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P. Stewart

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Life in a poetic downward spiral

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-20

It’s a tale that has no significance in the grand scheme of things yet I suspect will stay with me and become a reference point. The characters and their relationships are real and with the narration they become people who you know, but would never want to know. They are people without purpose and suffering because of it.

Greed and guilt galore!

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-20

Overall I found the story worth telling but it became too long and left me with a sense that the author was trying to justify his actions and paint a picture that made him seem less guilty. We all know Russia is corrupt and that Putin is a dictator....if you play with fire, someone will get burnt. The author doesn’t seem to accept that the greed that drove others was also driving him. An Oligarch takes advantage and so does an investment advisor such as Browder. Both have become exceedingly rich at the expense of ordinary Russians. There is a greater affinity than the author cares to admit.
The narration I found overly dramatic which was not helped by the writing. Overuse of hyping up the drama by reflecting on what might happen....but never did.

Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-19

This is audible journalism and production at its very best!
Hope to see much more from the same team.

Overall worth a listen!

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-19

It drags a little at times. Over emphasises what is not good science.....I got it without labouring the point!!!
However, the main points are very relevant in these times of internet fake news and politicians misleading the public.

Interesting insights

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-19

It’s not material that has been written for an audible audience....it’s a series of lectures. So bear that in mind!
I enjoyed most of the content but it is a little dry. The hardest aspect is the crazy over pronunciation of the narrator. Almost every word is treated to a theatrical performance of highs, lows and pauses....it quickly becomes very irritating!!!

Insightful

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-19

August Ames is just the red thread linking the insights to the messed up world of porn. The industry attracts problem people and everyone of the people interviewed reveals in some way their culpability in destroying the lives of them self and so called industry friends.
They are on the dark edge of society so we conveniently ignore them....if they were college kids we would be in uproar about their mental health challenges and suicide rates.
Ronson knows how to hook the listener but overplayed the cheesy....”then something happened “ technique! Recommended :)

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How would it affect you?

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18

We watch wars unfold daily in the media. Numbers are told...statistics. But what is the everyday impact of all this killing?
This book is insightful. A relatively small account of a large battle. However, it’s personal, real and necessary to know that thousands suffer similarly. We send young people to an early psychological grave. We do it too easily. The threshold for war is too low, given the personal impact it leaves behind.

At last....it’s done!!!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-18

It’s a huge commitment in time and money to finish this series. I wouldn’t advise anyone to start but if you are reading this review...you probably already have. Like me you felt the need to complete.
The author’s strength is in creative action and military storytelling. The weakness is in being repetitive and limited in prose. Character building is woeful. After 150 + hours of listening I realised I hardly cared about any of the characters. They all remained detached from the listener and horribly stereotypical.
It’s 4 stars because it’s the end. It’s done....I’m done! :)

Moving....

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-18

...a human survival tale from humanities disgraceful episode. Yes, there are small elements you can fault. But....the tale needed telling and you must listen to it.
If you have visited auschwitz then it is even more poignant.
Listen and be moved.

Some sound basics...but very narrow baseline.

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

If you are a bible bashing American with little common sense then you will find this book astounding and life changing. If you are not...you won’t!
Respect to the guy for narrating his work. I wish more authors did that. But this booked is far too heavily referencing the bible....to an a non believer the credibility falls off a cliff edge because of this. Had the author balanced across a wide gamut of religions I would have considered the rules well researched. But he simply didn’t do the hard work.
There are summaries available....I recommend them. I fell asleep during too many passages to recommend this book.
Disappointed.