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Andy Allison

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  • Last Argument of Kings

  • The First Law: Book Three
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,883

The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I miss it already.

  • By John on 18-09-11

A great third book in the series

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

I had already read the first to books and loved them but due to life getting so busy and having to spend more time in my car I decided to listen to this third book. I already had the pictures of the characters in my head and how they sounded so switching to Audio format was a big risk. I am very happy to say this audible interpretation was easy to transition to in my head and didn’t disappoint. It achieved complete continuity and was a fantastic listen.
I recommend it to everyone 👍

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  • The Ersatz Elevator

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

Like the previous audiobooks in A Series of Unfortunate Events, there is nothing to be found in this narration but misery, despair, and discomfort. This time, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I am 10 years old and I loved it.

  • By Andy Allison on 10-04-16

I am 10 years old and I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

My dad lets me listen to this series of books on his phone when we're in the car or sometimes as a bed time story. I read other books but listening to them is great.

  • The Battle for Spain

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, complete, not for beginners

  • By christian on 21-10-12

A proper detailed look at this overlooked war

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

Reviewed: 24-08-15

I enjoyed this book. The narration is easy on the ear and pitched at the right tempo and tone for the subject matter.
My only criticism is that no mention is made of how Franco treated the Moroccan army or anyone who did not fit in with his "White Spanish" vision. I suppose it's technically after the war but zero mention is made when other aftermath aspects are.
Still enjoyed it though and recommend it if the subject title interests you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Persian Wars, Volume 1

  • By: Herodotus
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The Persian Wars is part history, part geography, part anthropology...and completely entertaining. It possesses a charm that is legendary. However, over and above this, Herodotus has succeeded for all time in brilliantly expressing the conflict between the ideal of the free man defending his liberty within a state based on the rule of law, and that of the despot who bases his rule on brute force and whose subjects are considered slaves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's a long haul story

  • By Andy Allison on 03-08-15

It's a long haul story

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

Obviously it's history and he always uses more words than necessary but for all that it's worth it. Some tales are better than others. I didn't like the narrator's accent. But that's probably just me.

  • Conquistadors

  • By: Michael Wood
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The Spanish conquest of the Americas in the sixteenth century was one of the most important and cataclysmic events in history. Spanish expeditions endured incredible hardships in order to open up the lands of the 'New World', and few stories in history can match these for drama and endurance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant submersion into the New World

  • By Grace on 21-06-16

A sad history of human nature

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

Reviewed: 22-06-15

A well told but very sad narrative on the desolation of the indigenous peoples of the American continent.
Part of western history that's not told in great detail, probably due to guilt and embarrassment .
A gripping story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Catastrophe: Volume One: Europe Goes to War 1914

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington, Max Hastings
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

A magisterial chronicle of the calamity that crippled Europe in 1914. Unabridged and split into two parts.1914: 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. But how had it happened?In Catastrophe: 1914 Max Hastings, best-selling author of the acclaimed All Hell Let Loose, answers at last how World War I could ever have begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible French

  • By Pearsonbrown on 05-05-14

Holds your attention

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

Reviewed: 31-05-15

I was never quite sure why WW1 started but now I have a good grasp. It's well told and easy to follow
I recommend it to anyone who wants to know about the politics and not just the fighting

  • The Foundations of Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas F. X. Noble, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. X. Noble
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

What is Western Civilization? According to Professor Noble, it is "much more than human and political geography," encompassing myriad forms of political and institutional structures - from monarchies to participatory republics - and its own traditions of political discourse. It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it - I'll be ordering more

  • By First Impressions on 21-09-16

Well told and very interesting

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

Reviewed: 17-02-15

If you're interested in history but never had the time to study it, curious about the Greeks, Romans, the church and just how Europe came to be how it is? If you kind of know the famous names and event and phrases but not really in any great detail or context then you'll love this relatively unbiased appraisal of western history. Brilliantly told and engaging.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,563

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The message is simple

  • By Margaret on 27-04-10

Definitive work.

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

Reviewed: 29-01-15

It took me quite a while to get used to his voice but I stuck with it and it was worth while. It is so enlightening and informative. It should be on all school curriculums. Ignore it at your peril.