good except for pronunciation of places. Residents of Sydney's eastern suburbs do not say "Koogi", "Cloverly" or "Vercloose ". Otherwise great listening.

1920 Detective Story with Twist

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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: 05-09-2019

Interesting story set after World War One. Kept me listening keenly. Well written book with an excellent performance by reader. I will look for more books by author and/or reader.