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  • The Yellow Birds

  • By: Kevin Powers
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Everywhere John looks, he sees Murph. He flinches when cars drive past. His fingers clasp around the rifle he hasn't held for months. Wide-eyed strangers praise him as a hero, but he can feel himself disappearing. Back home after a year in Iraq, memories swarm around him: bodies burning in the crisp morning air. Sunlight falling through branches; bullets kicking up dust; ripples on a pond wavering like plucked strings. The promise he made, to a young man's mother, that her son would be brought home safely....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • should be compulsory listening for all politicians

  • By chrissie on 27-01-13

How would it affect you?

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

We watch wars unfold daily in the media. Numbers are told...statistics. But what is the everyday impact of all this killing?
This book is insightful. A relatively small account of a large battle. However, it’s personal, real and necessary to know that thousands suffer similarly. We send young people to an early psychological grave. We do it too easily. The threshold for war is too low, given the personal impact it leaves behind.

  • Endgame

  • Arisen series, Book 14
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 480

This is it. Alpha team goes once more into the breach. On what will be their final missions ever in the Zulu Alpha - and the fight of their lives — Homer & Ali, and Predator & Juice, launch out into the terminal post-Apocalypse, as London is overrun by the very last rush of death covering the entire planet. Neither mission can fail, but can all four teammates survive? Or will some go down safeguarding the lives of those they love more than life itself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Last Hope of Humanity!

  • By Simon on 04-05-18

At last....it’s done!!!

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

It’s a huge commitment in time and money to finish this series. I wouldn’t advise anyone to start but if you are reading this review...you probably already have. Like me you felt the need to complete.
The author’s strength is in creative action and military storytelling. The weakness is in being repetitive and limited in prose. Character building is woeful. After 150 + hours of listening I realised I hardly cared about any of the characters. They all remained detached from the listener and horribly stereotypical.
It’s 4 stars because it’s the end. It’s done....I’m done! :)

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,791
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,782

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Moving....

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

...a human survival tale from humanities disgraceful episode. Yes, there are small elements you can fault. But....the tale needed telling and you must listen to it.
If you have visited auschwitz then it is even more poignant.
Listen and be moved.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,036

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to Heaven

  • By Matthew on 04-02-18

Some sound basics...but very narrow baseline.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

If you are a bible bashing American with little common sense then you will find this book astounding and life changing. If you are not...you won’t!
Respect to the guy for narrating his work. I wish more authors did that. But this booked is far too heavily referencing the bible....to an a non believer the credibility falls off a cliff edge because of this. Had the author balanced across a wide gamut of religions I would have considered the rules well researched. But he simply didn’t do the hard work.
There are summaries available....I recommend them. I fell asleep during too many passages to recommend this book.
Disappointed.

  • SAS Ghost Patrol

  • The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed as Nazi Stormtroopers
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

SAS Ghost Patrol is the explosive true story of the day in 1942 when the SAS donned Nazi uniforms to perpetrate the most audacious and daring mission of the war. Beyond top secret, deniable in the extreme (and of course enjoying Churchill's enthusiastic blessing), this is one of the most remarkable stories of wartime lawlessness, eccentricity and raw courage in the face of impossible odds - a thoroughly British undertaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Story of Desert War Operations

  • By Mr. Alan R. Jenkins on 07-11-17

Interesting detail of a little known battle

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I enjoy Damien Lewis books for the detail and easy listening. However, I wish he was less hierarchical in his description and portrayal of the characters. For example, the British officers are men of tremendous courage and intellect. The “other ranks” are barely mentioned and when they are they are “steadfast and stoic”. It’s too simplistic and undervalues the many.

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astronomy and so much more

  • By Andrei S. on 23-01-18

Outdated unfortunately

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

Reviewed: 21-03-18

It starts badly with introductory sessions that are patronising and justifying why they think the book is still relevant. I guess this was a warning!
Science and astronomy has moved apace....this material hasn’t. Combine that with melodramatic narration and the disappointment rises too high. Each sentence is treated like an Oscar winning delivery. It gets tiring.
Some great books are timeless. This is best left on the bookshelf of history. All too often you are left wondering how things are now...30 plus years later.
On the plus side....I didn’t pay full price ;)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Our Man in Havana

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675

In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shame about the music

  • By DD Kaplan on 27-07-10

Just a great yarn really well told :)

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

It’s a light hearted smile of a listen. Wonderfully transporting you to a time and place that seems familiar despite never having been there.

  • Carnage

  • Arisen, Book 12
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 552

After recovering Patient Zero, Alpha must escape Africa to end the ZA once and for all. But they can feel the hot breath of a reinforced and vengeful Spetsnaz team on their necks - and there can be no escaping the reckoning of an ultimate sniper showdown between Ali and Vasily, and an incomparably brutal iron-cage Texas death match between Predator and Misha. For the first time, all the teams will come together and must fight as brothers for any chance of making it back to Britain. And only one thing is certain - not everyone is walking away from this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another amazing book

  • By Linda on 06-05-17

Completely run out of ideas!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I guess I have only myself to blame. I knew after series 6 this was dragging, and now it is completely ground to a halt. With over two hours describing a scene literally lasted 10 minutes in real time just goes to show how much this is dragging. It is sad because iIf it was half as long it would be 10 times as good. I cannot recommend this book series to anybody. By the time you have finished you have spent far too much money and you feel ripped off. I’m done with it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,863

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Thought provoking but light on facts, heavy on opinions

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

Worth a listen as a discussion starter. But I would have preferred more research to balance the authors interpretations and opinions
Recommended.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • It's So Easy

  • And Other Lies
  • By: Duff McKagan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

In 1984, at the age of 20, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle - partly to pursue music, but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then-decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In LA only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as "Slash." Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns N' Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By PerrieBelle on 15-09-16

Fascinating insight to heroes of my youth!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

If like me you remember the heady days of Appetite then this book will help relive some of those memories and add the reality you missed out on. Duff has come a long way and his openness and simple humanity shines through. I would have preferred more detail on the other band members. What they were like, said and behaved. But Duff steers a non controversial line with respect to them. I can respect his desire to protect ongoing friendships...but it’s a small miss for the reader.
The narration is great for 30 mins then the too cool for cats delivery gets annoying. But not enough to detract from a lovely human story of the perils of rock!
Cheers for this Duff!