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  • A Brief History of Vice

  • How Bad Behavior Built Civilization
  • By: Robert Evans
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Guns, germs, and steel might have transformed us from hunter-gatherers into modern man, but booze, sex, trash talk, and tripping built our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged research and lively insight to uncover the many and magnificent ways vice has influenced history, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a major victory for women's rights to the beer that helped create - and destroy - South America's first empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but not amazing

  • By Jon on 05-03-2018

Ok but not amazing

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

Reviewed: 05-03-2018

Interesting book. Not the most amazing but if you like weird and wonders you might get a kick out of it

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Anonymous User on 14-11-2017

Great story

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

Reviewed: 14-12-2017

Great story and enjoyable. However, at times it was a bit disjointed. Although, very worthy to listen to and enjoyable

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Clancy's Crossing

  • By: Evan Green
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

They say no one from the convict settlement of Sydney Town crossed the steep ranges of the Blue Mountains until 1813. But the quick-witted convict Clancy Fitzgerald did it in 1798, dragging with him the proud - but reluctant - Eliza Philips. Faced with constant danger and wrenching isolation, Clancy and Eliza found themselves pale-skinned strangers in a land of ancient traditions and spiritual beliefs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story based around early Sydney life

  • By Dan on 29-08-2017

Great story

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

Reviewed: 03-07-2017

Very good fictional story linked with a historical link to early Colonial times in nsw

  • The Dig Tree

  • A True Story of Bravery, Insanity, and the Race to Discover Australia's Wild Frontier
  • By: Sarah Murgatroyd
  • Narrated by: Catherine Milte
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

> In 1860, an eccentric Irish police officer named Robert O'Hara Burke led a cavalcade of camels, wagons and men out of Melbourne. Accompanied by William Wills, a shy English scientist, he was prepared to risk everything to become the first European to cross the Australian continent. A few months later, an ancient coolibah tree at Cooper Creek bore a strange carving: 'Dig Under 3ft NW'. Burke, Wills and five other men were dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not great

  • By Jon on 04-06-2017

Good but not great

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-2017

Good story but not amazingly great like others I have heard. Interesting facts within but very dry ( no pun intended)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • mostly good

  • By Robin on 10-02-2015

Outstanding story

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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: 01-06-2017

One of the best fiction story. Well worth the buy and time spend listening to it

  • Monash

  • The Outsider Who Won a War
  • By: Roland Perry
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
  • Length: 25 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98

Australian General Sir John Monash changed the way wars were fought and won. When the British and German High Commands of the First World War failed to gain ascendancy after four years of unprecedented human slaughter, Monash used innovative techniques and modern technology to plan and win a succession of major battles that led to the end of the Great War.But Australia's greatest military commander fought as many battles with those on his side as he did with his enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very detailed and inspiring

  • By Paul Davies on 05-07-2017

Amazing story of an Australian hero

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-2017

I knew of Monash, but this story provides the depth and breadth of an Australian hero

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Great South Land

  • By: Rob Mundle
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

For many, the colonial story of Australia starts with Captain Cook's discovery of the east coast in 1770, but it was some 164 years before his historic voyage that European mariners began their romance with the immensity of the Australian continent. Between 1606 and 1688, while the British had their hands full with the Gunpowder Plot and the English Civil War, it was highly skilled Dutch seafarers who discovered and mapped the majority of the vast, unknown waters and land masses in the Indian and Southern Oceans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Australian history at its best

  • By Jon on 08-03-2017

Australian history at its best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-2017

Great story with excellent research throughout. A must read for all Australian's. will search for more like this

  • Batavia

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

The story begins in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the longboat across 2,000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • incredible story!

  • By Lauren on 17-07-2016

Awesome recount of Australian history

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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: 24-02-2017

Great book of an early Australian history saga. Very enjoyable and worth the time. Once I started listening I couldn't stop

  • Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You

  • By: Peter M. Vishton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter M. Vishton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The brain is an astounding organ, and today neuroscientists have more insights than ever about how it works - as well as strategies for helping us live better every day. These 24 practical lectures give you a wealth of useful strategies for improving your well-being. By presenting evidence-based "hacks" for your brain, Professor Vishton empowers you to take charge of your life and perform better all around.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jon on 25-01-2017

Fascinating

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-2017

Fascinating story with real interesting facts. Will definitely listen to this again in the future

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Quantum Memory

  • Learn to Improve Your Memory with The World Memory Champion!
  • By: Dominic O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Dominic O'Brien
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Develop a quantum memory so powerful, you're like a human computer! You'll learn to remember names, faces, numbers, birthdays, dates, appointments, or any sequence of numbers you want. Once you have unleashed your memory power there will be no limits to the type or quantity of information you wish to store.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this

  • By Mat on 04-09-2015

Great insight into memory techniques

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-2016

Well worth the purchase and will refer to this on many occasions into the future