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  • The Wood

  • The Life & Times of Cockshutt Wood
  • By: John Lewis-Stempel
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

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
  • Fascinating.

  • By James M. on 24-09-18

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 478
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 428

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 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth.

  • By James M. on 27-03-18

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 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

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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