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Eileen

Eileen Biggar, United Kingdom Member Since 2011
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  • "My type of story"

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    I enjoyed this book very much. There are sad bits and happy bits like all other classic animals stories, ie Black Beauty, Lassie, etc. Michael does a very good job narrating which helped pass a few hours of boring weeding in the garden. And, as often happens I much preferred the book to the film.

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    War Horse

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
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    At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.

    Diane says: "War Horse"
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  • The Eagle of the Ninth

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    Although I read this book many years ago I found the audio version spellbinding. It is a great adventure story for any age but an iconic book of heroism for youngsters. As a teacher I read sections of it to classes over the years to encourage them to seek the book out once I returned it to the school library. I used to get wonderful feedback. With some trepidation I choose the audio verson so that I could enjoy having the book read to me on my long journeys. It was beautifully read with the magic of the times recaptured. I frequently found myself sitting in my car in car parks or even outside my own house unable to move until I heard the end of that chapter. I did find it frustrating not being able to call it up chapter by chapter as it appeared to be saved in large chunks which were difficult to navigate.

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  • "Excellent book slightly let down by..."

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    A real sailors eye view of the action off Samar. If you're interested in the war in the Pacific you should definitely buy this book. The only fly in the ointment for me was the voice of the reader, sounded very flat, almost robotic in his intonation.

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    The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
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    Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge.

    Andrew says: "Excellent book slightly let down by the reader."

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    • By Michael Morpurgo
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    At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.

    Diane says: "War Horse"
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    These stories are about how, many years ago, Arthur the once and future King of England, set out to save his country from the troubles that plagued it, aided by the brave knights of the Round Table, and the most famous sword in the world, Excalibur. How Merlin the Wizard fought against the wicked Morgana le Fay's enchantments, and how Arthur loved and lost the beautiful Guinevere, his Queen.

    Ben says: "BRILLIANT!"
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UNABRIDGED) by Michelle Paver Narrated by Toby Stephens

    Gods and Warriors

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    • By Michelle Paver
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  • The Eagle of the Ninth (






ABRIDGED) by Rosemary Sutcliff Narrated by Charlie Simpson

    The Eagle of the Ninth

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    • By Rosemary Sutcliff
    • Narrated By Charlie Simpson
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    Paula says: "Totally terrific!"
  • Rose Under Fire (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth Wein Narrated by Sasha Pick

    Rose Under Fire

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    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Sasha Pick
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    Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.

    Tamsin Goadby says: "Heart breaking story ruined by ghastly accents"
  • Hider, Seeker, Secret Keeper (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth Kiem Narrated by Andi Arndt

    Hider, Seeker, Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kiem
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
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    Lana Dukovskaya has spent her life in her mother Marina's shadow, and nowhere more so than at Russia's world-famous Bolshoi, where Marina danced years ago. But when Daniela, Lana's friend and chief rival, is brutally attacked on the eve of a New York tour, Lana is given her coveted solo - an unlikely stroke of luck that makes Lana the chief suspect in the attack. Once in New York, Lana meets Georgi Levshik, a powerful Russian émigré who claims to know the truth about Marina's past.

  • Neonazis & Euromaidan: From Democracy to Dictatorship (






UNABRIDGED) by Stanislav Byshok Narrated by Jack Chekijian

    Neonazis & Euromaidan: From Democracy to Dictatorship

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stanislav Byshok
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
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    The audiobook describes the development of Ukraine's nationalist groups since 1991 until present day. It focuses on the history of the parliamentary right-wing radical Svoboda party and the nonparliamentary Right Sector movement. The authors study the ideology, psychology, and methods of political struggle of these structures. The experts seek to answer the question: How did the radical neo-Nazi groups manage to become the key driving force behind the Ukrainian revolution?

  • The Briton and the Dane: Second Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Mary Ann Bernal Narrated by Sebastian Lockwood

    The Briton and the Dane: Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Bernal
    • Narrated By Sebastian Lockwood
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    King Alfred the Great has thwarted the Viking threat against his kingdom of Wessex. Signing a treaty with the formidable Danish King Guthrum, he succeeds in pushing the heathen army back to the rolling fens of East Anglia. An uneasy peace holds sway: The King establishes a standing army under Lord Richard, who takes command of the citadel at Wareham.

  • Valentine Joe (






UNABRIDGED) by Rebecca Stevens Narrated by Rebecca Stevens

    Valentine Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rebecca Stevens
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    Rose's granddad takes her on a trip to Ypres, Belgium, to visit the graves of those who died in the Great War. It's the day before Valentine's, but Rose can sense the old city beneath the new. And it seems that it can sense her, too. When she goes up to her room that night, she hears the sound of marching feet and glimpses from her window a young soldier on his way to the front line.

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  • When the Guns Fall Silent (






UNABRIDGED) by James Riordan Narrated by James Price

    When the Guns Fall Silent

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Riordan
    • Narrated By James Price
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    Jack, standing among the war graves, sees a face he recognises. Suddenly, it's 1914 again and he's a young lad back in the trenches. Visions of killing and misery come to him with horrible clarity. But then Jack remembers, too, the incredible moment when the guns fell silent for a short time, and fighting gave way to football on the frozen ground of No-Man's-Land. This amazing story shows that even in times of conflict and extreme sadness, there is always hope.

  • The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (






UNABRIDGED) by Candace Fleming Narrated by Kimberly Farr, Various

    The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Candace Fleming
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Various
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    Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew.

  • The Bomb (






UNABRIDGED) by Theodore Taylor Narrated by George Guidall

    The Bomb

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    • By Theodore Taylor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    The winner of the Scott O'Dell Award, The Bomb is a powerful history lesson and a gripping tale of suspense that no listener will ever forget. In 1946, 16-year-old Sorry Rinamu watches as U.S. Navy warships appear off the coast of Bikini Island. The U.S. Government wants to test the deadly power of the atomic bomb-and Sorry's island has been chosen as the test site. The young man knows he must stop the Americans from dropping the bomb-even if it means defying orders from the U.S. Government and risking his own life.