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  • War of the Wolf

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home, but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn’t have long to enjoy the victory. In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country, invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible got this very wrong

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-10-18

War of the Wolf<br /><br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I love all the Books in this series,great narration and story.
Next episode can't wait.

  • A Rumor of War

  • By: Philip Caputo
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • rumour of war (Vietnam through the eyes of a vet )

  • By paul medcalf on 22-09-17

rumour of war (Vietnam through the eyes of a vet )

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-17

bought this book years ago but never got round to reading it. great read. entertaining.

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  • 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 681
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 637

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

Britain's secret guerrilla,s of world war two.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-17

Fantastic story about a little known part played by the ingenious inventors of destroying hitler's third Reich.

  • The Nazi Hunters

  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

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

The Nazi Hunters

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-16

when I first heard of this title I assumed it was a work of fiction.
But within the first few paragraphs it became evident this was a grave misconseption on my part.
I have persisted with it nevertheless and found it to be whilst not exactly enjoyable ( considering the subject matter)but very well researched and written/spoken .
For anyone who has an interest in little known activities of the SAS during and just after the war then this is a must .

  • The Outsider

  • My Life in Intrigue
  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

We all make mistakes, but starting the Third World War would have been a rather large one. To this day, I still maintain it was not entirely my fault. But I'm getting ahead of myself. During the course of my life, I've barely escaped the wrath of an arms dealer in Hamburg, been strafed by a MiG during the Nigerian civil war, and landed during a bloody coup in Guinea-Bissau.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing life described with verve

  • By Kirstine on 23-06-16

The Outsider:My Life in Intrigue

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Robert Powell was great as the narrator to this autobiogrraphy of Frederick Forsyth would recommend.

  • Alexander

  • Child of a Dream
  • By: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Alexander: Child of a Dream is the first in Valerio Massimo Manfredi's outstanding trilogy of brutal passion and grand adventure in Ancient Greece. Who could have been born to conquer the world other than a god? A boy born to a great king, Philip of Macedon, and his sensual queen, Olympias, Alexander became a young man of immense, unfathomable potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alexander child of a dream<br />

  • By paul medcalf on 12-03-16

Alexander child of a dream<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-16

As always the narrator is very good .The story is that of the early years of Alexander the great.Please remember this is historical Fiction! I love these books read the trilogy years ago, just a pity these are the abridged version but still a great read.

  • Goon Show

  • Spike Milligan - The Parkinson Interviews
  • By: BBC Audiobooks
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Presented by Michael Parkinson, this highly entertaining collection of interviews is taken from Spike Milligan's numerous appearances on Parkinson between 1972 and 1982. The subjects Spike covers include his early years, his poetry and books, The Goons, and his relationship with the BBC.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spike Milligan

  • By paul medcalf on 28-02-16

spike Milligan

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-16

laughed out loud throughout this.As ever Milligan is always the entertainer, simply put the BEST.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor's Tomb

  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great again...

  • By Salter on 14-05-15

The Emperor's Tomb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-15

Great story,great storytelling, great for a summer holiday read.
Good facts with good imagination and original concept.

  • Empire of Dragons

  • By: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

After months of forced labour, a Roman emperor's guards escape from a Persian mine. They meet a mysterious, exiled Chinese Prince, Dan Qing, and agree to safeguard his journey home. Thus begins the adventures of the Romans and the Prince as they journey to China. There the Westerners will discover that they aren't the first of their kind to arrive in China - they were preceded centuries before by the survivors of the "lost legion".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empire of Dragons

  • By paul medcalf on 21-07-15

Empire of Dragons

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-15

Good story as with all of this author's books it is a story of alternative history that could have been.
The narrator in Derek jacobi is one of the best ,of course this may be because he is a classically trained actor.
I would recommend this book to anyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goon Show, Volume 9

  • What Time Is It, Eccles?
  • By: The Goons
  • Narrated by: The Goons
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

From a watery Westminster Pier to the far-flung Foreign Legion, from Yehti-ridden Yorkshire moors to a leather omnibus with a phantom conker-puncher, the weird, wide, and wonderful world of Goonery knows no bounds. So savour another crazy quartet of cult comedy classics as Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe, aided by Seagoon, Eccles, Bluebottle, and the rest, once more redefine the limits of radio comedy. Catch them while you can. Here today...Goon tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • goon show

  • By paul medcalf on 28-06-15

goon show

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-15

fantastic off the wall comedy series.
simply brilliant has not been bettered in 50 years. of course unfortunately all the protagonists in this series are dead ,but in my opinion this is still one of the best comedy shows of all time .