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S. N. Broackes

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  • World War II

  • The Price of Empire
  • By: Michael Cove
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Often the story of World War II is told as if it began September 1, 1939, with Germany's invasion of Poland. But the empires involved in the war had been in conflict since Japan's invasion of China in 1937. When the Japanese attacked the American airbase at Pearl Harbor in 1941, the war encompassed the world, only to end with a new weapon for a new age. In this historic account of the war, interviews with eyewitnesses from all the major theatres of the war, captured in the British Movietone Archive, interlace memories of events, providing living testimony to those moments in time. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • taught me more than school ever did!

  • By S. N. Broackes on 03-02-19

taught me more than school ever did!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

excellent and gripping. i learnt more than 8 years of history lessons ever taught me. nearly listened to the whole 11 hours in one go, but eventually spread it over 3 days. i suspect its a radio version of something that was originally made to watch/for tv - russian and german eyewitness accounts are without translation - i guess because there would have been subtitles if watching. small criticism really - this is FAB!

  • Empire: Scarlet City - Part III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

A true rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London - the Scarlet City - the centre of medieval England, this is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empire

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-18

consistently excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

this series is consistently excellent, and at times almost 'immersive'. i gave the story 4 stars... but maybe i mean 4.5!

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

close to brilliant

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

bar the extraordinary production quality (if anything it is over-produced!) the rest is only a mere 4-4.5 stars :-)

artemis (andy weir) was another step in this direction - a significant leap in the blending of narration with full cast... with an obsessive eye/ear on production.

i'm less than half way through, but credit where credit's due - its FAB.

  • Out of the Sun

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Paul Shelley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

When Harry Barnett is informed that his son is in hospital in a diabetic coma, he is certain that there must be some mistake, since he does not have a son. But he soon discovers that he does. David Venning was a brilliant mathematician, and his tragic condition is taken to be the result of an accident or a suicide attempt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robert Goddards books

  • By Mrs. Joanna S. Minns on 29-11-18

another fab goddard romp!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

i say "another fab goddard romp", but i should add that it ALMOST gets too clever. remember reading this in the 90's and loving the read. was well worth an audiobook re-visit.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,842
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,828

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

clever, beautifully produced - stunning!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

had no idea what to expect when i bought this - it was a random choice.

the performance/production is A1+, the story is insanely well researched and written... and gets more and more gripping as you get further in to it.

excellent entertainment!!

  • Fatherland (Dramatised)

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Full Cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The year is 1964, and it's a week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Nazi Germany won the Second World War, Churchill is living in exile in Canada, Joseph Kennedy is President of the United States, and King Edward and Queen Wallis are puppet monarchs of the United Kingdom. In this dimension, history took a very different turn in 1942 to the one we are familiar with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great play

  • By Sarah on 14-06-07

lesser is brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

i don't remember the ending being exactly the same - that was a slight disappointment... but the only one. it's wonderfully cast and performed. harris' story is one of the greats.

  • Closed Circle

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

The year is 1931. The new and luxurious transatlantic liner Empress of Britain is on her eastward passage. Among the first-class passengers on board are two English confidence tricksters, making a discreet exit from a little awkwardness they have left behind them in the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More twist & turns than a corkscrew

  • By Kirstine on 02-05-18

one of his best!

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

What did you like most about Closed Circle?

first discovered goddard in the early 90's, and went on to read everything i could find of his. missed this one, and extremely glad that i found it.

Have you listened to any of Bill Wallis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no, but i will definitely look for more of his work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes - but too long!

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