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Viking Myths

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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: 23-12-19

Not many books on this and I had very little background knowledge. I suppose this was an overall view but was confusing at time but probably reflects my lack of knowledge. I do however find myself educated.

Middle East History

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

Reviewed: 23-12-19

The focus here is really a western view of the Middle East with a focus on the last 100 years. I was disappointed about the lack of mediaeval history. Narration a bit tedious.

Churchill and WW2

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

Reviewed: 23-12-19

This is Churchill's own account of the lead up to WW2. As one would expect it does not give much analysis but is a good account from the British view. A bit bombastic as one would expect but immensely enjoyable as an audiobook.

Cold War Spies

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

Reviewed: 23-12-19

Brilliant book that really captures the paranoia of the era and the tension of spying. How anyone can go through that - the fear must be intense, the living a double life to one's loved ones and the betrayal of one's friends for an unwavering belief. Quite moving, quite frightening.

Thatchers 1st Years

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

Reviewed: 23-12-19

For me this was brilliant as it is my growing up years. I laughed at how pertinent the part on computers were. However in comparison to the earlier books I found it overly long with possibly too much detail on certain issues. Which is why I gave 4 stars.

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Jungle Book All Stars

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

Reviewed: 21-10-19

Lovely adaptation with wonderful reading and voices. Didn't want it to stop. Would be great if there were more like this

Arabian Nights

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

Reviewed: 14-10-19

Can be a little hard to follow, so I found I had to concentrate more than usual. Lovely stories. But I think the narration is a bit bland for this book.

Incas and more

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

Reviewed: 14-10-19

Knew very little about the history of S America. This was a great introduction covering main civilisations. Need to find more in depth books to follow up

History of France

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

Reviewed: 14-10-19

This is more a political history of France of the time ie around the 7 years war. It does actually give reasons why France lost in the end, but there is not that much on the actual campaigns of Montcalm and Wolfe. Crucible of War is better for this.

Interesting Times

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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: 14-10-19

Few books that try and cover this period in all countries. As such it can feel a bit bitty. Persist and you will be rewarded