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Jen Berry

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  • The Easy Day Was Yesterday

  • The Extreme Life of an SAS Soldier
  • By: Paul Jordan
  • Narrated by: Neil Pigot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian jail, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge. His childhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother, produces a young man hell-bent on being the best of the best - an ambition he achieves by being selected to join the elite SAS. The Easy Day Was Yesterday is fast paced, brutally honest, raw and laced with dark humour. The core of Paul Jordan's eventful life, it shows the ability of the human spirit to survive even in the direst adversity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought

  • By ahooke on 16-07-18

not the accepted SAS bio

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

Australian SAS, its never going to be as good as Ant Middleton

i was disappointed with this book, not enjoyabke

  • Malice

  • The Faithful and Fallen, Book 1
  • By: John Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 23 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage. The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected pleasure!

  • By Damion Foncette on 21-07-15

total rubbish

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

Reviewed: 25-05-18

total plagiarism. giants from game if thrones, cauldrons and wizards from the takes of Uhtred of babbenburg. every accent on the planet used even Nigerian. this is just the best bits of other authors work crammed together and sold for £24. waste of money

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  • Ground Truth

  • 3 Para Return to Afghanistan
  • By: Patrick Bishop
  • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In April 2006 the elite 3 Para Battle Group was despatched to Helmand Province on a tour that has become a legend. All that summer the Paras were subjected to relentless attacks. Two years later the Paras are back. The enemy has been forced to adopt new weaponry and tactics. But how much progress are we really making in the war against the insurgents? And is there an end in sight? In this searing account of 3 Para's return,

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ruperts

  • By Jen Berry on 18-05-18

ruperts

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

told like only a Rupert can. love it that the decision. makers at al are writing books on Afghan

  • War with Russia

  • An urgent warning from senior military command
  • By: General Sir General Sir Richard Shirreff
  • Narrated by: General Sir Richard Shirreff, Michael Fenner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Closely modeled on his NATO experience of war gaming future conflicts, War with Russia is a chilling account of where we are heading if we fail to recognise the threat posed by the Russian president. Written by the recently retired Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe and endorsed by senior military figures, this audiobook shows how war with Russia could erupt, with the bloodiest and most appalling consequences, if the necessary steps are not taken urgently.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely important insight clumsily delivered.

  • By Flying Tiger on 31-05-17

told and written like a soldiet

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

Reviewed: 17-05-18

a story that could only have been written with the experience of a British officer. the product of the staff college and sandhurst. very obviously this officer had had some great toms

  • 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 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flawed history

  • By Derrick on 30-12-17

Just lists

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I had hoped that this boom would be of a story telling of the dets and special branches involvement in Northern Ireland. Chapter 3 was basically a long and boring list of casualties, another lost appeared further in. I wish I hadn’t bought it

  • Painting the Sand

  • By: Kim Hughes
  • Narrated by: Oliver Hemsbrough
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 769

Kim Hughes is the most highly decorated bomb disposal operator serving in the British Army. He was awarded the George Cross in 2009 following a gruelling six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, during which he defused 119 improvised explosive devices, survived numerous Taliban ambushes and endured a close encounter with the Secretary of State for Defence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly great read!

  • By D. J. Craig on 31-10-17

Five stars

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

Brilliant story told by one of the British army’s top Felix. The hot Dutch girl also makes an appearance in 3 Para, books written by our squad does are always true to life gritty tales and I love them. Glad you got to the ENDEX without too much grief

  • Under the Eagle

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 1
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Series - now complete

  • By Simon on 24-08-15

Congregate the verb 'to go'

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

Reviewed: 24-01-17

Brilliant, utterly brilliant. I challenge anyone to not think of Michael Palin, as a centurion with Brian and the roman govenor. Bestia could easily have been in the room 'I have a werry good friend in wome called Bigus Dickus'. And his wife Incontinetia.

Even the way the roman legion was like a modern British army unit. Totally brilliant I will be buying a lot more Scarrow

  • Sniper Fire in Belfast (SAS Operation)

  • By: Shaun Clarke
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Ultimate soldier. Ultimate mission. But can the SAS survive working deep undercover among the terrorists of Northern Ireland? It is the 1970s, and a mean and dirty war is being waged on British soil. Sectarian violence is an almost daily occurrence, and the terrorist groups, who finance their operations through robbery, fraud and extortion, engage in torture, assassination and wholesale slaughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Story but too short

  • By Alec on 27-03-17

Errors

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

Reviewed: 14-12-16

Given the timeline of the story which I assumed to be 1970's even early 80's, some factual errors

British troops in Ireland were equipped with the 7.63 SLR not the SA80 as stated in the story, also they would have had the S9 respirator, the harness on this does not allow it to hang from the neck, up on top of your head yes!

M16 rifles were available to COP troops and SAS. THE 9mm SMG was in evidence too.

Just silly things but when you have been there like I have these things niggle

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  • Code Name: Johnny Walker

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs
  • By: Johnny Walker, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

In this illuminating and informative memoir, an Iraqi translator who risked his life working with American Sniper author Chris Kyle and the Navy SEALs tells his remarkable and inspiring story, offering a refreshing new perspective on the Iraq War. As the insurgency in Iraq intensified following the American invasion, U.S. Navy SEALs were called upon to root terrorists from their lairs. Unsure of the local neighborhoods and unable to speak the local languages, they came to rely on one man to guide them and watch their backs. He was a "terp"- an interpreter - with a job so dangerous they couldn't even use his real name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravery

  • By Jen Berry on 17-11-16

Bravery

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

Reviewed: 17-11-16

Fab story. Slight Scottish/Iraqi vocal at times. So glad he got to the states and safety

  • The Longest Kill

  • The Story of Maverick 41, One of the World's Greatest Snipers
  • By: Craig Harrison
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 550

It takes a tough mind-set to be a successful sniper, to be able to dig in for days on your own as you wait for your target, to stay calm on a battlefield when you yourself have become the target the enemy most wants to take out. Craig Harrison has what it takes, and in November 2009 in Afghanistan, under intense pressure, he saved the lives of his comrades with the longest confirmed sniper kill - 2,475 metres, the length of 25 football pitches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing read

  • By Andrew on 07-03-17

The MOD sucks

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

They never want much to do with us once we have handed out kit back in do they. Stay strong

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