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Jay Grady

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  • A Handful of Hard Men

  • The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia
  • By: Hannes Wessels
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

It is difficult to find another soldier's story to equal Captain Darrell Watt's in terms of time spent on the field of battle and challenges faced. Even by the lofty standards of the SAS and Special Forces, one has to look far to find anyone who can match his record of resilience and valor in the face of such daunting odds and with resources so paltry. In the fight, he showed himself to be a military maestro. After 12 years in the cauldron of war, his cause slipped from beneath him, and Rhodesia gave way to Zimbabwe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, awful narration

  • By Derek A. de la Harpe on 19-06-18

A brilliant insight into this conflict.

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

FIRST OFF - NARRATION. Not the best but much better when played at x1.25 speed playback. Much improved after I did this, played at x1.0 I nearly deleted it. So not the narrators fault. As with most military books you hope the narrator is taught how to pronounce terms correctly but these can vary from country to country so again it's not the narrators fault if they don't match 100% to the 'norm' you're used to. A recent read focused on Vietnam -1937-1979 had the narrator calling helo's as 'Hello's' and the city of Hue (pronounced 'Whey') as Hooey!

Excellent background and historic point of view from the Rhodesian side. It's definitely candid, and lifted the lid on the behaviour from some UK politicians, who have since risen to the highest levels as nothing more the the worst kind of bigots and opportunists, and it goes without saying, imperialists.

Putting the political aspects to one side (I'll be searching for further reading on this) the stories of danger and camaraderie are captivating, written with emotion and exciting all at the same time. Never a glorification of war, these guys were fighting for a cause and were committed to the highest level of sacrifice.

The book really sets the scene for post colonial Africa and the politics and subterfuge sadly set the standard for African leadership, on the whole, up to this day and the interests of outside governments have generally enriched the rich and manipulated the masses to their own ends.

100% recommend as a book but remember to adjust the speed of the audio!!

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's ‘Space Oddity' in space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By chikwan on 01-03-14

The man behind the guitar.

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

Reviewed: 13-08-16

I only knew of Chris Hadfield from the Space Oddity video he recorded on the ISS. When a friend mentioned he'd written an autobiography, as a space but I knew I had to read it.

I find there are 2 kinds of books for me on Audible, ones that listen to in the background on a journey and ones that I snatch private time at home or anywhere for that matter to listen to a little bit more, always watching the 'time remaining' count down and hoping somehow the story will continue on and on. For me this book fell into the latter group.

Balanced just right between space flight and earth with just enough personal warmth and detail and a sprinkling of excitement I really did enjoy this one.

I'll listen to this again in the future I have no doubt.

Well done Chris Hadfield on a life well lived!!

  • Wings on My Sleeve

  • The World's Greatest Test Pilot Tells His Story
  • By: Eric 'Winkle' Brown
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 188

The autobiography of one of the greatest pilots in history. In 1939 Eric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realising he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve - and the rest is history. Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to be the greatest test pilot in history, flying more different aircraft types than anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By Jay Grady on 02-07-16

A great read!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

I found this a real turner. The story of a truly unique flying career, never to be repeated.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,515

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 13-01-16

A good 'read', relatively predictable but still enjoyed it and would recommend
Give it a go.

  • The Versions of Us

  • By: Laura Barnett
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 398

Some moments can change your life for ever. Have you ever wondered, what if....? A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their lives. Eva and Jim are 19 and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly tricky to keep up

  • By Patricia Grundy on 22-07-15

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 15-08-15

Didn't want it to end - that's the sign of a great book to me! Great escapism fiction, considering the consequences of our decisions.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Firm

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking but terrific story

  • By Kirstine on 13-04-11

Different to the screenplay

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-11

I was unsure whether or not to listen to this book as I love the film and didn't want to spoil that. However the plot is different enough that while you can recognise elements from the film it still has plenty of unexpected plot lines to keep you enthralled. I'm know happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed both the film AND the book. Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful