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Grapes of Wrath

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  • Congo Mercenary

  • By: Mike Hoare
  • Narrated by: Mike Hoare
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Col. Mike Hoare tells how his force of mercenaries, 5 Commando, put down a Comunist-backed rebel uprising in the Congo. As they restored law and order, town by town, he and his men freed 1800 nuns and priests. His men also learned what it means to be real soldiers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Listen Especially If You Are Of A Certain Age

  • By Grapes of Wrath on 06-10-18

Decent Listen Especially If You Are Of A Certain Age

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I assume that this is the sanitised version of what really happened and has been somewhat romantically described.

  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Retold with Gripping Narrative

  • By Pippa Lamb on 14-10-14

What The Class System Gave Us!

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

Although many of us of a certain age are well aware of Philby, Burgess, Maclean and Blunt plus Blake it was embarrassing to discover just how incompetent, complicit and naive many of the so called intelligence operatives were. Could the main supporting cast of idiots really have been quite so gormless such as , Elliot, the head of the American outfit Angleton and Hollis plus Liddell.
It seems that journalism, drink, louche behaviour and some sort of gentlemen’s club rules helped the lowest of the low continue to betray the UK and many people who met their deaths because of their betrayal. I can’t use the sort of language I’d like to describe the swine and the free ride that they received because it was better to let them off the hook than embarrass certain people. I do wonder quite how many we never got to hear about and perhaps never do to this day. A decent listen but would have preferred a bit more analysis perhaps. Still, it did portray Philby as the complete s**t he really always was and presumably even the Russians knew that as well.

  • Vichy France

  • The History of Nazi Germany's Occupation of France During World War II
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: William Crockett
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Emerging from France's catastrophic 1940 defeat like a bedraggled and rather sinister phoenix, the French State – better known to history as Vichy France or the Vichy Regime after its spa-town capital, stands in history as a unique and bizarre creation of German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler's European conquests. A patchwork of paradoxes and contradictions, the Vichy Regime maintained a quasi-independent French nation for some time after the Third Reich invasion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • such a terrible reader

  • By Mr H M Andrews on 30-12-16

Lots of information not normally taught about the Vichy government

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Good deal if information that I would not have known about the Vichy quisling administration.

  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle pleasure

  • By Flint on 11-12-17

Great Listen Highly Recommended

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

One of the most enjoyable books I have bought in a long,long time. Brilliant insight into the challenging life of an independent bookshop owner. Funny,insightful, observational and certainly left me wanting more.
My parents owned a shop (not a bookshop) and I can sympathise entirely with the encounters with the customers. I wonder how many would apply the constant bartering for a discount for their own services. I hope there will be a follow up to this book but assume that given the timeframe covered it has come to the natural end. I’ll definitely listen again. It has also encouraged me to read more physical books again. Next time I’m north of the border I’ll be tempted to visit and maybe view from an alcove an encounter between Shaun and Nicky. Oh and of course buy a book or two without haggling.

  • A Life of Crime: Memoirs of a High Court Judge

  • By: Sir Harry Ognall
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

A witty and candid memoir of life at the Bar and on the Bench, from former High Court Judge Sir Harry Ognall. The Hon. Sir Harry Ognall is a retired judge of the High Court, Queen's Bench Division. For many years, he enjoyed a formidable reputation as an advocate at the criminal Bar. As counsel, and later as judge, he was involved in numerous high-profile trials, both here and abroad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not Bad for the money

  • By Terry clark on 31-08-18

Interesting Précis Of Legal Career

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

I could relate to many of the cases and events due to my age which made it interesting. It also put some meat on the bones of the structure of the legal profession from the point of view of being a barrister through to being a judge. The author’s (in my opinion )slightly too left leaning views were interesting particularly on capital punishment.
Overall a decent listen but could have been a bit longer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,585

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more!

  • By Lily on 08-11-17

A bit too long winded

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

It started very slowly and for me was far too in-depth. I don’t recall the Greek myths being quite so involved. There are of course more so presumably another book is coming. Not sure I will rush to buy that one though.

  • The Science of Everyday Life

  • Why Teapots Dribble, Toast Burns and Light Bulbs Shine
  • By: Marty Jopson
  • Narrated by: Marty Jopson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

Have you ever wondered why ice floats and water is such a freaky liquid? Or why chilis and mustard are both hot but in different ways? Or why microwaves don't cook from the inside out? In this fascinating scientific tour of household objects, The One Show presenter and all-round science bloke Marty Jopson has the answer to all of these and many more baffling questions about the chemistry and physics of the everyday stuff we use every day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just superb.....all of science without any jargon

  • By Ketan Dave on 23-09-16

Ok but a bit mundane at times

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

If you really need to know the ins and outs of why a teapot drips then this is the audiobook for you. It could have been less in-depth.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow World

  • Inside the Global Arms Trade
  • By: Andrew Feinstein
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

The downloadable audiobook edition of Andrew Feinstein's powerful exposé, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, complete and unabridged and read by the actor Gildart Jackson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shining a light

  • By Michael on 19-04-12

Revelatory

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

It shows what a dirty business the arms trade is and the hypocrisy of the usual suspects. I assume the word “arms” could be swapped for oil, diamonds, tax havens and the same types would surface.

  • The Palestine-Israel Conflict

  • By: Dan Cohn-Sherlock, Dawoud El-Alami
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

The new audiobook edition of this best-selling book gives a thorough and accessible account of the history behind the Palestine-Israeli conflict, its roots, and the possibilities for the future. The audiobook is divided into two parts - the first by an American rabbi and Professor of Judaism, and the second by a Palestinian lecturer on Islam. The result is a real insight into the situation, with each author giving full vent to the emotions behind the two sides of the debate - Cohn-Sherbok and El-Amini come together at the audiobook’s conclusion to debate the issues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Telling Of The Conflict

  • By Grapes of Wrath on 07-05-18

Good Telling Of The Conflict

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Explains the conflict very well including the background. If you don’t know how the Arab Israeli conflict came about this is a good start.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secret Victory

  • The Intelligence War That Beat the IRA
  • By: Dr William Matchett
  • Narrated by: Nick Cracknell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Terrorist leaders are not benevolent men inclined to make peace but vicious bullies. The IRA was the Islamic State of its day. Northern Ireland, Iraq, and Afghanistan are similar wars. In these, an insurgency like the IRA/Sinn Fein mix is the main problem. A proven solution is the rule of law, where police intelligence dominates because investigative practices fail. The approach - widely misrepresented and commonly misunderstood - devastated the IRA. Some terrorists were killed, most were in prison, and many were on the run.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very one sided

  • By jirvine57 on 25-01-18

Too Drawn Out

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

It was far too drawn out. Much too much detail to the extent that it became boring.