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Ian David Williamson

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  • The 13th Valley

  • By: John M. Del Vecchio
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 27 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The 13th Valley follows the terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in territory controlled by the North Vietnamese army. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account of Chelini's plunge and immersion into jungle warfare traces his evolution from a semipacifist to an all-out combat-crazed soldier.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Never engaged me

  • By JP on 06-05-19

Gets better every listen

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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: 22-02-19

I first read this book in 1983 and have read it at least once every decade since. Every read or listen changes my perception of the American soldier's behaviour during the Vietnam War. It is I think the nearest I will ever come to knowing the mind of those men fighting a war many did not understand or believe in. It is worth reading because it was written by one who served in that war and who tried as much as he could to enlighten a public that often denigrated their servicemen at the time. Recommended to all who wish to understand that place and time.

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    Length: 22 hrs and 1 min
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    Overall 4.3
  • Matterhorn

  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 22 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Marine lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company have been dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam. Standing in their way are the North Vietnamese, the monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, and disease and malnutrition. When the company is surrounded by the enemy, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By James on 20-07-11

Revealing story of the USMC in Vietnam

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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: 06-02-19

I wasn't sure about this book the first time I listened to it but a second hearing proved very worthwhile. Having read all the earlier 'classics' of the genre in my view this is one of the best. It is a thought provoking read and insightful too. Highly recommended to all.

  • The Encircling Sea

  • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56

Flavius Ferox, Briton turned Roman centurion, is charged with keeping Rome's empire intact. But from his base at Vindolanda on the northern frontier of Britannia, he feels enemies closing in on him from all sides. Ambitious leaders await the chance to carve out empires of their own while men nearer at hand speak in whispers of war and the destruction of Rome. And now new threats are reaching Ferox's ears. Stories about the boat-dwelling men of the night who have cursed the land and come ashore only to feast on men's flesh. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good enjoyable listen.

  • By Ian David Williamson on 16-01-19

A good enjoyable listen.

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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: 16-01-19

This is the second Adrian Goldsworthy book I have listened to and have enjoyed them both. It appears to a layman that Mr G knows a great deal about Roman Britain which makes the story more believable for me. I look forward to the next book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection, Volume 3

  • Four BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisations
  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: full cast, Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 155

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels. Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations - first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 - are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide. The stories featured are Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors, Gaudy Night, and Busman's Honeymoon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We all need some Lord Peter in our lives

  • By B. Allen on 29-04-19

The Lord Peter Wimsey

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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: 01-01-19

Ian Carmichael is Lord Peter Wimsey as far as I'm concerned. This dramatization brings the books to life and now I cannot read them without hearing the voices of this cast. Maybe not for everyone but I really enjoyed it.

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • More Notes From a Small Island
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464

Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny, perceptive and grumpy

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-15

Great read, especially if you love the UK!!!!

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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: 08-12-18

Loved it from start to finish. Lots of interesting observations about England, Scotland and Wales.

  • The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places

  • By: Neil Oliver
  • Narrated by: Neil Oliver
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77

The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places is Neil’s very personal account of what makes these islands so special, told through the places that have witnessed the unfolding of our history. Beginning with footprints made in the sand by humankind’s earliest ancestors, he takes us via Romans and Vikings and the flowering of religion through civil war, industrial revolution and two world wars. From windswept headlands to battlefields, ancient trees to magnificent cathedrals, each of his destinations is a place where, somehow, the spirit of the past seems to linger.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poet, Storyteller, Historian, Philosopher.

  • By Paul on 08-11-18

The most enjoyable listen for a long time!

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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: 01-10-18

I wanted to listen to something outside my usual genre and took a gamble on this book and I'm so glad I did. Not only have a learned about some interesting British history I also have a list of places to visit. A very personal book, Neil Oliver's views resonate with my own in many ways so I listened with a growing sense of empathy and dashed through the book very quickly. I will listen again very soon.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume 2

  • Four BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: full cast, Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 249

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in the much-acclaimed radio dramatisations of Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Strong Poison, Five Red Herrings and Have His Carcase.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic drama.

  • By Jill Goodman on 15-01-18

A great listen

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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: 15-01-18

I really enjoyed these programmes when they were o n the radio and they were so much more enjoyable when you could listen to several episodes at once. The only issue was the interuption of the theme music.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Air Force Blue

  • The RAF in World War Two - Spearhead of Victory
  • By: Patrick Bishop
  • Narrated by: Tim Frances
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

In a return to sweeping social history of wartime, Patrick Bishop explores the lives and wartime experiences of thousands of men and women who served in all units of the air force. On 1st April 2018, the Royal Air Force will be 100 years old - a short life by military standards but an extraordinarily important and eventful one. From the start it was special, standing sometimes awkwardly but always proudly a little apart from the existing services.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining listening

  • By D. Williams on 18-01-18

A different view of the RAF in WWII.

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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: 20-11-17

I enjoyed this history of the RAF in WWII, some may say it is superficial but I think it really captures the essence of the time that made the RAF come of age and be the best it can be.

  • Munich

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, Munich follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. They have not been in contact for more than a decade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent, shame a key passage was missing!

  • By Toast Cartoons on 02-10-17

A forgotten moment in time.

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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: 09-11-17

This story sheds light on an often forgotten moment in European history. Had Chamberlain not perused this course the world could have been a very different place. This book is an enjoyable way of entering a period of tumult, it is well narrated and a gripping story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The War in the West: Volume 2

  • A New History: The Allies Fight Back 1941-43
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 24 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142

In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, James Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941-1943: Hitler's invasion of Russia, America's entry into the conflict, the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany, the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic. As in his first volume, Germany Ascendant, he interweaves his account of the well-known events of the period with the personal stories of individuals caught up in them - on all sides.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WW2 history at its best

  • By David Benjamin on 04-01-18

A realistic & wide ranging new view of World War 2

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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: 08-09-17

I enjoyed the first part and the second part is just as good and interesting.