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  • Skygods

  • The Fall of Pan Am
  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Originally published by Wm. Morrow, in 1995, Skygods is the saga of America's most glamorous airline - from its meteoric ascent to its plunge to extinction. Pan Am blazed the way across the world's oceans with its magnificent Clipper ships, launched the first international jet service, was the first to fly the behemoth 747, was the lead customer for America's SST and the Concorde, and was even taking reservations for the first commercial flights to the moon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Chris on 26-09-18

Surprisingly Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 22-05-14

I bought this book having read something similar about Lockheed some years ago. This feels more like a novel, in a way, than hiatory. The book is broken up into nice short chapters, each with a complete story of it's own, which add to make a fascinating tale of corporate hubris. I ended up unable to stop myself from listening virtually non stop.
I would, however, recommend that you listen to a sample. I found that I liked the narrator but I can imagine that his drawl may annoy some.
For me though, one I am glad to have in my library, and one that will bear another listen.

  • Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Step into the real world of the spy with this detailed and unforgettable tour of the millennia-long history and enduring legacy of espionage and covert operations. While most of us associate this top-secret subject with popular fiction and film, its true story is more fascinating, surprising, and important than you could possibly imagine. These 24 thrilling lectures survey how world powers have attempted to work in the shadows to gain secret information or subvert enemies behind the scenes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start point

  • By lilith_farrell on 03-10-14

Good General History

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

Reviewed: 07-08-13

Any additional comments?

This is an interesting series of lectures, all of a half hour in length, which I listened to in a period of four days. I have always been fascinated by spying and espionage and bought these by the title. I enjoyed them, although I would have preferred more detail of the several case histories, they provide a good general overview of the subject if you have no prior knowledge of the subject.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Behold the Mighty Dinosaur

  • Behold the Mighty Dinosaur
  • By: John Kricher
  • Narrated by: John Kricher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Before their extinction, dinosaurs dominated Earth's terrestrial habitats for about 160 million years. They present the ultimate puzzle in forensic science, but we have learned a great deal about them in the last 50 years. This lecture series will explain the evolutionary and ecological relationships among dinosaurs, what it might have been like to be present in their time, and the question of what ultimately brought about the total extinction of dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Irena on 27-10-08

Mighty Good

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

Reviewed: 30-06-13

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable and informative series of simple lectures on palaeontology, these are not too taxing on the brain. The information is easily absorbed. As it is an American lecturer this is biased toward American history. The half hour length of each chapter is perfect to allow dipping in and out, I completed in four listens.

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  • God Is Not Great

  • The Case Against Religion
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

With robust clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which Hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. God Is Not Great marvels at the possibility of society without religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unstoppable

  • By Lesley on 06-06-09

A Great Man

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

Reviewed: 18-06-13

Any additional comments?

A truly great thinker, this is Christopher Hitchens great polemical, which in my opinion, should be enough to make anti-theists of everyone. I love Hitchens fast delivery and no nonsense style. It is a truly well argued book which points out what all beliefs have in common. I have admitted elsewhere that I am a "skeptic" so in a sense this is preaching to the converted, I am also a Hitch fan. Will certainly listen again.

  • Bad Science

  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704

We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making science truly entertaining

  • By Marcus on 26-03-10

Bad Science, Great Book

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

Reviewed: 18-06-13

Any additional comments?

So okay, I am what our American cousins would call a Skeptic, so if your not a logical, science based person what are you doing reading this book? It made me laugh on occasion, it made me angry at times as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this well explained and well researched book. Completed in two listens it kept me outside walking and away from the television for a couple of days. Will definitely listen again.

  • The Nuremberg Trial

  • By: John Tusa, Ann Tusa
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 25 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goering, each participant is vividly drawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brings horrible history alive

  • By Tim Conway on 18-04-14

Intense and Interesting

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

Reviewed: 18-06-13

Any additional comments?

A very detailed history, as a person who only knew a little about the Nuremberg trials I was hoping for a solid history and I got it. It gives a full impression of the defendants and their protagonists. Not an easy listen but definitely a worthwhile one. I will come back at a future date to listen again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Five Red Herrings (Dramatised)

  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

When Sandy Campbell's body is found at the foot of a cliff near the small town of Kircdubright, the local constabulary are convinced that the argumentative painter is a victim of a tragic accident. But when Lord Peter Wimsey turns up, the hunt begins for an ingenious killer. Faced with six men, all of whom have a motive for murder, the aristocratic amateur sleuth must deduce which are the five red herrings and which has blood on his hands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to distinguish the characters

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-05-17

Simply Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 18-06-13

Any additional comments?

I simply adore all of these adaptations and I will admit that it was listening to this and other stories in the series that made me buy the books. A solid adaptation with all the cast acting superbly. The only downside is the cutting of some of the music. Will listen over and over again. A regular on my iPod.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg

  • By: H.R.F. Keating
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

In a small, provincial town in the heart of India, a politician’s wife has done her husband’s career a great service, by dying under suspicious circumstances. That the corpse and the trail have been cold for fifteen years hasn’t saved Inspector Ghote of the Bombay CID from being sent to investigate. But what chance does he have when his chief suspect is so powerful, when the whole district is against him, and when a holy man is fasting to the death to protest his prying?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Broken Eggs!

  • By Adrian on 25-01-13

Broken Eggs!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-13

Almost a single sitting listen! I found I became hooked from the very start. The narration is fantastic and Sam Dastor has a voice which suits perfectly. One of the best detective stories ever and my favourite Inspector Ghote story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Goon Show, Volume 1

  • Moriarity, Where Are You?
  • By: The Goons
  • Narrated by: The Goons
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Here's a crazy quartet of cult comedy classics from those wireless wizards Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe. This collection features "The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea", "The Histories of Pliny the Elder", "The Jet Propelled Guided Naafi", and "The Evils of Bushy Spon".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utter nonsense and great fun -ying tong iddle I po!

  • By Ellie on 03-02-19

Have a Gorilla?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-13

Welcome to a world of Goonery. From Bluebottle to Moriaty, from Eccles to Minnie Bannister and Henry Crun. It's got lurgi and mountain eaters! It's the highly esteemed all leather Goon Show!

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  • The Five Red Herrings

  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Patrick Malahide
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

The fracas in the McClellan Arms was inevitable after a drop too much whisky. When one of the brawlers was found dead next morning many people thought it too was inevitable, for Campbell had a knack of making enemies. Six in particular. And all members of the local artists' colony.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wimsey In His Prime

  • By Adrian on 19-01-13

Wimsey In His Prime

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-13

I agonised for a while before buying this. I know by now what to expect from Ms Sayers pen, it was simply a question of whether I could listen to a Wimsey not narrated by Ian Carmichael? It turns out I can and enjoy it too.

This is a classic Lord Peter mystery. Patrick Malahide does a sterling job. A must for any fan and a worthwhile try for any fan of quality classic detective fiction.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful