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  • The White Guns

  • By: Douglas Reeman
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

There will be days when you wonder at and question some of the risks you had to take, the sacrifices you were forced to offer in the face of death. In Kiel Harbour, 1945, the war in Europe is at an end. But for Lieutenant Vere Marriott and the men of MGB 801, moored amid a nightmare of devastation, it is an uneasy, unsettled peace. New assignments ashore and afloat mean fresh tensions and conflicting emotions. For some, glory now takes second place to profit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • End of the war.

  • By John H on 24-05-17

End of the war.

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

Reviewed: 24-05-17

Not much of a story. Little chance of action as the war ends. Excellent performance.

  • A Ship Must Die

  • By: Douglas Reeman
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

January, 1944. When the British light cruiser Andromeda arrives at Williamstown naval dockyard to be handed over to the Royal Australian Navy, she is already a legend - having earned her young captain, Richard Blake, the Victoria Cross in her last victory against overwhelming odds in the Mediterranean. Blake has grown to love Andromeda, so has few regrets when he is unexpectedly told to retain his command with a British and Australian ship’s company.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Ship Must Die

  • By John on 23-06-11

Good action.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Excellent narration once again. Good story line with plenty of action sequences. Well worth reading.

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  • Strike from the Sea

  • By: Douglas Reeman
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Indo-China 1941, and cruising somewhere off Saigon is the world’s largest, most dangerous submarine, the French Soufriere. The British navy must capture and use her in the defence of Singapore before she is used against them. For Commander Robert Ainslie it is the supreme challenge of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By John H on 26-10-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 26-10-16

An excellent glimpse of a part of history seldom written about - the fall of Singapore. The author cleverly weaves a tale of courage and romance taking the reader into the intimate world of military strategy and politics with all the lost chances and bad decisions that goes with it. A thoroughly good read.

  • The Destroyers

  • By: Douglas Reeman
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

From the author of The First to Land, a novel set during World War II. They called them the Scrapyard Flotilla. After a quarter of a century of service, the eight destroyers had seen all kinds of action. Now they were to be used in raids to open the way for the invasion of Occupied Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another Mans book

  • By alexander on 10-03-16

Entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 13-09-16

A good story with excellent background detail and graphic battle narrative. As usual David Rintoul was superb.

  • In Danger's Hour

  • By: Douglas Reeman
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The Mediterranean, 1943... The HMS Rob Roy. A tiny machine, just 230 feet from stem to stern. In peacetime she would have trawled for cod. Now her catch is deadlier by far. Lieutenant-Commander Ian Ransome is a veteran of the treacherous front line of naval combat. Under sealed orders in the battle-tossed waters of the Mediterranean, he and his jack-tired crew face one final test of their courage....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing.

  • By John H on 05-09-16

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Not as exciting as many of the novels by the author. Minor romances slow the story down. The author emphasises the role of the lowly Minesweepers. As usual the performance by David Rintoul is superb.

  • To Risks Unknown

  • By: Douglas Reeman
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

The year: 1943. Now there was to be no more retreat for Britain and her Allies. At last the war was to be carried into enemy territory. And from captured bases and makeshift harbours in North Africa, the Royal Navy's Special Force was to be the probe and the spearhead of the advance. To this unorthodox war came the corvette H. M. S. Thistle and her commanding officer, John Crispin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good read.

  • By John H on 27-08-16

A good read.

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

Reviewed: 27-08-16

Good story. Plenty of action. Excellent presentation by a accomplished reader. Well up to the authors standard.

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  • The Reluctant Spy

  • By: John Dryden
  • Narrated by: Nigel Lindsay, Aiysha Hart, Sarah Goldberg
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Hard-up Coptic art expert Duncan Kavanagh scrapes a living as a private English-language tutor and by showing tourists around the ancient churches of Cairo. He lives with his feisty, politically-aware, 15-year-old daughter, Ola, who is half-Egyptian, in a modest flat they can barely afford. Since the revolution, the situation has become ever harder for Duncan, with tourists in short supply. When approached by seductive Canadian student Tara Moore to deliver a letter - for money - to a prominent Egyptian politician whose son Duncan teaches, he accepts. It's a decision that will solve his short-term financial problems but embroil him in a web of secrets....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A disappointing story.

  • By John H on 27-10-14

A disappointing story.

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

Reviewed: 27-10-14

What did you like best about The Reluctant Spy? What did you like least?

The performance is excellent, the cast cannot be faulted.

What was most disappointing about John Dryden’s story?

The story is constructed around a continual stream of stupid actions by the main character.
Although this may provide fuel for the plot, it becomes tiring for the listener.
And the ending is obscure, a series of disjointed sounds that baffled me.

Do you think The Reluctant Spy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

Not worth the effort.