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  • The Second World War

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 39 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 813

A magisterial, single volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known, by our foremost military historian. The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Concise, Interesting and Entertaining

  • By David on 16-08-12

Shockingly brilliant.

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Reviewed: 06-11-18

I thought I knew a lot about WW2 but this book has enlightened my knowledge even further. An incredible waste of human life at the hands of the Nazi party and the German Army.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,304
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,276

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Amazing.

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Reviewed: 19-10-18

A really fun read and a just as humorous as the film and I look forward to reading his next book.

  • Turn the Ship Around!

  • A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
  • By: L. David Marquet
  • Narrated by: L. David Marquet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story of leadership at all levels

  • By Steven on 03-06-18

Game changing.

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Reviewed: 06-10-18

A fantastic insight into living in a submarine, with a captain who is not satisfied with the status quo.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,141

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By penobscott on 10-07-17

Incredible.

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Reviewed: 04-10-18

What an amazing and detailed story about what has to be the hardest and most rewarding journey to preserve life.

  • The Wood

  • The Life & Times of Cockshutt Wood
  • By: John Lewis-Stempel
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

For four years John Lewis-Stempel managed the wood. He coppiced the trees and raised cows and pigs who roamed free there. This is the diary of the last year, by which time he had come to know it from the bottom of its beech roots to the tip of its oaks and to know all the animals that lived there - the fox, the pheasants, the wood mice, the tawny owl - and where the best bluebells grew. For many fauna and flora, woods like Cockshutt are the last refuge. It proves a sanctuary for John, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book,

  • By Ellen on 02-11-18

Fascinating.

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Reviewed: 24-09-18

I loved every day of the year, never has a book about a been so enlightening and captivating.

  • The Longest Kill

  • The Story of Maverick 41, One of the World's Greatest Snipers
  • By: Craig Harrison
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 465

It takes a tough mind-set to be a successful sniper, to be able to dig in for days on your own as you wait for your target, to stay calm on a battlefield when you yourself have become the target the enemy most wants to take out. Craig Harrison has what it takes, and in November 2009 in Afghanistan, under intense pressure, he saved the lives of his comrades with the longest confirmed sniper kill - 2,475 metres, the length of 25 football pitches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing read

  • By Andrew on 07-03-17

OMG

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Reviewed: 10-09-18

An amazing and insightful story of being on the front line and defending our freedom.

  • Scott and Amundsen

  • Their Race to the South Pole
  • By: Roland Huntford
  • Narrated by: Tim Piggott-Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

This is a brilliant dual biography charting British Robert Scott's and Norwegian Roald Amundsen's race to the South Pole during 1911-12. Huntuford's is the accepted, definitive account of the race and a reassessment of the two men. Thoroughly researched, revealing the adventures and misfortunes that befell them both, he describes the driving ambitions of the era, and the complex, often deeply flawed individuals who were charged with carrying them out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Essential but very annoying read.

  • By Reluctant Sceptic on 14-10-18

Truth.

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Reviewed: 27-03-18

A most enjoyable book and the real story for the race to the South Pole but very tragic for Scott's team.

  • The Running Hare

  • The Secret Life of Farmland
  • By: John Lewis-Stempel
  • Narrated by: Bernard Hill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last 20 years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life. Written in exquisite prose, The Running Hare tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By keren cornelius on 20-03-18

Beautiful.

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Reviewed: 19-10-17

This has to be the most enjoyable book I have ever listened to and a wonderful insight into farming and connecting with the great outdoors.

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