Audiobook Reviews – October 2021

Goldfinger by Ian Fleming

The 1950s Gold Standard results in wacky smuggling operations and golf. Bond is on top of things until he’s not. But he survives anyway. 3/5

Spark: How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers by Claudia Kalb

Profiles of 13 great achievers from Yo-Yo Ma to Isaac Newton who found their calling at progressively greater ages. Some interesting profiles across varied fields. 3/5

Shoot for the Moon by James Donovan

The story of Apollo 11 and the space race that led up to it. Some stories I hadn’t heard before and well written but in a crowded field. 3/5

The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age by Steve Olson

The history of the creation of Plutonium and the Hanford Nuclear Site that was built to manufacture it. 4/5

Captain Cook’s Epic Voyage by Geoffrey Blainey

The story of James Cook’s first voyage and it’s significance. Also covers the contemporary voyage by Jean de Surville. A good read that kept me interested. 4/5

Just the Funny Parts … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys’ Club by Nell Scovell

A life as a female writer, producer and director in TV. A mix of funny stories, sexist stories and career highs and lows. 4/5

My Scoring System

  • 5/5 = Brilliant, top 5 book of the year
  • 4/5 = Above average, strongly recommend
  • 3/5 = Average. in the middle 70% of books I read
  • 2/5 = Disappointing
  • 1/5 = Did not like at all