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  • Wings on My Sleeve

  • The World's Greatest Test Pilot Tells His Story
  • By: Eric 'Winkle' Brown
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

The autobiography of one of the greatest pilots in history. In 1939 Eric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realising he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve - and the rest is history. Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to be the greatest test pilot in history, flying more different aircraft types than anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By Jay Grady on 02-07-16

What a hero!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

Great book about a great man. This man has done it all as a pilot, a record breaker and a brave man. I bought this book after reading his obituary a sad passing.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One

  • Darcy Saga Series #1
  • By: Sharon Lathan
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

It's Darcy and Elizabeth's wedding day, and the journey is just beginning as Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice characters embark on the greatest adventure of all: marriage and a life together filled with surprising passion, tender self-discovery, and the simple joys of every day.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tolerable

  • By TheNameless on 02-10-18

Oh Dear, what a waste of time.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

I am a Jane Austen enthusiast. I had hoped that this book would be a good sequel to her original work. How disappointing this book was. The author has made no attempt at any research about the place where this is set. The Derwent valley of Derbyshire in Northern England does not and never has had wild turkeys! Turkeys are native to America. There are no creeks in Derbyshire, many rivers, streams, brooks and becks but no creeks. I think the reader did a good job in reading this, she did it without laughing especially when reading the too frequent and badly written sex scenes of which there are far too many. The Darcys came across as shallow sexual athletes with very little character development. Other characters in this book are also poorly developed. Okay so I am probably not who this book was directed at, being a 66 year old male but I do enjoy a well written romance, and this is certainly not well written.

  • Captain Wentworth's Persuasion

  • Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes
  • By: Regina Jeffers
  • Narrated by: Graham Vick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Witty, romantic and insightful, this novel retells the love affair at the heart of Jane Austen's Persuasion from the perspective of the suitor--Captain Wentworth. Written in the language of the era, Captain Wentworth's Persuasion re-creates the original style, themes and sardonic humor of Jane Austen's novel while turning the entire tale on its head in a most engaging fashion. Listeners hear Captain Wentworth's side of this tangled story while gazing into his thoughts and emotions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too American?

  • By English Dave on 05-06-15

Too American?

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

This is a sequel to one of my favourite Austen novels, unfortunately, the author almost lost my attention after very few minutes and I was considering returning this book.
Jane Austen was very well aware of the workings of the British Navy, her brother was a serving officer and fought at the Battle of Trafalgar. This author is not and her description of a ship in action is very poor. She is also not aware of the type of trees that are native to Britain. However, I am pleased that I persisted to the end, the story is quite good and she has developed the characters from the original quite well but I do wish she had carried out more historical research before she tackled this sequel.

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  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,826

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

Worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

The next chapter in the saga of Peter Grant, a very good listen, I hope that Ben Aaronovitch can sustain the pace and product the next episode before too long.
As an ex cop, I really like, the procedural detail that goes into each investigation and even though I've been away from the job for 16 years it sounds authentic.

  • An Assembly Such as This

  • A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman
  • By: Pamela Aidan
  • Narrated by: George Holmes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

As Darcy spends more time at Netherfield supervising Bingley and fending off Miss Bingley's persistent advances, his unwilling attraction to Elizabeth grows, as does his concern about her relationship with his nemesis, George Wickham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darcy Falls In Love.

  • By Tracy on 22-01-11

An Assembly Such as This

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-09

This book, in general, is a very good continuation of the work of Jane Austin. The charactorisation is good and the view of the relationship of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy from a different angle is interesting. Unfortunately the author is lacking in knowledge of a gentlemans passtimes in the late 18th and early 19th centurys. A fowling piece is a smooth bore shot gun not a riffle and as such has no sights. Hunting was done on horse back with a pack of hounds. A shooting party would have been shooting birds driven by beaters towards the guns. A gentleman would have had a gun dog not a hound. A gentleman of Darcy's wealth would have taken a string of horses for hunting to a country house visit not just the one. I don't know weather these criticisms are due to a lack or research or to transatlantic misunderstanding.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful