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Adelaide, Australia
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  • Damned Lies and Statistics

  • Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists
  • By: Joel Best
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Does the number of children gunned down double each year? Does anorexia kill 150,000 young women annually? Do white males account for only a sixth of new workers? Startling statistics shape our thinking about social issues. But all too often, these numbers are wrong. This book is a lively guide to spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers. Damned Lies and Statistics is essential listening for everyone who reads or listens to the news....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bitingly funny and informative

  • By Paul on 04-07-2014

Bitingly funny and informative

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

Reviewed: 04-07-2014

An extremely sharp witted look at statistics and how they get misrepresented in popular culture.
Interesting to listen to, quite light hearted for it's subject matter of stats, and makes you aware of common misrepresentations of statistics used by various groups (social change groups, media)

  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

  • By: James Goss
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well read, predictable but enjoyable

  • By Paul on 04-07-2014

Well read, predictable but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-07-2014

Written in a manner that seems purpose made for narration, and having the narrator be David Tennant makes up for any flaws in this book.
It's a wonderful engaging story to listen too, not very deep but very Who.

  • Podkayne of Mars

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it's a dream come true - even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Heinlein Novel

  • By Paul on 04-07-2014

Classic Heinlein Novel

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

Reviewed: 04-07-2014

One of Heinlein's better stories, most of it richly details life on a space ship & off earth colonies. The science is more than a bit dated nowadays but the impact of technology on people is brilliant.
My biggest gripe is that they went with the edited ending rather than the original Heinlein ending which makes the book lose a lot of the dramatic impact.
The narrator is well suited for the tone, an older voice than Podkayne - but I've always imagined Podkayne as at least a few years older than the book describes. The format of the book particular suits a narration style rendering.

  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire

  • (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Production

  • By Paul on 04-07-2014

Excellent Production

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

Reviewed: 04-07-2014

This is a production work, meaning you get sound effects like laser fire, various droid beeps, space ship noises etc.
There is one narrator, and though his voice doesn't match the original cast actors, he performs brilliantly, with each character having an unique and recognizable voice.
The story is my favorite of the expanded universe, introducing Grand Admiral Thrawn and Mara Jade among other greats.

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