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A wonderful piece of audio history.

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Reviewed: 18-07-2020

I had often been told stories of the controversial War of the Worlds radio broadcast that terrified people so much that they actually thought there was a genuine invasion going on. So getting to listen to the actual recording was very exciting for me. I can now see why it frightened so many people. It cuts off instantly from a "story" broadcast to a "news" broadcast and it transitions so smoothly.....you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a genuine news report. And many people back in those days did think it was. Very well done and a great acquisition by Audible.
Highly recommended for both young and old. This is a great listen back to a historical recording.

Very relaxing and calming. Not creepy at all.

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Reviewed: 15-07-2020

I'm not sure what the previous reviewer was on about, ASMR is one of the most relaxing and calming experiences that anyone can get from any sound that is around them. Even in your own home you can experience ASMR.
It is far from "creepy". It helps me sleep, feel calm and relaxed and has even saved my life one occasions.
I love that Audible is bringing ASMR into a more mainstream platform.

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This book is so...very.....long. Too much filler.

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Reviewed: 05-07-2020

I have always been put off from reading The Stand due to the fact that it's incredibly long and it's such a big book. Seeing the audiobook version made me keen to give it a try and it was my first audiobook purchase on Audible.

In terms of story, this is not one of Stephen King's best. If you want a great example of a story being dragged out with heaps of filler in the middle that serves nothing, The Stand is a great example of this. Many chapters are pointless and do not add anything important to the main plot. If The Stand had about 15 chapters cut out, you would still get the exact same story minus all the meaningless filler. According to King, he had no plan for this story, he simply sat down and wrote whatever came into his head.....then decided he had written enough. That explains the plot of The Stand very well. No clear direction. Just chapters written for the sake it. It's long and drawn out all the way to a very disappointing conclusion.
By the time this book was all over, I felt like I had wasted my time and should not have really bothered with this story. I feel very justified to have passed on reading this book for so many years, it's not worth the chore going through it.

I do not envy the narrator having to sit and go through this book, it would have taken a long time and he does an incredible job. Grover Gardner is brilliant here and deserves high praise for his narration.
I hope he got a raise. Well done sir!

I am glad I finally know what The Stand is about, so no regrets there, but I will never revisit this title. One listen to this tome is more than enough for me. If you want a good King story with The Dark Man Randall Flagg in it, I recommend The Eyes of the Dragon. Much less filler in that book.

What is the purpose of this story?

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Reviewed: 03-05-2020

After getting through this I can honestly say I really don't get what the point was of this story.
What was meant to be the message to take away from this?

Was this story meant to be a look on how love and relationships are in today's modern age?
Don't know.
Was it meant to give a message about how we treat each other?
Don't know.
Was this book meant to offer a glimmer of hope about people?
Don't know.
Was it a love story?
Don't know.

I'm sure Sally Rooney is a fine author but this is not one of her best in that case. I hope her other writings are more structured.
Two good points though, the narrator did a great job and read very well and this book was a free monthly recommend by Audible.
If I had bought this book, I would have been very annoyed about it, but it was a free book so no real big loss other than time.
I can't recommend this book unless you like a story with no real setting, plot or main purpose.

The story of the true Sherlock Holmes.

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Reviewed: 18-03-2020

This is a fascinating podcast and more than worthy of listening. If you love classic films and/or are a Sherlock Holmes fan, this is essential. Rathbone and Bruce will forever be remembered as the classic Holmes and Watson, but they were also the true Holmes and Watson. Two amazing actors who did justice to the characters. Loved the sound clips from the movies and the various facts about the productions. Younger generations could learn a lot about movie making from these programs.

Fascinating piece of history.

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Reviewed: 16-03-2020

To this day so many questions puzzle us about the Assassination. JFK’s legacy has become legendary. A terrible loss and a fascinating look into a time of uncertainty and tragedy. Very good.

It's good but glosses over genuine issues.

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Reviewed: 03-01-2020

I enjoyed the concept of the book and Jen has a great sense of humor, her narration is funny and she is very likable. Her explanations about energy and attraction do make alot of sense and can be grasped easily. The concept of the cosmic energy and that the universe reacts to how you react is interesting. "The universe is not your enemy, the universe loves you" is a nice quote from Jen and it gives a nice sense of hope.
One big issue I have though is how Jen glosses over genuine issues like depression and the impact that it has on a person's mind and how that will affect how they respond to the cosmic energy of the universe. She does not acknowledge it as an illness and seems to think people with depression choose to be this way and are comfortable being this way and use it as an excuse to not try hard. One line she states is: "Make an effort instead of collapsing into the familiar feeling of being depressed". Many people who struggle with mental health issues do make an effort every single day to keep going and I'm disappointed that Jen does not seem to understand this. For someone who is a life coach, she should know this. I completely agree that a positive mindset is always a big step in forging a better life, but to state that people who have depression are comfortable being depressed denies the issue of it. Vast majority of people who have depression or anxiety or both would love nothing more than to be rid of it and have a happy loving mind and feel like their life is amazing.
Overall, a good book for many people who are simply lost and might not be aware of their purpose, but I can't recommend it to anyone with mental health struggles.

Wonderful production.

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Reviewed: 31-12-2019

This was fantastic. Superb performances and a terrific story. Kenneth Cranham is brilliant as Mr Scrooge. The story is as magical today as it was in Dickens day.
Highly recommend!

A fantastic podcast with some minor bias flaws

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Reviewed: 23-11-2019

I feel this was a very well researched, and superbly presented podcast. Mr Fazal has done an incredible job with this and I feel it is more than worthy of listening too.

However some flaws stem from a slight bias of the views of Mr Fazal himself. In episode 8 he proclaims that the justice system was too harsh by giving life without parole towards three notorious criminals who murdered an innocent woman in an attack on a rival gang and presents that the murder of one person does not equate to no chance for redemption, he forgets about cases like the Anita Cobby Murder where the criminals were all sentenced to life without parole for the murder of one innocent woman. Does he feel that those evil men who murdered Anita deserve redemption too? I would doubt that.

I do agree with some points that Mr Fazal makes such as the negative stereotype of many peace loving Muslim people and that an entire community cannot be blamed for the actions of a select few. I do believe that the vast majority of Muslim men and women are peaceful law abiding people who do much good for our country and I do not believe that the entire Muslim community should be made to apologize for the actions of extremists, that is very unfair to the vast majority of innocent people.
But Mr Fazal does seem to gloss over issues that do affect Muslim communities in a negative way such as failing to assimilate into Australian culture and he does not really give any ideas as to how communities can be more open to changing with the times and working with law enforcement to stop the gangs.
He seems to be content by simply blaming society and not looking more deeper into the issue from all sides.

An excellent podcast but some of the views presented by Mr Fazai are more of an opinion rather than a critical thinking view.
I still give 5 stars for the good work, but please be aware that there are biases in this podcast.

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