DUNE – Frank Herbert Review

Dune – Audiobook Review

This has a **** Star from me. It is an epic battle of the finest where you must watch your back, otherwise you will never survive.

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Wow! What an adventure! This is a brilliant read and a well laid out story, set on the desert planet ‘Dune’. A place where the universe is battling to control the ‘Spice’ found on this wretched land. This is a story of corruption, control and universal domination between various races who will betray one another at the drop of the hat. Whoever pays the highest price get’s the greatest army, or so they think. Baron Harkonnen thinks he has the new planet administrator, ‘The Duke of Atreides’, wrapped around his fat finger and so he does, but the Baron had not accounted for The Dukes prophesied son Paul. Paul is a long awaited production of the ‘Bene-Jeseret’ experiment, which has been in development for many generations. A Bene-Jeseret is born and raised through a selection process of the highest order and of the best training known. Once Paul Atreides comes of age, he is put through the terrible ‘Jongebar’ test which could cost him his life and he survives with unprecedented results. A brutal plot is afoot to take absolute control of ‘The Spice’ and The Atreides family line is destroyed, only Paul and his mother survive and go into hiding and become allied with the planets local natives. They will rise again, a most powerful army that sets the universe on its edge. It’s a long trilogy and sometimes hard to follow, but certainly worth your time. I listened to the audiobook version of this (over 22 hours) and was a little disappointed with this, as the characters voices and narration changed constantly. This is the only reason I’ve given it a 4 star. I found that the main narrator sometimes played the individual characters, which is fine, but other times there were other people doing those same characters so there was no real consistency to the audio flow. I found this distracting because I was expecting a particular character voice to be heard and it would have been even more enjoyable if the production company got this one right. They should have stuck to either the single narrator, or the different character voices playing their parts throughout… one, or the other but definitely not both.


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Review! Pennies for Hitler

Feeling like a spy in WW2

***** – Stars
Wow! What a moving story. Georg, or George is a small German boy who witnesses students of a university massacre their professor… his father, during the revolt against the Jews. Georg, is smuggled out of Germany to England and eventually on to Australia. He is a boy alone in the world who’s identity must be kept hidden, in case he is found out to be the German enemy, occupying allied countries. And possible to be considered, a spy! His heart is broken and then broken again as he’s tossed here and there, an unsuspecting, forgotten victim of WW2.
What he witnesses and experiences effect the rest of his life as he grows up, from a child, war survivor being raised in a foreign country and into an educated, caring man as he ages.

He struggles to adapt to other cultures not his own and wishes only to see his father, and mother again.
In the end, George’s experience brings a deep understanding, protection and healing to his new family, in Australia.
The narrator, ‘Humphrey Bower’ does a brilliant job of drawing the listener into George’s world and keeping them captive throughout the entire, terrible journey.
If you’re really not an audio book person, then you can get the book here…Trust me, it’s worth it!

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The Boy Born Dead: Review

Wow! This heart wrenching true story of David vs Goliath, is one of the best I’ve ever heard.

In 1953, Jonesboro, Arkansas, a baby boy was born – dead. The attending physician set his little body aside and tended to his mother for 18 minutes. Now, more than 60 years later, that boy leads an internationally known ministry that encourages hundreds of thousands of people every year. The Boy Born Dead tells his incredible story from the perspective of his best friend, David Wideman.
This is my review on it…

David (Ring) vs Goliath Review:***** Stars

What a heart wrenching, true story. I was shedding tears even in the first chapter! This is a story of an unlikely hero, with a courage that is nearly impossible to have for such a life, especially for this young man David, born with Cerebral palsy.
This deep-telling story brings to reality the cruel nature of ‘normal’s’ with a plaything to laugh at. David was indeed a plaything for certain people (including an abused girl!).
Although he, himself had developed a cast-iron harshness; an internal fortress that proved difficult to break down… he came to know God and this changed so many things about him and the world around him. This story is a fascinating account of his life, which right off the bat, should never have been. He was in fact declared ‘dead’ on his birth, for 20 minutes! But oh no, David rose against all obstacles and conquered. A real David, and Goliath story that will have you racking thorough the pages at break-neck speed. I bet even the toughest of us could not read this, without having those silly water spouts (our eyes) flowing freely. A must read!!
N.B. I listened to the audiobook version of this story, which was narrated superbly, by Paul Michael.

Get the Audiobook here…

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I challenge anyone to read this story, without shedding any tears. If you don’t shed tears, then unfortunately… your wood is wet!
May your life never be the same again!


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Review: Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

Narrated by: Michael Page and definitely worth

***** Five stars!

Egg & Spoon is such a wonderful story – long winded, but wonderful all the same. It seems most people who comment love the witch Baba Yaggah the most, but I love Dumb Domer more I think. Michael Page’s narration was superb as he threw himself into all of the various characters, with gusto!
As indicated this could have been condensed into a smaller story, but the characters make up for the long windedness of it. The real adventure doesn’t begin until well into it when the ‘League of Free Prisoners’ go a-hunting for the ‘fire-bird’ and possible cause of the massive changes in the countryside; including the big City of St Petersberg, where the Czar is holding a party in honour of his nephew – wishing to marry him off to a young, well educated Russian girl from a prominent family. Did the Czar, however even ask is Anton wanted to be married? You shall have to read it to find out. One thing I really like about this story was the ending . . . It could not have been better in my opinion.


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