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Adelaide, Australia
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  • Birdsong

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Peter Firth
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern classic, beautifully narrated

  • By Declan on 08-05-11

An epic novel. Highly recommended

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

What a brilliant and moving book - of love and endurance set during the WW1. The horror of war is depicted so amazingly well. The description of the trench warfare was very emotional. Faulks' wonderful narrative is beautifully written and gripping with Stephen, a complex and hard to pin down character and what happened to him is both ordinary and remarkable which seems like most of the men to have fought for their country. The other thread of Elizabeth, is one of hope and the importance of knowing where you came from an history.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,916

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Brilliant thriller ...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

A first-rate psychological thriller, The Woodcutter explores one man's twisted journey through opulence, deprivation, survival and revenge.

  • Regeneration: The Regeneration Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Peter Firth
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

In Craiglockhart war hospital, Dr William Rivers attempts to restore the sanity of officers from World War I. When Siegfried Sassoon publishes his declaration of protest against the war, the authorities decide to have him declared mentally defective and send him to Craiglockhart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trench warfare

  • By Bibliophile on 12-07-11

Brilliant start

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

An amazing start to this great trilogy. Historical details are so well done and the narration is perfect.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye in the Door: The Regeneration Trilogy, Book 2

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Peter Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

It is 1918, and Prior is in London working as an intelligence officer. His concern is the enemy within, though a clear definition of who exactly the enemy is proves harder to come by than he might have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Character driven and steeped with intrigue.

  • By debbie on 21-01-17

Excellent continuation

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Wonderful look at WWI, as well as the back stories of all those involved. Perfection

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Road

  • The Regeneration Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Peter Firth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

This novel challenges our assumptions about relationships between the classes, doctors and patients, men and women, and men and men. It completes the author's exploration of the First World War, and is a timeless depiction of humanity in extremis. Winner of the 1995 Booker Prize.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing finish to this trilogy

  • By Johanna on 23-12-12

An amazing finish to this trilogy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

A brilliant look at the effects of that terrible war on all that participated. Wonderful detail and characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful