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Tony Burton

Northamptonshire
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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,014
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,950

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hallowed Be Thy Name Harry Potter!

  • By Simon on 20-12-15

Brilliant from Stephen Fry (as you would expect)

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Well known and loved story expertly executed by Mr Fry. An absolute joy. A long book, but well worth the time spent.

  • The Germans and Europe

  • A Personal Frontline History
  • By: Peter Millar
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Based on a lifetime living in and reporting on Germany and Central Europe, award-winning journalist and author Peter Millar tackles the fascinating and complex story of the people at the heart of our continent. Focussing on nine cities (only six of which are in the Germany of today), he takes us on a zigzag ride back through time via the fall of the Berlin Wall through the horrors of two world wars and the patchwork states of the Middle Ages to the splendour of Charlemagne and the fall of Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Highly Recommended

  • By Jo on 26-01-18

excellent overview of Germany in its' widest sense

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-18

This story of Germany is enthralling and unusual. It is written from the point of view of individual cities and therefore not in the standard chronological order. This history is interspersed regularly with lengthy and worthwhile anecdotes from the author to make some wider observations. I very much enjoyed his descriptions of East Germany and his reporting days which make this book so unusual. He discusses wider European history extensively from the recent EU, rise of the nation state including the rise of Prussia contrasted with the relative demise if Vienna which he treats as German within his histories along with Strasbourg. excellent narration . Each chapter stands alone so it makes for a relatively light read which you can up in and out of.

  • Six Months in 1945

  • FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War
  • By: Michael Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

When Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler's armies were on the run and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace - but instead set the stage for a 44-year division of Europe into Soviet and western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was rapidly fracturing. By the time the leaders met again in Potsdam in July 1945, Russians and Americans were squabbling over the future of Germany and Churchill was warning about an "iron curtain" being drawn down over the Continent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable summary of the end of the war.

  • By Tony Burton on 15-04-18

Enjoyable summary of the end of the war.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-04-18

very interesting details of the personalities ofnthe big three leaders and their policies. the author bring to life the real issues of the day. the horror of Soviet policies towards their own people compared to the arrogance of the US in Europe and impotence of the UK. Great stuff.

  • A Little History of Religion

  • By: Richard Holloway
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion - from the dawn of religious belief to the 21st century - with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young listeners, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book

  • By Mr. Paul M. Quirk on 05-01-17

A light history of religion (but mostly christian)

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

if you want a very broadbrush sweep through the world's religions this will just about do the job. But only if you want to look at it from the Christian point of view. There were chapters and chapters on Judaism and Christian stories but only the briefest encounter with the schism in Islam, and nothing at all about the development of the different traditions in that Faith! all the biblical stories are basicly presented as fact. No effort is made to establish if any of the Jewish history could be myths. There is also no critical analysis of any part of the bible. the author also seeks to patronize frequently by stating that 'the technical term for that is ____ e.g. agnostic. most Christian sects are briefly covered but if you wanted an insight on Greek, Roman or Mesopotamian religions and how their gods and ways weave into other religions you will need a more detailed text. I have tried to be fair in my review and there are some careful thoughts on how Christianity has changed over the past 100 years.

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