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  • Columbine

  • By: Dave Cullen
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

What really happened on April 20th, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we thought we knew was wrong. It wasn't about jocks, goths or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on the scene, and he spent 10 years on this book, the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world's leading forensic psychologists. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tragic

  • By Peter H. on 07-03-19

The definitive book on the events of the shooting

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

Reviewed: 23-02-19

when a book is so well written and and thought out, that you can't put it down.

this book reads like a documentary, the author has done all his research.He had a well thought out book, from beginning to end. the side story's the aftermath, the victims and there family's, it's all in there.

the narrator has done a great job. his voice rises and falls and quicken given the effect of time, and horror.


I would recommend this book!

  • The Chosen Few

  • A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan
  • By: Gregg Zoroya, William H. McRaven - foreward
  • Narrated by: Gregg Zoroya
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

The story of one of the Afghanistan war's most decorated units and their 15-month ordeal, culminating in the Battle of Wanat, the deadliest battle of the war. A single company of US paratroopers - calling themselves the "Chosen Few" - arrived in eastern Afghanistan in late 2007 hoping to win the hearts and minds of the remote mountain people and extend the Afghan government's reach into this wilderness. Instead, they spent the next 15 months in a desperate struggle, living under almost continuous attack, forced into a slow withdrawal, and always outnumbered by Taliban fighters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sad reality

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-01-19

amazing book, awesome in detail

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I couldn't put this book down, so to speak
if you are interested in milltary history I highly recommend this. The lengths the author must of gone though to produce such thoughtful work in both honouring the men and their story.

It's written well, intertwining the storys together to produce a easy read must of been a huge undertaking, but has been pulled off. This has become one of the best I've read!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Echo in Ramadi

  • The Firsthand Story of U.S. Marines in Iraq's Deadliest City
  • By: Scott A. Huesing
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 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 7

From the winter of 2006 through the spring of 2007, 250 marines from Echo Company, Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, fought daily in the dangerous, dense city streets of Ramadi, Iraq, during the Multi-National Forces Surge ordered by President George W. Bush. The marines' mission: to kill or capture anti-Iraqi forces. Their experience: like being in hell. Now Major Scott A. Huesing, the commander who led Echo Company through Ramadi, takes listeners back to the streets of Ramadi in a visceral, gripping portrayal of modern urban combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really great book!

  • By Sean on 19-03-18

Really great book!

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

Reviewed: 19-03-18

Enjoyed it all the way though, kept it interesting funny and in-depth with technical and military information.

His point is well put across about PTS and what himself and his men had to deal with, recommended if you enjoy military history/memoirs.

The narrator isn't bad,.does a great job in fact. But always want the author to read it, I feel they bring the tone in correctly and something extra.

  • The Operator

  • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
  • By: Robert O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 520

Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is the author which adds so much better!

  • By Thomas Tobias Dinsen Hove on 11-01-18

great read but...

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

Reviewed: 21-05-17

the book is both gripping and funny, it will make you smirk. but at the start I had to get use to the writing style, sounded like a Rick Hall joke.

but it is a great read, if you read other navy seal books it's worth a read and a lot better than some. but not the best also unabridged and read by the author!

  • Chernobyl 01:23:40

  • The Incredible True Story of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster
  • By: Andrew Leatherbarrow
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

At 01:23:40 on April 26th 1986, Alexander Akimov pressed the emergency shutdown button at Chernobyl's fourth nuclear reactor. It was an act that forced the permanent evacuation of a city, killed thousands, and crippled the Soviet Union. The event spawned decades of conflicting, exaggerated, and inaccurate stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story

  • By Chanatron78 on 11-08-17

great read/listen

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

for his first book it's great, well written and thought out. enjoyed every chapter. interesting facts and story's that have been researched well. The author is also objective and non-biased.

recommend to anyone interested in this disaster or any atomic one and even man made

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • SAS: Rogue Heroes

  • The Authorised Wartime History
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 819

In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, came up with a plan that was imaginative, radical and entirely against the rules: a small undercover unit that would wreak havoc behind enemy lines. Despite intense opposition, Winston Churchill personally gave Stirling permission to recruit the most ruthless soldiers he could find. So began the most celebrated and mysterious military organisation in the world: the SAS.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly executed book.

  • By Anonymous User on 25-04-17

great book

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

Reviewed: 24-10-16

great read/listen, well written and read by the narrator. The book chronicles the birth, use, operation and legacy of the SAS during World war two.

there are three more books that come to mind similar to this, but by no means the same. Damian Lewis Nazi hunters which is an account in great detail of op luton and the hunt for war criminals

The phantom Mayor, solely about David Sterling and how the SAS came about and there operations.

I think the third is also a Damian Lewis book, Churchill secret warriors I believe, about anders lassen the SBS solider awarded the VC

  • Battle Ready

  • Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic
  • By: Mark L. Donald, Scott Mactavish
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

As A SEAL and combat medic, Mark served his country with valorous distinction for almost 25 years and survived some of the most dangerous combat actions imaginable. From the rigors of BUD/S training to the horrors of the battlefield, Battle Ready dramatically immerses the listener in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other. It is also an uplifting human story that reveals how a young Hispanic American bootstrapped himself out of a life that promised a dead-end future by enlisting in the military.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • hard to stand

  • By Sean on 10-04-16

hard to stand

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

I don't know if it was the writing style or the narrators perception of the tone of voice but this wasn't a good listen/read.

First of all, It felt abridged and I had to check, because the author left out a few deployment and other parts and went straight in to the 2nd or 3rd deployment, which was frustration. You want to know why he thinks the way he does from previous encounters.

Second was the author bringing up being a medic and a SEAL constantly. I feel like he should of known the two conflicts and dealt with it, instead everything other line ( it felt like was the self conflict of his roles) was about just this and for that reason it wasn't engaging

having said all this I'm Greatful he put it on paper.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Hawk Down

  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces - and puts you in the middle of the most intense firefight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam War.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ABRIDGED

  • By Sean on 20-04-13

ABRIDGED

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-13

abridged wait for the unabridged version, you loose so much of the story, I've read the book in full and this version does it no justice, to the Men or Author

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • No True Glory

  • A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah
  • By: Bing West
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Based on months spent with the battalions in Fallujah and hundreds of interviews at every level (senior policymakers, negotiators, generals, and soldiers and Marines on the front lines) No True Glory is a testament to the bravery of the American soldier and a cautionary tale about the complex, and often costly, interconnected roles of policy, politics, and battle in the twenty-first century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of infomation

  • By Sean on 20-04-13

A lot of infomation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-13

Great book, has some great detail, It show you how gritty this battle was in some places.



Gives you the side of the men that had to assault the city after they (insurgents) had time to prepare, tells you about command and higher ups that failed the Marines that paid dearly for there inaction. If your into war books with information and first had accounts this is a great listen.

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  • Weapons at War: Experimental Weapons

  • By: The History Channel
  • Narrated by: Robert Conrad, George C. Scott
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Technological advances change the speed and scope of warfare. Fanciful ideas are now reality, and yesterday's experimental weapons have redefined today's battlefields.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not even worth it!

  • By Sean on 04-02-13

Not even worth it!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-13

I bought loads of these at about 50 pence, first there not even in the right format. This was taken off something that should have a video images and they just took the audio off it.



They miss out key information in most of them, this one is not only boring if you have a basic knowledge of jets, but the people speaking are just so slowly you complete there sentences.



As much as I like programs like these, these have no effort and are horribly done, Don't buy any of these "weapons at War" until they re-do them