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The Truckie Who Loved Trains

The Biography of Ken Thomas
Narrated by: Tony Saunders
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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This is the story of an evolution. It covers the dramatic change in Australian transport over the twenty five years after World War Two. In that time so many important changes occurred.

They include the sorting out of the railway gauge problems; the dieselisation of the railways; the Hughes and Vale road tax decision; the arrival of containers and roll-on roll-off shipping. Best of all, the marriage of road and rail freight operations.These things did not happen by nature taking its course; they happened because driven men could see a better way. One of the leaders of these men was Ken Thomas.

©2013 David Wilcox (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Great story, but...

This is a great story about the foundation of one of the world's biggest transport companies, from the humble one-truck beginnings in suburban Sydney to the global empire that is TNT. Wonderfully written and full of facts and snippets of post-war Australia, the book is an enjoyable read. However, the narration, or more so, the editing of the narration, leave a lot to be desired.

I have no doubts that Tony Saunders is a fine orator, but I can't see that this would be his finest work. The performance seems stilted and slooooow (I found playing it at 1.25 speed made it better), with many pauses where there shouldn't be and a lack of flow. I found myself questioning my purchase on more than a few times, but only for the editing reason. There are many technical terms unique to transport that may have thrown the rhythm askew, however, the producer should've done a better job with the editing and direction of the performance.

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  • sruston
  • 10-01-2015

Good story

Interesting story. Well worth a listen.

The narrator isn't the greatest with a habit of overstating the same details repeatedly, which can get annoying.