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Mark Lucas

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  • Victory

  • Thomas Kydd, Book 11
  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 87

Commander Thomas Kydd is eager to play his part in thwarting Bonaparte’s plans for the invasion of England. Joining Admiral Nelson’s command, Kydd and his ship soon find themselves at the heart of the action that leads up to the famous clash of the mighty British and French fleets at Trafalgar.Kydd’s journey takes him from false sightings of the enemy and dramatic chases across the Atlantic, to the bloody annihilation of the enemy during the actual battle, and the heroic aftermath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stockwin steers a gallant course!

  • By Simon on 26-08-15

Stunning!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

As with the rest of this series a beautiful combination of a terrific story, fascinating detail and depth, and crowned by the magnificent performance of Christian Rodska.

This is as good as it can get in this class of story!
Mark Lucas

  • Command

  • Thomas Kydd, Book 7
  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Thrilled at his first command, Thomas Kydd must race to bring his ship to battle readiness - he is needed to defend Malta against Barbary corsairs, privateers and the French who are trying to rescue the remnants of their army in the Levant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joyous!

  • By Simon on 28-08-15

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Another sunning combination of a very clever author and a very gifted reader gives a wonderful experience for the listener. I recommend this to all potential listeners!

  • Seaflower

  • Thomas Kydd, Book 3
  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

It is two years since Thomas Paine Kydd was spirited away in the night to serve his country aboard the 'Duke William'. Now, with his friend Nicholas Renzi and crew members from the 'Artemis', Tom is a shipwrecked sailor back in the land of his birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seaflower - No Shrinking Violet

  • By Simon on 07-09-15

Great story made even better by perfect narration.

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

Reviewed: 18-03-18

The combination of this great story combined with the beautiful pace and characterisation by Christian Rodska make this a very entertaining and absorbing experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mirage

  • The Oregon Files, Book 9
  • By: Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

In October 1943, a U.S. destroyer sailed out of Philadelphia and supposedly vanished, the result of a Navy experiment with electromagnetic radiation. The story was considered a hoax - but now Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon colleagues aren't so sure. There is talk of a new weapon soon to be auctioned, something very dangerous to America's interests, and the rumors link it to the great inventor Nikola Tesla, who was working with the Navy when he died in 1943. Was he responsible for the experiment? Are his notes in the hands of enemies?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional.

  • By boxwave ever touch on 12-04-18

Great, classic Cussler!

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

Reviewed: 16-02-18

Great story, good pace, good “locations” and the usual excellent narration by Scott Brick.
Ideal listening.

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  • Havana Storm

  • A Dirk Pitt Adventure
  • By: Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

While investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean Sea that may ultimately threaten the United States, Pitt unwittingly becomes involved in something even more dangerous - a post-Castro power struggle for the control of Cuba. Meanwhile, Pitt's children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, are on an investigation of their own, chasing an Aztec stone that may reveal the whereabouts of a vast historical Aztec treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unmissible

  • By richard on 20-12-14

A great adventure story

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

In the classic Dirk Pitt style, beautifully read by Scott and great fun. Highly recommended.

  • Famous Five: Five On A Treasure Island

  • Book 1
  • By: Enid Blyton
  • Narrated by: Jan Francis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Julian, Dick and Anne are spending the holidays with their tomboy cousin George and her dog, Timothy. One day, George takes them to explore nearby Kirrin Island, with its rocky little coast and old ruined castle on the top. Over on the island, they make a thrilling discovery, which leads them deep into the dungeons of Kirrin Castle on a dangerous adventure. Who - and what - will they find there?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great family listening

  • By Stormy on 01-12-13

Brilliant !

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

Great fun, and kept my 5 and 8 year old grand-daughters and my daughter happy in the car during a long day's drive from France back to UK.
We adults enjoyed it too, remembering when we were children and first read it ourselves, so it covered three generations.

  • Flashman at the Charge

  • The Flashman Papers, Book 7
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, so-so production

  • By d l murley on 22-10-18

Terrific!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-16

Great story, with a great reader. Classic Flashman with the usual mix of adventure, humour and historic background.

  • The Second World War: Alone

  • By: Sir Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 134

"After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By William on 26-09-09

Stunning!

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

Reviewed: 22-05-16

Churchill's eyewitness account of these momentous events, the beauty of his writing style, and the superb reading by Christian Rodska make this a stunning experience.