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  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique account

  • By Richard on 07-12-10

A must for anyone.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

To sit and read such a book is only for those with the will & want to do so... But this is an important piece of history, and in audio format it makes it much easier to take in... almost taking you in as if it was a war/spy novel.



Yeah, here's a spoiler alert. Hitler dies & the Nazis lose... BUT this book shows exactly how the most hated figure in modern history came to power.



Even though you may know the outcome of some of the events and battles, you are on the edge of your seat as you realise how damned close each side came to victory/loss at each decision.



In his early political life you can see that he was driven, had a great mind & huge potential. In post WW1 Germany you could see that the way the country was treated by the victors of WW1, that something had to break. The real start of the troubles that lead to WW1 started way before Hitler turned up... but the pot was on the boil, and the Germany was in such a mess that one man with a bright future vision (which it really was... initially) could go from a street tramp to the most powerful leader in a matter of years. Hitler it seems, was the sum of all that was around him.



Truly fascinating, and a real eye opener to why the war kicked off. Understanding the lead up to our darkest days really casts a light on why it all happened. If it hadn't been Hitler, then someone else would have filled the void. The world was a powder keg waiting to blow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,018

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

So much more than the films.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Wonderful! Exciting! Thrilling!



Impossible to read without getting confused, terrible to watch because it lacks so much depth... Yet turned into an unabridged audiobook it is far easier to keep up with the flow & still retain everything the book contains.



The story is beautifully woven, with fully fleshed out characters and locations. This is the reason that I prefer a book to a film, and an audiobook to a book.



It is so regrettable that this collection on 'Millenium' stories came to such a tragic stop. Across the series start (The Girl with...) the stories just get stronger & more interwoven. You can only start to imagine how great any future books would have been. I fear if the collection is carried on by another author, that the magic will be lost.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium magazine's legendary star reporter, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't disappoint

  • By Jill on 21-07-09

Don't judge a book by its cover. Or its film.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Wonderful! Exciting! Thrilling!



Impossible to read without getting confused, terrible to watch because it lacks so much depth... Yet turned into an unabridged audiobook it is far easier to keep up with the flow & still retain everything the book contains.



The story is beautifully woven, with fully fleshed out characters and locations. This is the reason that I prefer a book to a film, and an audiobook to a book.



It is so regrettable that this collection on 'Millenium' stories came to such a tragic stop. Across the series start (The Girl with...) the stories just get stronger & more interwoven. You can only start to imagine how great any future books would have been. I fear if the collection is carried on by another author, that the magic will be lost.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,511
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279

Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engrossing end to the trilogy

  • By Kirstine on 03-11-09

Ignore the films, skip the book...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Wonderful! Exciting! Thrilling!



Impossible to read without getting confused, terrible to watch because it lacks so much depth... Yet turned into an unabridged audiobook it is far easier to keep up with the flow & still retain everything the book contains.



The story is beautifully woven, with fully fleshed out characters and locations. This is the reason that I prefer a book to a film, and an audiobook to a book.



It is so regrettable that this collection on 'Millenium' stories came to such a tragic stop. Across the series start (The Girl with...) the stories just get stronger & more interwoven. You can only start to imagine how great any future books would have been. I fear if the collection is carried on by another author, that the magic will be lost.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing and memorable book

  • By Kirstine on 17-05-14

Stunningly well written & read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Not my usual cup of tea, but 'A Prayer for Owen Meany' builds up over the length of the book into a great mix of characters and plots.



Throughout the entire storyline there are beautiful little references to seemingly innocuous past events, with the smallest details weaving such a wonderful picture, leaving the reader (listener) with a clarity of what this world looks like and what the people are like, but still allowing the imagination to form the shapes.



I wished my drive to work was longer so I could have listened to more in one go, and in fact there were occasions that I took a 'long-cut' just to hear a particular story line thread play out!



It is to a budding novelist as a Mozart concerto is to a wannabe musician who has just picked up a tambourine... You think you'd like to try your hand at writing, then you see this and realise what a really good author can produce.



I'm a great fan of the Jason Bourne series, and John Le Carre is by far my favourite author of a book series or genre, but Owen Meany is that exception to the rule. Truly mesmerising.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Red Storm Rising

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 31 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

When Muslim fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralize NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuver to cloak a crash military build-up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Girlie Approval

  • By Sarah on 15-01-11

Classic Clancy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-11

I have always enjoyed the story so going over to audio was going to be a tough one. The narrator was okay, but a bit dull. Great story, but I recommend listening to a good stretch of the sample to make sure you can stand the voice.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Debt of Honor

  • A Jack Ryan Novel
  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: John MacDonald
  • Length: 36 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By LB on 15-03-11

Terrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-11

Like the lovechild of Stephen Hawkins & a telephone answering machine. This narrator is more robotic than a child's robot toy. It's unbearable. I read the book and it is superb, but I can't get past the first 20 minutes of this awful, dead drone.

1 star - only because I had to tick the damned box.

If this had been my first audiobook, I would never buy another.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil's Punchbowl

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 21 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

As a prosecuting attorney Penn Cage sent hardened killers to death row. But it is as mayor of his hometown that he will face his most dangerous enemy. In its quest for new jobs and fresh money, the town of Natchez has turned to gambling. Five fantastical steamboats float on the river, but one boat isn’t like the others. Rumour has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull in the big players. And with them comes an unquenchable taste for blood sport, and the dark vices that go with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another fantastic listen

  • By Samantha on 06-03-10

Awesome.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-10

Well read, well paced and a good believable plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silver Tower

  • By: Dale Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Iran has been invaded. And America responds in a grueling counterattack by air, by sea - and by a brave new technology that will redefine war. The most sophisticated laser defense system ever. It is called Silver Tower. And it will change the balance of world power forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great entertainment

  • By andrew on 23-12-12

This is what it's all about!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-10

A great book and very well read. This is how an action audio book should be. No fake female accents, not outrageous stereotypical accents - just a well written book very well read.

  • Edge of Battle

  • By: Dale Brown
  • Narrated by: Michael McShane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Violence and tensions along the US-Mexican border have never been higher, sparked by battles between rival drug lords and an increased flow of illegal migrants. To combat the threat, the United States has executed Operation Rampart: a controversial test base in southern California run by Major Jason Richter and TALON, his high-tech special operations unit.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Edge of pants

  • By John Gray on 04-11-07

Let down by the narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-10

Why oh why do the audio companies let the narrators get away with comical, nasal toned accents for female characters? A good audio book wrecked by a poor reading.