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  • Germany, Third Edition: A Short History

  • By: Professor Donald S. Detwiler
  • Narrated by: Randell Dietrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

This new edition of a best-selling history of Germany, originally published in 1976, includes the great watershed of 1989-90 and its aftermath. Germany: A Short History provides a thorough introduction to German history from antiquity to the present.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Can't finish

  • By Paul Jefferson on 04-11-18

Reader Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Reader awful. It's like he recorded all the individual words which were then edited together.

  • Diary of a Young Girl

  • By: Anne Frank
  • Narrated by: Helena Bonham Carter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 913

In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book and a must read for any modern teenager

  • By lizzi on 14-05-16

Should have read this years ago

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

Everyone should read this first hand account of life in hiding from the Nazi regime. we must never forget.

  • An Autobiography

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 28 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Agatha Christie’s ‘most absorbing mystery’ – her own autobiography. Over the three decades since her death on 12 January 1976, many of Agatha Christie’s readers and reviewers have maintained that her most compelling book is probably still her least well-known. Her candid Autobiography, written mainly in the 1960s, modestly ignores the fact that Agatha had become the best-selling novelist in history and concentrates on her fascinating private life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Class Writing and Reading

  • By Sydney on 04-04-14

Amazing Woman

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

Reviewed: 25-11-14

Where does An Autobiography rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High up the list. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Learned so much about the life of one of my favourite writers

Who was your favorite character and why?

Max Mallowan - her 2nd Husband. Had a tremendous influence on her life and clearly his interest in archeology awoke something in Agatha that influenced many of her novels.

What about Judith Boyd’s performance did you like?

Clearly read with passion and the right amount of inflection and emotion in the voice. She used different voices for different characters and to good effect. Full marks

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The real woman behind Hercule Poirot

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  • The Third Reich in Power

  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 31 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war. This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of The Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very thorough account

  • By Phillip Lawrence on 04-04-16

Great Writing, dreadful reading

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

Reviewed: 25-11-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Third Reich in Power to be better than the print version?

Probably Not

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Pratt?

Somebody who can actually read English. The mid-phrase pauses were very distracting and made some parts very difficult to follow. Mr Pratt seriously needs to learn how to pronounce basic English words such as quay.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Understand why it happened.

Any additional comments?

The whole series provided a great insight into the Third Reich. Generally very well written but the reading was very poor indeed.

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  • The Coming of the Third Reich

  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mam-moth work

  • By SHM on 25-11-11

Here's how it happened

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

Reviewed: 28-10-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Coming of the Third Reich to be better than the print version?

If I had time to read I would but using the audio version I can listen in the car.

What didn’t you like about Sean Pratt’s performance?

Read as though he hadn't seen the words before. Some inappropriate pauses and weird pronunciations. Quay pronounced to rhyme with way instead of like key.

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

I was surprised by the background and it helped me understand how and why Germany fell into this trap in 1933.

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  • Catastrophe: Volume One: Europe Goes to War 1914

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington, Max Hastings
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

A magisterial chronicle of the calamity that crippled Europe in 1914. Unabridged and split into two parts.1914: a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, Imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine–guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire War. But how had it happened?In Catastrophe: 1914 Max Hastings, best-selling author of the acclaimed All Hell Let Loose, answers at last how World War I could ever have begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible French

  • By Pearsonbrown on 05-05-14

Brings out the full horror!

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

Reviewed: 21-05-14

If you could sum up Catastrophe: Volume One: Europe Goes to War 1914 in three words, what would they be?

Were They Mad?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not a particular character as not that sort of book but I really felt for the Belgians

What about Max Hastings and Nigel Carrington ’s performance did you like?

Well written and very well read by Nigel Carrington. He brought just the right level of gravitas to the book

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

A moving book. I was shocked to realise the extent of the losses in those early battles. Some far worse than The Somme in 1916.

Any additional comments?

It was a tough lesson but mankind had to learn it the hard way. This book contrasts wonderfully the hubris, and jingoism with the pain, tragedy and waste of those first months of the Great War.

  • The War that Ended Peace

  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 31 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict which killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world. It was a war which could have been avoided up to the last moment - so why did it happen?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Marathon!

  • By Tom on 06-02-14

An Excellent Insight

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

Reviewed: 19-04-14

Would you listen to The War that Ended Peace again? Why?

Yes. Though easy to follow and well read by Richard Burnip there is so much to take in that I will definitely listen again. I know I will get new detail from a second "reading".

What other book might you compare The War that Ended Peace to, and why?

Not from my reading so far. Most of my earlier reading about WW1 has been about the war itself. This is much more about what happened which led to the war. It covers many historical events of which I was aware but which I hadn't previously linked together in the way the author does. The interconnections all make sense and it helped me put clarity and context to late 19th and early 20th century history.

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

N/A

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many but mostly the realisation that most of the statesmen genuinely thought that, as in previous crises, something would happen at the last minute to stop the war form happening. Also the naivety of those who really believed "it would be over by Christmas".

Any additional comments?

It is a long book at 24 chapters and over 31 hours on Audible. Well worth the time for anyone interested in European history and in particular the events surrounding The Great War.

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