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OMG - could it get any slower?

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

Reviewed: 15-01-2020

Apparently it can get slower - even skipping ahead 10 chapters hasn't sped up the plot which goes nowhere, over and over and over again.

Now that we're nowhere, lets throw in some meaningless dialog delivered by vapid characters.

I'd rather sit in economy class from Sydney to Dallas with an overweight carnival clown sitting next to me than complete this book.

I'm a little bit annoyed that I'll never get 5 hours back that I spent listening and hoping the plot would pick up.

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Account of communist block

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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: 27-11-2019

I quite enjoyed this title. The author has gone to great lengths to make sometimes challenging material quite informative. I would recommend this title.

Well worth you time.

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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: 27-11-2019

I do not know why it took me so long to purchase this title. The subject matter is quite out of the ordinary and at times very thought provoking. I can recommend this title.

Easy listen

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

Reviewed: 27-11-2019

Not sure how I came by this title, but I found it an easy listen; an escape.

Ridiculous tales of violence and incredibly stupid

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

Reviewed: 08-08-2019

I could not continue past chapter 23. I wish I had stopped the first time I considered this story just too unbelievable back in chapter 6.

I do not believe the author would have had the idea to write this book, because she repeatedly demonstrated an inability to make any decision for herself no matter how minor. The gratuitous violence in this story is the stuff of nightmares. I don’t believe this author to be particularly a intelligent despite the fact she studied at Cambridge and Yale, my feeling is she was some kind of ‘charity’ student. Tara’s strength is that she can memorise textbooks enough to pass an exam. Tara revelled in being stubborn, not accepting help from anyone; it was exhausting.

The fact that she was completely unable to identify her father to be perhaps the stupidest person on the planet just defies logic. She never wrote about her mother’s acceptance of her son Shaun’s extreme violence towards Tara or her fathers fundamentalist views let alone his penchant for placing his children in life threatening situations.

My feeling about this book has nothing do do with not understanding childhood trauma.


Well . . . I was not expecting that

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-2019

I really enjoyed that this story was not your run of the mill mystery. It unfolded beautifully, I didn’t see the twists and turns coming, but enjoyed them none the less. I was frustrated with some of the characters and confused by others. I would recommend this title. The narrator did a sterling job.

Enjoyable historic amble

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-2019

An epic saga spanning decades. The main character Count Christoff ever the gentleman gives us all a lesson in manners and civility. I can absolutely see why some listeners would become frustrated with this novel, in some ways it goes nowhere and in other ways it goes to the heart.

I loved every word, every phrase, every lesson contained in this novel. The characters were beautifully unfolded by an outstanding narrater.

I would recommend this title.

Awesome Great Lecture

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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: 31-05-2019

I cannot rate this title highly enough. From the first chapter to the last the information was current, insightful, thought-provoking and I learnt so much about the world I live in.

My only criticism would be that they were a lot of references, which is understandable to the American economy but I really would like to have seen more references to other countries for example Australia New Zealand South American etc.

If you are interested in understanding economics, socialism, communism dictatorships then I recommend you download and listen to this Great Lecture. I’m going back to chapter 1 to listen to it again.

Classic Moriaty

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-2019

Interesting plot, which had me wondering how I would cope in a similar situation. Great characters, well written enjoyable listening.

Classic Robotham

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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: 14-03-2019

Catch up with characters revealed in Robotham’s other offerings.
Verbose in some areas, infuriating in others. It’s always a good title if I finish the audiobook; and this one I did.