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A. DONALDSON

cambridgeshire,u.k
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  • The Red Line: The Gripping Story of the RAF’s Bloodiest Raid on Hitler’s Germany

  • By: John Nichol
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

From best-selling author of Tail-End Charlie and Tornado Down comes this powerful and deeply moving account of Bomber Command’s 1944 Nuremberg Raid – the RAF’s bloodiest night of the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever bought

  • By Eric on 18-01-14

Great Story Good Narration Terrible Accents

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

Having recent listened and read several other books about Bomber Command recently I decided this would be an interesting listen. The story is good although lacks the detail of 'Lancaster' or 'Bomber boys' but still gives some good first accounts.. The Narrator has a good tone but unfortunately as soon as the story switches to the personal accounts the voice actor appears to switch to 'officer crabtree' mode whether its geordie, scouse, German or Winston Churchill they're all quite painful to listen to and take you away from what would be an otherwise gripping or poignant story. So in summary a good book spoiled by accents. If given a choice I would choose 'Lancaster' as more detail and better narration

  • Hitler's Soldiers

  • The German Army in the Third Reich
  • By: Ben H. Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 26 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is examined throughout the Second World War, across all combat theaters and occupied regions, and from multiple perspectives: its battle performance, social composition, relationship with the Nazi state, and involvement in war crimes and occupation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Soldier,soldier

  • By Helen on 23-11-18

An interesting book

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Whilst I would not put it in the same class as Antony Beevor Berlin/Stalingraf it is still an interesting account of the German soldier's on all fronts in World War 2. Also gives a look into any involvement by the army's involvement in War Crimes etc. It is well read by the narrator (although some pronunciations or a little odd) and is well worth a listen

  • Vietnam

  • An Epic History of a Divisive War 1945-1975
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble, Max Hastings - introduction
  • Length: 33 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 263

Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle. He portrays the set pieces of Dienbienphu, the Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam and less familiar battles such as the bloodbath at Daido.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Derrick on 20-10-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

A well written balanced account of the war and the lead up to it.
Covering all aspects from the grunts in the jungle (on both sides) , fighter and bomber pilots. Gripping. Well read by Peter Noble who has an engaging tone. Will definitely listen to it again

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  • Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965

  • By: Francis French, Colin Burgess
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

It was a time of bold new technology, historic moments, and international jousting on the final frontier. But it was also a time of human drama, of moments less public but no less dramatic in the lives of those who made the golden age of space flight happen. These are the moments and the lives that Into That Silent Sea captures, a book that tells the intimate stories of the men and women, American and Russian, who made the space race their own and gave the era its compelling character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative and engaging

  • By A. DONALDSON on 26-09-18

Very informative and engaging

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

Loved this book. A very informative and engaging listen about the early American and Soviet space pioneers

  • Nemesis

  • The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Stewart Cameron
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. A companion volume to his best-selling ‘Armageddon’, Max Hastings’ account of the battle for Japan is a masterful military history. Featuring the most remarkable cast of commanders the world has ever seen, the dramatic battle for Japan of 1944-45 was acted out across the vast stage of Asia: Imphal and Kohima, Leyte Gulf and Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Soviet assault on Manchuria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as usual

  • By Jim on 02-11-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

As usual an excellent gripping book that was well read. Will definitely listen to it again

  • A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

  • By: Andrew Chaikin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 290

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best one so far...

  • By Sam on 30-01-17

Excellent book and well read

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

Having enjoyed the regular book a few years ago I was pleased to be able to pick it up to listen to in the car. A well read audiobook giving fascinating accounts about all of the apollo missions. A must for any space fans

  • Arnhem

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sosabowski and the Poles vindicated

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-05-18

Not Beevors greatest work but still worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Barrett is engaging as ever. I can see that Beevor was trying to avoid being too similar to Cornelius Ryans 'Bridge Too Far' but the structure at times was a little awkward and did not flow for me especially early on. Also the story appeared to bog down with the problems between the senior officers and Montgomery which although he was correct to bring up it just seemed to keep returning to it again and again rather than focusing more on the soldiers on the ground. I will always enjoy Beevors work but this was not up there with Stalingrad and Berlin

  • Bomber Command

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Jonathan Cunningham on 19-06-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

An excellent book giving a detailed account of the bomber offensive in workd war 2. Although some of the tales of the suffering of the civiliansmade uncomfortable listening to me an englishman it is important to hear both sides of the story.

  • Winged Escort

  • By: Douglas Reeman
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

As the Second World War progresses, the destruction of Allied shipping mounts. Fighter pilot Tim Rowan is posted to an escort carrier to help guard the precious convoys. His adventures take him first to the Arctic and then the Indian Ocean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen.

  • By Steve on 20-12-09

Excellent book Excellent Narration

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

Reviewed: 26-12-17

As always Reemans descriptive abilities of the war at sea are second to none. Excellent

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  • Overlord

  • D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

The famous D-Day landings of 6 June, 1944, marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, Max Hastings’ acclaimed account overturns many traditional legends in this memorable study. Drawing together the eyewitness accounts of survivors from both sides, plus a wealth of previously untapped sources and documents, Overlord provides a brilliant, controversial perspective on the devastating battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent unbiased account of Overlord

  • By Ronan on 06-06-15

Excellent book. Well read

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Very good account of D day from all sides. A balanced account showing the difficulties the allies faced. Not afraid to show the shortcomings of allied troops and equipment compared to some other accounts. A good balance of soldier accounts and the overall strategy of the invasion

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