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A great way to learn more about the legend.

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Reviewed: 02-08-19

Congratulations to Pat Williams and Jim Denney on this masterpiece of work.

I have read several books about Walt Disney and watched multiple biographies. There always seemed to be missing pieces.

The authors look into who Walt was, his history and how he ticked, how he was the ultimate salesman, his views on society/religion/ethics and how he was only interested in making the world his happy place.

I'll be listening again.

Well done Paul Christy on a great narration.

Simply the classic Wilbur Smith everyone loves

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Reviewed: 02-08-19

There are only positives about this book. It's the first of the Ballantyne novels and Wilbur gives it the ready with both barrels.

As he became famous for, his scene settings and ability to bring the reader into the period is unsurpassed.

Just listen to the audio book or read the paperback - classic.

Elliot Chapman is a master narrator.

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Felt more like Wilbur Smith

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Reviewed: 02-08-19

If you like Wilbur Smith - you'll like this book.

Unlike some of the more recent novels, the collaborations, this was a return to the power the Wilbur Smith has to pull you into the scenery and cultures of Africa. It's a decent storyline as well. Easy to follow, you probably guess what's going to happen but you are happy to know it.

Very well narrated by Elliot Chapman. I hope he's a busy man doing more audio books.

A must for anyone who has read the Courtney books

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Reviewed: 15-02-19

This story is simply about the journey that Michael Courtney takes to meeting Centaine and then her journeys through life to the point of becoming a member of the Courtney family in Africa.

Sounds very succinct but the depth of story telling is true to Wilbur Smith's unique ability to master surroundings and the impact the world has on the individuals in the book and for the reader.

Excellent narration by Sean Barrett as always.

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Great insight into humanities insecurities

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Reviewed: 15-02-19

Excellently narrated by Ray Porter.

When I started listening to this book it was difficult to see where it was going. What you get is an amazing insight into human psyche from fear, jealousy, anger, friendship, love, greed and ambition.

The journey that you are taken on from the first contact slowly gains momentum as the book progresses.


A great book for any Sci-Fi fan.

Punches home Sir Alex's no nonsense wisdom

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Reviewed: 15-02-19

A great audio book, extremely well narrated in all sections.

The book crosses over from Sir Alex's early days entering management through to the heady days of Manchester United.

Pearls of wisdom throughout. Some you may think are obvious on hearing them, and it must be remembered that it's always easier after the fact to think they are obvious. When a leader is faced with issues for the first time, it is then that they know whether they have the ability to be in that position.

Particular areas of interest were dealing with agents, superstars and work/life balance - which Sir Alex really didn't have it appears.

The last section by Michael Moritz is extremely interesting too - don't miss these insights and comparisons between Silicon Valley and successful sports clubs.

Amazing insight to the trauma following deployment

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Reviewed: 15-02-19

Jason Fox lays his heart and soul onto the pages of this book. The honesty of his character and state of mind is brutal in its ability to show the depths of PTSD on the individual and those around you.


Jason seems to be one of the first to have undergone how the Forces treated this mental issue and it clearly shows, at the time, that they simply weren't ready or qualified to deal with the traumatic experiences these highly trained operatives were going through.

I simply cannot understand why Jason decided to narrate the book himself. The expectation would be that by telling his own story the heart and soul would be in it. All the way through it felt like he was reading from a script that didn't come naturally. Words weren't spoken fluidly as if he was telling his life experiences - it felt more like someone else was just asked to read it out for the first time. A professional narrator would have got the emotions, inflictions and flow correct. Sorry Foxy - you really messed up here.

A great book that should be regulation reading for anyone in the front line. It's just it should be read and not listened to.

A worthwhile use of a long story telling

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Reviewed: 07-11-18

Elantris is a dying city a decade earlier home to a people of demi gods. The lands surrounding the city are in both political and religious turmoil as the new, infected, inhabitants of the now isolated Elantris struggle to come to terms with the pain and sufferings of neither being alive or dead (no zombie references at all you may be pleased to hear).

That is the briefest of overviews for a thoroughly enjoyable story. Hour after hour the story unfolds, it is not rushed at any time nor do you feel like time has passed by as you get immersed into the fantasy. The plot is neither complex nor simple.

Brandon Sanderson creates a world of magic and culture that envelops you as the listener.

Jack Garrett talks you through the characters and you instantly start to know who is the current focus by this master narration.



Probably a personal choice

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Reviewed: 03-10-18

The trials and tribulations of an 11 year old is not fun listening. Having read nearly all of Bryce Courtenay’s books and knowing that you have to give the characters a chance to develop - I found myself not caring what happens to Sylvia.

A whining 11 year old, with a lot of just cause, is just not my idea of a pleasant read.

I am sure others will really like this book as Bruce Courtenay was a master story teller.

An extra-ordinary book full of evolutionary twists

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Reviewed: 27-09-18

This is a stunning piece of Sci-Fi.

From the beginnings of Earth 2 and the evolution of it's species to the evacuation of Earth and what the human race did to it, this book rolls through thousands of years of time travel during "sleep" hops of the last remaining humans.

During this time, you follow what's happening on Earth 2, which was created by advanced humans and is the last hope of a new home for the travelling last of the species.

A short review for such an in-depth book.

Well narrated by Mel Hudson.