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MR J R Stagg

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  • The Frozen Chosen

  • The 1st Marine Division and the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir
  • By: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The Frozen Chosen is an account of the breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea by the First Marine Division from November to December 1950, following the intervention of Red China in the Korean War. Fought during the worst blizzard in a century, it is considered by the US Marine Corps to be the Corps' finest hour. Fourteen Medals of Honor, a record for any American battle, and 85 Navy Crosses attest to the intensity of the battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • performance lacks enthusiasm

  • By MR J R Stagg on 14-12-18

performance lacks enthusiasm

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

a fantastic book, i would have rather read it than have N. Dietz dribble and bore the words out.

  • First Man In

  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,371

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life. Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

Not what was expected

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

A lot of what seems ego inflation is explained well at the end, its resilience and strength. The story is good though disconnected at times, jumping from the Para rev to Marines in a page. aside from that the book portrayed Ant better and more accurately than what is heard through the rapevine.

  • War for the Hell of It

  • A Fighter Pilot's View of Vietnam
  • By: Ed Cobleigh
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

In War for the Hell of It, Cobleigh shares his perspectives in a deeply personal account of a fighter pilot's life, one filled with moral ambiguity and military absurdities offset by the undeniable thrill of flying a fighter plane. With well-crafted prose that puts you into his Phantom's cockpit, Cobleigh vividly recounts the unexplainable loss of his wingman, the useless missions he flew, the need to trust his reflexes, eyesight, aggressiveness, and his survival instincts in the heat of combat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • slow

  • By MR J R Stagg on 09-04-18

slow

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

its a slow book, it feels as if to be building towards something but it never comes.

  • The Fighting Season

  • By: Bram Connolly
  • Narrated by: Nick Farnell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Outside the wire, Uruzghan Province, Afghanistan, 2010.... In the badlands of central Afghanistan, an Australian Special Forces platoon is fatally hit by a roadside bomb. A shadowy Taliban commander, codenamed 'Rapier', is identified as responsible for the deadly attack. Matt Rix, the ultra-tough commando who led the ambushed platoon, swears vengeance. Rix is one of Special Forces' most lethal operators. He'll neutralise Rapier - whatever it takes. But in Afghanistan's brutal war, not all things are as they seem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator and good story

  • By MR J R Stagg on 15-03-18

Great narrator and good story

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

As sais the narrator is top notch, he gets the point across and is enthusiastic the whole way through, great story, would be a good film.

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  • House to House

  • An Epic Memoir of War
  • By: Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • pretty good, just doesn't quite hang together

  • By christina on 17-08-11

comes across wrong

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

having experience of combat this whole story of him in the house comes across as a bloatig and inflated story. the cliche touch of the face and last minute crumbling of a supposedly 'high' insurgent leads me to believe that he was in a bad situation but bloated the story with riff raff and movie b.s

  • Bogeys and Bandits

  • The Making of a Fighter Pilot
  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Americans are fascinated by the undeniable mystique of the elite world of Navy fighter pilots. In Bogeys and Bandits, Robert Gandt takes listeners on a thrilling ride in the FA-18 Hornet, one of the fastest, sleekest, and deadliest aircraft in the world. Gandt lived and worked with several pilots learning to fly the Hornet: the identical twins from Middle America; the computer nerd with a penchant for speed; the grandson of a Tuskegee Airman, trying to live up to a proud legacy; and two women dealing with the post-Tailhook world of the Navy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story spoilt by poor production.

  • By Royston on 28-01-19

gave up

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

The narrator is irritating and not to mention the pauses between sentences, it just comes across like the fast rambling old man

  • Voices from D-Day

  • Eyewitness Accounts from the Battle of Normandy
  • By: Jon E. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The extraordinary and compelling story of the 6th of June, 1944, Operation Overlord and the Battle for Normandy is told here through first-hand testimonies from civilians and soldiers on both sides. It features classic accounts by soldiers such as Rommel and Bradley, together with frontline reports by some of the world's finest authors and war correspondents, including Ernest Hemingway and Alan Melville.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration.

  • By Gadgetfanatic on 05-04-19

narration is annoying

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

I'm all for clear speaking wheb reciting a story but this performance is annoying at best, Americans seem to be unable to speak a whole sentances without pausing between words, the Welsh accent makes everyone sound like a simpleton, German almost gives way to Australian closings.

great book, annoying performer

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  • Mission to Argentina (SAS Operation)

  • By: David Monnery
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Ultimate soldier. Ultimate mission. But can the SAS prevent the launch of Exocet missiles at the British Task Force? May 1982: as the British Task Force prepares to retake the Falkland Islands, a lone Sea King helicopter makes an apparently forced landing in the southernmost reaches of Chile. The only threat to the Task Force - and the enemy's only hope of ultimate victory - is Argentina's Super Etendard aircraft and their sea-skimming Exocet missiles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narration

  • By "darrcon" on 22-10-18

c**ks

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Too much talk about c**ks and sex, distracting from the story and wholly not needed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Company Commander

  • By: Charles B. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In this plainspoken but eloquent narrative, we live each minute at MacDonald's side, sharing in all of combat's misery, terror, and drama. How this green commander gains his men's loyalty in the snows of war-torn Europe is one of the most unforgettable war stories of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By MR J R Stagg on 26-10-17

fantastic

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

Reviewed: 26-10-17

repeats itself at time, literally thr same line twice, but its still a fantastic listen

  • D DAY Through German Eyes

  • The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
  • By: Holger Eckhertz
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

Almost all accounts of D-Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6, 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and frightening!

  • By Adam Turner on 04-01-17

leveling

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

A great listen, Normandy is never talked about from the German p.o.v and it is refreshing and insightful to hear of the horrors of this campaing and DDay, not to mention that wr seemed to have committed atrocities the same as Germans did from D+1