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  • Journey into Space

  • Operation Luna, Episodes 1-13
  • By: Charles Chilton
  • Narrated by: uncredited, David Williams, Andrew Faulds, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Charles Chilton's classic science-fiction trilogy stormed the BBC airwaves during the 1950s. Its gripping story lines, extra-terrestrial sound effects, and atmospheric music engaged listeners as never before. Between 1953 and 1958, a devoted audience of adults and children attentively followed Captain Jet Morgan and his crew from one cliff-hanger to another as, together, they faced the unknown perils of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Journey into space

  • By Nick on 06-12-06

Great space tales.....

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

'Journey into Space'.....just the words bring back hours sitting in front of the fire listening to this on the radio in the 50s. Over the years I'd forgotten just how good the story and production was. Well worth a listen.

  • Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures - Season 1

  • By: Richard Kurti, Bev Doyle, James Swallow, and others
  • Narrated by: Ed Stoppard, Geoff McGivern, Heida Reed, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

The complete collection of season one of Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures. This includes all six episodes: 'Voyage to Venus', 'The Red Moon Mystery', 'Marooned on Mercury', 'Reign of the Robots', 'Operation Saturn' and 'Prisoners of Space'. Also included are both the documentary Dan Dare: 21st Century Spaceman and New Worlds - the Music of Imran Ahmad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Using a credit - this is the one to buy!

  • By Nigel on 12-08-17

Not as good as the Eagle originals.

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

Was disappointed with this adaptation. Can't fault the performances as they are first rate but the stories lack the punch I remember from Dan Dare's adventures in The Eagle. Although even further removed from the original the animated adventures of Dan Dare explore the characters much better than this and is a better buy.

  • Hunting Hitler's Nukes

  • The Secret Race to Stop the Nazi Bomb
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

In the Spring of 1940, as Britain reeled from defeats on all fronts and America seemed frozen in isolation, one fear united the British and American leaders like no other: the Nazis had stolen a march on the Allies towards building the atomic bomb. So began the hunt for Hitler's nuclear weapons - nothing else came close in terms of priorities. It was to be the most secret war of those wars fought amongst the shadows. The highest stakes. The greatest odds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping story of an epic endeavour

  • By JohnA on 30-01-17

Not just another war book....

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

The story of the suicidal missions to try to defeat the production by the Germans of an atomic weapon is beautifully told in this book. Damien Lewis has done his usual brilliant job of taking the facts and reports and weaving them into an interesting tale of both heroism and survival against all the odds. He doesn't fight shy of balancing the needs to destroy the heavy water production facilities in Norway with the terrible reprisals against both civilians and captured commandos. The weather conditions on the glaciers, the fight to keep themselves from starving and capture, and the destruction they attempted to perform will keep you listening/reading. And if you've never heard the story of the ill-fated attempt to land gliders on the plateau this book reveals all and pulls no punches as to blame.

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  • D-Day

  • The Battle for Normandy
  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

The Normandy landings that took place on D-day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. As casualties mounted, so, too, did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant book but please drop the accents

  • By Blobbo on 16-03-18

So much I hadn't appreciated about the battle for

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

This is a cracking book with so many facets. It moves almost seamlessly through the various fronts and breakouts and details both the high spots and the low - and some were very low. If all the facts are to be believed then there were mistakes made on both sides, not just the German. The relationship between Eisenhower, Montgomery and DeGaulle was a tricky one to cover and perhaps the author does come down a bit heavy on the side of the American but hopefully that is the result of his apparent exhuastive research. Finally don't let anybody tell you that the French took all and gave nothing - the stories of heroism and sacrifice among the civilian population, be they resistance or just ordinary folk are truly humbling.