Tag Archives: audiobooks

One click digital eaudiobook of the month – The English Monster

The English Monster by Lloyd Shepherd, narrated by Steven Crossley Based on the real-life story of the gruesome Ratcliffe Highway murders, The English Monster takes us on a voyage across centuries. Non-spoiler alert! There is a dark twist – a spot of black-magical realism, if you like – about halfway through Lloyd Shepherd’s first novel […]

The Scent of Your Breath

The Scent of your Breath by Melissa P.  In Paperback and as a Bolinda audio book.  The scent of your breath”, which is translated from the Italian language, tells of the experiences of Melissa, a young woman of 19 who is exploring her own sexuality in a relationship with Thomas, her new lover. The audiobook is read by Edwina […]

Love Song

Love Song by Nikki Gemmell Reviewed by Jennifer, Southport Branch Library This narrative was an unexpected find for me, and I would say it is the most powerful story I have discovered in a while. It is the story of Lillie Bird, who from a locked religious community finds herself at last experiencing the freedom […]

Aussie Voices : A Lady’s Visit to the Gold Diggings of Australia

Ellen Clacy was the daughter of an English priest who, together with her brother, came out to the goldfields to try and strike it rich. She brings an outsider’s view of Australia. At the same time, you could argue, and I’d like to, that certain elements of modern Australian culture are the products of the cultural and […]

An Aussie Voices preview

Aussie Voices is a little project we have here on book coasters to promote the Year of Reading, by celebrating reading aloud. As part of this, I’m going to be reviewing an audiobook every two weeks. Many of these have been recorded by community volunteers, through Librivox. Others will come from the Library’s Bolinda download service, which contains commercial […]

Aussie Voices – Reading Aloud for the Year of Reading

Happy Read Aloud Day! So, we’re about three weeks into the Year of Reading, and it’s time to roll out one of our special projects for this year. Brace yourself for Aussie Voices! So, what’s the point? The project’s purpose is to demonstrate a few key ideas: Reading aloud is a great way of enjoying text. […]

Audiobooks – End the Struggle and Dance With Life

End the Struggle and Dance With Life by Susan Jeffers. The library holds a range of enormously popular ‘self-improvement’ CD Books, and having read bestselling auther Susan Jeffers earlier book  ‘Feal the Fear and Do It Anyway’, I decided to listen to a further title by her. End the Struggle and Dance With Life is […]

Audiobooks and zombie mayhem – key features of WordPress 5k

So, this year I took the WordPress 5 kilometer challenge.  The idea was to run, or in my case amble, for 5 kilometers on the 10th of April.  My kit’s below: some running shoes, my mp3 player, and a copy of the Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. I also finished off the tail of the LibriVox version […]

The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: far more sensible than you’d imagine

So, American people of the Web: to be clear, I’m an Australian, and this means that most of the time when I hear about your Founding Fathers, what I’m hearing is how they’d disapprove of something or other.  This sort of appeal to authority, as an Australian, is an odd thing, because we had Founding Fathers too, but […]

Computer games and audiobooks

So, when I read or listen to a certain type of book, I often want to play a related computer game. In some of the 4X style games I play, I just turn the audio off and listen to audiobooks instead.

In the last couple of months my games with audiobooks have been:

Total War : Empire

Nelson : a personal history by Christopher Hibbert.
This book was commissioned to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Writing a biography of Nelson needs to steer clear between the twin perils of the sort of glorifying of Nelson you see in some early works, and the sordid fascination with his mistress you see in others. Hibbert veers into the territory of the private Nelson, and comes close to crashing on the rocks of the minutiae of Nelson’s infatuation with Emma, but his attitude to her prevents this.

To me, Hibbert treats her as a sort of scientific curiosity – a type of woman we no longer have in our society. In part that’s because modern social climbing is based on spending, whereas then it was based on social class. Our society also has different perceptions of beauty, favoring youth in a way not seen in Nelson’s time. Emma’s life would not have been possible now, because the goals she aspired to no longer exist, and her weapons (her style of beauty, her type of wit, her theatrical stagings) no longer work.

Command a king’s ship by Alexander Kent. A mission to south-east Asia and a battle with a skilled French foe, make this novel interesting, if not one of the strongest in this subgenre.

Total War : Rome

I’m playing a heap of Rome right now, and while playing, I’ve been listening to:

Empire of dragons by Valerio Manfredi. This is a fantastic book. Manfredi takes the old story about Li Jen, the colony of Romans in ancient China, and draws it out by having a second group of Romans follow a similar path into the east. It’s good, but it really should have been longer. The ending seems abrupt: the author could have put a second or third book into the narrative without any stretching at all.

The histories by Tacitus

Tacitus is just a fantastic author. He covers the Year of Four Emperors, a period where Rome was embroiled in a series of rolling civil wars. The armies of the empire discover you can make an emperor, and one by one the Spanish, Roman, German and Asian legions each have a tilt at it. Get into it, so you’ve read it by the two thousand-year anniversary of the death of Vespasian, which si coming along any time now.

The histories by Herodotus

The Father of History, laying down an entire academic discipline, with a topping of phoenixes and flying serpents. I really like how much Herodotus hates the Delphic oracle. Seriously, check out the sort of catty smackdowns he puts on the voice of god and her each-way-bet prophecies.

GalCivII

Pretty much anything published by Baen Books that isn’t right wing diatribe. David Weber’s a favourite, John Ringo not so much, Tom Kratzman not at all. David Drake would be cool for the new version of Civ.

I can’t be the only person who does this…any other suggestions for good gaming and audiobook combos?

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