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  • The Germans and Europe

  • A Personal Frontline History
  • By: Peter Millar
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Based on a lifetime living in and reporting on Germany and Central Europe, award-winning journalist and author Peter Millar tackles the fascinating and complex story of the people at the heart of our continent. Focussing on nine cities (only six of which are in the Germany of today), he takes us on a zigzag ride back through time via the fall of the Berlin Wall through the horrors of two world wars and the patchwork states of the Middle Ages to the splendour of Charlemagne and the fall of Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Highly Recommended

  • By Jo on 26-01-18

Superb Highly Recommended

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Reviewed: 26-01-18

This is a really good book. I knew of Peter Millar from his earlier book, The Berlin Wall: My Part in its Downfall. Here he takes his readers back to scenes from that book and goes on to explain many aspects of Germany's history and culture. His writing is clear, interesting and with a touch of humour. Damian Lynch reads well and with good pronunciation of German words.

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  • The French and Indian War and the Conquest of New France

  • By: William R. Nester
  • Narrated by: Philip Benoit
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1

The French and Indian War was the world's first truly global conflict. When the French lost to the British in 1763, they lost their North American empire along with most of their colonies in the Caribbean, India, and West Africa. In The French and Indian War and the Conquest of New France, the only comprehensive account from the French perspective, William R. Nester explains how and why the French were defeated.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Execrable narration

  • By Jo on 02-08-17

Execrable narration

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-08-17

I wanted to like this audio book. I tried and tried but the narrator, despite his French sounding name, is utterly incapable of pronouncing even the simplest of French words correctly. He was clearly not on task. I was alarmed at one point when Australians entered the fray in place of the author's intended Austrians.
It is so very difficult to listen to that I have been reduced to using it as a sleep aid of late. I have finally come to my senses and decided to stop the masochism. I shall return it and look for another book to help me learn about this period of history.

  • Caught in the Revolution

  • By: Helen Rappaport
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Helen Rappaport's masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eyewitness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold. Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin's Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd was in turmoil - felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt, where the foreign visitors and diplomats who filled hotels, clubs, bars and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting stories - well told

  • By Jo on 07-02-17

Interesting stories - well told

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Eye witness accounts by foreigners caught up in the events 100 years ago in, what was then known as, Petrograd.
Mark Meadows can pronounce foreign names reliably and has a good range of accents which bring the stories to life without distracting the listener by being over the top.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Geheime Sender: Der Rundfunk im Widerstand gegen Hitler

  • By: Hans Sarkowicz
  • Narrated by: Thomas Mann, Thomas Huber, Birgitta Assheuer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Rundfunk, der Geschichte machte. Dass der Kampf gegen Hitler-Deutschland nicht nur mutig war, sondern oft auch große Unterhaltung, ist hier erstmals in Reden, Liedern, Hörspielen und Kabarettsendungen zu hören, mit denen viele Schriftsteller und Künstler Widerstand leisteten. Die Grußsendungen mit deutschen Kriegsgefangenen waren so beliebt, dass sie tagsüber ausgestrahlt wurden und die Hörer hohe Zuchthausstrafen oder sogar ihr Leben riskierten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History brought to life

  • By Jo on 25-01-17

History brought to life

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Reviewed: 25-01-17

An excellent use of audio archives examining the way radio was used as a means of resistance during WW2. I learnt a great deal. The way in which misinformation was employed gives food for thought in the current climate. I especially enjoyed the archive clips from speakers such as Thomas Mann. Highly recommended if you understand German and are interested in history.



  • Out of Your Mind

  • By: Alan Watts
  • Narrated by: Alan Watts
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

With Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives, you are invited to immerse yourself in 12 of this legendary thinker's pinnacle teaching sessions about how to break through the limits of the rational mind and begin expanding your awareness and appreciation for the Great Game unfolding all around us.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Beware

  • By Jo on 28-06-16

Beware

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Reviewed: 28-06-16

This is the same set of lectures and anecdotes as You're It - almost identical. I sent it back.

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