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Thermonuclear

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This is 27 million hours too short!

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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: 29-11-19

If you have any interest in this aort of stuff, I imagine you will become riveted by this book just as I did. Its like a real life Tom Clancy novel with lots of detail on submarine operations, crews, families, technology on both NATO and Soviet boats etc. etc. etc.
The book started a little bit slowly, but I then became hooked and could have listened to hours and hours of this. It's a shame it's only 7 hours worth but maybe the author will write more one day?!
Superb narration also. Some of the best I have heard in fact.

Not bad. Not good.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-18

I enjoyed this book more as it went on. However, and I mention this point from the standpoint of I am providing an honest review based on my experience of this book. The narrator, although very good in delivery, had a slight speech impediment. As much as I am not at all against this or critical of it, it drove me up the wall to the point that I sped up the book to 1.75x just to get it over with. If you struggle with listening to things like that, then maybe try it and if you can't handle it, then return the book. Overall the book is well written and detailed, and tells the story of the less glamorous side of the space race, other than just the moon shots and other such things.

Superb

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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: 17-05-18

I very much enjoyed this book. I think anyone with an interest in all things nuclear would enjoy it.

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Exceptional

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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: 07-02-18

Although at times this book jumps around a little, and unless you are absolutely in a total state of immersion, you can momentarily get lost. However, overall the book is superb. Watch the documentary also.

Superb but terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 15-09-17

I was fascinated by this book and it's superb content. It would have been a joy to listen to, although it seemed the aim of the narration was to give a sexy, almost pointless ASMR feel to proceedings. It felt like seemingly inconsequential words were extended and softened to the point where I nearly found this book unlistenable. It is probably personal preference, but I really couldn't wait to finish this book (which I sped up to 1.45x), even though the content was so enjoyable. It got to the point where the little clicks and nubs in the voice, along with the ASMR style extended softenings, became stressful to listen to.
Other than what I consider to be terrible narration, the content of the book is brilliant. I would recommend the text version though if you are at all susceptible to stress by voice torture!

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Superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-17

This is brilliant from start to finish. I was sceptical as I prefer purely technical accounts, but I was riveted by this book. I will give nothing away other than to say if you love the Vulcan, buy this book!

Slow Starter. Fast finisher.

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

This book took a bit of time to get going, but after the first few chapters it really kicked into gear. I have read another book on the same subject and this book felt totally different whilst telling a very similar story which is testament to its overall quality.

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what was I thinking?

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-16

pretty poor if you already know anything about korn. pretty poor if you dont know anything about korn. music plays all the way through and the majority is a badly recorded interview with Jonathan.

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 17-11-16

I am 33 and korn have been my favourite band since I was 15. Unfortunately, through trying to emulate them whilst playing in bands in my late teens and early twenties, I failed musically but definitely achieved stardom as a drunk with nasty drink problems. I can see how Brian could get so low in a global metal band, as I did managed it in a small local scene playing with my friends! I never suffered the hardships he did after that time whilst getting life back on track so I think it's amazing that he took the long route back to korn and not the easy one that he could have and still managed to end up so well.
The story is great, always interesting and very honest at the same time. Also being read by a voice I have known so well for 18 years, makes this book even better to listen to. Brian could do with less gravel in his voice, but it's just great to hear him read with the emotion he felt going through it all at the time.
The sceptic in me surfaces towards the end, but people believe in what they believe in, and for Brian to engage the two worlds of religion and metal in the way he does is very brave and shows he means every word.
I would recommend this book all the way.

I found this book to be poorly read and boring

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-16

I found the narrator boring, old sounding and occasionally like he was drunk. It was very annoying and did not sound at all professional. The book is not a wrestling book, and although I can't fault the content for its honesty and the fact that it focuses on life and faith, I think if you are after pure wrestling stories this may not be for you. Based upon the focus not being wrestling (which is emphasised by shawn to be fair), but more so the awful reading, I cannot finish this book beyond chapter 5.