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What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« on: January 10, 2019, 06:56:11 PM »
In a similar vein to other topics, what books have you read recently?
Or, if,you are an audiobook fan like me,, what books have you listened to?

I can highly recommend books by Yuval Noah Harari, such as Sapiens, Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

And have just started listening to A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell.

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 07:22:46 PM »
Going through Lee Childs Jack Reacher series audio books. I find I'm a whole lot less stressed in melbourne traffic while listening to them.

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 07:32:42 PM »
I'm not a huge reader, but I like to have a read while camping. Recently went through everything ever written by Joe Abercrombie and I don't know if I can ever read another author again.

I liked the world of the first law best, a trilogy:
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

And a few stand alone books (with many of the same characters):
Best Served Cold
The Heroes
Red Country

He also has a trilogy set in another world, the shattered sea:
Half a King
Half the World
Half a War


If you've ever enjoyed a fantasy book, you'll love Joe Abercrombie.

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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 08:23:08 PM »
I'm not a huge reader, but I like to have a read while camping. Recently went through everything ever written by Joe Abercrombie and I don't know if I can ever read another author again.

I liked the world of the first law best, a trilogy:
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

And a few stand alone books (with many of the same characters):
Best Served Cold
The Heroes
Red Country

He also has a trilogy set in another world, the shattered sea:
Half a King
Half the World
Half a War


If you've ever enjoyed a fantasy book, you'll love Joe Abercrombie.
Thanks Hookie, i’m not a big reader of fiction but might give these a go when I get my next Audible credit.

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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 08:35:23 PM »
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 08:40:42 PM »
Hey Rockrat I just read the two Yuval Noah Harari books Sapiens and HomoDeus back to back.
Best reads ever!  They really make you reevaluate where we are going and what we have done and it isn't all good.

Human Universe by Brian Cox

At Home. A short history of private life.
By Bill Bryson everything he does is great.

American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
The dark web and silk road

Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh
He was onto Lance Armstrong from early in his career.

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 08:41:42 PM »
Currently reading Lighthouse by PD James but any crime stories will do.
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2019, 09:32:39 PM »
Just finished reading Black Snake by Leo Kennedy.
I found it to be a great read.
A different slant on the story of Ned Kelly. Challenges a lot of myths about him.
Basically little more than a horse their and murderer.
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2019, 04:37:31 AM »
I'm currently wading through Burke and Wills by Peter FitzSimons. It's heavy going, and I'm not sure if I like his style of writing. I'll give it a few more chapters, even though i know how it ends ;D ;D
To counteract that heavy tome, I'm also reading Girt- The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt. An absolute pissa of a read, check it out if you want to laugh out loud!!
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2019, 05:35:01 AM »
If you enjoy an easy read and a laugh, these are pretty good in my opinion. They do need to be gone through in the correct order and if you followed the Sydney crime scene, you will recognize several crime figures, just with a slightly different name.
I'm just going through them again now for maybe the fifth time or more and i'm up to Crime Scene Cessnock.

You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1985)
The Real Thing (1986)
The Boys From Binjiwunyawunya (1987)
The Godson (1989)
Between the Devlin And The Deep Blue Seas (1991)
White Shoes, White Lines and Blackie (1992)
And De Fun Don’t Dun (1993)
Mele Kalikimaka Mr Walker (1994)
The Day of The Gecko (1995)
Rider on the Storm and Other Bits and Barrett (1996)
Guns ’N’ Rosé (1996)
Mud Crab Boogie (1998)
Goodoo Goodoo (1998)
The Wind and the Monkey (1999)
Leaving Bondi (2000)
Mystery Bay Blues (2003)
Rosa-Marie's Baby (2004)
Crime Scene Cessnock (2005)
Les Norton and the Case of the Talking Pie Crust (2007)
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2019, 07:12:58 AM »
If you enjoy an easy read and a laugh, these are pretty good in my opinion. They do need to be gone through in the correct order and if you followed the Sydney crime scene, you will recognize several crime figures, just with a slightly different name.
I'm just going through them again now for maybe the fifth time or more and i'm up to Crime Scene Cessnock.

You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1985)
The Real Thing (1986)
The Boys From Binjiwunyawunya (1987)
The Godson (1989)
Between the Devlin And The Deep Blue Seas (1991)


White Shoes, White Lines and Blackie (1992)
And De Fun Don’t Dun (1993)
Mele Kalikimaka Mr Walker (1994)
The Day of The Gecko (1995)
Rider on the Storm and Other Bits and Barrett (1996)
Guns ’N’ Rosé (1996)
Mud Crab Boogie (1998)
Goodoo Goodoo (1998)
The Wind and the Monkey (1999)
Leaving Bondi (2000)
Mystery Bay Blues (2003)
Rosa-Marie's Baby (2004)
Crime Scene Cessnock (2005)
Les Norton and the Case of the Talking Pie Crust (2007)
High Noon in Nimbin (2010)

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2019, 07:19:25 AM »
I really wish I liked reading books... but I find I read ~20 pages, put it down, come back next day read from page 10 and not even remember that I've already read that bit.
Find it as boring as Shit :(
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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2019, 07:32:44 AM »
When travelling with the van we listen to Matthew Riley series of audio books. They have used the same narrator so character voices remain the same when there are follow-ons and are a great series. I was sceptical on these books and usually prefer radio but it was a lot easier than chasing channels outback and now look forward to new releases.

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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2019, 08:04:38 AM »
been on audiobooks for years now.

started when the wife and I realised that we hated each others music tastes. But liked similar books...

great for long trips into the outback.

or in my case... the one hour each way commute in Sydney traffic each day.

my stand by favourites are:

the trilogy of Red, Blue and Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. Bloody long books so good value to them)

The Expanse (book) series

The Martian (before it was a movie)

there is also some Wilbur Smith.

and one of my faves is Sailing Solo Around the world. (from the late 1800's)

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2019, 08:09:39 AM »
I'm currently wading through Burke and Wills by Peter FitzSimons. It's heavy going, and I'm not sure if I like his style of writing. I'll give it a few more chapters, even though i know how it ends ;D ;D
To counteract that heavy tome, I'm also reading Girt- The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt. An absolute pissa of a read, check it out if you want to laugh out loud!!
 :cheers:
That's actually my next one to read.   I be read a few of his and like his style, a mix of fact with a few made up charecteres to tie it all together.   I'm not a big reader but find he writes in a way that keeps me interested.

Others of his I read were Gallipoli, Tobruk and Kakoda. All well told.
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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2019, 08:53:27 AM »
I have been reading a series by Peter V Brett that started with the Painted Man. Not usually interested in demons ect but this was really good. I am currently waiting for the 4th book to turn up.

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« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2019, 09:23:30 AM »
I'm currently wading through Burke and Wills by Peter FitzSimons. It's heavy going, and I'm not sure if I like his style of writing. I'll give it a few more chapters, even though i know how it ends ;D ;D
To counteract that heavy tome, I'm also reading Girt- The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt. An absolute pissa of a read, check it out if you want to laugh out loud!!
 :cheers:

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2019, 10:06:23 AM »
A hard cover of "  Fly for your Life "  The story of  Robert Stanford Tuck WW2 English fighter ace . A couple of original movie shorts  found on the net,  of one of the  air battles  written about in the book.
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« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2019, 10:09:45 AM »
Well done those men. Barry Heard
Hell west and crooked. Tom Cole
Back of beyond. About Tom Kruse the Birdsville track mail man.
 

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« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2019, 10:12:17 AM »
Well done those men. Barry Heard. Bawled my eyes out near the end. Very moving story.
Hell west and crooked. Tom Cole. Tom has written a couple of books, one being about his exploits in Papua new Guinea croc hunting.
Back of beyond. About Tom Kruse the Birdsville track mail man.
 Read a book a while ago about a fella called Sam Elliot, the last of the hard rock miners. He owned the wild Irish girl battery for a spell. Around Maytown if I recall correctly. I think it was called The Lone Wolf, or similar. Tried a while ago to get it off the state library but I think it is no longer available.
Another by Bill Shultz who owned Humbert river station. Think he was the first to fly cattle by plane. Think it was called The Big Run. Or similar.

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2019, 05:12:18 PM »
If you enjoy an easy read and a laugh, these are pretty good in my opinion. They do need to be gone through in the correct order and if you followed the Sydney crime scene, you will recognize several crime figures, just with a slightly different name.
I'm just going through them again now for maybe the fifth time or more and i'm up to Crime Scene Cessnock.

You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1985)
The Real Thing (1986)
The Boys From Binjiwunyawunya (1987)
The Godson (1989)
Between the Devlin And The Deep Blue Seas (1991)
White Shoes, White Lines and Blackie (1992)
And De Fun Don’t Dun (1993)
Mele Kalikimaka Mr Walker (1994)
The Day of The Gecko (1995)
Rider on the Storm and Other Bits and Barrett (1996)
Guns ’N’ Rosé (1996)
Mud Crab Boogie (1998)
Goodoo Goodoo (1998)
The Wind and the Monkey (1999)
Leaving Bondi (2000)
Mystery Bay Blues (2003)
Rosa-Marie's Baby (2004)
Crime Scene Cessnock (2005)
Les Norton and the Case of the Talking Pie Crust (2007)
High Noon in Nimbin (2010)

Awesome books........used to look forward to new book each year, I’d buy it go straight home and read it cover to cover.

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2019, 05:26:21 PM »
I'm currently wading through Burke and Wills by Peter FitzSimons. It's heavy going, and I'm not sure if I like his style of writing. I'll give it a few more chapters, even though i know how it ends ;D ;D
To counteract that heavy tome, I'm also reading Girt- The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt. An absolute pissa of a read, check it out if you want to laugh out loud!!
 :cheers:
I’ve read some good books by Fitzsimmons but struggle to get through some of the more recent ones. He’s  pumping them out at a pretty rapid rate and it seems to show.

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« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2019, 07:13:57 PM »
When travelling with the van we listen to Matthew Riley series of audio books. They have used the same narrator so character voices remain the same when there are follow-ons and are a great series. I was sceptical on these books and usually prefer radio but it was a lot easier than chasing channels outback and now look forward to new releases.

The first books of Matthew Rileys' I read was his trilogy. Area 7, Scarecrow and Ice Station. Couldn't put them down, absolutely loved them. Picked up couple of his others and just could not get into them. Not sure why. I'm about to start on the latest Daniel Silva book in the "Gabriel Allon" series. Really enjoy his work. Last week I finished "127 Hours". It was the story of that rock climber/mountaineer over in the U.S. that got trapped and had to cut his own arm off. That bloke was loose. As I read it and kept thinking he had it coming.
Was thinking about grabbing Peter Fitzsimmons Burke and Wills. He did a extended radio interview about it, and from what he was spruiking, I thought it would be a good read. Finding the time to read is a struggle but I try and squeeze it in where I can. I read on my Paperwhite Kindle and find it hard when I have to pick up a actual book. Driving trucks for a living I should give audio books a try, especially in dodgy radio reception areas.
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« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2019, 07:36:31 PM »
Listened to a audio book called
"The Last Crocodile Hunter"
By Bob Irwin
It was an amazing story.
I found it was very emotional at times
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« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2019, 07:50:56 PM »
I really wish I liked reading books... but I find I read ~20 pages, put it down, come back next day read from page 10 and not even remember that I've already read that bit.
Find it as boring as Shit :(
i reckon in my entire lifetime i have read maybe half a dozen books (not including kids books here) and half those would be a sports persons autobiography.  I actually wish I was a reader at times when away camping and looking for something to do, but it's just not something I have ever gotten into for some reason.
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