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LINCOLN, United Kingdom
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  • Charles de Gaulle

  • By: Don Cook
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

This magnificent volume by veteran European correspondent Don Cook is the first major biography of de Gaulle written by an American from an American perspective. Rich with new anecdotal material, it offers fresh evaluations and sheds new light on Europe's most controversial and enigmatic general, politician, and statesman.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting content, AWFUL narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-02-13

Ego at its best...

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

Reviewed: 27-02-14

What did you like most about Charles de Gaulle?

The book tells of a single mans struggle, drive and desire to write his own names into the history books...he did it to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

De Gaulle!!!

Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favourite?

All...very clear and well presented narration. De Gaulle

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

It's a great true story of De Gaulle's drive to become the destiny of France, its saviour, its greatest son...with a pig-headed determination to lead France...he would argue point blank with the most powerful men in the world, until he got his on way.

Good listen, very interesting and a great history lesson.

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Love, honour, children are sacrificed in the name of ambition, as the family becomes one of the richest powers in Texas, a dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Objective, unbiased on 18-09-16

Great book

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

Reviewed: 27-02-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Son to be better than the print version?

not read the book as i listened to it as i commute everyday.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eli...

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

All good...believable and engaging.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, quite easily

Any additional comments?

A great book, spilt over three generations...a story of how lawless Texas became the oil capitol of the world...cowboys and Indians...love and loss...adventure and heartache.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Master and Commander

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 1
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey-Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last, unabridged and well read...it begins.

  • By John on 19-01-12

Poor

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-13

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The dead....

What was most disappointing about Patrick O'Brian’s story?

I was expecting sea battles with the Aceron (excuse spelling) a game of cat and mouse across the seas

It wasn't

What character would you cut from Master and Commander?

The book has a fop as a captain. Not the swash buckling captain from the movie

Any additional comments?

Disappointed with this book....not my thing.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,399

Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb production of a sci fi classic!

  • By Peter on 21-07-07

Sci-fi Royalty

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

Reviewed: 18-09-13

What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

Loved the film and book as a kid...the story was one that a close friend and I shared as children. Sadly, my friend has passed away...but the story we shared remains

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

Defeat of the Emporer

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have quite happily sat in one sitting, however, it's a long book!!

Any additional comments?

A great feat of sci-fi writing....brilliant in this form and in the movie. Another book I can listen to time and time again. Brilliant.

  • The Day of the Jackal

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 570

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, Operations Chief of the O. A. S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Forsyth novel meets a great narrator

  • By Jernau Gurgeh on 13-01-12

A genuine classic

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

Reviewed: 18-09-13

What did you like most about The Day of the Jackal?

It's quality story telling from start to finish. I've listened to it at least 20 times...still keeps me engrossed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The tall, blonde, Englishman

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

Interesting voice, enjoyable, engaging

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

You root for the bad guy...

Any additional comments?

This book has really set me on the path for audio books. The Day of the Jackal is a masterpiece of story telling. It's multi layered and set in a world that did exist.

I listen when I commute to work and home again, it turns a journey into an adventure. Well worth a listen.

This would be on of my desert Island disks list.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful