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A must read (listen) book

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Reviewed: 10-09-2020

this was gruelling, heartbreaking and eye-opening. the abuse and alienation is a central theme of the book but also offers an insight into the complexities of abuse, especially by someone so close. i wanted to stop reading and couldn't stop reading. despite the author being a comedian, there are few, if any, light-hearted moments in it, so brace yourself

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inaccurate, imprecise and poorly narrated

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Reviewed: 12-05-2020

I came across several factual errors in the first few minutes of listening and a lot of vague misrepresentation without any evidence to support the views espoused in this book

interesting, bite sized biopic of an amazing woman

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Reviewed: 12-05-2020

a very easy to read/listen biography of RBG. there is a lot to learn from RBG and the way she rose to the height of her profession. the book is generally excellent but does off the rails occasionally and devolves into just a list of soundbites and pithy quotes overall, worth the read

This is the book that shouldn't have been written

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Reviewed: 08-04-2020

I have struggled with this book. it's a simplistic, black and white interpretation of some of the most influential books ever written ( even if they may have had a bad influence). The author colours everything with a conservative, anti-atheist, anti-abortion slant with many snide remarks about "liberals". Politics aside, the author only focused on the bad aspects of the books without explaining the books in the context of their times and why they were so popular/influential or suggesting what our world would look like if the books hadn't been written. Sure, we could probably have done without Hitlers Mein Kampf, but most of the other books were important philosophical or political pieces that have had huge influence, both good and bad, on our world. Some of the comments may have been written in jest but, if so, the sarcasm was too fine for me to appreciate. Narrator was okay but didn't distinguish between quotes from the books in question and from the actual narrative very well.

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brilliant!

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Reviewed: 17-03-2020

it's billed as a YA book but more than suitable for anyone. it's a retelling of his On The Trail of Genghis Khan but is even better.

I love this series

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Reviewed: 02-03-2020

The change of narrator from the first book is a bit annoying but otherwise a great book.

Excellent

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Reviewed: 31-12-2019

Alanson is growing as a writer, leaning less on the Skippy and Joe show and concentrating more on the story and characters

surprisingly good

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Reviewed: 14-12-2019

i was fully expecting to not enjoy it but found very fun. some of the joe/skippy jokes are getting a bit old but thats okay

Not worth it

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Reviewed: 10-10-2019

Unenjoyable and unimaginative. A really great premise but failed to deliver with the storyline. .

Must read for any Australian or historian

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Reviewed: 10-10-2019

One of the rare books that just click. It filled in a part of world history that I didn't know was missing but immediately made sense. If you are familiar with theories around pre-agricultural societies, "hunter-gatherers" and the rise of civilisation, this book will make a lot of sense. Only criticisms might be that the author does labour a point at times, but that can be forgiven.