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A surprisingly good listen

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Reviewed: 23-08-2020

Stewart Copeland and his other family members create an endearing if sometimes quirky portrait of their father the CIA agent. Whether what he achieved was meaningful or rash will depend on your perspective but one must judge this from the era in which he lived. What was surprising was the important historical content the authors address and the remarkable number of social contacts their father had with major characters of his time. Certainly a life worth living and a life of privilege and context for his achieving offspring. I do rather envy them.

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BC never fails to capture real-life characters

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Reviewed: 04-08-2020

So far, have never read a less than inspiring Bryce Courtenay novel. There are characters, moral statements and endless historical references that make one want to more about the events which have been forgotten by time or convenience. The Japanese invasion of SE Asia - although does not reflect modern Japan - is to be set against the atrocities of the Nazis. But the back stories building up to these create relationships between reader and characters portayed. As for the narrator, his fine mimickry is only exceeded by his deep knowledge of the author and his sense of the personality and the weakness of that in most individuals. Heroes and heroines emerge from the ordinary. A great read.

More relationship tangles

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Reviewed: 12-07-2020

I guess if you want a relaxing read, with a bit of love/angst between partners, without too much intensity but a story that keeps up your attention LM is for you. They are largely books for women but I enjoy them, so maybe that maybe difficult to justify as I certainly read a wide range of genres. . There are many others books to choose from and the themes are all quite different and intriguing so you do find a degree of compulsion to see where they are going. it’s not usually obvious. One imagines the stories are triggered from her own experience or newspaper articles. Alway full of interesting perspectives on situations and her brand of wry humour.

One of my favourite authors / narrators

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Reviewed: 29-06-2020

I rarely find one of the Courtenay series disappointing but, as yet, no experience of his other works. A great theme to write to. This one, also great and everything I expected from Wilbur Smith and his increasingly convincing mater narrator Sean Barrett.

Amazing for those with interest

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Reviewed: 10-05-2020

Perel is curiously insightful about psychosocial problems - thankfully - as this is her job. But nevertheless listening to her operate does give you feeling of admiration. She is intensely egalitarian and empathises with her subjects so naturally yet in a society which is more often highly discriminatory. If I had problems I could not deal with, no matter how profound, I would certainly find her appealing. For those with an interest in interpersonal problems she is compulsive listening.

A great book from one of the great writers

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Reviewed: 01-05-2020

Although I have an interest in South African history, especially the period of apartheid and the incarceration of many black leaders, this book is more than that. Like all Smith’s Courtenay series books, this is one of his greatest - perhaps for me because it is in my lifetime - but also because the plot is so crafted and interwoven around the family and it’s characters so vivid, both flawed and exotic. Sean Barrett is the perfect narrator for Wilbur Smith and although struggled at times in his earlier books is now well accomplished with the accents and characterisation. His delivery is almost flawless. Overall one of better books I have listened to. I put these two together up with Dickens for storytelling. Never a dull moment and always a morality tale.

OK but only for BitCoin nuts

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Reviewed: 11-12-2019

Not a great read. A lot of history but not anything anyone would care about unless you wondered what all the hype was. We still don't know the end of the story. An interesting concept but another IT system that is still being plundered by geeks - only on this occasion - you can't sue anyone if you lose your money. The only think about Billionaires is that by definition they were lucky, rather than clever. Had they lost everything no-one would have written the book. Whether there is more money to be made other than those involved early on will; be interesting to experience. I think more billionaires from BC are pretty unlikely.

Mmmmm....

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Reviewed: 11-12-2019

Perhaps a little disappointing for JJM. I have been charmed by her earlier books this was much more of a 'true romance' than a 'romantic comedy' one might normally expect. Some interesting twists, the usual overall aspects of loss, but it left me feeling it was rather formulaic. Not one of her best but not bad enough to avoid. A must for many of her true fans. Just didn't work quite so well for me. Can't win them all, can you?

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Quirky and entertaining

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Reviewed: 11-12-2019

I rather liked this book, surprisingly free of charge, but definitely worth the effort. Dan O'Grady gave effective credibility to the characters particularly the central one - a scientist on the autistic spectrum - with a rather charming view of love and what are his and others emotions. Quite a short book with more than a hint of irony - both highly entertaining and likeable. I could look further to this author and narrator. Definitely worth the effort.

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A worthwhile whodunnit story

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Reviewed: 11-12-2019

So it's a typical Michael Robotham saga characterised by clues leading you off and on the beaten track ending up being the least likely person to have done it. However, the story is always worth sticking to You can't really stop listening and, somewhat surprisingly, I rather liked Jo Jameson's laconic narration which successfully negotiated many personas including the many female characters. In fact, I would say he significantly added to the books interest. Not a literary piece but a worthwhile read and I was most content to tune in almost anytime without losing track of where I was,

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