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Easy listen, interesting stuff

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

Reviewed: 13-02-20

Good mix of narrators from varied backgrounds. Interesting stories that are well applied to potential real life scenarios. They really did a good job here; for example listening to a great story of snatching a drug cartel leader you will be wondering how the hell is that relevant to real life' but it always goes to a discussion around things we can all learn from.

Love the fact it was never always OTT, some of these real scenarios range from active service in life or death to simple fear of heights during training. Great balance.

One downside for me was the 'acting' parts, when elements of the stories are acted out by some randoms. Imagine this was put in to break the format but the production quality in these parts didn't seem great and came across as pretty cheesy.

Would say the 2 best lesson comes from the CIA guy; take geeks out for a good time to get your job done and avoid expensive olive oil :-p

Unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 24-01-20

The story seems like pure fiction, the type of serial killer exaggerated into the big screen. Excellent production, scary stuff and a great (and troubling) insight into police procedures and where lack of basic cooperation & knowledge sharing can have tragic effects.

The sheer span of this story is mind blowing, and it's still not resolved! Crazy how recent the impending conclusion is.

Between all these type of audible titles and the mass of Netflix content; evil has more than a name.... it has a small army.

Amazing stuff

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

Reviewed: 22-01-20

Loved it, crazy how this all unfolds and great having detailed background on these key events building to war that’s broadly overlooked. We all know from school assassination led to war as the general lesson but how close it was to being so different.

This was the last time such a nonchalant approach to war has happened and this point was very well conveyed.

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Light hearted entertainment

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-20

Great concept, loved the inclusion of a historian and could have done with more of his input.

3 hosts are good, everyone will no doubt have their fav. Wish they changed how the whole competitive part worked as this was a bit disjointed and prob could have been dropped really and replaced just with a pass/fail.

Could be significant difference between nature of the challenge; some consistency here would have been better too.

Ultimately, short and sweet; ideal to fill random blocks of time.

Counterproductive!

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

Reviewed: 20-11-19

I thought this would be a documentary and was quite keen on the subject. What you get is a very questionable drama. I did listen all the way through to ensure I could give a full opinion.... and here it goes!

Firstly will start with what could be subjective; what an America they paint! All authority figures/agents are boo hiss villains and all citizens are ignorant a-holes! The only hero’s are the hard done by illegal immigrants. I may not fully know the difficult plight they all face but understand there is one and every story is different, but here it’s all one sided. Our gang are a very different bunch but all united in one trait, being portrayed as above reproach! This completely plays into the hands of racists who will cry ‘why stay here if you hate it so much’ which is eluded to and stated throughout. Very strange choices.

Even our protagonist (extremely annoying at that) is vilified due to her white privilege. The series glosses over the fact, like it or not is another argument, that their status is illegal. The whole environment they create reminds me more of works regarding Jews during early stages of nazi occupation, hiding and sneaking around the authorities with their group meetings and such, which doesn’t sit right.

These points for me, mean rather than try tackle a tough subject matter they more compounding it, by coming across a bit racist itself.

Also, man it’s easy to be ‘insta famous’ in this world. Couple of days and videos of folk juggling and licking their elbow and your sorted. It’s as if the internet just started!

Finally on a more objective matter, the performances aren’t all bad, only a handful (unfortunately the lead) derail it. The script really thinks it’s more than it is (key rousing speeches fall flat) and the end credit song lasts nearly 2 minutes each time. Given the episodes are so short it’s really strange! I waited each time convinced must be something else when it rolls and the timer shows 2 mins but no.

Disappointing format

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

Reviewed: 12-11-19

Unfortunately a low point in the series. I’m sure story was more engaging but personally I was taken away from it so much by the strange choices made with this being a dramatisation.

Firstly characters we have heard for so many hours now are voiced by different people, new characters just don’t land well. Brock was terrible, nothing wrong with Zachery himself just the writing for him! Also the clicking trait his character had I was convinced was a sound issue until it was mentioned as a nervous response.

The sound production was pretty poor, I found it hard to follow what was happening in many places when the action kicked in.

Finally the music is very random/odd and I’m afraid to say just terrible in most places. It’s always on and just doesn’t fit, sounding like a cheesy sitcom in places... a very dated sitcom at that.

Looking forward the the next book in the series to move past this.

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Absolutely spot on!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-19

I chose this book as I was going through a difficult stage at work and it absolutely nailed it. Right from the beginning, Caroline practices what she preaches - the narration and pace of the book ensures it sinks into your bones and each paragraph is easy to follow and understand. I made notes as I went along and even on my commute to work, managed most of the exercises. Would definitely recommend if you are going through any sort of stressful situation that leads to an anxious mind. Not only does it explain what’s likely to be taking place subconsciously, the exercises are fun to try out - made me look forward to the Monday morning meetings!

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