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Stockholm, Sweden
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  • Arnhem

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sosabowski and the Poles vindicated

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-05-18

Ok but a bit pale

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

Didn't like narrator, sorry to say. Story was OK, focused, concise, alive. But I must say it is the least good Beevor I've read/listened to.

  • Frontline

  • Reporting from the World's Deadliest Places
  • By: David Loyn
  • Narrated by: David Loyn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Remember turning on the television and seeing shots of rockets fired at night in the first Gulf War, the first massacre victims in Kosovo, the US bomb that killed women and children in a bunker in Baghdad, and Mullah Omar declaring holy war for the Taliban? The men and women at the Frontline news agency believed the public should see the true horrors of war and courageously went where other news organisations feared to tread. Risking everything to show the truth, they travelled the world’s most dangerous places in a quest to live life to the full, a quest some paid for with their lives. This is their story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme journalism

  • By David on 16-12-12

Extreme journalism

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-12

A good first account history of wartime journalism. Reader will meet unique characters telling unbelievable stories.

The book also tells how journalism have changed as technique (cameras etc.) evolve - interesting.

  • Into the Arena

  • By: Alexander Fiske-Harrison
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

In this remarkable and controversial book, Alexander Fiske-Harrison follows the tracks of a whole bullfighting year in Spain. He trains and takes part in the sport himself. He gives us memorable portraits of bull-fighters and bulls, of owners, trainers and fans - of a whole country. Fiske-Harrison offers a fully rounded and involving portrait of an art as performed for centuries and of the arguments that dog it today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Food for thought

  • By Sneillm69 on 23-07-18

Unique view into a secret "art"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-12

Everyone have an opinion about bullfighting. This book brings the reader on an an journey into the secret, mythical world of the arena. I like approach and honesty of the contents. The language is good and I like the philosophical seasonings.

I think this book will suit a broad audience.

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317

January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 Horror

  • By Joseph on 04-04-11

Lonlieness in Darkness

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-12

Entertaining mystery / horror fiction. Good flow. Suitable length. The main features are the environment and psychology of a man in isolation in true cold darkness.
kind of a homage to true and fictional Arctic stories.
Good narration.
For me it was good entertainment, good drive. But no real lasting value or impact.

Och i Wienerwald står träden kvar [In Wienerwald the Trees are the Same] cover art
  • Och i Wienerwald står träden kvar [In Wienerwald the Trees are the Same]

  • By: Elisabeth Åsbrink
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Åsbrink
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Vinnare av Augustpriset för årets svenska fackbok 2011 med motiveringen: ”Ur en skatt av obesvarade brev utvinner författaren flera perspektiv på vår historia och vårt samhälle. Den får läsaren att söka svaren på frågan om vad som är rätt och fel i en historia som berör”. Femhundra brev från Wien, prydligt sorterade efter årtal, ombundna med snöre och förvarade i en IKEA-kartong. Adressaten var Otto, en judisk pojke som tretton år gammal ensam kommit till Sverige från ett Österrike som alltmer präglades av nazisternas maktövertagande 1938.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy winner of August prize

  • By David on 11-05-12

Worthy winner of August prize

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-12

Won the August prize for best non fiction. I really love this book and recommend it to everyone.
The story is based on letter written during the anti Jewish pogrom in Vienna late 1930's. The letters was written between a Jewish family and their young son who was sent to Sweden.
The well told story illustrates the gradual worsening conditions. It highlights how early and clear the warnings were - and how "blind" western powers were.
In detail it covers Jews slim options to escape the increasing terror.
As an extra feature the young IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad gradually becomes a central bi-figure.
The language is excellent - somehow mixes vivid, mellow and beauty.
The narration is also top notch.

  • The Shadow World

  • Inside the Global Arms Trade
  • By: Andrew Feinstein
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

The downloadable audiobook edition of Andrew Feinstein's powerful exposé, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, complete and unabridged and read by the actor Gildart Jackson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extremely important book

  • By S.MURPHY on 12-06-17

Academic and long

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-12

I learned a lot about arms trade - not surprising.
I was shocked regarding the enormous volumes. Very interesting to learn about the powers of arms trade, the wide spread corruption on all involved parts.

But for a layman I found it far too long. Sometimes like listening to an academic paper or a court judgement. Names, numbers, references... but hard to understand actual content or meaning.

As a Swede I now understand why SAAB cooperated with BAE Systems to sell the Gripen fighter...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Crack House

  • The Incredible True Story of the Man Who Took On London's Crack Gangs and Won
  • By: Harry Keeble, Kris Hollington
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Crack House takes the listener into the dark heart of our cities' most violent and terrifying places, showing how the war on drugs can only be won by constant and forceful vigilance. The bastard offspring of cocaine, crack first entered the UK in the early 1990s. By the end of the decade, Britain's inner cities were in the midst of a crack epidemic, with users being responsible for a massive proportion of crime. Communities, especially in London, were crying out for help, but there were only two specialist units in the whole of the capital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive as the drug itself

  • By chris on 16-06-12

Truly shocking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-12

I like this book for several reasons;
- Glimpse inside war on drugs. Politics, means, methods.
- Filled with anecdotes - true I suppose.
- Horrific & informative regarding cracks addictiveness.
- Good pace & flow, never boring.
- Good narration.
- Suitable length.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • In the Plex

  • How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
  • By: Steven Levy
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Mrs on 05-03-12

A vision

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-12

As a software engineer I've used Google since it raced past AltaVista et.al. This book provides a interesting
It covers history, founders, obstacles, technical achievements - but also philosophy and ideology.
The best parts are the anecdotes sprinkled through the book.
Of course it is a bit biased. Focus are on the successful stories. Start and end are almost recruitment advertising...
I also find a bit to long. As a developer I would love to have more technical details/anecdotes. I had expected more regarding Android - and less regarding self steering cars.

  • This Changes Everything

  • Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement
  • By: Sarah van Gelder (editor), The Staff of YES! Magazine
  • Narrated by: Matthew Dudley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The Occupy Wall Street movement named the core issue of our time: the overwhelming power of Wall Street and large corporations—something the political establishment and most media have long ignored. But the movement goes far beyond this critique. In this volume, the editors of YES! magazine bring together voices from inside and outside the protests to convey the issues, possibilities, and personalities associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Prophetic and visionary preaching

  • By David on 04-05-12

Prophetic and visionary preaching

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-12

Good overview of the movement. But I find it more propagandistic/prophetic than visionary.
Narrators tone also add to this overwhelming feeling that this is the start of a new era.
I miss comments from academics, politics and other players. What are their view & belief of this? What are the possible / probable future developments? Comparison with previous uprisings in history?
But - over all - worth a listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative if Slightly Preposterous

  • By Karl K Djinn on 02-12-15

Exciting & Enlightning

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-11

A winning combination: Good crime thriller AND vivid portraying soviet police system.
Very good narrated. Only let down, it's some times a bit predictive. And also - a mix of 2 styles is always a mix, hence not "top notch" in neither areas.