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Analysis of of Lawrences tactical contibution

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

Reviewed: 31-07-20

I appreciated the authors cool and measured approach to the Lawrence legend in what is a deeply researched and reasoned review of the records and standard readings. On the other hand, it did come across a little in the Aldington vein of iconoclasm and frustrated annoyance. Overall it sets out and succeeds in its purpose of putting Lawrence in perspective and grudgingly acknowledging his historical contribution.
I think as an audio book it would also have benefited from a professional narrator as the author struggles in parts in imparting correct nuance, tone and pronunciation in his own work.

Another serene interlude with Tel ;)

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

Reviewed: 17-01-20

Mr Stamp could, should and probably yet will; read the Greater London phone directory on Audible and get 5 stars from me. If you've listened to his other recordings, you will know it's all in the breathing! I think he has repeated some of his anecdotes here, but I really dont care. The narration is enlightening in the truest sense and entertainingly down to earth at the same time. I find my own pulse and breathing relax when I quote segments to myself. Please deliver more soon Mr Stamp!

Marvellous series and production

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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: 07-12-19

wont bother to echo the plaudits for the books and Mr Rodska's masterly performance.
Suffice it to say, as has been pointed ot by many others, that the performance benefits greatly, indeed, immeasurably-by judicious use of Audibles playback speed adjustment!
I should add, in my case, that a rendition _at a ratio of 0.85, will render benefits, most efficatious to the listeners ears. (note to reader: the paras above should be read in a Churchillian cadence. ;)

The banality of evil and the fallibility of man

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

Reviewed: 21-11-19

Excellent writing and performances, very well produced examination of this terrifying cataclysm. Sometimes hard to follow the identities and nationalities.

Great value and absorbing

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

Reviewed: 19-04-19

The story of Warner Brothers and their era presented as Greek Tragedy. Another absorbing production by Adam Roche who collects his information and presents it in a very effective manner. The only suggestions I would make would be for him to allow an alternative narrator as I personally find his narration to be rather syrupy and unsuited to the material. It reminds me of Peter Cooks impressions of Joan Crawford an Greta Garbo!
The choice of background music is also often anachronistic and overly sentimental.
I do however appreciate that this is very much a one man band operation and the effort put into the production is tremendous and represents exceptional value for both Audible and it's listeners. Looking forward to more. I must go back and watch more Jimmy Cagney what an amazing man he was!

1 person found this helpful

Classic Story-Troublesome narration

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I am a great fan of Giles Miltons popular histories from Nathaniels Nutmeg (my personal favourite) on to the last (Churchills Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare) . His take on the historic events is good and offers some new personal perspectives along with the more well known features of this immense operation and maintains a good narrative pace following the timeline (Not difficult for this subject!). Unfortunately I have to say the audiobook (shock and horror) is let down by the authors personal narration. With a cast of familiar characters from Ike downwards (Lord "Lov-it", Erwin Rommel, Teddy Roosevelt Jr, Douglas Reeman) my late friend Bill Gray of the Ox and Bucks LI.

Mr Milton stumbles distractingly in reading his own prose and uses two accents for all the characters (Allied and Axis), his own... and the slightly different "Astonished gor blimey geezer" for anyone, of any nationality- not of the officer class, which quickly becomes irritating and which, I am afraid, does the subject a disservice. A more considered, neutral or nuanced intonation; and better produced narration would have vastly improved this presentation.

5 people found this helpful

Engaging and engrossing journey with a great guide

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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: 10-02-18

An engaging and engrossing journey into the life and times of the maestro, eschewing the dry and mundane documentary style to make this man, his humanity and his awareness seem alive to us.
I loved the description of Leonardo and Salai's vibrant pink and purple wardrobe. they must certainly have been noticed on the streets of Milan. So different to the sepia tinted ancient as he is normally presented to us.
I knew Alf Molina would be an entertaining narrator and an enjoyable companion for the journey, that and the essential pdf downloaded to my phone and PC has made this into an audio-visual journey that sets the gold standard for Audible. Beautifully considered and presented, I look forward to more imaginatively produced tours like this.
Please try to get Mr Molina to do more quality productions and allow him to use whatever accents he cares to try on!
Bravo!

8 people found this helpful

Location Location Location....

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Love Stephen Frys narration
Loved the books for 50 years
Very good marketing by Audible, I bought it immediately and listened to Mr Frys introductions. He rightly points out that you can start anywhere but this isn't quite the case with the audiobook version. Whilst there is a chapter list on the website and on each download part the chapter numbers restart with each volume so the chapter numbers don't correlate. Also chapter numbers don't assist in finding a particular or favourite story. This is a terrible weakness for any compilation so I'd request audible to give it some thought and come up with a PDF file at leat to assist in. Avocation

386 people found this helpful

Caveat Emptor

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

Have listened to both volumes of Bruce Cattons Army of the Potomac trilogy and looked forward to the third - however due to copyright restrictions it is not available to UK members!!!
Interestingly all 3 volumes are available on kindle with whispersynch in US. I'm sure the difficulties are not insurmountable.
Come on Audible....

2 people found this helpful

Rare Stamps cover art

Remarkable!

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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: 25-07-15

Terence Stamp is an actor whom you either love or hate. I have to say I don't understand those who hate him. Having heard most of his anecdotes in interviews over the years the subject matter is familiar however his presence and presentation is astonishing and hypnotic. Mr Stamp will probably be the first to admit his vanity, if the definition of vanity is to be aware of ones talent and exhibit it, that however is also a definition of an artist, and he is unmistakably an artist and guides us through a bravura presentation, not only of his craft and gift; but also of the many years of effort he has put into perfecting it. This Three hour performance is short but succinctly crams in far more hours, months and years of distilled thought and philosophy. If you appreciate his charisma and want to learn more of his insights into breathing, awareness and tapping into the energy of luge itself you have come to the end of your search right here ;)