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J. Wexler

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  • War of the Wolf

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home, but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn’t have long to enjoy the victory. In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country, invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible got this very wrong

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-10-18

Perhaps the best written book in this series.

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

Reviewed: 27-06-19

Excellent writing. Most of the hero's annoying tendencies have fallen off. Less tolerance of abuse from the Christians he saves. He is a bit more vulnerable and so easier to like.

The story is solid.

Nice tie up.

  • Bound for Distant Seas

  • A Voyage Alone to Asia Aboard the 28-Foot Sailboat Atom
  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Nick O'Kelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 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

Bound for Distant Seas begins sailing author James Baldwin's epic tale of his second circumnavigation. His story is seasoned by his adventures during his first circumnavigation in 1984-86 as told in Across Islands and Oceans. Alone with little money aboard Atom, his now-engineless 28-foot sailboat, James embarks on his odyssey without the comforts and equipment most sailors consider essential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy, fun, humorous, no nonsense

  • By J. Wexler on 21-06-19

Easy, fun, humorous, no nonsense

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

Reviewed: 21-06-19

Well written and well read. The author doesn't pull punches in pointing out specific persons and companies. He gives a great sense of cruising without an engine.

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  • The Green Count

  • By: Christian Cameron
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

After the bloody trials of Alexandria, Sir William Gold is readying for a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. He hopes, too, that the Holy City might allow his relationship with Emile, cousin of the Green Count of Savoy, to develop. But the Roman Emperor of Constantinople has been taken hostage by an unknown enemy, and the Green Count is vital to the rescue effort.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Andy Stevens on 22-11-18

This series just gets better

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

Reviewed: 13-06-19

This is the third in its series. Each book has shown better development and detail. The story and the attention paid to the authors research, makes the series. His characters are gaining depth and complexity, rather than the flat, cut out personalities you find in other period books. Nor will you find yourself knowing what is going to happen.

The reader is fantastic, I swear the man was crying when he discussed the death of the hero's horse.

Outstanding work Mr. Cameron

  • Eagles in the Storm

  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

The date is 15 AD. The German chieftain Arminius has been defeated, one of the lost Roman eagles recovered and thousands of German tribesmen slain. Yet these successes aren't nearly enough for senior centurion Lucius Tullus. Not until Arminius is dead, his old legion's eagle found and the enemy tribes completely vanquished will he rest. But Arminius - devious, fearless - is burning for revenge of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Cracker

  • By Oliver on 06-10-17

Good finish to the Varus Massacre

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

Reviewed: 31-05-19

Well done, a nicely tied up package that spared no-one. The series was well worth the time. The author does a nice job of researching.

  • The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

  • Muslims, Christians, and Jews Under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain
  • By: Dario Fernandez Morera
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Scholars, journalists, and politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain - "al-Andalus" - as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: It is a myth. In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its "multiculturalism" and "diversity", Fernández-Morera sets the record straight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A harrowing account of Islamic Spain

  • By Alex on 10-07-17

Pretty good historianship

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

Reviewed: 27-05-19

The "Myth", as the author sees it, lies in the modern notion that convivencia, or Living together, was somehow a golden time of cooperation. While it was a period of living together, it was racist, religiously intolerant, brutal and coercive. So apologists will argue that this is in itself, anti-islamic, anti-christian or anti-jewish, while in fact, they were all pretty awful. It was an awful brutal time. While the Jews, for example, fared better under the Muslims than the Visigoths, they were still treated like disposable slaves...a better disposable slave, but still a slave.

Both muslims and christians were all too happy to oppress the other and both wish to be seen as victims. The Jews, who never held the upper hand, oppressed their own people, just as did the christians and muslims, each who was as willing to slaughter their own as the other.

Not a pretty picture of any of the participants, and certainly not an Andalusian "Paradise".

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  • The Odin Mission

  • Jack Tanner, Book 1
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

April 1940: Nazi Germany has invaded neutral Norway. Fleeing north from their brutal blitzkrieg advance are three officers of the King's Guard - men who have been entrusted by the Norwegian King with a vitally important mission. The only military force which stands between the Nazi forces and total victory are the poorly equipped, undertrained squaddies of the British 148th Brigade. Among them is Sergeant Jack Tanner, recently returned from the Middle East. As the British are pushed back from Lillehammer, Sergeant Tanner and his patrol are left stranded in the mountains in the chaos of retreat.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not very good

  • By Marc on 22-03-17

Average action figure adventure

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

Reviewed: 09-05-19

About 25-30% through the story, I was bored. Everyone the hero sets his sights on, get's knocked out with one punch. Every superior officer is either a remote, harried leader stuck in an unenviable position, or an annoying ponce whose sole goal is to annoy and insult our hero. This really got to me.

The performance was excellent. The reader clear, articulate and capable.

The story had a good base premise. Things go wrong from moment 1, in Norway. Withdraw while fighting and protecting a critical individual while being pursued by the Nazis. Sadly, the character development or the hero's and Nazis was very flat, formulaic and predictable.

I will not be investing in book 2.

  • Nero's Killing Machine

  • The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion
  • By: Stephen Dando-Collins
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

The 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion was the most celebrated unit of the early Roman Empire - a force that had been wiped out under Julius Caesar, reformed, and almost wiped out again. After participating in the a.d. 43 invasion of Britain, the 14th Legion achieved its greatest glory when it put down the famous rebellion of the Britons under Boudicca.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story with a few flaws

  • By Mr. A. P. T. Day on 30-04-15

Continued performance by Dando-Collins

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Solid history following the path of a single Legion. Well worth a listen. This Legion was at so many critical junctures in history.

  • The Long Sword

  • By: Christian Cameron
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

Pisa, May 1364. Sir William Gold is looking forward to a lucrative career as a hired sword in the endless warring between Italy's city states. But when a message comes from the Grand Master of the Hospitaliers, William is forced to leave his dreams of fame and fortune behind him. The Hospitaliers are gathering men for a crusade, and Sir William must join them. Yet before they set out for the holy land, the knights face deadly adversaries much closer to home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Continues to get better

  • By J. Wexler on 26-04-19

Continues to get better

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

Reviewed: 26-04-19

Nice series. One of the better and more realistic versions of the crusades. Not nice, not pretty, not to any good purpose. I look forward to the next book.

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  • The Paths Between Worlds

  • By: Paul Antony Jones
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

For Meredith Gale, ending her life seems like her only choice, and that choice is the reason she’s dangling by her fingertips from a bridge high above the freezing water of the San Francisco Bay. But someone or some thing has other plans for Meredith, and as her fingers slip from the cold steel of the bridge, a disembodied voice asks her a simple question: “Candidate 13: Do you wish to be saved?” Realizing her mistake too late, Meredith screams “Yes!” and instantly finds herself transported to a mysterious island, alongside hundreds of other Candidates like her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a rewrite of the classic Riverworld

  • By J. Wexler on 15-04-19

This book is a rewrite of the classic Riverworld

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

Reviewed: 15-04-19

After the first hour, I thought the general premise was oddly familiar. Basically, it is Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld, with new names and minor changes.

Another reviewer noted this online, calling it Riverworld for the new generation.

The performance was quite good, but the fact that it was so closely scripted like Riverworld, that it stuck in my throat. I have returned the book uncompleted.

Humans transplanted to another world by aliens, they interact with other humans in a struggle between good and evil, with the inclusion of various historical characters. In Riverworld the good guy was Mark Twain, here Wild Bill Hickock.

I am sorry to rank on this book. I was waiting for the bad guys to appear, assembled around some historical Baddie, and lo and behold, the SS shows up. I could not go any further.



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  • The Gallows Curse

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

The year is 1210 and a black force is sweeping England. A vengeful King John has seized control of the Church, leaving corpses to lie in consecrated ground, babies unbaptized, and the people terrified of dying in sin. In the village of Gastmere, the consequences grow darker still when Elena, a servant girl, is dragged into a conspiracy to absolve the sins of the lord of the manor. In desperation she visits the cunning woman, who has been waiting for just such an opportunity to fulfil an ancient curse conjured at the gallows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The trouble with Mandrake

  • By Kaggy on 14-01-16

Really well developed, but an emotionally tough read at times

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Maitlands skill has clearly been developing. This was a good story with plenty of depth. It did not pull punches and enforced prostitution and child abuse were not glossed over. While tough, it is also a sadly accurate description of the cruelties of our world.

So far this is her best work yet, that I have read. Historically, it is pretty good. Well worth a read.