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Hamish MacBeth

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  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,468
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,456

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

Great Audio well narrated a story that takes you back to a time when Humanity was at its worst.

  • Heroes of the Skies

  • By: Michael Veitch
  • Narrated by: Michael Veitch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

It is somewhere close to midnight on the clock when the men who fought the Second World War will still be with us. I have met just a few of them, sometimes goading them to reveal their experiences, at other times being simply a conduit to the river of their memories, sensing, on occasion, a kind of urgency to get it out there, just so these adventures and tragedies will not be lost to future enquiring minds. Michael Veitch has always been a keen historian and aeroplane fanatic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sobering

  • By Hamish MacBeth on 09-02-18

Sobering

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Excellent audio, which gives an incite into how those who night after night continued to board aircraft in the most daunting and horrific circumstances were able to speak and tell their stories before there’re consigned to history and forgotten.

  • A Thousand Shall Fall

  • The True Story of a Canadian Bomber Pilot in World War Two
  • By: Murray Peden
  • Narrated by: Anthony Haden Salerno
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

During World War II, Canada trained tens of thousands of airmen under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Those selected for Bomber Command operations went on to rain devastation upon the Third Reich in the great air battles over Europe, but their losses were high. German fighters and anti-aircraft guns took a terrifying toll. The chances of surviving a tour of duty as a bomber crew were almost nil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the finest Bomber Command memoires.

  • By Stephen on 03-05-16

detailed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-18

The narration was very grinding and most of the pronunciations seemed deliberately mis- pronounced? But, very good content, perhaps would be better if not narrated by this individual.

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  • Human Game

  • Hunting the Great Escape Murderers
  • By: Simon Read
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

In March 1944, 76 Allied officers tunnelled out of Stalag Luft III. Of the 73 captured, 50 were shot by direct order of Hitler. This is the story of how a British Bobby from Blackpool, Frank McKenna, was sent to post-war Germany on the express orders from Churchill to bring the Gestapo murderers to justice. In a quest that ranges from the devastated, bombed out cities of Europe to the horrors of the concentrations camps, McKenna is relentless in his pursuit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Probably Better in Book Format

  • By Bex on 18-06-13

Excellent telling of the round up of the perpetrators

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-18

A concise telling of German brutality by both German service personnel and the civilian population who really thought the Allies should not have done what they had done! which has wrongly lasted until the present day. Bomber Command stood for bravery and freedom.

  • The Real Great Escape

  • By: Guy Walters
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

In early 1942 the Germans opened a top-security prisoner-of-war camp. Called Stalag Luft III, it soon contained some of the most inventive escapers ever known. They were led by Squadron Leader Roger Bushell who masterminded an attempt to smugglehundreds of POWs down a tunnel built under the noses of their guards. The escape would come to be immortalised in the famous film The Great Escape, but in this book Guy Walters takes a fresh look at this remarkable event and asks what was the true story?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Is The Great Escape

  • By Dinah on 24-12-13

The Truth at last

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-18

The Audio is well narrated and guess what? No mention of a Motor bike being used to escape. No Hollywood fantasy in this Audio.

  • Culloden

  • Scotland's Last Battle and the Forging of the British Empire
  • By: Trevor Royle
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The Battle of Culloden in 1746 has gone down in history as the last major battle fought on British soil: a vicious confrontation between the English Royal Army and the Scottish forces supporting the Stuart claim to the throne. But this wasn't just a conflict between the Scots and the English: The battle was also part of a much larger campaign to protect the British Isles from the growing threat of a French invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good insight into the personalities of the Day.

  • By Hamish MacBeth on 17-01-18

A good insight into the personalities of the Day.

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

If only the Jacobites had not listened to Murray! Who knows how this would have ended up? Good read and excellent historical content.