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Mr. Anthony D. Bateman

wales uk
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  • Soldier of Fortune (II): The Heretic

  • By: David Pilling
  • Narrated by: Nick Denton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Page describes his time among the fanatical Hussites in Bohemia. Condemned by the Pope as heretics, the Hussites dared to defy the might of the Catholic church and the Christian princes of Europe. In response, the Pope ordered their destruction, down to the last child, and the brutal subjugation of their country. Page joins the Hussites just as another crusade is launched against Bohemia. Led by the merciless King Sigismund, known as the Dragon of Prophecy, the crusaders will drown the land in blood rather than let heresy prevail.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • short

  • By Mr. Anthony D. Bateman on 11-02-19

short

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-19

much better overall than the first, story flows and the narration is told with commitment. it is however short for a novel at less than 8hrs, but this compactness is full of historical content, and the two powers of good and evil brought about by religious fervour , with humanities inhumanity to man

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  • Soldier of Fortune (I): The Wolf Cub

  • By: David Pilling
  • Narrated by: Nick Denton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

AD 1453. The great city of Constantinople, last remnant of the once-mighty Roman Empire, falls to the Ottoman armies of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. An English knight named Sir John Page is taken prisoner by the Ottomans and forced to entertain the Sultan with tales of the West. Page chooses to tell the story of his own long career as a soldier of fortune in France, Bohemia, and the Italian city-states. Page’s tale begins in the year of Agincourt, Henry V’s famous victory over the French.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • cowardly hero?

  • By Mr. Anthony D. Bateman on 09-02-19

cowardly hero?

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-19

our hero wants all the glory fame and fortune, but spends most of the story (which IS good), shying from danger, otherwise I enjoyed the story of the English in France after agincourt. the narration was unsteady like teaching a student when to breath at a comer, and to stop at fullstops or end of paragraph before beginning the next. there was a lot of breakup in the sound which may of contributed to this.

  • The Last Hour

  • By: Harry Sidebottom
  • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce Lockhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A lone figure stands silhouetted atop the Mausoleum of Hadrian. Behind him, the sun is setting over the centre of the known world. Far below, the river is in full flood. The City of Rome lies spread out before him on the far bank. Footsteps pound up the stairs. He's been set up. An enemy is closing in; he is cornered. He jumps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great ‘page turner’

  • By Fatmusketeer on 22-07-18

guide to rome

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

having recently returned from Rome, I found this book a reminder of streets I had walked. sadly although other ballista stories have been 5 star, something is missing from this tale. the familia appear only towards the end, and I feel Harry sidebottom has attempted his own kiefer Sutherland 24hr .

  • Keane's Challenge

  • Keane, Book 2
  • By: Iain Gale
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

The Iberian Peninsula, 1809. French troops led by one of Napoleon's best generals are amassing on the border. Wellington's outnumbered force and his unreliable Spanish allies need to pick off the smaller French units if they are to stand their ground. For that they need information: accurate intelligence on numbers, arms, and whereabouts. That's where Captain Keane and his company of reformed scouting officers are invaluable tools--despite being unpopular with the regular soldiers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little more Keane

  • By Simon on 11-09-15

very good but

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-19

these are excellent books, written well with impressive characters and storyline, and narrated very well. But Keane is no Sharpe, and Gale no Cornwell, though after reading 20+ of Sharpe these are worth the listen, for after all the allies kicked a lot of French ass

  • Tai-Pan

  • The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook ever....

  • By Thomas D. on 22-09-16

by god

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

a masterpiece, better than shogun of which over 40yrs I read watched on tv and have listened to since joining audible nearly 3 yrs ago. the intenseness passion history violence are exquisite, the reading masterful, and the final tumultuous chapters reached such emotion inside I cried. to look upon this island city now and imagine it's once frail beginning will haunt me each time I see her or hear of her.

  • The Tiger's Time

  • Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer, Book 4
  • By: Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A nobleman from an infamous family, imperial legionary officer, and born fighter, Ben Stiger is trapped in the past and cut off from everything he has known. The World Gate is sealed behind him, and Delvaris, the man he traveled through time to save, is dead. With this great man’s death, the future has been altered by the evil god Castor. Stiger has lost his purpose. For the first time in a great long while, no one needs saving, and no one needs killing. Cast adrift in a time not his own, Stiger believes his time as a leader of men is at an end. But the gods are not done with him yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Max on 18-01-19

epic

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I, and others, asked for the books to be longer, and wow did Marc oblige. Love enters Ben's life and,,, well no spoilers. once again brilliantly written totally enthralling and expertly narrated. If you have not read the previous 6 books then do so, as 8 is due in new yr. a wonderful adventure crossing over from historical fiction to fantasy , my preference was the former but Marcs' work transfers sublimely, and I purchased this on day of audible release such a fan am I now. 3 series with a 4th to come late 2019, I only wish he could write faster, or time travel, hint, and have started earlier. role on new year

  • The Silence of the Girls

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting: Briseis. She was a queen of this land until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. Now she is Achilles' concubine: a prize of battle. Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war - the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead - all of them voiceless in history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feminist Iliad

  • By Barbie on 02-09-18

3000yrs

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-18

It's hard to fathom that this story is so often retold, made for tv or cinema. This version from a woman's perspective is so sad, the evil of men, still prevalent today as then, no thought by conqueror over vanquished, from queen to slave the abject misery caused in truth by one man's ambition, the deaths of thousands.
a remarkable written work I hope read by men like myself who will treat and respect their women ,for the thousands of yrs of injustice.

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  • The Silver Eagle

  • Forgotten Legion Chronicles 2
  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: Michael Praed
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

The Forgotten Legion fought against almighty odds at the very edge of the known world - and lost. Now Brennus the Gaul, Tarquinius the Etruscan soothsayer and Romulus, bastard son of a Roman nobleman, are prisoners of Parthia. They dream of escape, but in the brutal fighting which lies ahead, only two will survive. Meanwhile, Fabiola, Romulus's twin sister, is caught up in the vicious eddies of Roman politics. Hunted by slave catchers she flees, hoping to find her lover, Brutus, bound for Alexandria with Caesar. Ben Kane's brilliant second novel plunges his characters into a cauldron of war....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • can't wait to listen to third installment <br /><br />

  • By Anonymous User on 10-11-18

let down

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

after such an amazing first in series, this really is a let down, disjointed flitting from sister to brother months and yrs jump by, repetitive commentary fills too much time, only the narration gives it body.

  • The Forgotten Legion

  • Forgotten Legion Chronicles 1
  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: Michael Praed
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery after their mother is raped by a drunken nobleman on his way home from a good night out. At 13 years old, they and their mother are sold: Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome, and their mother into obscurity and death in the salt mines. Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior and soothsayer, born enemy of Rome, but doomed to fight for the Republic in the Forgotten Legion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There'll be no Kane mutiny by me!

  • By D. Menashy on 05-06-13

wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

a quartet of tales woven superbly around real events. the depth of research and knowledge has been given to a masterful piece of writing encompassing not only half the world, but also a plethora of human behaviour across all classes. the narration is bland but fools you as the characters are given life ,which draws you inside the story and the narrator comes alive seemingly enjoying himself as much as me, brilliantly done.

  • The Long Ships

  • By: Frans G. Bengtsson, Michael Meyer, Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Bengtsson's hero, Red Orm-canny - courageous and above all lucky - is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take his place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, the Christian monks, and from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings and clans and dependencies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.A joy and a pleasure to listen to.

  • By edward sidsaph on 08-04-18

an epic saga

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I wish I had known of this book yrs ago as it is older than I. 5days after purchasing, by coincidence bbc2 showed the 1964 film version and as Hollywood's want, did it no justice, narrated as if listening to an old friend I found I could listen into the early hrs as if listening to his experience, such is the writing so good to create a piece of extraordinary literature