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Dan Rose

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  • The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The history of East Germany was closely intertwined with the development of its security services, specifically the Stasi. In an era of totalitarian countries dominated by repressive state agencies, the Stasi stood out for its size and the sheer breadth and depth of its surveillance. The Stasi: The History and Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Agency examines the history of one of the most notorious agencies in history. You will learn about the Stasi like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick & Informative

  • By Janet Lamb on 14-10-18

A missed opportunity

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

Reviewed: 31-05-18

The Stasi played a key role in the suppression of GDR population during the life of the East German State.  At one time the Stasi could rely on  informants, numbering 1 in 6.  They held files on most of the population. Charles River Editors book should be applauded because this is the first audiobook I have come across, which gives a brief history of the Stasi.  Sadly, though I would say that this book gives only the briefest of introductions to the work and the wider effects of the Stasi, and in my view an opportunity has been missed, especially considering there are a number of excellent books on the subject.  I would  also say that the narration is a little wooden

  • Gestapo

  • By: Edward Crankshaw
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The Grim story of the most vicious Terror Agency of all time-Its sinister Power and Barbaric acts, and the twisted men who led it-Hitler, Himmler, and Eichmann. This is the brutal expose of the rotten core of Nazi Germany. Here is revealed the true story of Hitler's terror police, the in-famous Gestapo-the madmen who headed it, the sadists who staffed it, the degenerate party that spawned it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Introduction to Evil

  • By Dan Rose on 09-02-18

An Introduction to Evil

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Edward Crankshaws book Gestapo is an interesting introduction to one of Nazi Germany's most feared state organs. The book does not claim and is not comprehensive. But the book does outline the beginning of the organization and some of the characters who shaped it.

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-08-18

My My Joe's got a book out

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Lt Joe Kenda, former head Of Colorado's Homicide Squad and Host of Discovery Channel's "Homicide Hunter" has published memoir o f his 23 years with Colorado Springs Police Department.  in the book Joe Kenda discusses some of his more memorable cases in detail, many have previously appeared in what could be described as sanitized summery versions on the TV show, but because of the audience and the time which the show airs it is not possible to go into to much graphic detail this book rectifies that. 


Kinda also uses his book to describe how his career in law enforcement a:ected both his family and himself including his post-retirement struggles with PTSD and how after years he learned to live with it.


My wife and I both enjoy the TV show Homicide Hunter, indeed when wife says she's spending the night with Joe I'm not jealous all she means is there's a couple of episodes to catch up on. The book is a great companion to the show as a number of the cases from it. It is also a good listen irrespective of weather you have seen the show or not 

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  • Bomber Command

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Jonathan Cunningham on 19-06-16

thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Bomber Command by Max Hastings charts the development of the British bomber force from the out-break of the second world war to the end of the conflict in 1945


Before listening to this book my knowledge of the British bomber war was limited to say the least. indeed it revolved around my Grandad's involvement as he was a navigator with 100 Squadron. Anyway back to Max Hastings book, which charts the development of Bomber Command.  Interestingly, and perhaps most movingly are the stories of the many brave and courageous crews who spent the war in freezing cold and drafty aircraft flying over occupied Europe.  As you would expect it also discusses the Commanders of the Bomber force, in particular Charles Portal and Arthur "Bomber" Harris.


This book was a thought-provoking listen, it raises many questions and it leaves a number of them unanswered. Never the less this is an excellent listen


  • The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939 - 1945

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Examining the espionage and intelligence stories in World War II on a global basis, bringing together the British, American, German, Russian and Japanese histories. In The Secret War, Max Hastings examines the espionage and intelligence machines of all sides in World War II, and the impact of spies, code breakers and partisan operations on events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacking in excitement

  • By David on 05-12-15

Very informative

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

The Secret War by Sir Max Hastings, is an excellent book.  Many books that deal with war-time espionage or the so called secret war concentrate on a particular operations, but Hasting's book takes a look at all of the players attempts at the secret war.  Whilst it can not claim, and it doesn't to be comprehensive, it is detailed enough to be very interesting.  I have read about the work at Bletchley Park or Operation Mincemeat, but I knew virtually nothing about the wartime operations of the Soviet NKVD or the German's Abwehr or the Japanese, this book fills in some of the gaps.  The book flows freely and the book keeps you (well me anyway) interested. I would highly recommend this book


  • The Wolf Children

  • CI Frank Stave
  • By: Cay Rademacher
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Hamburg 1947: It is the year of extremes. After a bitterly cold winter of starvation, the bombed city groans under excruciating heat. And Chief Inspector Frank Stave is confronted with a new case. In the ruins of a shipyard, the corpse of a boy is found and Stave's hunt for the killer leads him into the world of "wolf children" - orphaned children who have fled from the Occupied Eastern Territories and are now united in gangs. When two more bodies are discovered Stave is under even increasing pressure....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frank Stave's Next Adventure is about to Begin

  • By Dan Rose on 11-08-17

Frank Stave's Next Adventure is about to Begin

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

This is Cay Rademacher's Second novel in the Frank Stave Series. In this book, Stave has been asked to investigate the deaths of several children, the first was found in a storage shed at the Hamburg port having been stabbed, during the course of the book two other children were to die. The question is why? Set in the British Control Zone of Germany in 1947. There are children roaming the streets, having lost there parents during allied bombing raids. The Children, known as "Wolf Children" live rough in the ruins of the city, do what ever they can to make ends meet, usually involving some connection to the city's black market. Stave is keen to solve the case, particularly, after the death of one of the children, an under-age prostitute, who has become tangled up in the saga. Stave of course has much besides the case on his mind, his son, Karl has been missing since the end of the war, is he still alive? If he is, where is he? Stave has recently started a relationship and he worries about how Karl will react.

The Wolf Children, is a great second novel, a worthy follow up to his debut, Murderer in the Ruins. The book has many inter-woven strands which makes the Wolf Children an engaging read, It develops the characters from the first book, particularly James C McDonald, a British Army Officer who has been called upon again to assist Stave with his enquiries. I'm looking forward to Stave's next outing - hopefully, it won't be a long wait


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  • Live from Downing Street

  • By: Nick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

The relationship between those who wield power and those whose job it is to tell us what they are doing has always been fraught with tension. Politicians now expect to be on camera and facing aggressive questions from the moment they open their front door to the moment they return home at night. Everything they say and do is instantly broadcast and dissected on 24-hour news channels, blogs, and Twitter. It was not always this way. Live from Downing Street takes us on an absorbing journey through the hard-fought battles for the right to tell the public about the decisions taken on their behalf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Live from Downing Street

  • By J E Carrington on 24-12-12

over to Nick

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Nick Robinson's book 'Live from Downing Street" is a great book. When I bought this audiobook I was expecting a worts and all autobiography giving a gripping insight into the life of a top political journalist. If you are looking for that, then this book is not it. As Robinson says in the introduction "now is not the time" as he is still an active journalist currently working on Today on Radio 4.


What "Live from Downing Street" manages to do effortlessly by journalistic skill is to weave memoir with history lesson. Robinson tells us about his journey to the microphone and the influence of his grandfather in particular. Bernhard, a Jewish refuge from Germany who fled with his wife, Susan as Hitler came to power.  Also a key influence was Brian Redhead, who was the father of Robinson's closest childhood friends  


The book is also very interesting because it charts the development of political broadcasting in Britain and the battles to permit it, first on radio and later on television.


This book is great, it wasn't what I was expecting, but it was extremely interesting and worthwhile never the less. 

  • The Murderer in Ruins

  • CI Frank Stave, Book 1
  • By: Cay Rademacher
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Hamburg, 1947. A ruined city occupied by the British who bombed it, experiencing the coldest winter in living memory. Food is scarce; refugees and the homeless crowd into shantytowns and sheds. There is a killer on the loose, and all attempts to find him or her have failed. Plagued with worry about his missing son, Frank Stave is a career policeman with a tragedy in his past that is driving his determination to find the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Debut

  • By Dan Rose on 07-08-17

A Good Debut

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Murderer in Ruins" is a novel set in an almost destroyed, post war Hamburg.  Frank Stave is a detective who is asked to investigate the discovery of a naked women hidden in the ruin strewn city.  She is the first but she won't be the last.  Stave, working with his colleague, a British army officer and a seconded detective from the Vice Squad work to find out who she was and what may have lead to her death.  During the investigation a further two bodies are discovered, that of an elderly man and a child both meeting the same fate as the first victim.  Stave and his team have to establish if the deaths are linked and if so, by what?  


This is Cay Rademacher's debut novel translated from German into English, and is good read, there are several twists and turns.  In my view readers of Luke McCallin and Philip Kerr would particularly enjoy the Frank Stave series



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  • The Tunnels

  • The Untold Story of the Escapes Under the Berlin Wall
  • By: Greg Mitchell
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

In the summer of 1962, one year after the rise of the Berlin Wall, a group of daring young West Germans risked prison, Stasi torture and even death to liberate friends, lovers and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the wall. Then, as the world's press heard about the secret projects, two television networks raced to be the first to document them from the inside, funding two separate tunnels for exclusive rights to film the escapes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A detailed book about the Berlin Tunnels

  • By Dan Rose on 20-06-17

A detailed book about the Berlin Tunnels

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

The Tunnels - The untold story of escapes under the Berlin Wall by Greg Mitchell is a great book, it details the early efforts of West German students in particular attempted to help their countrymen from the east.


The book describes the various forces at work,  the students, the escapees, the media and the state organs from east and west.  In the beginning the students helped escapees for idealistic reasons and did not charge for their services. Later on charges for services were made both by students and individuals who tunnelled on a commercial basis.


The media played a key role in a couple of tunnels both CBS and NBC were desperate to cover a tunnel escapes and offered financial instruments to encourage tunnellers. In doing this it could be argued that they exposed escapees to increased risk by publicising there work. On the other hand the input of the media increased the profile of the students and others, further it increased the financial coffers of the tunnellers.




  • The Silent Death

  • Gereon Rath, Book 2
  • By: Volker Kutscher
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Berlin, 1930. Sound film is conquering the big screen, leaving many by the wayside: producers, cinema owners - and silent film stars. Investigating the violent on-set death of actress Betty Winter, Inspector Gereon Rath encounters the dark side of glamour and an industry in turmoil. When his father requests that he help his friend, the mayor of Cologne, Konrad Adenauer, and his ex-girlfriend, Charly, makes a renewed attempt at rapprochement, things start to get out of hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silent Death is a really enjoyable listen

  • By Dan Rose on 23-05-17

Silent Death is a really enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 23-05-17

Silent Death is Gereon Rath's second outing in English (translated from the original German) in Silent Death Gereon Rath and the other members of A Division, Berlin Homicide are called in to investigate the deaths of several actresses who are transitioning from silent to talking movies. 


As with the first novel in the series, Babylon Berlin, the narrative twists and turns so that you are not sure who or why the murders have been committed right until the end of the novel. Volker Kutscher manages intertwine several interesting sub-plots which adds to the narrative.


Silent Death is a great listen, it's one of the few books I've read from cover in in sitting - truly excellent. Mark Meadows does a great job if narration

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