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Baile Doite, Moycullen, Galway, Ireland H91Y6Y3
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  • Vietnam

  • An Epic History of a Divisive War 1945-1975
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble, Max Hastings - introduction
  • Length: 33 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 211

Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle. He portrays the set pieces of Dienbienphu, the Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam and less familiar battles such as the bloodbath at Daido.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Derrick on 20-10-18

hugely impressive

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

great delivery, comprehensive content, highly recommended, learned a lot more context in terms of the protagonist's, very balanced

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  • The Jewish War

  • By: Flavius Josephus
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

In AD 66, nationalist and religious revolutionaries in Judaea led a ferocious revolt of the Jewish people against the authority of mighty Rome, culminating in the greatest upheaval and savagery the world had known up to that time. By the end of the conflict seven years later, over one million Jews had perished and tens of thousands were sold into slavery. Until the Holocaust, it remained the greatest tragedy ever endured by a people.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great work; ruined by irritating narrator

  • By Silvine on 01-05-15

amazing listen, worth the effort

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

amazing narrative, once you get over the bias and concentrate on the events you get a really evocative and emotional feel for the time

  • D Day Through German Eyes Book 2

  • More Hidden Stories from June 6th 1944
  • By: Holger Eckhertz
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 174

The first book of D Day Through German Eyes has fascinated listeners around the world with its insight into the German experience of June 6, 1944. Now, book 2 contains a completely different set of astonishing German testimonies from the same archive. These newly translated eyewitness statements by German veterans show the defenders to be determined but psychologically insecure, often deluded in their thinking, and all too human in their shock at the onslaught they faced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very powerful alternative view

  • By M. J. Wall on 05-07-17

highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 23-05-17

as good as book 1, hugely informative, gave me a key insight into the German mindset

  • Confessions of an Alien Hunter

  • A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
  • By: Seth Shostak
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

This engaging memoir reveals the true story of the Search for ExtraterrestrialIntelligence (SETI), and discloses what we may very soon discover. Chronicling the program’s history with insight and humor, SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak assures us that if there is sentient life in the universe, we are within decades of picking up its signal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and entertaining

  • By Steven on 03-12-10

Enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 26-04-17

What did you like most about Confessions of an Alien Hunter?

Easy listening without too much tech talk, would recommend

What was one of the most memorable moments of Confessions of an Alien Hunter?

Very interesting section when it went into SETI light and other methods in place to track signals

Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favourite?

I suppose Frank Drake

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Well read, would recommend

  • D DAY Through German Eyes

  • The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
  • By: Holger Eckhertz
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670

Almost all accounts of D-Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6, 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance

  • By M. Lawrence on 16-09-16

Would recommend -

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of D DAY Through German Eyes to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

The events from german eyes and from their point of view was fascinating - their focus on defending Europe really comes out

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of the scenes were provocative in different ways

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

A front too far

Any additional comments?

No

  • My Promised Land

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
  • By: Ari Shavit
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsettling and challenging critique of Israel

  • By Anthony on 13-06-14

Balanced and provocative - would recommend

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

Would you listen to My Promised Land again? Why?

Yes, a balanced listen to life experiences and the political overview of life in Israel

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favourite character - just interesting narrative that puts a balanced view across and puts key events in emotional and political context

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

No

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Found the book thought provoking

Any additional comments?

No

  • Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Max Hastings, Nigel Harrington
  • Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

The Amazon History Book of the Year 2013 is a magisterial chronicle of the calamity that befell Europe in 1914 as the continent shifted from the glamour of the Edwardian era to the tragedy of total war. Nineteen fourteen was a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Tommy on 08-04-17

well read, comprehensive account

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

well read, comprehensive account, great mix of fact and anecdotes, would recommend, narration really brought the horror into account

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  • The Korean War

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

On 25 June, 1950, the invasion of South Korea by the Communist North launched one of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century. The seemingly limitless power of the Chinese-backed North was thrown against the ferocious firepower of the UN-backed South in a war that can be seen today as the stark prelude to Vietnam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MASH It Isn't

  • By S. Morris on 07-03-18

enjoyable and informative

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

If you could sum up The Korean War in three words, what would they be?

Found the audiobook very informative and easy to listen to. Per usual with Hastings, he has mixed factual and story telling in a manner that's lends itself to easy listening

Who was your favorite character and why?

no favourite, putting figures like Truman and mcarthur in context very informative

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

yes, all high quality

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

no. too long, but ideal for commutes

Any additional comments?

no

  • Nemesis

  • The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Stewart Cameron
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. A companion volume to his best-selling ‘Armageddon’, Max Hastings’ account of the battle for Japan is a masterful military history. Featuring the most remarkable cast of commanders the world has ever seen, the dramatic battle for Japan of 1944-45 was acted out across the vast stage of Asia: Imphal and Kohima, Leyte Gulf and Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Soviet assault on Manchuria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as usual

  • By Jim on 02-11-14

hugely informative, comprehensive

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

Reviewed: 19-01-17

hugely informative, context and personal details mesh seamlessly, would absolutely recommend, will definitely listen to more

  • 3001

  • A Novel
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

In 3001: The Final Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke brings the greatest and most successful science fiction series of all time to its magnificent, stunningly unforeseen conclusion. As we hurtle toward the new millennium in real time, Clarke brilliantly - daringly - leaps 1,000 years into the future to reveal a truth we are only now capable of comprehending. An epic masterpiece at once dazzlingly imaginative and grounded in scientific actuality, 3001 is a story that only Arthur C. Clarke could tell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK, Not Great

  • By Boo Boo on 06-05-17

great start and finish,

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

great start and finish, intriguing story line, went a little off point in the middle

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