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  • The Nazi Hunters

  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

The Nazi Hunters is the incredible, hitherto untold story of the most secret chapter in the SAS' history. Officially, the world's most elite special forces unit was dissolved at the end of the Second World War and not reactivated until the 1950s. Among their last actions was a disastrous commando raid into occupied France in 1944, which ended in the capture, torture and execution of 31 soldiers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Been told before.

  • By kevin on 10-07-16

A fascinating insight into the SAS activities

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

The first half focuses on the role the SAS, SOE and Resistance fighters played in the Vosges region during the second war. Some of the activities described are quite incredible but of course it is the SAS. The second half describes what was done to locate the missing personnel and bring the guilty to justice. I thought the second half might be a bit dull but far from it. There are some revelations toward the end which I found very intriguing. A great listen, thank you.

  • The Power of People Skills

  • How to Eliminate 90% of Your HR Problems and Dramatically Increase Team and Company Morale and Performance
  • By: Trevor Throness
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

People are the problem. They're always the problem. If a business person goes home frustrated, if they talk with their significant other about it, if they lay awake at night stewing about it, inevitably the problem is some person at work - a colleague, subordinate, or boss. Handling people issues is every leader's major headache. It's what takes up the majority of their time and - more important - the bulk of their head space. Every leader can and must develop this most important of all management skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent insight

  • By Mark on 17-01-19

An excellent insight

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

We really should be doing what Trevor says. the book is full of sound guidance. Some very simple steps that will make a huge difference to our lives.

  • Emma

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Belinda Lang
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Emma is set in Highbury, a sizeable village in Surrey, where social life is dominated by the intelligent and wealthy Emma Woodhouse, who has too little to occupy herself and turns to matchmaking on behalf of her friends and neighbours to relieve boredom. Her schemes meet with varying degrees of success, until she finally learns to concentrate on her own life and leave others to live theirs without her interference.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK for a period story.

  • By Mark on 02-01-19

OK for a period story.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Good narration. it's short and of course well written but the story is not that gripping

  • The Nano Flower

  • The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Julia Evans, billionairess owner of Event Horizon, has for 15 years been the power behind England’s economic renaissance – but now she’s in trouble. With her husband missing, and rival companies suddenly claiming to have acquired a technology impossibly superior to anything on Earth, she has no time to take notice of a single flower delivered anonymously. But this flower possesses genes millions of years in advance of any terrestrial DNA.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Greg Mandel stars in a Space Opera

  • By Simon on 31-08-15

Ah to have such ability.

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

Reviewed: 26-12-18

To have Greg's ability would be truly amazing. Toby Longworth has the ability to consistently maintain the highest standard of narration throughout all three books - really impressive and kept me engaged throughout.
I thought the story was great and really liked how the characters evolved through all three books; Peter is extremely good at focusing in on the human emotions and responses. I am familiar with the area around Peterborough and Rutland which added to the interest. A very entertaining time whilst listening to the series, I'll be on the lookout for another series from Peter soon.

  • A Quantum Murder

  • The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Part 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

Dr Edward Kitchener, a brilliant researcher into quantum cosmology, lies dead with his lungs spread out on either side of his open chest. Only a mercenary or professional killer could have breached the premier-grade security system - but why would a professional waste time in ritual slaughter? Greg Mandel, psi-boosted ex-private eye, is enticed out of retirement to launch an investigation into a past which - according to Kitchener’s theories - might never have happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the Series

  • By Simon on 31-08-15

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

Really enjoyed the story. A surprise near the end.... Consistently good narration from Toby. Off to get the next book now.

  • Mindstar Rising

  • The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791

It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Catherine on 13-12-11

Excellent characters and a very unusual theme.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I really enjoyed the story. An unusual collection of characters. Great narration as we've come to expect from Toby. Starting the sequel in about 5 minutes.

  • The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold

  • Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail
  • By: Tim Moore
  • Narrated by: Tim Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Scaling a new peak of rash overambition, Tim Moore tackles the 9,000 kilometer route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless and massively subzero desolation of snowbound Finland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny, informative, quality impersonations

  • By Marco on 22-10-17

Good humour and many flashbacks to the eighties.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

it took me a while to warm to the style of writing but I'm glad I stuck with it. A great sense of humour is demonstrated and was undoubtedly a necessity during the long days in the saddle. The story maintains momentum right to the end unlike some others I have read or listened to. Really enjoyed this book.

  • One More Day Everywhere

  • Crossing Fifty Borders on the Road to Global Understanding
  • By: Glen Heggstad
  • Narrated by: John Morgan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

In 2001, martial arts-trained biker Glen Heggstad began a journey from California to the tip of South America on his motorcycle and made it as far as Colombia, where he was kidnapped by local rebels and held captive. Undeterred by more than a month of traumatic incarceration, the 'Striking Viking' finished his trip after being released. Three years later he set out into the world on his bike again, this time searching for truth on his own terms in a world that had become strangled by a climate of fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding insight into the people and places

  • By Mark on 22-03-18

Outstanding insight into the people and places

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

Glen ventures into places that many would skip around because they're difficult. The people and places are vividly described and Glen has a way of reaching into the people he meets and is justly rewarded for his efforts. I have read a lot of travel books and rate this as one of the best.

  • The Best of Our Spies

  • By: Alex Gerlis
  • Narrated by: Stephen Critchlow
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

France, July 1944: In the Pas de Calais, Nathalie Mercier, a young British special operations executive secret agent working with the French Resistance, disappears. In London her husband, Owen Quinn, an officer with Royal Navy Intelligence, sets off on a perilous hunt through France in search of his wife. With the help of the Resistance, he finds Nathalie, but then the bitterness of war and its insatiable appetite for revenge catch up with them in a dramatic fashion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a book!

  • By Raven Mad on 07-07-16

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I felt the book was based upon a lot of real history from the 2nd World War which made it all the more interesting. I really enjoyed the story and thought the characters were well thought out. Excellent narration throughout.

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  • The Swiss Spy

  • By: Alex Gerlis
  • Narrated by: Stephen Critchlow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

It's not unusual for spies to have secrets, but Henry Hunter has more than most, and after he is stopped by British Intelligence at Croydon airport on the eve of the Second World War, he finds he has even more. In March 1941 in Berlin, haunted by a dark episode from his past, he makes a fateful decision resulting in a dramatic journey to the Swiss frontier, with a shocking outcome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling tale

  • By Nought on 29-12-17

A very good listen.

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

Great characters, a really good plot and very exciting right to the end. I thought the narration was very good.