LISTENER

Dean

Brisbane, Australia
  • 7
  • reviews
  • 4
  • helpful votes
  • 7
  • ratings
  • So, Anyway...

  • The Autobiography
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Cleese fans

  • By Stan on 10-12-2017

Genuinely funny man and an extraordinarily interesting read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-2019

I was a little surprised how funny this book was in parts - I shouldn’t have been, given John’s fame, but I found myself enthralled by John’s life and not just his wickedly funny sense of humour.

I liked that John told us in detail about his journey to Python - and kept us thoroughly entertained along the way with smatterings of his brilliant sense of funny.

Well worth the read and looking forward to part two!

  • The Black Hand

  • The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History
  • By: Stephan Talty
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave filled New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped, and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible. Their only calling card: the symbol of a black hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Story

  • By Dean on 23-05-2017

A Fascinating Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-2017

A fantastic glimpse into the beginnings of the mafia in New York, and the brave policeman who stem the flow of atrocities. The true story of just how horrific and heartless the mafia actually was. Well worth the read.

  • Bernie Ecclestone

  • King of Sport
  • By: Terry Lovell
  • Narrated by: Norman Gilligan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

For nearly forty years he has ruthlessly exploited and dominated Formula One motor racing, and now he is setting his sights further afield...This is the true story of Bernie Ecclestone, the street-smart, working-class kid who masterminded the transformation of Formula One from an amateur sport of the fifties into a global billion dollar industry of the 21st century.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible book - woefully narrated.

  • By Dean on 05-11-2016

Terrible book - woefully narrated.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-2016

This book is by far the worst book I have ever read. The story gets lost in unnecessary detail, and the narrator was absolutely terrible (Siri could have done a better job). I hung-in until about the last 30 minutes (in the hope it might have an interesting ending- it didn't).
Don't waste your money on this one folks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent detailed description of Franklin's life

  • By Nathan on 01-04-2019

Benjamin Franklin

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-2015

Fascinating. Enlightening. Compelling. Well worth the time. He invented bi-focal glasses - who would have thunk it!

  • The Innovators

  • How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book.

  • By NICK on 29-05-2015

The Innovators is a Fantastic Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-2015

The story was so compelling that I couldn't wait to drive to work each day, so I could get to the next chapter in the story.

Well written and obviously thoroughly researched, and the narrator brought the whole story to life.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this great book.

  • The Churchill Factor

  • How One Man Made History
  • By: Boris Johnson
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

The point of The Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite interesting.

  • By Tony on 13-03-2019

Churchill Factor is Worth the Time

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-2015

A great story, well written and pleasantly narrated. It went so fast I wish there was more! I've read books about Churchill before, but Boris Johnson has managed to capture the spirit of the man, and not just the historical facts. Well done all.

  • When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead

  • Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man
  • By: Jerry Weintraub, Rich Cohen, George Clooney (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Jerry Weintraub
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 78

Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary deal maker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him - the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York's Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood - he has found a way to put on a show and sell tickets at the door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Autobiography You'll Listen to in a long time

  • By Dean on 15-07-2014

Best Autobiography You'll Listen to in a long time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-2014

What made the experience of listening to When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead the most enjoyable?

The candid and precise story telling was captivating.

What was one of the most memorable moments of When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead?

Jerry having to find a million dollars in a couple of days, so he could take Elvis on tour.

Have you listened to any of Jerry Weintraub’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I'm not sure he has any other books?

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Deal Maker.

Any additional comments?

If you don't enjoy this book, you have no soul.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful