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Pockets Full Of Sawdust

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Not great

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2021-03-10

Average writing, average mystery, average everything. Every trope that has been explored before is explored in this. This was kind of like watching paint dry.

Brutal, bloody and poetic

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Reviewed: 2021-01-27

I’d always heard so much about this book and decided to finally give it a whirl. I tried to read No Country For Old Men but couldn’t get through it due to Cormac’s strange writing style. After having listened to the audiobook of this - I feel like I will do the same for No Country For Old Men. The writing is done a lot more justice when someone reads it out loud. Truly a brutal brutal book and not for the faint of heart but is well worth a listen if you’re looking for a slice of what Western life could be like.

Just ok

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Reviewed: 2020-12-07

Most of the violence in this book was towards animals. I’m all for a gory kill but some of this felt a wee bit gratuitous. Overall it was a serviceable horror story with stripes of Stephen king and The thing.

How anyone can still vote for this dude...

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2020-10-22

I love a book that brings receipts. Similar to the Dark Tower and Dark Money books that have been written in the last couple/ few years this is a meticulously researched and written book basically breaking down Trumps inability to do anything but look out for himself and his cronies. The guy isn’t presidential, he’s a joke. Good luck America.

A real gem

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Reviewed: 2020-09-28

I loved this book. It was a breath of fresh air in comparison to the stuff I’d been listening to. Jon narrates his work perfectly. Super interesting subject matter and told with a good humoured bent but not demeaning by any means. Brilliant.

I love when an investigative journalist brings receipts

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Reviewed: 2020-07-29

A thorough and very well researched piece on the Kushner and Trump family. This is night and day to some of these so called ‘investigative’ books that some on the right claim are fact based. Everything in this book has been researched and backed up by multiple sources. No hearsay or ‘the documents have been hidden’ excuses. This is what real investigative journalism is. Makes a great companion piece to Dark Money by Jane Meyer.

Decent thriller/ whodunit

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Reviewed: 2020-07-06

The narration in this was superb. Really found Joanne to be one of the better audiobook narrators I’ve heard.

The book was pretty good. I had the major twist figured within the first about two hours though. Granted the second ‘twist’ I didn’t see coming but I feel like overall it was a bit of a reach too far on that one. However, still a very enjoyable listen overall.

One of the only books I’ve preordered

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-06-20

As the title says - this is one of the only books I’ve ever preordered. I loved the audiobook of World War Z and was hoping for big things from this one.

Unfortunately the writing style Max employs doesn’t lend itself to this story or perhaps the narrators don’t sell it. The only narrator who sounded like he was actually speaking and not reading from a script was Jeff Daniels and he’s only in it for about 15 minutes total. Judy Greer (who I very much dig as an actress) falls flat with this one. Overall I am extremely disappointed and am half considering returning this one.

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Unfortunately not great

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Reviewed: 2020-06-20

Really love Don Winslow, have been listening/ reading his stuff for a number of years. This book though? Not great. The broad strokes he paints with in this was pretty much unbearable. Everything was so cliche and cringe inducing. First audiobook by this author that I will be returning.

Drags in the middle a little bit. Still required listening.

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Reviewed: 2020-03-18

What can I say? This book does a deep dive into Deutsch Bank and it’s troubled history. The first two to three hours is absolutely compelling and then it kind of drags for a bit of the middle section. However, the last couple of hours are absolutely required listening. It’s unbelievable to me how someone like Trump has managed to avoid prosecution at every turn. America - y’all need to wake up.

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