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  • The Peregrine: 50th Anniversary Edition: Afterword by Robert Macfarlane

  • By: J. A. Baker, Mark Cocker - introduction, Robert Macfarlane - afterword, and others
  • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Despite the association of peregrines with the wild outer reaches of the British Isles, The Peregrine is set on the flat marshes of the Essex coast, where J. A. Baker spent a long winter looking at and writing about the visitors from the uplands - peregrines that spend the winter hunting the huge flocks of pigeons and waders that share the desolate landscape with them. Such luminaries as Ted Hughes and Andrew Motion have cited this as one of the most important books in 20th century nature writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong narrator, but right book.

  • By Joey on 25-06-17

Wonderful writing, reader's intonation a problem

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

I managed to get about a quarter of the way into the book, which is a wonderful piece of lyrical writing, evocative and insightful. The reader is excellent in many ways but has a bi-tonal intonation that once I heard, I could not ignore. Most sentences start, rise and then fall noticeably and the effect was too intrusive for me to continue.

If this does not bother you (I may be a freak?) then this is a wonderful book.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book with a great voice

  • By James on 16-04-11

A book of our time and all time

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This is a brilliant book brought to life with an outstanding performance. The messages are profound and timeless

  • Arnhem

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sosabowski and the Poles vindicated

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-05-18

excellent if you have not read other accounts

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

Reviewed: 27-08-18

very good performance, well researched and written but as I have read many account previously, this only added a little to what I had already read.

So if you are new to the story - it is excellent
if not then it will be enjoyable rather than revalatory.

  • Ascent

  • By: Sir Chris Bonington
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Hear Sir Chris Bonington's extraordinary story, read by Gordon Griffin. His memoir, Ascent, charts not only his many triumphs in the climbing world - such as the Eiger and the Himalayas - but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ascent

  • By Anonymous User on 04-12-17

Moving and uplifting

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

I have read just about everything the author has written, this throws a poignant sidelight on these earlier writings. An uplifting book with a fascinating twist at the end.

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult

  • By S. Smith on 06-03-18

Star wars meets starship troopers

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

Highly enjoyable and very well narrated. Be warned the story is the first part of a longer saga but nonetheless I thrroughly enjoyed it.