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  • Bomber Command

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

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

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

The hours of research gone into the writing of this must have been phenomenal. My parents were both in the RAF and were very closed mouthed of the part they played. Having listened to this I can fully understand why. So many errors made by those who knew nothing of war in the day of what we now call "weapons of mass destruction" The heroes to me are the brave men who followed orders knowing that any argument could result in terrible repercussions. I wish people could have learnt from the past but sadly that doesn’t seem to be happening.
A fascinating and extremely sad book.

  • The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

  • Churchill's Mavericks: Plotting Hitler's Defeat
  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 571

Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, a country house called The Firs in Buckinghamshire was requisitioned by the War Office. Sentries were posted at the entrance gates, and barbed wire was strung around the perimeter fence. To local villagers it looked like a prison camp. But the truth was far more sinister. This rambling Edwardian mansion had become home to an eccentric band of scientists, inventors and bluestockings. Their task was to build devastating new weaponry that could be used against the Nazis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humbling and enthralling

  • By T. Wyles on 26-10-16

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 25-05-18

I was very dubious purchasing this audio book, not really into documentary type stories. After a couple of chapters I was totally hooked. What clever and exceptionally brave men are portrayed in this true account of the goings on behind closed doors during World War 2.
I would heartily recommend this to anyone wanting to know how the course of war with Germany was changed. The authors knowledge is outstanding, one can only imagine the hours of research involved. I must also mention the brilliant narration, first class all round.

  • Winter on the Mersey

  • By: Annie Groves
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Kitty has seen her fair share of tragedy and instead of thinking about romance, is determined to do her bit for King and country. Her life as a WREN means she is kept busy much of the time, but when Kitty finds herself stationed back home on Merseyside, she meets up again with Frank Feeny, the brave young officer who has always held a place in her heart. Britain is on the verge of victory, but will Kitty embrace the future and learn to love again?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An OK book

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-05-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I normally like Annie Grove stories but this I found lacking. Too many cliche sentences, the story itself was okay and narration quite good. Not one I would listen to again.

  • Shelter from the Storm

  • By: Ellie Dean
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

Nineteen-year-old April Wilton has just enlisted in the WRENs in Portsmouth, where she works servicing engines on ships. She finds herself immersed in dockyard life and surrounded by soldiers - from England and America. The atmosphere is one of spontaneity and impulsiveness, brought on by the unpredictability of war. So when April meets Daniel, a young American soldier, whose mother is Sioux and father is of African descent, she doesn't hesitate when she starts to fall for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-12-16

Addictive stories

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

I love Ellie Deans series of Cliffhaven. The narrator, Julie Maisey is one of the best, easily slipping from character to character. I shall be very sad when the series ends.

  • Operation Mincemeat

  • The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

From the best-selling author of Agent Zigzag, the thrilling true story of the greatest and most successful wartime deception ever attempted. One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British solder floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant

  • By Brian on 11-03-12

Not my kind of book!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Sadly I just couldn’t get into this book. My attention was wandering due to the monotonous tone of the narrator. I think I’ll stick to fiction rather than true stories! I’m sure others with a more organized brain than mine would enjoy it. Apologies to the author and narrator.

  • Airborne

  • The Airborne Trilogy
  • By: Robert Radcliffe
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

It's 17 September 1944. The Allies launch the largest airborne offensive in history, delivering 36,000 troops by parachute and glider to the Dutch/German border. In nine days' time, half of them will be casualties of war. Among their number is Theo Trickey, a young paratrooper so dreadfully injured he is not expected to survive. Under the care of Medical Officer Captain Daniel Garland, Trickey is shipped to Germany as a prisoner of war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written but I wanted more

  • By S S. on 25-02-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

What an insight to the lives of our soldiers during WW11. The narration by Peter Noble is exemplary, speaking seamlessly from character to character. A story not to be missed.

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  • Home for Christmas

  • By: Annie Groves
  • Narrated by: Sue Jenkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Home for Christmas is a tale of four very different young women thrown together by war. Finding freedom and independence – as well as love, passion and heartbreak – for the very first time, a unique bond is formed as the hostilities take their toll on Britain. It's September 1940 and the German blitz on London has just begun. The four young girls who live at No. 13 Article Row live under its constant threat. But life must go on…Tilly and Sally both work at Barts Hospital where they witness the cruelty of war first-hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By mrs m wetherall on 13-04-15

loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

what a difference a good narration brings, I'm hooked on Annie Groves wartime stories, more please!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • London Belles

  • By: Annie Groves
  • Narrated by: Anna Baatz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

London Belles is a tale of four very different young women thrown together by war. Finding freedom and independence – as well as love, passion and heartbreak – for the very first time, a unique bond is formed as the hostilities take their toll on Britain.United by chance, bound together in times of needWhen tragedy strikes, Olive is forced to seek lodgers. Three girls come knocking at her door, each in need of a roof over their heads.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • nearly perfect

  • By annette bickley on 27-06-16

Gripping story

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

A lovely story, somewhat spoilt by the rushed narration, shame it would have had 5 stars but for that.

  • Late Summer in the Vineyard

  • By: Jo Thomas
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Working for a winemaker in France is the opportunity of a lifetime for Emmy. Even if she doesn't know a thing about wine beyond what's on offer at the local supermarket. There's plenty to get to grips with in the rustic town of Petit Frère. Emmy's new work friends need more than a little winning over. Then there's her infuriatingly brash tutor, Isaac, and the enigmatic Madame Beaumont tucked away in her vineyard of secrets. But Emmy will soon realise that in life - just as in winemaking - the best things happen when you let go and trust your instincts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Late summer in the vineyard

  • By Miss A. Robertson on 30-08-16

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 19-02-17

Brilliant narration. Interesting storyline. No blatant sexual content which I found refreshing. I shall probably listen to it again one day.

  • Open House

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 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

Open House is a deliciously engaging romantic novel from Jill Mansell, author of over 20 Sunday Times best sellers including The One You Really Want and Miranda's Big Mistake. For fans of Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes. Nell O'Driscoll has known Marcus Kilburton for years - according to her diary, she even had a crush on him as a teenager.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start

  • By Liz C on 26-01-18

A jolly good read!

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

Reviewed: 15-01-17

very good read by Jill Mansell, well narrated
by Julia Franklin who manages to bring the characters to life.