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  • D-Day

  • The Battle for Normandy
  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

The Normandy landings that took place on D-day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. As casualties mounted, so, too, did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant book but please drop the accents

  • By Blobbo on 16-03-18

Terrible.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-17

The accents are the worst I've ever heard on an audio book. I tried to ignore them but gave up at chapter 10. Beevor is great historian but the narration is absolutely terrible. I'm furious and will demand my money back.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Vile Bodies

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

A satiric novel by Evelyn Waugh, published in 1930. Set in England between the wars, the novel examines the frenetic but empty lives of the Bright Young Things, young people who indulge in constant party-going, heavy drinking, and promiscuous sex. At the novel's end, the realities of the world intrude, with Adam Fenwick-Symes, the protagonist, serving on a battlefield at the onset of another world war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-16

hilarious tale of the bright young things

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

interwar years filled with booze and parties and the impending doom of WWII. Robert Hardy is brilliant as ever.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David Mitchell: Back Story

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,784

David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Joy

  • By Stan on 17-10-12

FRP's

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

The Britannia
The Albion

Just started watching Peep Show and it's brilliant stuff.

If it all caves in David can always do walking tours of London.

  • Overlord

  • D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

The famous D-Day landings of 6 June, 1944, marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, Max Hastings’ acclaimed account overturns many traditional legends in this memorable study. Drawing together the eyewitness accounts of survivors from both sides, plus a wealth of previously untapped sources and documents, Overlord provides a brilliant, controversial perspective on the devastating battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent unbiased account of Overlord

  • By Ronan on 06-06-15

Excellent unbiased account of Overlord

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

Reviewed: 06-06-15

Great audiobook. Well read. It would be great if you could include a PDFs of the campaign maps.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Victorian Internet

  • The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers
  • By: Tom Standage
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything comes in cycles

  • By Ronan on 22-04-15

Everything comes in cycles

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

Reviewed: 22-04-15

Loved this book. Was waiting to read it for ages and was delighted when it popped up in my recommendations. The hype associated to the Internet and the telegraph is uncanny.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • The BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Samuel Pepys, Hattie Naylor
  • Narrated by: Kris Marshall, Katherine Jakeways, Full Cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 289

Kris Marshall and Katherine Jakeways star as Mr & Mrs Pepys in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the world famous diaries. Samuel Pepys was 26 when he decided to start keeping a diary, in January 1660. For the next 10 years he faithfully recorded the day's events and confessed his innermost thoughts. That diary has since become one of our most important, and fascinating, historical documents. Pepys gave us eyewitness accounts of some of the great events of the 17th century, including the Great Fire of London and the Second Dutch War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and insightful

  • By Deborah Wyman on 21-10-14

Sam was a bad man

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Who lived interesting times. Wonderful acting by all. It really brings the restoration to light. Charles II seems like a cad 😃

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • James Joyce

  • Revised Edition
  • By: Richard Ellman
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 37 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Richard Ellmann has revised and expanded his definitive work on Joyce's life to include newly discovered primary material, including details of a failed love affair, a limerick about Samuel Beckett, a dream notebook, previously unknown letters, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerising book, partially adequate reading

  • By Raphael on 13-11-16

Ellman breaths life into JJ

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

great to know more about She the penman. A true genius and life brilliantly told and narrated.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492

Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lose yourself in 16th century England

  • By Phil on 22-01-10

Wolf Hall is a masterpiece.

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

Reviewed: 26-09-13

What did you like most about Wolf Hall?

Seeing Tudor England from Cromwell's viewpoint really worked for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wolf Hall?

Cromwells interaction with Wolsey was riveting.

Have you listened to any of Simon Slater’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, first time.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed several times, and winced at the casual brutality many times.

Any additional comments?

Thank God beheading has been eradicated ;-/

  • The Second World War, Part Two: Alamein to Nagasaki

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects. Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research, and writing with clarity and compassion, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book to read on the Second World War!

  • By Graham on 30-08-12

What a genious Beevor is!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-13

Would you listen to The Second World War, Part Two: Alamein to Nagasaki again? Why?

Absolutely. It is so well written and narrated, a masterpiece.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Second World War, Part Two: Alamein to Nagasaki?

The subtle use of accents really drives the narrative along.

Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, first time.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many to mention really.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic audiobook.

  • Goodbye to All That

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

A famous autobiographical account of life as a young soldier in the first World War trenches. Robert Graves, who went on to write I, Claudius, has given to posterity here one of the all-time great insights into the experience of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and account of WW1, beautifully read

  • By Mary on 11-01-14

A load of old twaddle

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Absolutely nothing

Has Goodbye to All That put you off other books in this genre?

No, just anyone from the interwar years

Would you be willing to try another one of Martin Jarvis’s performances?

Yes, not his fault Graves' life is much less interesting than his novels ;-)

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Apathy

Any additional comments?

No

0 of 11 people found this review helpful