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  • Bloody Mary

  • By: Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Here is the tragic, stormy life of Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. Her story is a chronicle of courage and faith, betrayal and treachery - set amidst the splendor, pageantry, squalor, and intrigue of 16th-century Europe. The history of Mary Tudor is an improbable blend of triumph, humiliation, heartbreak, and devotion - and Ms. Erickson recounts it all against the turbulent background of European politics, war, and religious strife of the mid-1500s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book - dodgy recording though.

  • By Deborah Wyman on 21-10-14

Warning. Not an introduction to Tudor history.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

Reaction to this book will depend on what the reader is looking for. If you want a basic biography of Mary 1, then it is fine.
If you want Mary's life incorporated within general Tudor history of the time forget it. I counted perhaps two mentions of Thomas Cromwell and an equally brief mention of Cranmer. Far more attention to the politics of Charles V and the Holy Roman Empire (a bonus for me).

  • Vindolanda

  • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

AD, 98. The bustling army base at Vindolanda lies on the northern frontier of Britannia and the entire Roman world. In just over 20 years' time, the Emperor Hadrian will build his famous wall. But for now, defences are weak as tribes rebel against Rome. It falls to Flavius Ferox, Briton and Roman centurion, to keep the peace. But it will take more than just a soldier's courage to survive life in Roman Britain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class novel...

  • By Ray Carpenter on 31-01-18

Another Spaghetti Centurion

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

As the epilogue shows, you cannot fault the historical research. However, being a good historian does not necessarily make you a good novelist. Characters are a bit too one dimensional and plot line rather full of clichés. Battle scenes are not too bad.
Still, as a debut not bad but Bernard Cornwell has little to fear.
As usual, great narration by Peter Noble.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Miracle at Midway

  • By: Gordon Prange, Katherine V. Dillon, Donald M. Goldstein
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Six months after Pearl Harbor, the seemingly invincible Imperial Japanese Navy prepared a decisive blow against the United States. After sweeping through Asia and the South Pacific, Japan's military targeted the tiny atoll of Midway, an ideal launching pad for the invasion of Hawaii and beyond. The United States Navy would be waiting for them. Thanks to cutting-edge code-breaking technology, tactical daring, and a huge stroke of luck, the Americans under Admiral Chester W. Nimitz dealt the Japanese navy its first major defeat of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripped by this.

  • By Dowters on 02-06-16

No plan survives first contact with the enemy

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

This is not the first book I have read on Midway. Although the basis facts remain the same, there is so much information available that any author has to carefully select what is included to support the general tone of the book. Generally speaking this book takes a balanced approach with considerable use of Japanese source material, including personal interviews with survivors of the battle. For the reader coming fresh to one of the key sea battles of WW 2, as good a place to start as any of the other choices.

  • War of the Wolf

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

While Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress, it seems a peaceful life is not to be - as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex, where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Sköll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be king of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uhtred still not in Valhalla

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-11-18

Uhtred still not in Valhalla

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

No review really needed. If you haven't read any of the series. start at book 1. Just fascinated to see how Bernard Cornwell will keep our hero going until Brunanburh.

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  • The Fox

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Fox by Frederick Forsyth. The 18th novel from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, the man who defined the genre. The Fox is based on the stories of British hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love and centres around an 18-year-old schoolboy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is able to penetrate intricate firewalls to access the secrets at the highest level of foreign governments and other major organisations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite Such a Cunning Fox!

  • By Simon on 21-09-18

The end of a genre?

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

Ever since the fall of the Berlin wall , the old masters of the cold war espionage novel have been struggling for a credible plot line. The cyber era seems to have dealt a death blow. Even the most skillful writer cannot spin a gripping story out of ia computer screen. FF does his best with speculation wrapped around recent events, but the book left me with same experience as seeing a 70 year old pop star still trying to perform the hits of his youth.

  • The Way We Live Now

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Fantastic!

  • By Sharon on 15-11-09

Trollope and West. What a delight

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

Reviewed: 22-09-18

Shady dealings in the City. Antisemitism. The status of women in society. Newspapers puffing up mediocre books. Politicians giving meaningless speeches. The perfect social satire of 2018 England set in 1873 thanks to Trollope's rapier pen. Timothy West gives a masterclass in narration.

  • All the President's Men

  • By: Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing with headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward kept the tale of conspiracy and the trail of dirty tricks coming - delivering the stunning revelations and pieces in the Watergate puzzle that brought about Nixon's scandalous downfall. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post and toppled the president. This is the book that changed America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Lee on 14-12-13

And you thought 2016 was interesting

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

One of the classic pieces of investigative journalism. A must read for anyone interested in how power corrupts.
The standard question in future history exams will be: The 1972 and 2016 US election campaigns, compare and contrast.

  • Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem

  • By: Tim Shipman
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 29 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

By the best-selling author of All Out War, shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2017. The unmissable account of politics covering Theresa May's time as PM through to the end of the election campaign. Stuffed to the brim with revelation and explanation of political debates and arguments and a superb follow-up to All Out War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and insightful

  • By Chris Tech on 23-01-18

Carry On Vampires

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

My alternative subtitle seeks to give the flavour of the mixture of farce and horror in the book.
Probably only for those with a keen interest in contemporary politics, the author's wide range of contacts, prepared to speak off the record, allow him to delve deeply into the reasons for, campaign and immediate aftermath of the 2017 election. Do not expect to finish the book with a deceased cynicism index. We are still living through the consequences.

  • The Sentinel

  • Vengeance of Memory, Book 1
  • By: Mark Oldfield
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

In 1953, Comandante Leo Guzmán is head of a secret police unit whose job is to hunt down enemies of the state. Guzmán’s brutal tactics are simple and effective: everyone is suspect. In 2009, on a blazing summer's day in the hills near Madrid, Ana María Galindez, a Guardia Civil forensic scientist, examines what she thinks is just another Civil War grave. Fifteen bodies are hidden in an abandoned mine shaft, and forensics reveal that the killings took place sometime in the early 1950s. The identity of the suspected murderer? Comandante Leo Guzmán.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Unbelievable and fantastic. Easy 5 Star

  • By Gavingks on 01-11-12

No heroes here<br />

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

An interesting book dealing with an unusual subject for non Spanish readers, who may know a little about the civil war but nothing about life under Franco or, indeed, Salazar in Portugal.
Plenty of plot twists and suspense. I will be reading book 2.
My only complaint is the use of Spanish phrases in the text, as if this gives some sort of authenticity. In an English book, might as well use bitch rather than puta.

  • The Deceiver

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Sam McCready is The Deceiver, one of the Secret Intelligence Service's most unorthodox and most valued operatives, a legend in his own time. The end of the cold war has, however, strengthened the hand of the Whitehall mandarins, to whom he seems about as controllable as Genghis Khan, so Sam is to have his fate decided at a special hearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb short stories

  • By Brodie on 29-06-14

Brilliant example of the Genre.

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

Modern cybercrime can't inspire such stories. This is 4 course distillation of Frederick Forsythe's expertise. Listen and enjoy.