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Not actually about Sealion...

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

This is a good listen, but the book focusses more on Britains defence and preparations than German planning for Sealion.

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A new take on Eastern Front in WW2

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

Reviewed: 15-12-16

The theme of this book is that Stalin was able to re-write WW2 because he was the victor, and because statistics from the Soviets were unchallenged.
The book argues that lots of what we know about the Eastern Front is false. The Author explains why that might be and supports the counter view with compelling statistics however a couple of details were annoyingly wrong: Model did not die on the Eastern Front, it was on the West, and Spandau jail is in Berlin, so it was not the jail where Hess spent WW2.
Understandably those mistakes made me question the authors other assertions.
My thoughts while listening to this is that any one of the revisionist points, such as the new way of looking at the battle of Kursk, could be an excellent book by itself.

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Interesting way to look at Hitler

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-16

The book starts well and is interesting but soon becomes a brief history of WW2.
The narrator is good and does good accents for quotes.

Interesting theater of WW2

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-16

What did you like best about Where the Iron Crosses Grow? What did you like least?


I was occasionally confused by following the ebb and flow of the campaigns.

What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

What I liked best was the excellent pronunciation of Russian and German places, equipment and names. It makes such a difference to enjoyment of an audible book. I speak fluent German and the German was all perfect.

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Fictional account, not true history.

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

Reviewed: 27-06-16

I nearly gave up on this book after the first chapter as it a fictional account.
I returned to it and was surprised to find I quite enjoyed the story. If nothing else, it clarified the roles of Tank crew members.
Short, gruesome but quite a good listen.

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Excellent performance, shame about the book

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-16

I love books read by the Author and Jonathan's performance here is excellent as you would expect. A lovely touch is that after a mispronunciation he corrects himself and continues.

This book twice makes reference to aircraft cover for convoys in WW1 (which happened in a limited way along the North Sea and channel), and then contends that Bomber Command should have used it's long range bombers to hunt for U boats in the Atlantic in WW2.
This book needs some expert opinion to weigh up the pros and cons of Jonathan's idea, which he assumes is practicable but doesn't account for details like U boats hunting at night and submarines tending to be underwater.



Excellent revisionist history

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

Reviewed: 20-06-16

This book focusses on Britain from the outbreak of war to the entry of the USA to the war. It veers from the political mechanics of Churchill becoming leader to the story of the Battle of Britain and in doing so the style changes from thoughtful analysis to ripping story, which is a nice change of speed for the reader.

Barely believable personal history

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-16

This book is read by someone with a German accent which is very off-putting in the opening chapters but soon helps the account, particularly when there is reported dialogue.
The Author is involved in the Polish campaign, North Africa, Normandy and Eastern front. He meets or works with just about every German General: Rommel, Guiderian, Manteufel and Jodel.
Sometimes I had to smile and think 'is this even possible?', but I wanted it all to be true.
Historically this book is useful, it describes experiencing the use of rocket launchers from aircraft as well as Russian captivity.
It gives an insight into the high level of training of the Wehrmacht on the eve of the War and how, for example, at the end of the war there was no shortage of tanks, just no experienced crews to man them.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-15

Would you try another book written by Alex Ferguson and Michael Moritz or narrated by the narrators?

I would read a book about football by Alex Ferguson but Michael Moritz has failed to convert football success to readable business book.

What could Alex Ferguson and Michael Moritz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There was no need to have a Scottish accent to narrate the book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was Scottish, like Sir Alex, but that is where the similarity ended.

What character would you cut from Leading?

The Co-Author and Narrator.
Let Air Alex speak about football and I will draw my own conclusions.

Any additional comments?

The BBC made a documentary which was basically an advertisement for this book which made me want to buy it. What a waste of tax-payers money and my Audible Credit.
Avoid.

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Good summary of a great book

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-13

Where does Spin Selling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first listen with Audible

Would you recommend Spin Selling to your friends? Why or why not?

It's a classic sales training book and this is a fair summary of the main points. If I was listening for the first time I am not sure I would grasp it. This audio book makes a good refresher though.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bob Kalomeer’s performances?

I am afraid not. The performance was clear but hard to concentrate on.

Any additional comments?

The gaps between chapters were unclear.