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  • Milat

  • Inside Australia's Biggest Manhunt - a Detective's Story
  • By: Clive Small, Tom Gilling
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 61
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    4 out of 5 stars 57

A true insider's story of the backpacker murders from the detective who led the team that arrested Ivan Milat. Milat - the serial killer who preyed on young hitchhikers. The backpackers - the innocent victims of a brutal murderer. Belanglo - a place that became synonymous with pure evil. It was the biggest and most complex manhunt in Australian history, an investigation that gripped a nation. Behind the many false leads and dead ends, precious clues emerged that pointed to one man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intensely interesting

  • By Adam Webb on 20-01-2017

An insider's view ... Great read

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Reviewed: 14-04-2019

Great read ! It's from the perspective of the detective running the task Force investigating the murders and whole sequence of events leading to his arrest and conviction; but also about police procedure and the politics at the time within the task Force in getting the job done. It goes beyond the Milat murders to include how police homicide investigations improved substantially from the systems and procedures put into place; and cites a few examples of solving other cold cases after Milat was jailed. Highly recommend.

  • Breaking the Cycle

  • Free Yourself from Sex Addiction, Porn Obsession, and Shame
  • By: George Collins MA, Andrew Adleman MA
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 9
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Anyone who has struggled with sex addiction knows that living with constant sexual compulsions can be extremely difficult. But summoning the courage to find help for this condition can be even more of a challenge. If addictions to pornography, strip clubs, massage parlors, prostitutes, phone sex, or chat rooms have made you feel trapped, this book can help you find a way to break free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Hank on 12-04-2019

Great book

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Reviewed: 12-04-2019

Great book! The bag of tools in this book are life changing for those with a sexual addiction. Having tried a 12 step program for sex addicts, this book is a good handbook for folks to have on hand as they do the program. I personally found the 12 step program too extreme for my situation; whereas this book with the tools and advice it contains was far more useful and applicable to my situation. The tools are many; with each addressing different aspect of sexual addiction and at different levels. If used well together, it packs a formidable punch into acting out. Doing the exercises I could see the results almost immediately. Great book highly recommend ! And a big thank you to the author!

  • Killing Pablo

  • The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Mark Bowden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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Killing Pablo is the inside story of the brutal rise and violent fall of Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar. Also from Bowden: the best selling Black Hawk Down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting

  • By Hank on 09-04-2019

Very interesting

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Reviewed: 09-04-2019

Having had no real understanding of the problem of drug cartels and their involvement in violent crimes to protect their business and punish energies; this true story was a real education on the complexity of relationships and activities of all the players involved; including American intelligence, American special forces, Columbian military, Pablo's militia, rebel militias; and the government administrations in Washington and Bogota. Very interesting read.

  • The Islamic Antichrist

  • The Shocking Truth about the Real Nature of the Beast
  • By: Joel Richardson
  • Narrated by: Richard Powers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Bible predicts that in the last days a charismatic leader will establish a global following in the name of peace. The Qur’an also predicts that a man will rise up to lead the nations, pledging to usher in an era of peace. The man in the Qur’an is called the Mahdi, or Islam’s savior. However, the man in the Bible is the Antichrist. Joel Richardson’s stunning research and analysis suggest that the Mahdi and the Antichrist are actually one and the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book again by Joel !

  • By Hank on 05-04-2019

Great book again by Joel !

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Reviewed: 05-04-2019

Highly recommend. I've read all of Joel's books and maybe should have read this one first to provide s bit more foundation. This book's different because it shows how Islam will birth the anti Christ; and will deceive many and cause many (voluntarily or my force) to submit to it; as predicted in the bible. So many patterns and comparisons seem to fit into a biblical end times scenario depicting Islam as the central player in it. Highly recommend; bring your bible and maybe towards the end pop out a map of the middle east. Highly recommend.

  • Outrage, Inc.

  • How the Liberal Mob Ruined Science, Journalism, and Hollywood
  • By: Derek Hunter
  • Narrated by: Derek Hunter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 7
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From Derek Hunter - one of the most entertaining political writers today - comes an insightful, alarming look at how progressives have took over academia, pop culture, and journalism in order to declare everything liberal great, and everything great, liberal. Progressives love to attack conservatives as anti-science, wallowing in fake news, and culturally backwards. But who are the real denialists here? There are three institutions in American life run by gatekeepers that have stopped letting in anyone who questions their liberal script: academia, journalism, and pop culture. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read/listen

  • By Hank on 29-03-2019

Great read/listen

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Reviewed: 29-03-2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Probably read it in less readings than I've done for other books. It was not only informative, but also entertaining. The sarcastic and facetious tone of the book kept me from putting it down, so I read it pretty quickly, because It was pretty funny all the way through . The theme of liberal bias in the media, Hollywood and academia, is not new to me, but the book included many examples of incidences that I was not familiar with, which I found very enlightening. Narration was good and the book steadily moved through the topics, without jumping around haphazardly. Enjoyed it and highly recommend if.

  • Mad Politics

  • Keeping Your Sanity in a World Gone Crazy
  • By: Dr. Gina Loudon, Sean Hannity - foreword
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
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If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result, America has been insane since the Reagan era. But the election of Donald Trump is certainly not like what America has done before. The media delights in diagnosing President Trump as “mad” - but what if he’s actually the cure for a country who’s been going mad for years? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little disappointed

  • By Hank on 26-03-2019

A little disappointed

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Reviewed: 26-03-2019

I was expecting a bit more from this book and was a little disappointed that it meandered a fair bit throughout it. Lots of Godly wisdom and scripture references throughout the book, but in it's effort to touch upon a range of issues I easily lost track on where I had been and where the book was going. And before I knew it the book was finished. Wait what....? So I'm still scratching my head on what I learnt. However, If you're a conservative there are some useful tips here on staying centered and sane amidst the current political chasm. The author is well qualified to provide this as she seems someone with a beautiful heart, lots of experience and a sharp mind. Personally though I won't be flicking through this book again to dig out those useful tips she provides. It's a little too sporadic for me.

  • Bonhoeffer

  • Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bonhoeffer

  • By Martin Watson on 01-10-2015

Fascinating read ... narration though let it down

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Reviewed: 17-03-2019

A fascinating read into the German Christian resistance toward Nazism in Germany during the second World War. Such a young guy, yet sharp, intelligent, mature, devout and incredibly insightful on what it meant to follow Jesus. Genuine discipleship was his ministry; particularly aimed at the German church that swayed with the tide of Nazism in the country. We don't get to hear much of the German resistance to Hitler, and it's easy to assume that all Germans of that time worshipped Hitler. This book is a great testimony to all the Christian and non-Christian Germans who despised, dreaded or disagreed with Hitler's ideology; to the point where some would plot or support his assassination. Bornhoefer supported his termination; believing Hitler characterised many of the traits of the Anti-Christ. This book is a great insight into a forgotten part of World War two history. A lot of Bornhoefer's theological and personal insights on discipleship are peppered throughout the book. Most of them you would probably reflect on for days; obviously not practical for an audio book. I suspect it's all in his book " discipleship" which you can use as a text for such reflection. The only downside to this audio book is the narration. About half way through the book the narrator's attempts to distinguish between speaker's voices became a bit annoying and tiresome. It should not have been attempted. It was also at times melodramatic. Often I'd be thinking (while listening to the narration) " stop doing that! Just read the bloody thing normally!" Overall though a good book. Highly recommend.

  • Blood on the Rosary

  • By: Sue Smethurst, Margaret Harrod
  • Narrated by: Casey Withoos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 12
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Margaret Harrod shared a unique bond with her twin brother, Michael. As children they were inseparable, and at age 22, together, they gave their lives to the Catholic Church. Margaret became a nun and Michael a Salesian priest - it was the proudest day of their deeply religious parents' lives. Margaret cherishes those carefree childhood memories because the brother she adored is now in jail. Father Michael Aulsebrook pleaded guilty to multiple charges of molesting children, some as young as seven. And the unlikely whistle-blower was his courageous twin sister.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read!

  • By Anonymous User on 12-03-2019

OMG ... I'm absolutely speechless

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Reviewed: 17-02-2019

I can't begin to imagine what it would be like when some of the most trusting people in your life become your biggest abusers. I'm still quite speechless not only at the gruesome shocking accounts of sexual abuse that occurred but by also the courage to come out of deep buried post traumatic stress disorder to tell your story. My heart goes out to Margaret and all those who suffered at the hands of paedophile clergy ... I'm absolutely speechless at your courage to come forward and share your story. Thank you for telling us ... and I'm sorry that you had to relive memories that would have been torturous to unearth and experience again. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I went to a Marist brother Catholic boarding school and was never abused and have fond memories of my time. However after reading this book I can with hindsight look back and see where "stuff" may have happened. I can think of one person in this regard who's behaviour as I look back now was a bit creepy. I hope I'm wrong though and that nothing happened back in the 80s during my high school/college days. I hope. Male dominated institutions involving authority, public trust and respect always have an open door to abuse of some sort. But when it's the clergy ... the damage is so much more. I'm sorry for what you went through ... it's with heartfelt thanks I say thank you for sharing your story. God bless you.

  • The Era of the Crusades

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
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What were the forces that led to one of history's most protracted and legendary periods of conflict? How did they affect the three great civilizations that participated in them? And, ultimately, why did they end and what did they accomplish? In these 36 lectures, you'll look at the "big picture" of the Crusades as an ongoing period of conflict involving Western Christendom (we would now call it Western Europe), the Byzantine Empire, and the Muslim world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A facinating listen

  • By Lachlan Peterson on 28-08-2016

Wow ! brilliant ! absolutely brilliant !

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Reviewed: 14-02-2019

What a comprehensive look at the crusades! Not just the battles, sieges and incursions, but the broader context and implications for : European and Byzantine commerce; nobility, royal and Papal politics; Muslim factions and sects; the terrain of the battles and it's Kingdoms; description of the military technology used such as catapults, the gallies; figures as Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, Pope Innocent III, Basil II, Baldwin IV ... WHAT A FASCINATING JOURNEY AND STORY it's been through this whole series ! ... The lecturer clearly knows this topic inside out and back to front, and often gave fascinating stories and anecdotes all through it which maintained my interest e.g. a Muslim Sulton victorious over an ill-conceived Crusade attack being embarrassed for his huge haul of European prisoners of war, releasing them from capture for a ransom. e.g. s Byzantine empress married and widower 3 times eventually marrying a nobleman who truly loved her only for him to suddenly die from a freak accident of stupidity by falling backwards off a ledge. Fascinating anecdotes litter the lectures. Highly recommend if you really want to get a decent handle on what the crusades were all about !

  • Working Class Republican

  • Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism
  • By: Henry Olsen
  • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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Conventional political wisdom views the two most consequential presidents of the 20th century - FDR and Ronald Reagan - as ideological opposites. FDR is hailed as the champion of big-government progressivism manifested in the New Deal. Reagan is seen as the crusader for conservatism dedicated to small government and free markets. But Henry Olsen argues that this assumption is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very informative

  • By Hank on 11-01-2019

very informative

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Reviewed: 11-01-2019

not knowing much about why Ronald Reagan is esteemed so highly among conservatives and libertarians I decided to read/listen to find out why so. it was very informative and I would recommend that as you read you keep a watchful eye on what's happening atm between Trump conservatism, never Trump conservatives (Mitt Romney) and liberals/progressives (Pelosi) and left wing/socialists (Alexander Cortez). Ronald Reagan touched on most of these, some more so than others, but steered a political and economic path guided by his love for his fellow man, his belief in the dignity of every person, personal responsibility of citizens to fulfil civic duty, supporting those in need (elderly, disabled, poor), providing a hand up for the disadvantaged (affirmative action) and staunch opposition to institutions that deny freedom (communism). Great read because at the end is a comparison of Reagan's philosophy to the presidents who followed him, including Trump. Highly recommend.