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  • Hell Ship

  • By: Michael Veitch
  • Narrated by: Michael Veitch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The riveting story of one of the most calamitous voyages in Australian history, the plague-stricken sailing ship Ticonderoga that left England for Victoria with 800 doomed emigrants on board. For more than a century and a half, a grim tale has passed down through Michael Veitch’s family: the story of the Ticonderoga, a clipper ship that sailed from Liverpool in August 1852, crammed with poor but hopeful emigrants - mostly Scottish victims of the Clearances and the potato famine. A better life, they believed, awaited them in Australia.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking.

  • By Retired on 04-11-18

Thought provoking.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Informative, well written and read. The never ending story of the journey for a better life and the difficulties faced. I really enjoyed this audio book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-08-18

Outstanding autobiography

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-17

An authoritative account of the dark, and bright, side of life. An honest and brave self-evaluation. I especially enjoyed the contrast of working with evil and then special needs kids. Finally, the anecdotal ending (the tank delivery) moved me to tears.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • This Boy

  • By: Alan Johnson
  • Narrated by: Alan Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of postwar Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all.... This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm, candid, moving memoir

  • By Saffy on 28-05-13

Yesterday

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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: 30-10-16

Would you listen to This Boy again? Why?

Yes, because it was informative, moving and well read.

What other book might you compare This Boy to, and why?

Like the 'oven on the landing' this is a stand alone book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Many, but especially the end when Alan sees his mother's reflection and he reveals that he has learnt what his mother's sad life taught him - Family. not money, is the most important thing in life.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

the angel of North Kensington.

Any additional comments?

This book brings back personal memories of bubble n squeek, bread and dripping, supporting the local football team. Having the author read his own autobiography is more involving and authorative.