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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2019, 07:53:10 PM »
Hey Rummy,
Give an audio book a go!
You get hooked for sure!
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2019, 08:15:42 PM »
Hey Rummy,
Give an audio book a go!
You get hooked for sure!
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I'm actually thinking of getting a hold of a book about an explorer or 2 to try and see if I can get into it.... I really enjoy learning info on our country's history when I read snippets at places I visit or someone tells me about thier exploits,  so thinking maybe I just need to find a subject that suits my interest to get me hooked.
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #27 on: January 15, 2019, 07:19:24 AM »
If you've ever enjoyed a fantasy book, you'll love Joe Abercrombie.

Or David  Eddings. His Belgarion and Sparhawk series are some of the BEST.

Have just finished books 1-10 of Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series. Like most long running series, I find that it is a good idea to take a break from them with something else for a few days/weeks, as they can become a bit repetitive.

Currently re-reading Jefferey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series of books.

The wife and I read a LOT.

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2019, 12:25:28 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


One and a half chapters in and I'm finding it a hard read compared to the others of his i've read.
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #29 on: August 11, 2019, 12:36:01 PM »
Just found an Audio book of one of my favourites ... CHICKENHAWK The story of an American helicopter pilot during the Vietnam war.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSBS4wH3lcw       and pt 2   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXXNbr57Ti4
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #30 on: August 11, 2019, 01:15:29 PM »
Might have to give an audiobook a go.

For some reason I seem to be going through a WW2 interest phase atm which has led to hundreds of you tube videos etc etc.
Have recently read a couple of non fiction books by Damien Lewis - SAS Italian Job & SAS Nazi Hunters.
Very interesting and the SAS stories of actions behind German lines was gobsmacking.

Still haven’t found what I’m currently looking for though, which is an autobiography of a returned German soldier to Germany at the end of the war. Specifically what he thought of surrendering, how he personally coped with a destroyed Germany which was then occupied, survival on 1000 calories a day, denazification, new post war Germany etc etc.

Have borrowed and read Erich Hartmann’s book (highest scoring fighter ace), but the book lacked depth.


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« Reply #31 on: August 11, 2019, 05:57:08 PM »
Don't  know if fictitious books interest you but I enjoyed the W.E.B.Griffen series Clandestine Operations and The Brotherhood of war. The clandestine series was based around the last days of the OSS and the begining of the CIA with hints of operation paperclip. The Brotherhood series follows a few soldiers rise through the ranks begining at the end of WW2 to around the mid 70s in the Veitnam war. Not alot of fighting, more based on the intelligence side. Both riveting reads. WEB Griffen is a fantasic story teller with a previous life in the intelligence field to bolster his knowledge of all things sneaky.

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #32 on: August 11, 2019, 06:35:23 PM »
Thanks...sounds like it’s worth a look 👍

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« Reply #33 on: August 11, 2019, 06:40:55 PM »
Both available on audio book with a decent sounding narrater too.

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #34 on: August 11, 2019, 07:54:32 PM »
Well done those men. Barry Heard

Well done those men. Barry Heard. Bawled my eyes out near the end. Very moving story.

Did you hear it when it was on the ABC in 2010?

At the time we were staying with some one whose father had served in Vietnam, and we downloaded it for him to listen to so he knew there were others who thought and felt the same.

I still have it on a HDD somewhere if you want it as audio files? It's still online, but I don't seem to be able to download them:
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/archived/firstperson/well-done-those-men/3105320


Still haven’t found what I’m currently looking for though, which is an autobiography of a returned German soldier to Germany at the end of the war. Specifically what he thought of surrendering, how he personally coped with a destroyed Germany which was then occupied, survival on 1000 calories a day, denazification, new post war Germany etc etc.

Have borrowed and read Erich Hartmann’s book (highest scoring fighter ace), but the book lacked depth.

My Grandparents lived in Hamburg from about 1946 to 1949, my Grandfather was a British army REME, my Grandmother a German who worked in the army administration.

Nana's view was that the structure and organisation of Germany in post-war Germany was much better than Catterick or Aldershot where they went to in 1949... and infinitely better than Pakistan where they ended up in the early 1950's.
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #35 on: August 11, 2019, 08:03:24 PM »
Oh, and recent read was Danny MacAskill's Autobiography:
https://www.booktopia.com.au/at-the-edge-danny-macaskill/prod9780241973264.html

Currently reading this:
https://www.booktopia.com.au/race-across-the-world-john-smailes/prod9781760632533.html which I picked up for $2 at KMart...
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #36 on: August 11, 2019, 08:12:02 PM »
Thanks for the generous  offer Paddler Ed but I still have the hard copy here. I read alot of ebooks but I have my prize possesions of paperbacks I reread from time to time.

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #37 on: August 11, 2019, 09:58:06 PM »
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #38 on: August 11, 2019, 10:44:06 PM »
Reading Lee Childs Jack Reacher series at the moment.

Just finished listening to the audio files Ed. Thanks, they were inspirational. I remember being confused by the RSL’s behaviour towards the Vietnam vets back in the early seventies. It seemed, at the time, that if you didn’t serve for king/queen and country ie WWI or WWII you weren’t a returned serviceman.
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #39 on: August 11, 2019, 10:46:42 PM »
You might also enjoy Tunnel Rats by Jimmy Thomson and Sandy MacGregor. Australian army 3rd field troop who were the first into the Vietcong tunnels.

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #40 on: August 11, 2019, 10:47:42 PM »
Was honoured to be invited to spend the day with members  of the Team  at Canungra a week ago to commemorate the 57th anniversery of the formation of the AATTV " Team " .. Fantastic day with a realy nice group of blokes .
Ngok Tavak ..Actualy met this man the story is about, He was put up for the Military Cross for that action and has just been approved for his citation last week, 51 years after being recommended .https://defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/White-decision.pdf  interesting reading .
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Another couple of good books ..
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #41 on: August 11, 2019, 11:29:21 PM »
Reading/Listening to Kokoda by Peter Fitsimmons. Very good read/listen.
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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #42 on: August 12, 2019, 07:20:28 AM »
I remember being confused by the RSL’s behaviour towards the Vietnam vets back in the early seventies. It seemed, at the time, that if you didn’t serve for king/queen and country ie WWI or WWII you weren’t a returned serviceman.

& talking to recently Returned Servicemen, they've said the same thing - the RSL is now run by Vietnam vet's who don't seem particularly interested or concerned about what has gone on in Iraq or Afghanistan!

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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #43 on: August 12, 2019, 07:53:12 AM »
For those into WW2 these are a some of my favourites  ...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sK0mZnBx94     ...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=824I_anxW-w ........    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRWPsf9-y3I  << a home done youtube vid of parts of the book .

































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Re: What book have you read (or listened to) recently?
« Reply #44 on: August 13, 2019, 12:24:44 AM »
Another couple of brilliant  true stories of survival  WW2   and  Vietnam .
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