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  • The War that Ended Peace

  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 31 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict which killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world. It was a war which could have been avoided up to the last moment - so why did it happen?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Marathon!

  • By Tom on 06-02-14

Excellent & Informative

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

In this 100 year anniversary of the Armistice I wanted to read and listen to some history books about World War 1, as bizarrely its a subject I never covered in history at school and my reading about WW1 to date has been novel based.

I found this book fascinating, gripping and really informative. I learnt so much about what led to WW1, which I'd previously had no idea about. In fact I'm embarrassed to realise how little I previously knew about the build up to this war. I feel it should be compulsory reading for all politicians in the vague hope they'll learn some lessons.

It is a long book but I never got bored, and it is very clearly and well read and paced. There are a lot of names and people to remember, and to be honest I don't remember all of them, but actually that doesn't matter. I finished this book with a much clearer understanding of how and why Europe went to war and the social and political environment leading to that war, and that is what I wanted from it. I feel the book has prepared me to now read about the actual history of WW1.

Highly recommended.

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  • Nights at the Circus

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

This Audible Exclusive recording of Angela Carter's iconic novel, Nights at the Circus, is brought to you by celebrated actress and voice artist, Adjoa Andoh. It is described by Carter herself as a 'psychedelic Dickens.' A compelling and thought provoking novel which heralds a new age, we're introduced to the unique and mesmerizing character of Sophi Fevvers and her illustrious wings....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Louisa on 06-09-18

wondrrful

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Adjoa Andoh perfectly captures Angela Carter's characters & imaginative narrative. A favourite novel beautifully read.

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