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Sam Ace Rothstein

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  • Mutiny on the Bounty

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Michael Carman
  • Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

The mutiny on HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, is one of history's truly great stories - a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order - and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before. Commissioned by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and take them to the West Indies, the Bounty's crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. Five months later, they did not want to leave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just brilliant!! - a masterpiece of narration

  • By Sam Ace Rothstein on 16-11-18

Just brilliant!! - a masterpiece of narration

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

If you have watched the classic Mel Gibson / Anthony Hopkins film then you will not be disappointed with this!, I nearly didn't buy it as assumed the film covered the whole story but there is so much more to it and its all featured in this absolute masterpiece of a book. The narration is second to none with the angry Cornish accent of captain bligh bringing the whole thing to life. Highly recommend!

  • Nobody True

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Jim True has returned from an out-of-body experience to find he has been brutally murdered and his body mutilated. No one can see him, no one can hear him, no one, except his killer, knows he still exists. Freed from his body, True embarks on a quest to find his killer and discover why and how he has managed to survive. As he closes in on his murderer, True discovers that even the very people he loved and trusted have betrayed him. He meets his killer, a strange and sinister figure who can also leave his body at will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody true

  • By fuzzy on 06-07-15

Extremely long winded - disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I’m a fan of JH, but found this story a little frustrating. There is way too much repetition explaining the physics surrounding the main characters condition and constant reference to side issues. I was hoping for a few more twists and action scenes but instead the author gets bogged down constantly with explaining all manner of things which makes the book go off the boil somewhat.
I struggled to the end. D+

  • Soldier Spy

  • By: Tom Marcus
  • Narrated by: Jason Langley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,192

In the boot were six homemade pipe bombs, all linked to detonate at the same time from a single call on a brand-new pay-as-you-go phone found on the target. Special Branch also found Chinese Type 56 assault rifles with eight full magazines of ammunition. His target was a local school. He planned to attack two coaches of teenagers returning home after a school trip to France. Approximately 60 children, their accompanying teachers and their waiting parents. He was going to kill them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic account, fantastically narrated.

  • By Gareth on 11-01-17

Tedious after a while - way to much ego

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

Started okay and it felt like the story was going somewhere but then you become aware of the familiar same lines being repeated over again ...”I came from the streets”....”People like me protect you so you can sleep at night”...it just becomes tedious to listen to.
Also it just doesn’t sound real, having read / listened to many real life accounts there is nothing humble here to make you warm to the author. Me me me me...(yawn).









  • First Light

  • By: Geoffrey Wellum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Brooke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 219

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of First Light by Geoffrey Wellum, read by Andrew Brooke. Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, 18-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF. Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum, many never return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-18

Great story - Narrator a bit Alan Partridge in places

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I loved this story, I found it particularly engaging early on through flight selection and then the demanding training. You feel like your right there back in time with the author.
I found the later chapters still good but sometimes going off the boil slightly with perhaps too much breaking away from the story to describe some thoughts the author was having. This is not a criticism as it’s still engaging but just my preference for example when describing a dog fight would be not to deviate away from the action.
The only other slight niggle was the narrator has a tendency to sound a bit like Alan Partridge in places. This was a little distracting and annoying at times.
An amazing story by a true hero from a time past.

  • No Way Out

  • The Searing True Story of Men Under Siege
  • By: Adam Jowett
  • Narrated by: Gunnar Cauthery
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 303

In Helmand province in July 2006, Major Adam Jowett was given command of Easy Company, a hastily assembled and understrength unit of Paras and Royal Irish rangers. Their mission was to hold the District Centre of Musa Qala at any cost. Easy Company found themselves in a ramshackle compound, cut off and heavily outnumbered by the Taliban in the town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator was excellent

  • By Anthony Duffy on 28-06-18

Monotone narrater killed it :(

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Really tried hard with this book because the story is good, but unfortunately to listen to its not good!.
He just sounds flat all the time even when the author is describing combat scenes the narrator doesn’t convey the intensity in his voice which is really disengaging!.
His voice would be better suited for educational material definitely not a book of this kind.

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  • Outlaw Platoon

  • Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
  • By: Sean Parnell, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Listen

  • By Paul C on 01-09-17

Simply one of the best!!

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

I’ve read and listened to many war stories, this one is second to none, great narration to a great story.
The only book I’ve listened to twice!.
It made me laugh out loud, nearly shed a tear and keeps you engaged the whole way.
What an amazing book.
The only down side is now trying to find something as good as this again!.
Don’t miss this!.

  • 12 Strong

  • The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

12 Strong is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered 40 to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not quit as interesting as I had hoped.

  • By Chaoslu on 15-03-18

Awful sleepy narration

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

It’s such a shame this book is completely let down its narration!. At first I wasn’t put off by it but as the book progressed it got harder and harder to keep focussed on the story.
The narrators voice seems to keep the same boring tone regardless of what’s happening in the book rising and falling, it just switches you off and destroys what I’m sure would have otherwise been an engaging listen.
Despite persevering with im now returning.