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  • Endeavour

  • By: Peter Moore
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Endeavour, written by Peter Moore, read by Ric Jerrom. An inventive biography of one of the most famous ships of all time - from the oak tree it was made from to its last voyage in the American War of Independence. No-one has ever told Endeavour’s complete story before. Peter Moore sets out to explore the different lives of this remarkable ship, from the acorn that grew into the oak that made her to her rich and complex legacy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow not my normal read glad I did

  • By JohnT on 14-11-18

slow, padded out, where was the editor?

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

if you're expecting a rip-roaring 'biography of a ship' like Michael Palin's excellent 'Erebus' or David Cordingly's equally excellent 'Billy Ruffian' forget it. this piece is padded out to nearly 20 hours with dull reflections on, as it says in the sub-title, the 'attitude that changed the world'. hello? I had to give up after 3 hours so maybe it does become wonderful - if so apologies. not for me though.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Six Minutes in May

  • By: Nicholas Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Six Minutes in May by Nicholas Shakespeare, read by Peter Noble. London, May 1940. Britain is under threat of invasion and Neville Chamberlain’s government is about to fall. It is hard for us to imagine the Second World War without Winston Churchill taking the helm, but in Six Minutes in May Nicholas Shakespeare shows how easily events could have gone in a different direction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does much to straighten the record

  • By Chantal on 29-07-18

an excellent piece of historical reportage...

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

this is a hugely enjoyable book/listen, made all the more fascinating by the author's personal family insights. I'd have maybe edited an hour from the initial Norway invasion story - but overall a brilliant piece of work

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Viceroy's Daughters

  • By: Anne de Courcy
  • Narrated by: Sara Coward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The sisters saw British fascism from behind the scenes and had an equally intimate view of the arrival of Wallis Simpson and the marriage and life of the Windsors. Based on unpublished letters and diaries, this is a wonderfully revealing portrait of British upper-class life during the first half of the 20th century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Part of the British Aristocracy Network

  • By Alison on 16-08-16

superb...

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

this is a fascinating slice of history, very well researched, beautifully told and narrated - highly recommended

  • We March Against England

  • Operation Sea Lion, 1940–41
  • By: Robert Forczyk
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

In May 1940, Nazi Germany was master of continental Europe. The only European power still standing was Great Britain - and the all-conquering German armed forces stood poised to cross the Channel. Following the destruction of the RAF fighter forces, the sweeping of the Channel of mines, and the wearing down of the Royal Naval defenders, two German army groups were set to storm the beaches of southern England.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ooops

  • By jules on 24-01-17

content OK - narration bad to the point of comedy

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

i listened to this book with a horrified fascination - the pronunciation of most German terms is exaggerated beyond belief - whilst some English place names are a kind of word salad - the town of 'Slough' rendered as 'Slew'. I finally figured that the pronunciation of the most used termed ' 'Seelowe', had for some reason been re-recorded later, then dropped back into the narrative, which is why the inflection is almost consistently wrong. I love the Audible service - it's now time they did a little quality control on the readings....

  • Rise and Kill First

  • The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations
  • By: Ronen Bergman
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 25 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

In this pause-resisting, eye-opening audiobook, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman - praised by David Remnick as 'arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter' - offers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating account of the history of Israeli spyworld

  • By Mr. K. Leigh on 23-10-18

utterly gripping and a great piece of reporting...

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

probably the best audiobook I've ever experienced - why? - it recounts the complicated and potentially dry and confusing story of Israel's 70 years of enmity with its neighbours via a completely enthralling narrative. you come for the spy stories and learn the history too. a brilliant piece of work...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nuremberg Trial

  • By: John Tusa, Ann Tusa
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 25 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goering, each participant is vividly drawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brings horrible history alive

  • By Tim Conway on 18-04-14

narration made this unlistenable for me

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I was looking forward to this audiobook, give the joint authors' credentials. Sadly the dreadful technical quality and woeful delivery of the narrator forced me to give up after less than 20 minutes. Luckily there is a returns policy - so maybe give it a try and see if these are not so off-putting for you.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blood on the Page

  • By: Thomas Harding
  • Narrated by: Thomas Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

June 2006: Allan Chappelow, an award-winning photographer and biographer, was found battered to death, partially burned and buried under four feet of paper at his house in Hampstead. The man eventually convicted of his murder was a Chinese dissident named Wang Yam - a man who claimed to be a key negotiator in the Tiananmen Square protests. Thomas Harding has spent the past two years investigating the case, described by the press as 'the greatest whodunnit' of recent years, and has unearthed shocking and revelatory new material on the killing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worth listening to - but should have been better

  • By Andrew W. on 24-02-18

worth listening to - but should have been better

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

Any additional comments?

the journalism and story-telling in this just weren't good enough. the author is obviously a writer of integrity, concerned about the facts etc. but he didn't dig deep enough - the protagonist's defence rests on a story that he wasn't a murderer - just helping some Chinese gangsters to monetise the dead man's assets. but there was no new investigation of this - or even an attempt at one that I could discern. it ended up feeling like a cut and paste job from the broadsheets.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Playing God

  • Seven Fateful Moments When Great Men Met to Change the World
  • By: Charles Mee Jr.
  • Narrated by: James Armstrong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Charles Mee, Jr. reproduces seven singular moments when heads of state have come together to decide the future of the world: Pope Leo and Attila the Hun; Henry VIII and Francis I; Cortes and Montezuma; Metternich and Talleyrand; Wilson, Clemenceau and Lloyd George; Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt; and Gorbachev and the G7 nations.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Inaudible

  • By Andrew W. on 10-10-11

Inaudible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-11

interesting book - the audio quality is so poor it's below AM radio quality. Avoid!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful