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  • Battle Scars

  • By: Jason Fox
  • Narrated by: Jason Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,729

Jason Fox served with the SBS for over a decade, thriving on the close bonds of the Special Forces brotherhood and the ‘death or glory’ nature of their missions. Battle Scars tells the story of his career as an elite operator, from the gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined his service to a battle of a very different kind: the psychological devastation of combat that ultimately forced him to leave the military and the hard reality of what takes place in the mind of a man once a career of imagined invincibility has come to an end. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Paul on 05-11-18

Interesting story but poor editing / production

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

I found this quite interesting but not having any history in the military perhaps didn’t relate to it as much as others might. What I found really poor however was the editing - This is not a criticism of the narrator, but the editing / production of the work. Changes in tone / intonation between passages (in some cases even within sentences) as if fractions of text are recorded on separate occasions and all stuck together in the editing suite. This made for an unnatural listening experience. I have no idea how audio books are recorded but don’t understand why at least whole paragraphs can’t be recorded in one setting.

  • The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins

  • By: John Pearson
  • Narrated by: Martin Shaw
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Heroes or villains? You decide.... In the 1960s, London’s gangland was ruled by two men: Reggie and Ronnie Kray. Building an empire of crime by intimidation, extortion, and terror on a scale never seen before or since, they feted stars of stage and screen, sportsmen, and even politicians to gain the respectability they craved. Read by acclaimed actor Martin Shaw, this is the true story of their rise and fall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but not all true

  • By Miss Cl Brannan on 30-10-15

Greater depth than previous books

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

I’ve read a lot of books about the krays and other members of the firm but never on audio so thought I’d give this one a go. I had put of buying it for ages as I was expecting it to be pretty much more of the same but it actually goes into greater depth than I’d read previously and included much information I’d never known about.

I did find the narration a bit of putting at times though with the narrators inhalations a bit too audible!

  • The Nazi Officer's Wife

  • How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
  • By: Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A riveting Story

  • By J NEILL on 11-02-07

Fascinating but fast paced

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

A fascinating story but I found it difficult to keep up with at times in that it jumps from one event or story to another frequently throughout the book.

  • First Man In

  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,623

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life. Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

Really good although disappointed in one area

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

This book was different to what I was originally expecting. I thought it would be entirely about Ant's life and military career, which whilst this is covered, it also doubles as a self help / development style book. This was totally unexpected and seemed a bit random (in that books of that genre are normally by professors etc not ex-SBS operators!) but actually I found his lessons extremely relevant and useful. Overall this book is really good, interesting and contained useful life tips that I'm already feeling benefits from.

My one disappointment was that the section on SBS selection seemed to finish a bit abruptly and didn't really have a natural feeling ending. All the other sections tell the story through to the end, but this section ends suddenly in the middle of the selection process. I would have loved to have heard more about that element, and it is because of this that I've knocked the story rating down a star, but it was still a great book and I hope he writes some more in the future!

  • Dead Lions

  • Slough House, Book 2
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their washed-up careers. Now they have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. Slough House’s head honcho, the despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A small beginning to get to the bigger picture

  • By Rogayah on 03-11-16

Not as good as book 1. Bit slow

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I quite like this series but I found the first book a lot better, more tense, edge of the seat type stuff. I found this one a bit slow and struggled keeping listening in places. That said, the narration is very good.

I was originally thinking I would follow the full series but not sure if I will now. Certainly need a break from it so gone on to Once a Pilgrim which I'm loving!

  • Die Last

  • DC Max Wolfe Series, Book 4
  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677

As dawn breaks on a snowy February morning, a refrigerated lorry is found parked in the heart of London's Chinatown. Inside, 12 women, apparently illegal immigrants, are dead from hypothermia. But in the cab, DC Max Wolfe finds 13 passports. Twelve dead women. Thirteen passports. The hunt for the missing woman will take Max Wolfe into the dark heart of the world of human smuggling, mass migration and 21st-century slave markets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Contemporary Thriller

  • By Mark on 21-04-17

Good story if a bit depressing!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I like this series, the stories are generally very good and unlike some others I've listened to which can tend to drag at times, these keep my interest all the way through. However, there are a few points I've been wanting to mention!

1. I find the overdone London accents, and tough guy personas of the main characters (Max, Fred and the black museum guy) a bit corny at times.
2. The delivery is also quite depressing all the way through, all very serious and sinister, even down to Max's young daughter! All delivered like it's the end of the world!
3. Max is a bit too much of a health freak, I prefer stories with officers that get smashed now and then (sgt Logan McRae springs to mind)!

This is why ive dropped a star on my ratings, but as I said at the start, these are actually very good stories and will continue to listen to works from the author.

  • Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1)

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

Richard Sharpe avoids the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill and endeavours to rescue a British officer from under the nose of the Tippoo of Mysore. But in fleeing Hakeswill, Sharpe enters the exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo. An adventure that will require all of his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At the Sharpe Start

  • By Simon on 20-09-15

Good but not as good as anticipated

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I remember watching the sharpe TV series as a teenager and thinking it was fantastic. I had high expectations of this my first Sharpe audio book, and whilst I would say I enjoyed it, it wasn’t really as good as I had anticipated. I like good historical novels that give you a taste of time gone by and there is an element of this but not as much as I’d hoped. The story itself was ok but I found some bits a bit corny. From other reviews I’ve read, the writing improved in later novels so I’m going straight onto book 2 and hoping my expectations more fulfilled!

  • Pendulum

  • By: Adam Hamdy
  • Narrated by: Luke Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

You wake. Confused. Disorientated. A noose is round your neck. You are bound, standing on a chair. All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope. You are about to die. John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable. Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour. He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mrs. Jennifer Petrie on 22-10-17

Great start but drags on towards the end

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

I loved this at the beginning- it started out as really good story, well written and kept me intrigued. However as the story went on I found it started getting too far fetched; miraculous escape after miraculous escape. Eventually I found it started dragging and by the around the last quarter I just wanted it to finish!

  • Sweetpea

  • By: C. J. Skuse
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog...but she's got a killer secret. Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon's life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend's plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list. A kill list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By D. Childs on 29-05-17

Quite good but cringey in places

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Quite amusing in places, a bit shocking in others, a bit annoying here and there and a bit corny sometimes too. A bit too much "youth" talk thrown in, made it a bit cringey but overall a decent story.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367

A missing girl. A buried secret. From the acclaimed author of I Found You and the Richard & Judy best seller The Girls comes a compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last moment. She was 15, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kate on 18-10-17

Gripping story and great writing

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

Reviewed: 18-11-17

The writing is top notch, really good. I would say it’s one of the best written stories I’ve listened to. Some stories can drag in places but this kept my interest up all the way through. Some of it is horrific, hard to listen to really cause it’s so life like. Narration really good too, there’s nothing worse than narrators not pulling different accents off, but this worked well!

I thought I’d twigged the ending about half way through, I was along the right lines but the unexpected twists mean I was far enough from guessing it all! I would recommend for anyone that likes this genre.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful