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  • The Fields of Death

  • Wellington and Napoleon, Book 4
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 300

1809. Viscount Wellington and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte have made their mark as military commanders. Lifelong enemies, they both believe their armies are strong enough to destroy any rival. But in war victory can never be certain. While Wellington's success continues in Spain, Napoleon feels the sting of failure. Yet despite a disastrous Russian campaign and humiliating defeat at Leipzig, he persists in fighting on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History brought to Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-11-17

The Best Yet<br />

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

I have had the pleasure of reading all this series,and to my mind, Simon Scarrow saved the best till last. A highly entertaining series,which I have no doubt will thrill and entertain all its readers to come. Highly recommended.

  • HMS Ulysses

  • By: Alistair MacLean
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

The novel that launched the astonishing career of one of the 20th century's greatest writers of action and suspense - an acclaimed classic of heroism and the sea in World War II. The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, HMS Ulysses takes its place alongside The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel Sea as one of the classic novels of the navy at war. It is the compelling story of Convoy FR77 to Murmansk - a voyage that pushes men to the limits of human endurance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!!! An unabridged version of this classic!

  • By Steve on 06-04-17

Fantastic read.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

I read this book over 50 years ago (when I could still see to read) I had forgotten what a great & exciting story it is! Starts off at a sprint & keeps going to the climatic finish. No time to get your breath. Alistair Maclean was a great loss to readers of all ages. If you like naval fiction, this is not one to miss!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wings of the Storm

  • The Rise of Sigurd, Book 3
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 191

Fighting in Sweden for an ambitious warlord, Sigurd Haraldarson and his small but loyal band of oath-sworn warriors are winning fame and reputation. But Sigurd knows that to take on his hated enemy, the oath breaker King Gorm - the man who betrayed his father, a man Sigurd has vowed to kill - he must earn riches enough to build an army. Many believe Sigurd to be Óðin-favoured, but his exploits have drawn the eye of another god, too: Loki the Trickster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spear of Destiny!

  • By Simon on 13-01-17

Best book of the series so far!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Great story! Exciting from start to finish, just need time to get my breath back.

  • Leopard Sword: Empire IV

  • By: Anthony Riches
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Britannia has been subdued - and an epic new chapter in Marcus Valerius Aquila's life begins. The murderous Roman agents who nearly captured Marcus have been defeated by his friends. But in order to protect those very friends from the wrath of the emperor, he must leave the province that has been giving him shelter. As Marcus Tribulus Corvus, centurion of the second Tungrian auxiliary cohort, he leads his men from Hadrian's Wall to the Tungrians' original home in Germania Inferior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling read

  • By Mr T C on 25-06-15

Great read

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

What did you like most about Leopard Sword: Empire IV?

I love all the books I have read in this series. Anthony Riches is a great writer, and Saul Reichlin a great narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

Too many to mention.

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

I would put Saul in my top 5 audiobook narrators

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Would hope it would be made into a series using all the books!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended.

  • Spartacus: The Gladiator

  • Spartacus 1
  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: Michael Praed
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

As winter approaches in 74 BC, few travellers are abroad. But one man is making the long and weary last stage of his way home. Large parts of his homeland, Thrace, a land north of Greece, has fallen under the hated power of Rome. This Thracian has fought in the Roman legions for nearly a decade. He is skilled, hardened in battle, a sophisticated fighter. Spartacus.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By bhavnas on 29-02-12

Another great Ben Kane novel.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

What made the experience of listening to Spartacus: The Gladiator the most enjoyable?

Thoroughly enjoyed all the detail,most instructive.Anyone who has seen the movie,MUSt read this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spartacus: The Gladiator?

too many to pick one.

Have you listened to any of Michael Praed’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was the 1st. Look forward to the next.

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

no.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended

  • The Wolf's Gold: Empire V

  • By: Anthony Riches
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Fresh from their victory in Germania, Marcus Aquila and the Tungrians have been sent to Dacia, on the northeastern edge of the Roman Empire, with the mission to safeguard a major source of imperial power. The mines of Alburnus Major contain enough gold to pave the road to Rome. They would make a mighty prize for the marauding Sarmatae tribesmen who threaten the province, and the outnumbered auxiliaries are entrusted with their safety in the face of a barbarian invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Read

  • By I WHITE on 03-08-16

Another Great Read

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

What did you like most about The Wolf's Gold: Empire V?

I love the whole series, not just this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wolf's Gold: Empire V?

The finale!

What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent reader,brings the characters to life.

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

Too many.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend the whole series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warriors of the Storm

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 9
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number-one best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major autumn 2015 TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two books in the series. A fragile peace is about to be broken.... King Alfred's son, Edward, and formidable daughter, Æthelflaed, rule Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. But all around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • average story.

  • By David O Connor on 04-04-16

Another Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely!
Everybody should read the whole series!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Warriors of the Storm?

Too many to mention!

What does Matt Bates bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brings the characters to life. Confused at first by the different pronunciation of some of the voices from previous books, but non the less excellent!

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

Reunion with Daughter & Granddaughter.

Any additional comments?

Another CLASSIC by the Master. As mentioned earlier,everybody who can, should read the whole series!

  • When the Eagle Hunts

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 3
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

The third novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Roman series. After a series of bloody battles, Camulodunum (modern-day Colchester) has fallen to the invading Roman army. The Emperor has returned to Rome, leaving the fearless Centurion Macro and his young Optio, Cato, to rest and regroup, along with the rest of the Second Legion. As their leader, General Plautius, plans the next phase of their campaign, word arrives that the ship carrying his family to join him was wrecked in a storm off the south coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOnderful to have the Series Whole!

  • By Simon on 09-09-15

Great tale

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

Would you listen to When the Eagle Hunts again? Why?

Great follow up to the first 2 books in the series.Can't wait for the next one.

What other book might you compare When the Eagle Hunts to, and why?

I try not to compare. I take each book on its own merits.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Storming the Hill Fort.

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

No

Any additional comments?

Would recommend to anyone.

  • The Miracle of Dunkirk

  • By: Walter Lord
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

On May 24, 1940, Hitler's armies were on the brink of a shattering military victory. Only 10 miles away, 400,000 Allied troops were pinned against the coast of Dunkirk. But just 11 days later, 338,000 men had been successfully evacuated to England. How did it happen? Walter Lord's remarkable account of how "the miracle of Dunkirk" came about is based on hundreds of interviews.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By Amy on 19-05-17

My Father survived.

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

Reviewed: 27-02-16

Brilliant book. Pity no English or British reader was available. This poor American chap struggled with pronunciation! Still a great read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Edge of Eternity

  • Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233

As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War. When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-09-14

A sad ending.

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

What had began as a great trilogy, spoiled by left wing rant! Anti White propaganda!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful