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Simon Francis

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  • My Friend the Mercenary

  • By: James Brabazon
  • Narrated by: James Brabazon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

James Brabazon is narrating this story of war, violence, and political intrigue. He wanted a war. And, for his sins, he got one. James Brabazon was an ambitious young war reporter when he entered the chaos of the Liberian Civil War in 2002. Running with the infamous LURD rebels, he survived numerous deadly ambushes, the privations of dysentery and a dramatic two hundred-mile escape from Government troops through dense equatorial jungle. He even had a bounty put on his head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-10-11

Brilliantly constructed and written

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

Reviewed: 31-07-18

Thoroughly enjoyable read and journey into a time and place that so many aren’t even aware took place. Couldn’t put it down.

  • The Easy Day Was Yesterday

  • The Extreme Life of an SAS Soldier
  • By: Paul Jordan
  • Narrated by: Neil Pigot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian jail, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge. His childhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother, produces a young man hell-bent on being the best of the best - an ambition he achieves by being selected to join the elite SAS. The Easy Day Was Yesterday is fast paced, brutally honest, raw and laced with dark humour. The core of Paul Jordan's eventful life, it shows the ability of the human spirit to survive even in the direst adversity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought

  • By ahooke on 16-07-18

Told as it would be if you were sitting at the bar...

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

No frills, no fluff, no exaggeration. An honest, down to earth account of strength, hardship, and compassion. Wish there were more people in this world like this.

Not all heroes wear capes!

Good on you mate and thank you for your service.

  • West Cork

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 183

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story Brilliantly Presented!

  • By Simon on 28-07-18

Addictive listening and flawless narrated

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

Where does West Cork rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

West Cork is extremely well compiled. The flow of the story is seamless and the clarity is outstanding. One of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ian Bailey was the standout for me. His eccentric personality and deflective nature was as arrogant as it was bemusing.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The dual narration of this story played a considerable part in me enjoying the story as much as I did. Both narrators delivery were complimentary to each other and gave you a true feeling of the emotion involved which I personally wouldn't have experienced from the book alone.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

One could not help but feel for the family of the Sophie Toscan du Plantier. The anguish and frustration of the event and the legal proceedings would be unimaginable.

Any additional comments?

Exceptional audiobook.

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