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  • Fulgrim

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 5
  • By: Graham McNeill
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660

Under the command of the newly appointed Warmaster Horus, the Great Crusade continues. Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperor's Children, leads his warriors into battle against a vile alien foe, unaware of the darker forces that have already set their sights upon the Imperium of Man. Loyalties are tested and every murderous whim indulged as the Emperor's Children take their first steps down the road to true corruption - a road that will ultimately lead them to the killing fields of Isstvan V....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Descent into madness

  • By 451 on 26-10-17

good but perhaps not quite the right narrator?

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

Reviewed: 19-05-18

As title but you get used to the narrator and his style quickly. The book itself is good I just wish the producers stuck with narrators more like the two that read the first 4 books.

  • Failure Is Not an Option

  • Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
  • By: Gene Kranz
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brings back so many memories!

  • By Mr. P. J. Bellchambers on 13-04-13

Brilliant - A MUST read

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

Reviewed: 15-08-17

One of the best autobiographies I've ever read. A must read for political leaders, busines managers, engineers, space enthusiasts and future generations alike.

  • The Deep Silence

  • By: Douglas Reeman
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

HMS Temeraire: latest and most advanced of Britain's nuclear submarines. When Temraire's trials are cut short and she is ordered to the Far East to reinforce the fleet against a threat from Red China, her captain, David Jermain, knows that this is no routine exercise in flag-waving. And once in Asian waters, he and his submarine find themselves involved in a hidden, undeclared conflict beneath the sea.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good...not great :)

  • By P. Stewart on 27-04-17

A great book and a great author

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

Reviewed: 24-01-17

Very sad to learn that I finished this book on the day the author died :(

I have always been keen to read a Douglas Reeman book. When I was 5 I found a small number of his books owned by my mate grandad (including a ship must die). But I never got round to reading them.

Since joining audible I was reminded of Reeman's work so went for this as my first read of his work and I was delighted. Clever, informed, well written and visceral.

Perfectly narrated I look forward to reading more books.

My deepest respects to the authors family.

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  • Blind Man's Bluff

  • The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
  • By: Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

No espionage missions have been kept more secret than those involving American submarines. Now, Blind Man's Bluff shows for the first time how the navy sent submarines wired with self-destruct charges into the heart of Soviet seas to tap crucial underwater telephone cables. It unveils how the navy's own negligence might have been responsible for the loss of the USS Scorpion, a submarine that disappeared, all hands lost, 30 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Jonjoe Mawson-Walton on 27-02-18

Get it - get it now, you won't be dissapointed

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

Put simply this is one of the best cold war espionage books I have read. It was recomended to me by a submariner.

Dont hesitate. Get it - it's great.

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan

  • By: Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

There’s something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic - unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it. Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians - and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but his memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares - and deep, abiding fear. What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fantastic

  • By Nick on 15-06-16

Good but suffers from being a tag on to a PC game

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

A good book but it suffers a little from being a 'link' book that is part of a computer game and comic book series. Having not played the game or read the comics I felt like I was missing about 25% of what was going on/background story which was a bit of a let down.

  • The Only War We Had

  • A Platoon Leader's Journal of Vietnam
  • By: Col. Michael Lee Lanning Lt. Col. (Ret)
  • Narrated by: Alexander MacDonald
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Michael Lee Lanning's journal of his first tour of duty in Vietnam provides an unvarnished daily account of life in the field. The blood, fear, camaraderie, and tedium of combat and maneuver. Fleshed out with narrative and detail years later, the pages of this memorable book, first published in 1987, show an eager young recruit growing before the reader's eyes into a proud but bloodied combat veteran. Subsequent volumes in his Vietnam Trilogy will detail Lanning's tour as a company commander and his post-war investigation into the mind of the enemy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soporoific narration, odd cadence. Good story.

  • By Chris F on 16-06-17

A must for Vietnam enthusiasts and future leaders

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

Reviewed: 13-04-16

A fantastic book about a young infantry officers tour of duty in Vietnam (this is book 1 of 2).

Well written, well read and very immersive.

  • Patriot Games

  • Jack Ryan
  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, Jack dives forward to intervene. By his impulsive act, he gains both the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men who will not sit on their hate. In an explosive wave of violence, Jack's new enemies will seek to make him pay for his act of salvation...with his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story just an old recording

  • By Nick on 05-04-15

Great book and narration - poor recording quality

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

Reviewed: 13-04-16

As title, a great book and narration - poor recording quality which I thought was odd. perhaps I just had a poor download or something?

  • Vietnam, 1969 - 1970: A Company Commander's Journal (No.1)

  • By: Col. Michael Lee Lanning
  • Narrated by: Alexander MacDonald
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Lieutenant Michael Lee Lanning went to Vietnam as an eager young patriot who was confident of surviving the war. After six months in-country, he was promoted at age 23 to company commander, and his sense of duty began to shift from his nation to preserving the lives of the men in Bravo Company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply excellent

  • By Chris M on 03-04-16

Simply excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

There are many good books about the Vietnam war and leadership in war. This is a brilliant account of both.

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  • Invasion of Laos, 1971: Lam Son 719

  • By: Robert D. Sander
  • Narrated by: Stuart Appleton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

In 1971, while US ground forces were prohibited from crossing the Laotian border, a South Vietnamese Army corps, with US air support, launched the largest airmobile operation in the history of warfare, Lam Son 719. The objective: to sever the North Vietnamese Army's main logistical artery, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, at its hub, Tchepone in Laos, an operation that, according to General Creighton Abrams, could have been the decisive battle of the war. Hastening the withdrawal of US forces and ensuring the survival of South Vietnam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book, POOR narration

  • By Chris M on 28-01-16

Interesting book, POOR narration

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

Reviewed: 28-01-16

Any additional comments?

This is a reasonable study of Lam Son 719, but is badly let down by the narrator. Initially I genuinely thought the narration had been provided by one of those computer voices reading from typed content.

I did get used to the dry, monotone delivery after about 4 hours, but it really does detract from the book. There is no reason why an 'academic' or 'study' book should be read by a dry and monotone narrator (if that was the publishers intent).

The book itself is an interesting study of Lam Son 719 and provides a good overview especially for someone with little knowledge of the operation (like me). My only observation is that the author spends too much time on the air component (often down to individual flights and crews) and not enough time on the ground operations at a similar level of detail. This leaves the reader to view the operation from the air (often rotary wing) perspective rather than from the land or joint operations perspective (although this may have been the authors intent). The author does do a good job of blending the operational situation with the political situation and the conclusion is very good.

I would love to listen to this book again, but with a different narrator.

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  • The Lightning Boys: True Tales from Pilots of the English Electric Lightning

  • By: Richard Pike
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

According to a recent international study, the Lightning is the fifth most popular military aircraft of all time. It has many thousands of devotees who are a ready market for this timely and entertaining book which, with over 20 individual stories from former Lightning pilots, relates the highs and lows, and the dramas and the demands of those who operated this iconic aircraft from the sharp end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Chris M on 22-10-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 22-10-15

A wonderful, well written collection of short stories/anecdotes from (predominantly) RAF Lightening pilots.

Great read, perfect narration.

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