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Ian Mccaul

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  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!!!!

  • By Julie on 11-11-12

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 31-10-17

The novel is a fantastic read and for the main part the narrator gets it bang on, sometimes however there are words that the narrator simple doesn’t understand and his pronunciation of those words are obvious and jarring. If you can overlook those mistakes as they happen, usually in the English sections, then I recommend this title. If however you are a stickler for the English language perhaps the writer book would suit you best

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The NASA Conspiracies

  • The Truth Behind the Moon Landings, Censored Photos, and the Face on Mars
  • By: Nick Redfern
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA - was established on July 29, 1958. Ever since that day, NASA has been at the forefront of efforts to explore outer space, resulting in the Apollo missions to the moon, the Skylab space-station, and today's space shuttle. But behind the open face of NASA, there is a much more mysterious world. NASA has been linked to a wealth of high-level cover-ups.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By LJLC on 07-04-17

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 18-09-17

Not for the tin hat wearers perhaps as the book begins by debunking the moon landing conspiracy and other 'out there' ideas.
The book is very easily listened to and often has the listener thinking 'oh that's interesting' and I'd like me researching in more detail. The NASA conspiracy is a genuine concern to all right minded people in the free world and paints a disturbing picture of cover up after cover up.

Obviously it's all open to individual beliefs but this audiobook is certainly worth a listen whatever side of the fence you sit on.
The performance is first rate and almost makes you feel as though the narrator is talking exclusively to the listener.
Highly recommended

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Zombies, Run!: The Way of All Flesh

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

It's barely a few months since the shambling dead began to rise. Now nine people are trapped in an English country house together by the zombie horde outside. There's a journalist, a student, a professor, a surgeon, a housekeeper, a math teacher, a bank clerk, a taciturn Scotswoman, and a celebrity actor. They're strangers to each other. There'd be no reason for any of them to harm the others. And yet...before their first night in the house is done, one of them will be dead, and it will be clear to the others that among their number is a murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By steve1138 on 22-09-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Like the regular zombies run app, I listened to this while on the treadmill and the time flew by. It's extremely well written and had me trying to guess who done it all the time, changing my mind and accusing someone else. It obviously takes its motivation from Agatha Christie crime thrillers and quite easily sits in the same library.

The acting does seem a little amateur at times, but using a small company as six to start this is to be expected and doesn't detract too much from what is an otherwise amazing product.
Highly recommended

  • Doctor Who: The Witch Hunters

  • A 1st Doctor novel
  • By: Steve Lyons
  • Narrated by: David Collings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

David Collings reads this original novel adventure for the First Doctor and his companions, set in the 17th century during the Salem witch trials. With the Doctor wanting to repair the TARDIS in peace, his companions, Barbara, Ian and Susan, decide to get some experience of living in the nearby village of Salem. But the Doctor knows about the horrors destined to engulf the village and determines that they should leave. Susan has her own ideas and is desperate to return to Salem whatever the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking

  • By Ian Mccaul on 14-11-16

Breathtaking

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16

It's been 20 odd years since I read the crucible, I'd loved the story of childhood bullies causing mysery to all those around them by simply telling tales. However I'd read it not knowing the historical truth surrounding those events. Now with this book and reading of it the past is brought to vivid life and the true horror of the Salem witch trials is brought uncomfortabley home in all it's bloody gore. A fantastic novel well read. Possibly one of the doctors best ever historical tales

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse

  • By: A. L. Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

An original novel by A.L. Kennedy featuring the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker in the BBC TV series. Something distinctly odd is going on in Arbroath. It could be to do with golfers being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers' Golf Spa Hotel, never to be seen again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very Douglas Adamsy

  • By John Telfer on 24-01-17

More for laughs than drama

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

If you could sum up Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse in three words, what would they be?

Funny, engrossing, silly

What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse?

The whole book evokes memories of the Douglas Adams era

Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Na

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Unstoppable

Any additional comments?

Being wrongly advertised as a 12th doctor story is only mildly annoying in this fun romp. Douglas Adams would surely enjoy this volume as is fondly tries to pay homage to one of doctor whos funniest authrs. Its a slapstick comedy that does little to raise ghe dramatic stakes but despite this, its a very enjoyable listen. Top marks.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: City of Death

  • By: Douglas Adams, James Goss
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

An unabridged reading of the brand-new novelisation of a classic Fourth Doctor TV story by Douglas Adams. The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris - a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. But the TARDIS arrives in 1979, a table-wine year, whose vintage is soured by cracks in the very fabric of time itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fleshed out an already good story

  • By Kathryn McIntyre on 23-05-15

Tremendous

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

Reviewed: 25-06-15

New novelisation of a classic. Almost as if Adams wrote it
Laugh out loud funny

2 of 2 people found this review helpful