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M. K. Slaughter

Reading, Berkshire
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  • Rocket Men

  • The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Robert Kurson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 62

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the moon - in just four months. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Apollo book I've listened to

  • By Angus Fitton on 09-08-18

a fascinating insight into the Apollo program

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

having been a young boy in the 1960s, I can recall watching the Apollo 11 moon landings on the TV at strange hours of the day, and I'm aware of the story of Apollo 8, but this book is a fascinating insight into the build up to the moon landings and the preparation and the whole Apollo program. Both well written and told, this book gives a good insight into not only the technological facts that will behind the Apollo program but also the personal stories of the three astronauts on Apollo 8. I recommend it it's a fantastic book.

  • Sniper One

  • The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege
  • By: Dan Mills
  • Narrated by: Josh Dylan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 556

April 2004: Dan Mills and his platoon of snipers flew into Southern Iraq, part of an infantry battalion sent to win hearts and minds. They were soon fighting for their lives. Back home we were told they were peacekeeping. But there was no peace to keep. Because within days of arriving in theatre, Mills and his men were caught up in the longest, most sustained firefight British troops had faced for over 50 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking listen!

  • By Aaron on 04-04-17

I enjoyed it, worth a listen.

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

Reviewed: 29-08-17

other negative comments regarding the narration style are irrelevant I think. it's a strong account and never gets dull. I very pleased that I listened to it.

  • Guy Martin: My Autobiography

  • By: Guy Martin
  • Narrated by: Dean Williamson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847

The Phenomenal Sunday Times Number-One Best Seller. It was the start of the third lap of the 2010 Senior TT, the last race of the fortnight. The last chance to get a TT win for another year, and I was pushing hard. Ballagarey. The kind of corner that makes me continue road racing. A proper man’s corner. You go through the right-hander at something like 170 miles per hour, leant right over, eyes fixed as far down the road as I can see. But this time something happened. This time the front end tucked....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-05-15

Enjoyed listening to this.

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

Reviewed: 30-06-16

Did not have time to read the book and listening to it for 45 minutes a day commuting was perfect.

Just a little clumsy as an audio book in a few places but no reason not to recommend it.

would have been even better if GM himself had read it.

  • Steve Jobs

  • The Exclusive Biography
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson (introduction)
  • Length: 25 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378

In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Adam on 01-11-11

A Good listen especially if your an aging IT geek.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

What did you like most about Steve Jobs?

An interesting biography commissioned by the man when he knew his days were numbered and not ammended by him!

What did you like best about this story?

I'm not an Apple purchaser but owe 35+ years of my income to what the Apple II taught me about electronics and programming. So personally I found the early part a real trip down memory lane whilst the later chapters were enlightening regarding modern Apple philosophy.

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

Too long for that and a few subjects were re-iterated, but I found that totally forgivable.

Any additional comments?

If you have any interest in the Apple story I cannot see why you would not be gripped by this!

  • My Early Life

  • By: Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

One of the classic volumes of autobiography, My Early Life is a lively and colourful account of a young man's quest for action, adventure and danger. Churchill's schooldays are undistinguished, but he is admitted to Sandhurst and embarks on a career as a soldier and a war correspondent, seeing action in Cuba, in India, in the Sudan - where he took part in the battle of Omdurman, of which he gives us a stirring account - and finally in South Africa.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good listen

  • By M. K. Slaughter on 07-01-15

A very good listen

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

What made the experience of listening to My Early Life the most enjoyable?

A combination of a real biography and a tail of true adventure. I thought I new a little of WC but I knew nothing of what shaped him through his first quarter century. Very enlightening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Early Life?

An engaging journey from his first memories of childhood through to his early political career.

What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

Being read by a very plausible voice alike of the man himself gave extra gravity to this book.

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

I listen to this book every day using my one hour commute until it was finished.

Any additional comments?

A most excellent book that I would have no hesitation in recommending, in fact only my second audio book and it helped me become hooked into the concept.

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