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a disappointment after Luke Harding's other work

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-20

Enjoyed and respected Luke Harding's work in books like 'Collusion'. Yet this feels like a complete cut and paste - retelling well worn stories one after another adding very little, if anything, that's new. For me, a shame, and the kind of book which ultimately damages a writer's brand.

Excellent, with one pedantic caveat

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-20

Enjoying this series very much - but Churchill died January 1965, not 1964. No big deal, but fact check important in series asking how far we can trust the record of the past?

too episodic to be really gripping

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-20

I'm a great fan of Damien Lewis - have read/listened to many of his accounts of WW2 special forces, expertly told. Sadly, for me, this one sounds like a pot-boiler, much too episodic to really engage. I think I'd have enjoyed any one of the seven stories much more had they been researched to book length. But these are still stories important to know, and I respect the author's intention there.

dull and lifeless

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-20

How is it possible to make such potentially compelling material so dull and lifeless? The tabloid subheading is especially ill-chosen, since these cases seem not to have shocked the author in any degree. I admire Sir Richard's willingness to 'go public' - but wish he had taken some advice on how to write engagingly before he did so.

cold comfort croft

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-20

Didn't work for me. The author delivers endless purple passages designed to demonstrate great sensitivity, yet appears utterly insensitive to the island environment, especially its people. And with just a little tweak on the gushing prose it could have become a true comic classic - 'Cold Comfort Croft'?

lifeless delivery

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-20

This may have been a great book - respect to Ranulph Fiennes for his bold exploring - but the bloodless delivery made it, for me, unlistenable. Audible should exercise more quality control on narration - I've had to exchange more audiobooks for what I took to be inadequate reading skills, than poor writing skills - shame to spoil a good piece of work that way. When print goes to audio it's a different medium and needs to be presented in a professional, skillfull way.

too abridged and oddly produced...

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-19

I don't know how comprehensive the unabridged book was, but this felt like a very superficial treatment of the subject. The production was weird too - almost random music and sound effects passages which for me didn't sit with the overall content.

Superb narrative history

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-19

Max Hastings usual blend of brilliant storytelling and incisive observation. An often told story well worth hearing again in this form. My personal preference isn't for Peter Noble's rather monotone delivery, but that's purely subjective - enjoy!

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Superb personal history and analysis

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-19

A brilliant piece of work in my view, elegantly written and fascinating in its mix of history and first hand testimony.

Listen to sample before you decide

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-19

Judging the quality of narration is necessarily subjective - I found this completely unlistenable, which is a shame since I was looking forward to the book.

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