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R J Moore

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  • Exorcising Hitler

  • The Occupation and Denazification of Germany
  • By: Frederick Taylor
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

In Exorcising Hitler, Frederick Taylor tells the story of Germany's year zero and what came after. Despite almost total destruction, a combination of conservatism, enterprise and pragmatism in relation to former Nazis enabled the economic miracle of the 1950s. And we see how it was only when the '60s generation (the children of the Nazi era) began to question their parents with increasing violence that Germany began to awake from its sleep cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A forgotten period

  • By Ian1956 on 17-02-12

From War To Democracey

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

If you could sum up Exorcising Hitler in three words, what would they be?


an informative read

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

No. too much to digest in one go.

Any additional comments?

This aspect of the story of the war is seldom presented to readers, but this is a very well written, researched & presented account.

  • Six Days of War

  • June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • By: Michael B. Oren
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating acoount of the politics of a war

  • By Mark on 25-04-12

Who Dares, Wins.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Would you listen to Six Days of War again? Why?

Yes because there is so much information to absorb.

Any additional comments?

Having known the basic events of this war, this book brilliantly explains the background, reasoning and actions of all parties involved. Understanding the events of the 6 day war has allowed me to make a little sense of the situation since the war.

  • Born Survivors

  • By: Wendy Holden
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98

Among millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel and Anka each passed through its infamous gates with a secret. Strangers to each other, they were newly pregnant and facing an uncertain fate without their husbands. Alone, scared and with so many loved ones already lost to the Nazis, these young women were privately determined to hold on to all they had left: their lives and those of their unborn babies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly incredible story

  • By Mrs J M Blanc on 25-11-15

The Unbelievable Truth

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

Reviewed: 13-05-17

Any additional comments?

This is an unbelievable Truth which graphically details the depths of Evil yet manages to convey the strength of the maternal love which could not be surppressed.

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 678

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods and the woman who was killed. Since then she's been forgetting everything: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn't have a baby.... What she can't forget is the woman she might have saved, the terrible nagging guilt, the silent calls she's receiving and the feeling that someone's watching her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow what a roller coaster ride

  • By Amy E. on 18-04-17

An Excellent rainy day read

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

Reviewed: 13-05-17

What did you like best about this story?

it's fresh angle. The Author sees a perspective that most don't.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This is the second book from this author, that I have read, the other being Behind Closed Doors, and both have been excellent!
Eagerly awaiting more of the same please!

  • Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Max Hastings, Nigel Harrington
  • Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

The Amazon History Book of the Year 2013 is a magisterial chronicle of the calamity that befell Europe in 1914 as the continent shifted from the glamour of the Edwardian era to the tragedy of total war. Nineteen fourteen was a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Tommy on 08-04-17

A comprehensive review

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

If you could sum up Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 in three words, what would they be?

authoritive, comprehensive & readible

Any additional comments?

A really in-depth look at the build up to War and the consequences thereafter. Refreshing to read this even handed review from all perspectives.
The best book I've read on the subject of the break-out of The Great War.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Single Woman Seeks Revenge

  • By: Tracy Bloom
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Suzie Miller, a disillusioned agony aunt, can't believe she's been dumped from a great height yet again (this time by text!). So she decides the time is right to make every one of her exes feel the pain she felt when they carelessly cast her aside. Her methods are unusual but humiliation on a grand scale is no less than they deserve. And then she starts giving the same advice to her readers….

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • so so so bad.

  • By Alexandra Jones on 12-10-15

Don't Mess With Suzie!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. Tracey writes such enjoyable, feel good books.

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

Yes. Stayed awake well into the early hours to hear the end.

Any additional comments?

Another great title. Keep them coming Tracey.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday

  • By: Tracy Bloom
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Childhood sweethearts Matthew and Katy agree they must never see each other again after they end up in bed together following a school re-union. So all is forgotten... until eight months later when a shock meeting at an antenatal class forces them to confront the fact that Matthew could be the father of Katy's baby…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and such a good storyline

  • By Bdurrans on 29-05-18

Chic Lit that is for everyone

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

What did you like most about No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday?

The humour

Any additional comments?

Tracey Bloom takes a view of relationships which is not only different from the norm, but which is written with a natural flow, with great humour and a connection with the reader that rings so true!
Made my wife and I laugh out loud. More of the same please.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Iron Crosses Grow

  • The Crimea 1941-44
  • By: Robert Forczyk
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

The Crimea was one of the crucibles of the war on the Eastern Front, where first a Soviet and then a German army were surrounded, fought desperate battles, and were eventually destroyed. The fighting in the region was unusual for the Eastern Front in many ways, in that naval supply, amphibious landings, and naval evacuation played major roles, while both sides were also conducting ethnic cleansing as part of their strategy - the Germans eliminating the Jews and the Soviets purging the region of Tartars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Audiobook Ever

  • By PD on 20-08-16

Not for my "read again list."

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

What disappointed you about Where the Iron Crosses Grow?

the lack of feeling

What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?


Any additional comments?

This book is historically correct and extremely detailed.
Every engagement noted with the exact name and number of the units engaged being entered in the text.
Unfortuantely, the incessant repeatition of unit Id's detracts so much from the narrative, it's like reading a table of football scores.
A book for the "train spotters" rather than for those wishing to read about the actions of the decorated soldiers.

  • The Emperor's Blades

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083

In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable setting of scene

  • By Callum on 02-12-15

A Tale Of Empire, blood, faith & skill

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I hadn't read this author before but would now recommend him.

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

not initially, but after a while, I couldn't turn it off.

Any additional comments?

If you've read The Sword of Truth, Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones etc this series will seem familiar to you. It's part of the Sword wealding fantasy line that seem so popular.
But, while familiar, there's enough of a difference to keep you reading.

  • Snuff

  • Discworld, Book 39
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,559

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse. And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder. He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More true to life than fantasy should be!

  • By Mr. C. Horsfall on 31-03-12

Another spin of the discworld!

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

Reviewed: 21-02-17

What made the experience of listening to Snuff the most enjoyable?

The skilful twist that turns what you think you know into something you did know, but not like this!

What did you like best about this story?

The humour

Any additional comments?

If you like Pratchet, you will love this further instalment