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  • Churchill's Secret Warriors

  • The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain's wartime leader called for the lightning development of a completely new kind of warfare, recruiting a band of eccentric free-thinking warriors to become the first 'deniable' secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines, offering these volunteers nothing but the potential for glory and all-but-certain death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, who'd have thunk it!

  • By Mark on 19-05-15

Simply Unbelievable…!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

I wasn't sure what to expect from this audio and had only decided to give it a go as I rate Nigel Carrington so highly as a narrator. However my fears were allayed very quickly with the gripping and incredibly informative look at some truly remarkable characters! With stories that would be simply unbelievable if they were not true the warriors detailed within this book are worth of the highest praise and respect. Damien Lewis has done an extremely good job at making a subject come to life and bringing back to life individuals who lived and died decades ago. I would recommend this not just to an enthusiast of military and World War two literature but also those who find enjoyment in the pages of fictional work just as James Bond and other such thrillers!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • A Brief History of the Third Reich: The Rise and Fall of the Nazis

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Martyn Whittock
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Beginning in the broken aftermath of the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles, which made German recovery almost impossible, Whittock tells not just the account of the men who rose to the fore in the dangerous days of the Weimar republic, circling around the cult of personality generated by Adolf Hitler, but also a convincing and personality-driven overview of how ordinary Germans became seduced by the dreams of a new world order, the Third Reich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb telling of the history of the Third Reich

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-10-15

Brief But Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

An exceptionally well written and presented insight into the Third Reich from its very beginnings to its downfall in the rubble of Berlin in 1945. This is an particularly informative look at it subject matter and due to being a “Brief History” succeeds in avoiding getting bogged down in too much detail and statistics.

This audiobook would be ideally for anyone with a passing interest in WW2 or from an education / student point of view and would provide an excellent taster for anyone unsure if they would find the other audiobooks that are available but are a lot longer in length!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ardennes 1944

  • Hitler's Last Gamble
  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Ardennes 1944 by Antony Beever, read by Sean Barrett. On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his last gamble in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. Although Hitler's generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good indeed.

  • By Mr. on 06-07-15

A Genre Leading Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

An outstanding and refreshing look at one of the most famous battles which took place during the Second World War. Whilst this is a subject that has been written about numerous times by authors around the world Max Hastings as succeeded in raising the bar with his efforts.

With a balanced and well researched look at the battle of the bugle the author has be extremely successful in avoiding the pitfalls that many have fallen into of focusing purely on the American forces and their successes in stopping the offensive. By using a more balanced approach to this battle Max Hastings has been able to articulate and explain the battle in such a way that is easy to understand and follow without it become a never ending list of unit names and numbers.

I would recommend this audiobook without hesitate to anyone with an interest in military history, especially those with a passion for learning about World War 2.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • War on the Waters

  • The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861–1865
  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Although previously undervalued for their strategic impact because they represented only a small percentage of total forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial to the outcome of the Civil War. In War on the Waters, James M. McPherson has crafted an enlightening, at times harrowing, and ultimately thrilling account of the war’s naval campaigns and their military leaders. McPherson recounts how the Union navy’s blockade of the Confederate coast, leaky as a sieve in the war’s early months, became increasingly effective as it choked off vital imports and exports.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining & Informative Look

  • By J on 09-10-15

An Entertaining & Informative Look

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

An engaging and extremely interesting look at the American Civil War on the water I found this extremely illuminating as it was a subject I had heard very little about. Indeed before listening to this audiobook my, like I’m sure many peoples, knowledge of civil war naval warfare was the well documented fight between the Confederate and Yankee Ironclads in Hampton Roads.

This book was let down slightly by the focus being mostly aimed at the Yankee side of the story however as the author acknowledge this had occurred more due to the lack of documentation and evidence remaining from the confederate navy rather than any bias on the authors part. Despite this it was an entertaining and informative look at the naval war during the American Civil War and certainly raised my interest levels enough to seek additional information.

  • Dad's Army

  • Complete Radio Series Two
  • By: Jimmy Perry, David Croft
  • Narrated by: Arthur Lowe, Full Cast, John Le Mesurier
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 290

Twenty episodes from the second BBC Radio series, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn. In 1973 the BBC adapted its hit TV series for radio, featuring the original TV cast and characters. Three series were broadcast between 1974 and 1976, with episodes adapted from their TV counterparts by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles. Now you can enjoy once again these unique recordings, with a supporting cast including John Laurie, Arnold Ridley and Ian Lavender.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nostalgia visit.

  • By Fred on 10-03-17

A Masterclass in Comedy

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Without doubt one of the best comedy television programs ever created this audio has succeeded where many have failing in being translated into an audiobook. Full of wit, charm and nostalgia Volume Two has continued the high standards set by the first volume and will keep you laughing hour after hour!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dad's Army: Complete Radio Series 3

  • By: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
  • Narrated by: John Le Mesurier, Arthur Lowe, full cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 240

Twenty-six episodes from the third BBC Radio series starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn, plus the pilot episode of It Sticks Out Half a Mile. In 1973 the BBC adapted its hit wartime TV series for radio, featuring the original television cast and characters. Three series were broadcast between 1974 and 1976, with episodes adapted by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight - as expected!

  • By Sue on 27-08-15

Hours Of Laughter & Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

A television program converted to an audio is a tricky thing to pull off successfully however with this Dad’s Army program it has been achieved incredibly well! One of the pillars of comedy greatness Dad’s Army has proved time and again to be a hugely entertaining program and this Audio-book is no different. A must have for anyone who loves classic British comedy and is seeking hours of laughter and entertainment!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dad's Army

  • Complete Radio Series One
  • By: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
  • Narrated by: Full Cast, Arthur Lowe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 469

Twenty episodes from the first BBC Radio series plus an hour-long Christmas special, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, and Clive Dunn.

In 1973 the BBC adapted its hit TV series for radio, featuring the original TV cast and characters. Three series were broadcast between 1974 and 1976, with episodes adapted from their TV counterparts by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant!

  • By CVP57 on 14-02-16

A Comedy Classic

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Simply put Dad's Army is and will always remain a masterpiece of comedy and this audiobook does nothing but continue that trend. With the same outstanding cast that was seen on the screens this will keep you laughing from beginning to end and is an audio that you will listen to again and again and again!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern fantasy storytelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-11

An Instant Classic!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Having read this book several times over the past few years I had no intention of listening to it on audio despite my love for the book. However a combination of an Audible sale and a £10 voucher made me give it a go and it was a great decision! With fantastic narration and character portrayal combined with an engaging and fast paced plot this audio was finished before I even knew it! I would without hesitation recommend this to anyone looking for an engaging story, especially if you like a good story that includes twists and betrayals, then this is definitely the audiobook for you! It was that good that I instantly brought the next two audio's in the series – despite having read them several times already – before this audio had been completed!

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  • Catastrophe: Volume One: Europe Goes to War 1914

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington, Max Hastings
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

A magisterial chronicle of the calamity that crippled Europe in 1914. Unabridged and split into two parts.1914: a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, Imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine–guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire War. But how had it happened?In Catastrophe: 1914 Max Hastings, best-selling author of the acclaimed All Hell Let Loose, answers at last how World War I could ever have begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible French

  • By Pearsonbrown on 05-05-14

A Bar Raising Instant Classic

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

Reviewed: 13-09-15

From highly acclaimed and respected author in Max Hasting and with narration from one of the best in Nigel Carrington this moving and incredibly informative look at the events leading up to the start of World War One focusing on all nations and regions involved. From the political manoeuvring through the assassination that many be believe consider the spark that lead to war to the bloody combat that followed this is simply a masterpiece of historical writing.

The only negative that could be connected to this outstanding masterpiece is that the book is broken into two volumes resulting in having to purchase two separate audiobooks to secure the complete stroke of genius that is “Catastrophe”.

  • The Western Front

  • By: Richard Holmes
  • Narrated by: Richard Holmes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Military historian Richard Holmes turns his attention to the infamous First World War trench line, the Western Front. Of the nine million British and Dominion soldiers who were killed in action in the Great War, most died here. In this thorough examination of the role the Front played in the war, the eminent historian Richard Holmes considers its initial creation, the rapid expansion of the British army (which led to problems with the supply of men and munitions), the challenge of coping with life and death at the Front, and the regular attempts by soldiers to "break the trench". He also examines two major battles in detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was sorry to discover it was abridged...

  • By Ysera on 10-09-16

An Enlightening Overview

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

Reviewed: 13-09-15

Whilst this is not a long audiobook when compared to others available it is none the less an extremely informative and well-presented piece. Covering the Western Front throughout its formation and to the eventual cessation of hostiles the author has done a very impressive job of keeping the human element visible throughout rather than resort to long lists of units and dates which can occur when this subject is discussed.

I would highly recommend this both to anyone who has already listened to or read a lot about the world war one on the western front as you will be surprised at how much new information you will gain from this audio. For anyone looking to start learning about the hell that occurred in France during WW1 this would make an extremely good place to start.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful