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Important but flawed

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

Reviewed: 27-07-2020

I read books about Trump that are more journalistic but could not resist this one. I was concerned as I thought it could be a little self-serving (nowhere near as opportunistic as Bolton's though, which I won't go near). I feel it may be, but I also appreciated a more personal look into the life of Trump and his family; anything to understand how this aberration came about!

Another reason for the lack of stars is a concern I have of her 'diagnosing' her uncle. I believe that's quite a no-no for psychologists and that that an ethical standard may have been breached.

I'm glad she read it herself, but it was a slightly drab narration. However the resentment and pain in her voice was at times quite obvious.

It feels odd to only give three starts as I find it a worthwhile book and one that deserves to be read. The loss of two stars is simply because of a few ethical niggles on my part.

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Everyone should read this book

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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: 03-03-2020

Antisocial is a deeply concerning indictment of our 'new world'.

This isn't one of those hastily researched books about Trump and Trump does not feature much at all. But his most ardent fans certainly do. Marantz was researching the alt-right before 2016 and has rare insights into their attitudes from that time.
The book tells the stories of quite a few of these 'characters'. The fact that he could spend so much time with them and come out seemingly unscathed (at least in a literary sense) is of real credit to him and his art.
It's a well researched and astutely written description of a deeply troubled time that should be read as widely as possible.

If an author can get away with reading their own book (and most can't and usually don't) then it adds another dimension as nobody knows the content better. Marantz does and excellent job.

Engrossing and fantastic narration

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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: 24-02-2020

This was a one day listen.. I was unwell and just wanted to disappear into a book and Restoration was perfect. I check out whatever Rupert Degas narrates as I think he is amongst the best, and this did not disappoint.

Disappointing ending

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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: 21-02-2020

Like a few other reviewees, I feel the ending really let this down. I won't go on about it (spoilers) but it's such a shame as Jock Serong is an excellent writer... one of those who paints pictures with words rather than just tells a story. And you simply can't beat Degas at narration.

Unputdownable

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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: 19-01-2020

As a Tasmanian and someone concerned about 'the world', this book resonated quite profoundly. It wafted between history and distopia in a very disturbing way, and I think that listeners who know Tasmania will catch many things that others will miss.
Carides did an excellent job at narration.. sometimes when trying to distinguish between voices, narrators can err on the side of unrealistic charicatures, but she doesn't fall into that trap.
I wished I could give 4 1/2 stars for the story.. I needed to drop it down from 5 as the only grumble I have is feeling, at times, that Rose was delivering a lecture rather than using the story-line to get the point across. But I still gave the overall a five as it doesn't deserve to lose a whole star.
I will be interested to read more reviews from non-Tasmanians, as I'm sure that a knowledge of the geography/politics/people of Tassie helped to make this an exceptional read.

Very Safran

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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: 02-12-2019

I remember Safran from his Race Around the World days and thought he had a remarkable gift. I really enjoyed this series and his ability to be with people in his unassuming and direct way; he seems to draw honest, or if not, emotional, accounts from people. I haven't gone to five stars.. in some instances I was not as engrossed, and I feel there was more territory to cover. Perhaps Audible could commission another series so he can 'go there'.

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A promising start, but...

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

Reviewed: 03-10-2019

It's a first novel, so I should make allowances. But I found the characters lacking; not well-rounded. Part of the problem may be with the narrator.. I've listened to him before and enjoyed him, but there is something stilted and a little hap-hazard about this one; the style seems better suited to an Agatha Christie or other light-weight whodunnit.
It was certainly well-researched, but did suffer a bit from blocks of 'look what I know about this' rather than a seamless integration into the story.
I was left wondering whether the premise was associated with fantasy or psychosis, and found the ending a little unsatisfactory. Perhaps more is explained in Book 2, although I'm not sure whether that will follow on, or simply be a 'Detective Inspector Mark Fairgreaves' series with stand-along crime and ongoing romance.
All in all, not bad, I didn't want to stop listening as the story was engaging, but it could have been so much more.

Excellent series

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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: 02-10-2019

NB: I've entered the same review for all the episodes, as they are all applicable. It seems it would be better to just have a review for the whole series, but there you go.

I'm a big fan of Olly Mann - a regular listener to the Answer Me This podcast - so I downloaded this series. It's very well done; a great dynamic between the self deprecating Mann and the caring Yeo, with well presented facts. Very 'listenable'.

Excellent podcast

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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: 02-10-2019

NB: I've entered the same review for all the episodes, as they are all applicable. It seems it would be better to just have a review for the whole series, but there you go.

I'm a big fan of Olly Mann - a regular listener to the Answer Me This podcast - so I downloaded this series. It's very well done; a great dynamic between the self deprecating Mann and the caring Yeo, with well presented facts. Very 'listenable'.

Excellent series

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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: 02-10-2019

I'm a big fan of Olly Mann - a regular listener to the Answer Me This podcast - so I downloaded this series. It's very well done; a great dynamic between the self deprecating Mann and the caring Yeo, with well presented facts. Very 'listeningable'.