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Paul McAviney

Ireland
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  • The Making of Donald Trump

  • By: David Cay Johnston
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The culmination of nearly 30 years of reporting on Donald Trump, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston takes a revealingly close look at the mogul's rise to power and prominence. Covering the long arc of Trump's career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, New York, would become an entirely new and complex breed of public figure. Trump is a man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and political clout. Yet, his career has been plagued by legal troubles and mounting controversy

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Corruption/Crime links/Disasters of Trump!

  • By Lance Johnson on 27-11-16

absofeckinlutely super read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-19

If you really want to know what kind of a lying, cheating, swindling, fraudulent, no-good son of a bum is now the president of the USA then you must read this book.

  • Blitzed

  • Drugs in Nazi Germany
  • By: Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops; resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very interesting

  • By Sam on 12-02-17

Definitely the best war history book I have ever read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-18

I enjoy listening to all sorts of books from nonsense fiction (Mr Mercedes) to biographical monstrosities (Che Guevara) and I like historical books also. This is without doubt the best world war 2 book I have ever listened to.
Maybe I’m biased because I never knew any of this before I got the book. I loved it.

  • Bravo Two Zero - 20th Anniversary Edition

  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,124

January 1991: IRAQ. Eight members of the SAS regiment embark upon a top-secret mission to infiltrate deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they are to sever a vital underground communication link and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: BRAVO TWO ZERO. Each laden with 15 stones of equipment, they tab 20km across the desert to reach their objective. But within days, their location is compromised. After a fierce fire fight, they are forced into evasive action. Four men are captured. Three die. Only one escapes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Story of Human Endurance

  • By Jason on 29-11-16

Super story - very bad reader

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-18


I loved the basic simple truth of the stories. I like the details of the little things, like how to measure a km while walking.
I absolutely did NOT like the narrator. I thought his cadence and tone as really bad.
If not for the great story I would have stopped after 20 minutes.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bandit Country

  • SAS Operation
  • By: Peter Corrigan
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

South Armagh, 1989: cheering mobs stand over the body of a British soldier. He is the ninth to have been killed by the so-called Border Fox, an IRA sniper whose activities have helped make this area of the United Kingdom the most feared killing ground in Western Europe. The British government is determined to break the tightly knit South Armagh Brigade of the IRA before more lives are lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome !!! You

  • By Woodster on 25-11-16

Total rubbish, nonsense and badly spoken

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-18

I chose it thinking it was a true story but then af 20 minutes I knew it was complete fiction.
Living right near the places where the story is supposed to be based I just cringed when I heard the names and accents and expressions. Honestly it was basically DarbyO’Gill and the little people meets Armagh.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Western Union

  • By: Zane Grey
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 4

Young Harvard man Wayne Cameron travels west and meets his destiny. There, he falls in with a brave group of Westerners struggling to fulfill a dangerous, desperate and thrilling dream – to carry through a thousand miles of dangerous wilderness a single strand of iron wire for a company called the Western Union. This wire will complete a telegraph line linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A few steps above a Mills and Boon

  • By Paul McAviney on 21-01-17

A few steps above a Mills and Boon

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-17

I thought I would like this for a couple of reasons. First I expected a few good strong western style characters, a good story worth following, a bit of historical education, and basically something believable and yet interesting.
This was none of the above. Some of the lines between the characters were just stupid watery nonsense. I have never read a Mills and Boon but I guess it would be kinda like this rubbish.

  • Blood Meridian

  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 421

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visionary, violent, yet redemptive. A masterpiece.

  • By Peter Kettle on 07-04-13

Sometimes he wandered off on nonsense talk

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-16

I enjoyed the overall story and I enjoyed the many little pieces of history that told me how violent and inhuman the whites could also be during that terrible time. Sometimes we forget that.

However at times the author went off on very long raving pieces from the thoughts of the Judge and they just didn't make any sense to me at all. I even tried replaying and understanding but still a lot of it seemed gibberish to me.

Maybe I'm stupid or maybe he ruined a good storybook.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book with a great voice

  • By James on 16-04-11

Simply the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-16

This was one of the best books I have ever listened to. I will buy the book and read it properly now. The characters, the stories, the historical references, the story, the ending - all just magnificent.

  • End of Watch

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947

End of Watch is a compelling and chilling suspense novel which sees retired detective Bill Hodges back on the trail of his nemesis, Brady Hartsfield, the criminal the press called The Mercedes Killer. Foiled in his attempt to commit a second mass murder, Hartsfield is confined to a hospital brain-injury unit in a seemingly unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: Brady is able to influence both his physician and the hospital librarian to commit crimes in the outside world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By shirley dempsey on 19-11-16

Excellent story and great storyteller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-16

The story itself was great and the storyteller does a great job with the different characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210

Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good , but don't expect an actual plot

  • By Adrian & Andre's mum on 20-08-15

I absolutely loved this. Proves how simple writing can be so powerful.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-15

I absolutely loved this. Proves how simple writing can be so powerful.

I love the way the story and the words used to tell the story were so simple and straightforward. It wasn't in any way hard work to read this.

I would recommend this book to almost anyone but especially to girls who love their Daddies.

I found it educational to think about how people can live in societies and be surrounded by different opinions to their own but still get on.

I can't really come to terms with the possibility that the man I admired from the court case in the previous book could now be such a different man. And yet I kinda still admire this one. Oh it's complicated. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much.

  • Elephant Moon

  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

As the Second World War rages, the Japanese Imperial Army enters Burma, and the British rulers prepare to flee. But the human legacy of the British Empire will be left behind in the shape of 62 Anglo-Burmese children, born to local women after affairs with foreign men. Half castes, they are not acknowledged by either side, and they are to be abandoned with no one to protect them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming

  • By Granny June on 28-01-16

Great easy to listen story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-15

I had just finished John Sweeneys book about Scientology and decided to try this.
Very different type of book.
Easy to listen to story about an English lady escaping kids over the mountains out of Burmah.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful