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Colin B.

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Espionage Brilliance!!

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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: 14-02-2021

Not being a 'natural' reader, it's only been in recent months that I've tried Audiobooks, wanting to 'read' a series of true life stories with humour interspersed. Anything else, I viewed as 'probably a hard slog'.

What led me to purchasing this Audiobook was hearing a few days ago, about this family in "Conversations" on ABC Radio. The Author was being interviewed about this book, the story of a family of Australian Spies. It grabbed my attention & within a couple of days had downloaded the Audiobook.

Being about a family of Spies was different to the normal, individual Spy. Fascinating was how a husband became a Spy, 'recruited his wife, then as they had children, had to decide how their 'little ones' should fit into their lives of espionage.

Anyone who likes Spy themes, true stories and family stories, I think would enjoy this book & would highly recommend it to such people. It's a book with titbits of humour interspersed, intrigue with a twist and the story of how a family had to adapt to 'normal' life after the Spy life ended. Thoroughly brilliant!

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Very Interesting

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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: 11-01-2021

I liked the way this book was narrated, in a calm matter of fact way. What was explained seems to make sense to me. It comes across as from a person who's done considerable research and combined that with personal experiences, making what the Author says believable and accurate. As a guy who has only in the past few months, began a friendship with a really nice woman, who, at the outset, stated that she wants to "get to know each other as friends for a while" (before committing to a serious relationship), I would recommend this book to guys who want to 'get that woman', or even those who have, like me, only just started some kind of relationship with a woman. I'll definitely be reading this over again.

Must Read!

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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: 21-12-2020

I'm not a person of many words, so this isn't much of a review. This is a fantastic book, excellently narrated by the Author. There is a warning about the language content, which may offend some people. I hate the use of four letter words, cringed as I listened, but tolerated it because otherwise, the content is great. I'll definitely listen to it again & fairly soon, that I might take in more information and learn from it. I know that there's things in my personality, my background, my upbringing, or whatever, that I can improve on. I'm pretty sure that the content of this book will help with that. I love in the narration, that Mark bought this book to life, speaking with real people, discussing the issues that they faced, but also keeping it a little 'light' interjecting all the serious stuff with morsels of humour.

I would recommend this book to anyone.

Very good, but!

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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: 30-11-2020

As with the previous James Herriot stories I've listened to, "Let Sleeping Vets Lie" is very interesting listening, with humour sprinkled throughout. Thoroughly enjoyable!

A note for those reading my review; if you haven't already listened to "All Creatures Great and Small", leave it until later. That book takes excerpts from other books by James Herriot, including this book and seemingly gives an overview of a few other books of his. The same might apply to "All Things Bright and Beautiful", which I haven't purchased or listened to at this point in time. It's somewhat annoying that I paid for the "All Creatures Great and Small" Audiobook. I listened to the two books that were apparently released first, then 'All Creatures', followed by this book, meaning that I was listening 'in repeat' some stories.

A little confused, but happy anyway

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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: 28-11-2020

Why confused? Before downloading any James Herriot Audiobooks, I did an online search to try and find out what order his books were released, so that I would follow his stories from start to end. So, I went ahead and purchased what, according to my, search were the first two; "If Only They Could Talk" & "It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet" & listened to them with great amusement. What I didn't realise when I purchased "All Creatures Great and Small", was that it was repeating the first two books and 'more'. What that 'more' is, I will will maybe find out when I listen to the next two Audiobooks in the 'series'.

Though in listening to stories I'd previously heard & maybe spoilers of Audiobooks next in line, I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to these wonderful tales of bygone years again. If you like factual life stories of times past, littered with humour, like me, you'll likely get great enjoyment from this Audiobook.

Engaging and Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 17-11-2020

I've never been a reader of books, but as part the English component of an Adult Education Course I did in 1995, we had to read a book, then do a written review of it. I decided to make it easy on myself and choose something 'light' with a little humour, so that doing the review might be a little easier. I chose "If Only They Could Talk". What an amazing book it turned out to be, a great story, with morsels of humour littering it. I never would have thought that I'd enjoy reading a book, like I did. The main Characters, Veterinarians, were so interestingly portrayed, from the seriousness of the vocation, to lighter moments. Then there were the interactions between the Vets & Livestock or Pet owners, which were excellently portrayed.

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone, particularly anyone like me, who isn't really a book reader, but would like to try reading a book.

As an Audiobook, it's very good, but as a small negative, I would say that the performance by the Narrator, could have been just a little more animated at times. Even so, as the first of the James Herriot books, it's still outstanding and the minor criticism of the narration, won't put me off listening to more James Herriot books in the form of Audiobooks.

Wonderful and Emotional

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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: 24-10-2020

I decided I wanted to listen to this Audiobook after hearing short excerpts from each chapter of it on ABC Radio over several nights. From those excerpts, as someone who has never been interested in reading books, I just had to try listening to the book. I wasn't let down. A true story of a Family's struggle and determination under the rule of the Communist Government of China, through undeserved persecution & famine, bringing with it decisions to separate family & improve the family's 'lot in life'.

Over 12.5 hours in length, I listened to this book over several days, between work & chores at home, whenever I could find 15 minutes or more. I was eager to take in more, like I had never been before when it comes to books. I rode the highs and lows of this family, all the time wishing things would work out well for them.

The end of the book, sadly came much to my disappointment, as I wanted it to go on and on. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in true stories, of struggle, heartache, perseverance and triumph. From the first chapter to the Epilogue, there was never any doubt, that if I were to rate this book, that I would give it the highest possible score!