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  • Topgun

  • An American Story
  • By: Dan Pedersen
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Dan Pedersen takes listeners on a colorful and thrilling ride - from Miramar to Area 51 to the decks of aircraft carriers in war and peace - through a historic moment in air warfare. He helped establish a legacy that was built by him and his "Original Eight" - the best of the best - and carried on for six decades by some of America's greatest leaders. Topgun is a heartfelt and personal testimonial to patriotism, sacrifice, and American innovation and daring. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo Zulu!

  • By D. Williams on 07-04-19

Bravo Zulu!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

Has all the elements of a great story and is read with care and attention - well done narrator! Nice to get the pdf of the photos too. Will be buying this in print when the hardback goes on sale next month.

  • Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography

  • By: Chris Salewicz
  • Narrated by: Tom McGairl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Founder of one of the most influential and successful rock bands of all time, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nevertheless remained an enigma. In this definitive and comprehensive biography of his life so far, Chris Salewicz draws on his own interviews with Page and those closest around him to unravel the man behind the mystery. Having sold over 300 million copies worldwide, Led Zeppelin was the biggest band of the '70s and has been loved by the legions ever since.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough but.......

  • By Mr. R. Daniels on 13-11-18

Mostly a good book let down by the reader

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

For God's sake get an actual fan who knows the subject to read a book like this! Absolutely diabolical in places. A child could have done better.

This is mostly a great book apart from chapter 22 that contains a long and tiresome interview seemingly transcribed verbatim about Zeppelins up coming Knebworth shows. This does absolutely nothing for the book and is just unnecessary filler. The book is long and detailed enough without this sleep inducing piece.

  • The 13th Valley

  • By: John M. Del Vecchio
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 27 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

The 13th Valley follows the terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in territory controlled by the North Vietnamese army. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account of Chelini's plunge and immersion into jungle warfare traces his evolution from a semipacifist to an all-out combat-crazed soldier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favourite since 84

  • By Jason Rimmer on 08-04-19

Very memorable book that stands multiple reads

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

Before I read Matterhorn, I didn't think a novel on the subject could compete with a memoir, like say Chickenhawk for example. After Matterhorn I wasn't sure this could compete, but it didn't disappoint. There's a reason why this is considered one of the great pieces of literature to come out of that war.

  • Life and Death in the Central Highlands

  • An American Sergeant in the Vietnam War, 1968-1970 (North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series)
  • By: James T. Gillam
  • Narrated by: Todd Belcher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

In 1968 James T. Gillam was a poorly focused college student at Ohio University who was dismissed and then drafted into the Army. Unlike most African-Americans who entered the Army then, he became a Sergeant and an instructor at the Fort McClellan Alabama School of Infantry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, poorly read

  • By D. Williams on 11-01-19

Well written, poorly read

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

When the passage in the book is describing having to beat a person to death in a pitch black tunnel with you bare hands (a person that very well may have actually been a woman), or having to kill a person face to face with a knife in a deadly hand to hand combat situation, what is being described are moments of pure adrenaline filled stark terror and extreme aggression, followed by equally powerful moments of revulsion and remorse - it is NOT appropriate to read this in a straight deadpan delivery like some emotionless machine.

What makes this book so unique and interesting is that it is the story of a well-educated black NCO. That makes it from a rare perspective when it comes to Vietnam memoirs. It is written from a very honest personal viewpoint on the one hand, but also in a very scholarly way on the other. I urge you to read the book as the guy reading this version ruins it.

  • 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 338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 306

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

Masterful

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

Pronunciation of Vietnamese names and places is the only let-down, and some of this improves mid-way through the book showing evidence of learning! This is his masterpiece. I've been studying the period off and on for 25 years and this is the best thing I've come across.

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  • Carrier Pilot

  • By: Norman Hanson
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

In 1942, Norman Hanson learned to fly the Royal Navy's newest fighter: the US-built Chance Vought Corsair. Fast, rugged, and demanding to fly, it was an intimidating machine. But in the hands of its young Fleet Air Arm pilots, it also proved to be a lethal weapon. Posted to the South Pacific aboard HMS Illustrious, Hanson and his squadron took the fight to the Japanese. Facing a desperate and determined enemy, Kamikaze attacks, and the ever-present dangers of flying off a pitching carrier deck, death was never far away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new perspective on a rarely mentioned group of men

  • By Stephen Howlett on 25-11-17

Not so well read

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Not the most action but a good story none the less. Poorly narrated though with pronunciation changing from correct to incorrect and then sometimes back again

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  • What It Is Like To Go To War

  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Karl Marlantes left University at 22 to serve in the Vietnam War. Matterhorn was the bestselling novel based on his experiences. Now Marlantes takes us back to Vietnam, but this time there is no fictional veil. It is part exorcism of Karl's own experiences of combat, part confession, part philosophical primer for the young man about to enter combat. It is also a devastatingly frank answer to the questions ‘What is it like to face death?' and 'What is it like to kill someone?'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling philosophy of war

  • By Rudy on 23-12-12

Warts an' all

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

Should be essential reading for anyone contemplating joining the army or marines. Blunt honest brutal

  • Combat Crew

  • The Story of 25 Combat Missions over Europe from the Daily Journal of a B-17 Gunner
  • By: John Comer
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

John Comer kept a journal of the 25 missions he flew in 1943, when the casualty rate on his base was close to 80 percent. His book is handwritten history, recorded within hours after the battles occurred. Comer vividly creates his experiences as top-turret gunner/flight engineer in a B-17 squadron that was thrown against the best pilots the Luftwaffe could offer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • possibly the best of the genre

  • By M. A. Burgess on 19-11-16

A very interesting possibly unique account

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18

Tour starts Nov 42 and takes nearly 14 months to complete his 25. Over Schweinfurt twice - bloody lucky to survive! Saw introduction of first G models to ETO. Account of a foo fighter sighting. Only account I know of by a Flight Engineer/gunner. Good story well told.

  • Air Force Blue

  • The RAF in World War Two - Spearhead of Victory
  • By: Patrick Bishop
  • Narrated by: Tim Frances
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

In a return to sweeping social history of wartime, Patrick Bishop explores the lives and wartime experiences of thousands of men and women who served in all units of the air force. On 1st April 2018, the Royal Air Force will be 100 years old - a short life by military standards but an extraordinarily important and eventful one. From the start it was special, standing sometimes awkwardly but always proudly a little apart from the existing services.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining listening

  • By D. Williams on 18-01-18

Entertaining listening

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

Reviewed: 18-01-18

Only a cursory coverage of the Far East but otherwise pretty much everything is there.

  • The Killing Zone

  • My Life in the Vietnam War
  • By: Frederick Downs
  • Narrated by: Barry Press
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Among the best books ever written about men in combat, The Killing Zone tells the story of the platoon of Delta One-six, capturing what it meant to face lethal danger, to follow orders, and to search for the conviction and then the hope that this war was worth the sacrifice. The book includes a new chapter on what happened to the platoon members when they came home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and though provoking

  • By Dan on 15-07-17

One of the early Vietnam memoirs

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Well written and performed. Great story from platoon commanders perspective and the aftermath of his experiences.

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