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  • The Special Air Service

  • The History of the Secret British Special Forces Unit from World War II to Today
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Mark Norman
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
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    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    3 out of 5 stars 1

At the beginning of 1941, it was unclear whether the Allies would be able to remain in the war for much longer. The potential of a German invasion of Britain loomed. The Battle of Britain, fought throughout the summer and early autumn of 1940, was unquestionably epic in scope. The largest air campaign in history at the time, the vaunted Nazi Luftwaffe sought to smash the Royal Air Force, but thankfully, the RAF stood toe to toe with the Luftwaffe and ensured Hitler’s planned invasion was permanently put on hold.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelming

  • By Guy on 31-05-18

Underwhelming

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Reviewed: 31-05-18

Light on the detail, skipping over several key events.
Narrators pronunciation of some widely understood military terms was poor.

  • A Brief History of the Cold War

  • Brief Histories
  • By: John Hughes-Wilso
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

The Cold War was an undeclared war, fought silently and carefully between ideological opponents armed with the most fearsome weapons mankind has ever seen. Hughes-Wilson takes a cool look at this war, from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the USSR thereafter. He examines the suspicion and paranoia - on both sides - of the greatest stand-off in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifyingly educational

  • By J. Armstrong on 24-09-14

Very worthwhile, if you can stand the narrator

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

Very insightful and well told account of the Cold War, including its origins in the Russian Revolution. On the downside, the narrator, strangely, seemed to stumble when pronouncing dates or numbers, as if he tried to pronounce them too quickly. He also had some irritating ways of pronouncing certain words, eg Soviet beamce