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  • Bullet Magnet

  • Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier
  • By: Mick Flynn
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Summer 2006, Afghanistan: an apparently deserted village, and a rapidly ticking clock... The relentless Taliban ambush which followed saw several British soldiers dead, two armoured vehicles destroyed - and Corporal of Horse Michael Flynn awarded an MC to go alongside his Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. Mick Flynn has never backed away from a challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow...

  • By Chez on 11-01-15

Brilliant Book

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Reviewed: 15-01-19

Absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Mick is a real soldiers soldier and the sort of bloke you want beside you when the brown stuff hits the fan. Couldn't recommend this book enough.

  • Battle Scars

  • By: Jason Fox
  • Narrated by: Jason Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,362

Jason Fox served with the SBS for over a decade, thriving on the close bonds of the Special Forces brotherhood and the ‘death or glory’ nature of their missions. Battle Scars tells the story of his career as an elite operator, from the gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined his service to a battle of a very different kind: the psychological devastation of combat that ultimately forced him to leave the military and the hard reality of what takes place in the mind of a man once a career of imagined invincibility has come to an end. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Paul on 05-11-18

Life changing

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Reviewed: 05-11-18

At the point of starting this book I was in a hole in terms of my mental health having been diagnosed with PTSD and depression. I was bounced from GP to consultant and wasn't getting any better. Hearing Jason's story inspired me to reach out to Rock to Recovery and to start putting steps in place to better my situation. his story is inspiring and exceptionally brave. Thanks for writing this important book mate, you may have just saved my life.

81 of 82 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,805
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,818

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly brilliant fantasy novel

  • By Qasim on 16-09-11

As expected

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Reviewed: 13-07-18

great book. Just as I expected. loads more meat to the bones of the story

  • Alone on the Ice

  • The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration
  • By: David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
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    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp - the dogs were gone. Mawson plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizable, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't bother!

  • By birdie on 23-11-14

Excellent Book

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Reviewed: 26-04-18

A great book outlining the struggles and toil of men from a bygone age. Really enjoyed it.

  • EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Paul Blake
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Extra word on previous review

  • By Alex on 12-09-10

another beauty

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Reviewed: 08-02-18

absolutely love Conn's books and this is no exception. he is a master at fleshing out historical fact and I can't get enough of his books. if you love this series also check out the Ghengis Khan series.

  • The Killing Zone

  • My Life in the Vietnam War
  • By: Frederick Downs
  • Narrated by: Barry Press
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Among the best books ever written about men in combat, The Killing Zone tells the story of the platoon of Delta One-six, capturing what it meant to face lethal danger, to follow orders, and to search for the conviction and then the hope that this war was worth the sacrifice. The book includes a new chapter on what happened to the platoon members when they came home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and though provoking

  • By Dan on 15-07-17

Fantastic

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Reviewed: 11-01-18

I am an ex British army soldier and served tours in Iraq. I can honestly say this is one of the most honest and well written accounts of war I have ever read and have been spurred on to pen my own account of my military service off the back of it. Thanks Frederick for this great book

  • The Long Walk

  • The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
  • By: Slavomir Rawicz
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Long swindle, more like

  • By Clare on 02-11-09

what a story

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Reviewed: 23-10-17

one of the most remarkable stories I have ever read. what this group of amazing people achieved is phenomenal

  • Hardcore Self Help: F**k Depression

  • By: Robert Duff
  • Narrated by: Robert Duff
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Hardcore Self Help: F**k Depression is the follow-up to the best-selling F**K Anxiety. In this book I take the information, tips, and insights that I have gained as a psychologist and translate them into language that doesn't suck. This is the self-help book for people who don't usually like self-help books. In Hardcore Self Help: F**K Depression, I talk to you like a friend. That means I speak directly to you, without psychobabble. Instead I tell you why your brain is such a troll.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll benefit from this

  • By Ian on 19-09-16

Great book and great help

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Reviewed: 20-10-17

ive been diagnosed with PTSD and depression and thanks to Robert am now armed with the weapons to fight these afflictions. Cheers Robert for your no bulls*$t approach to dealing with depression.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Sniper

  • The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
  • By: Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining listen.

  • By Dan Dan on 25-12-13

Brilliant Book

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Reviewed: 03-10-17

As an ex British Army soldier and Iraq war veteren I can really connect with Chris's mentality. Fantastic book by a true American hero and patriot.

  • My Outdoor Life

  • By: Ray Mears
  • Narrated by: Ray Mears, Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, and many more.

He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now. In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book ... But

  • By Matthew on 29-09-16

amazing book

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Reviewed: 25-08-17

Loved the book from start to finish. Ray has a wonderful outlook on life and a great sense of adventure and love of nature. Totally recommend