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  • Spitfire

  • A Very British Love Story
  • By: John Nichol
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

The iconic Spitfire found fame during the darkest early days of World War II. But what happened to the redoubtable fighter and its crews beyond the Battle of Britain, and why is it still so loved today? In late spring 1940, Nazi Germany’s domination of Europe looked unstoppable. With the British Isles in easy reach since the fall of France, Adolf Hitler was convinced that Great Britain would be defeated in the skies over her southern coast, confident his Messerschmitts and Heinkels would outclass anything the Royal Air Force threw at them. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but...

  • By PAUL on 27-11-18

Great story but...

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I've listened to quite a few books on here now. Circa 50+ and I find that it always makes a difference who is narrating the book. Sadly in this case although I like the story and the way it is written the narration is somewhat annoying after a while. It's a shame because it spoilt what should have been a book I would usually enjoy as the subject interests me a great deal.

Narration could improve drastically in my opinion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

  • By: Peter Evans, Ava Gardner
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

This wickedly candid memoir that Ava Gardner dared not publish during her lifetime offers a revealing self-portrait of the film legend's life and loves in Hollywood's golden age. Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood's great stars during the 1940s and '50s, an Oscar-nominated leading lady who co-starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, among others. But this riveting account of her storied life and career had to wait for publication until after her death, so concerned was Gardner with its frankness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally absorbing, fascinating and all consuming!

  • By Alison St Pierre on 14-09-13

Is it 100% honest?

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

I have to start by saying I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. As I head into my mid 50's I have adopted an interest in old Hollywood stars and their stories. Ava Gardner is certainly someone that interests me mainly because of her reputation of being the classic 40's and 50's stereotypical star. She had it all at her peak. Gorgeous looks, sassy and confident in her personality and someone that oozed confidence in her abilities in attracting the opposite sex. But I think she was much more than that, and this book opens a small door into her life and loves and how life was back in those glamorous early days.

I'm not 100% sure if Peter Evans book is all fact and no fiction or if he put words into her mouth when writing this semi biography. It may be a lot of her sassy chat, swearing and 'Baby's and Honey's' were over dramatized to make her come across as I in particular would like her to sound or be. But frankly I don't care if it's all fact or some fiction. Apart from the somewhat irritating at times impersonation of Ava it is a very good listen. It starts off a litle slow but as the book goes on she comes out of her shell and you learn a great deal about those wild Hollywood days at MGM and her love of alcohol, cigarettes and men and lots of partying.

It is sad that Peter Evans never got to finish the final chapter due to a heart attack and death. I found that whoever finished the book off did so a little too abruptly. It would have been a better tribute to Peter Evans had it been a little more detailed. But it didn't spoil it for me.
It is also sad that Ava pulled the plug after the many days and late evenings spent chatting with Peter Evans and of course drinking and having fun with him! Frank Sinatra made her pull the plug on what would have been a very good autobiography indeed.

A good read that I didn't want to end!
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  • Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners

  • The Story of Britain's Infamous Hangmen
  • By: Steve Fielding
  • Narrated by: Norman Gilligan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Between them, the three men in the fearsome Pierrepoint dynasty executed over 800 people during a career spanning more than half a century. Henry, his brother Thomas, and his son Albert, dispatched some of the most infamous criminals of the 20th century, and in the process earned a public notoriety that followed them throughout their eventful lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and repetitive

  • By PAUL on 08-09-16

Boring and repetitive

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

Terrible book that doesn't give you much. Repetitive and boring in my opinion. Don't bother.

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  • Catch Me If You Can

  • By: Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating - his audacity is astounding

  • By Leya on 19-10-13

Better than the film!

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

Reviewed: 21-06-16

What made the experience of listening to Catch Me If You Can the most enjoyable?

Engaging and interesting story

What did you like best about this story?

The sheer audacity of the man in his actions

What about Barrett Whitener’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to and he keeps you interested. the only issue I had wa shis terrible interpretation of a French accent! Not good.

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

No

  • The Longest Day

  • June 6, 1944
  • By: Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

> The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great author but......

  • By PAUL on 20-10-15

Great author but......

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

Reviewed: 20-10-15

Would you listen to The Longest Day again? Why?

No. Great story but terrible narration.

How could the performance have been better?

Narration is robotic and after a ten minute listen will drive you crazy with irritation.

Any additional comments?

Great author. I listened to another title called 'The Last Battle' about the fall of Berlin and it was sensational. This title is of an interest to me but sadly I've stopped listening after one hour because of the terrible narration. Don't waste your money.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful