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  • D-Day

  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Giles Milton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Almost 75 years have passed since D-Day, the day of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could be driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled for years, perhaps forever. Giles Milton's bold new history narrates the day's events through the tales of survivors from all sides: the teenage Allied conscript, the crack German defender, the French resistance fighter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Story-Troublesome narration

  • By Kindle Customer on 14-11-18

Classic Story-Troublesome narration

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Leonardo Da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An art history course in a book

  • By Nando Cuca on 14-11-17

Engaging and engrossing journey with a great guide

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,881
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,523
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,500

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Location Location Location....

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

310 of 344 people found this review helpful

  • Glory Road

  • By: Bruce Catton
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In the second book of the Army of the Potomac Trilogy, Bruce Catton - one of America's most honored Civil War historians - once again brings the great battles and the men who fought them to breathtaking life. As the War Between the States moved through its second bloody year, General Ambrose Burnside was selected by President Lincoln to replace the ineffectual George "Little Mac" McClellan as commander of the Union Army. But the hope that greeted Burnside's ascension was quickly dashed in December 1862 in the wake of his devastating defeat at Fredericksburg.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caveat Emptor

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-10-16

Caveat Emptor

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rare Stamps

  • Reflections on Living, Breathing, & Acting
  • By: Terence Stamp
  • Narrated by: Terence Stamp
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Rare Stamps offers a revealing insight into the life of an actor and the making of a man. Beginning with an Academy Award nomination for Billy Budd in 1962, Terence Stamp was called "the most beautiful man alive", only to be discarded at the end of the decade with the words, "we're looking for a younger Terence Stamp." Soul searching, he traveled alone through India, staying at the Taj Mahal Hotel while studying above a public lavatory with a chain smoking guru, only to wind up back in London and broke by 1984.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Terence

  • By Alison St Pierre on 18-09-12

Remarkable!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 ;)

  • Dust and Shadow

  • An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conan-Doyle has been re-incarnated!

  • By Simmybear on 28-01-11

a good stab at the genre ;)

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

A well disciplined pastiche hits most of the right notes though the story's structure is more modern than an Edwardian novel.
Simon Vance does a workmanlike job of conveying classic voices of policemen, prostitutes, prizefighters, Dukes Dr John.H.W and even Mrs Hudson but critically fails at Holmes himself. The well-crafted Holmesian syntax cries out for dear old Jeremy Brett and we are at much at a loss without him.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Waterloo

  • By: Tim Clayton
  • Narrated by: Phillip Franks
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

The bloodbath at Waterloo ended a war that had engulfed the world for over 20 years. It also finished the career of the charismatic Napoleon Bonaparte. It ensured the final liberation of Germany and the restoration of the old European monarchies, and it represented one of very few defeats for the glorious French army, most of whose soldiers remained devoted to their Emperor until the very end.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maps & diagrams needed to get the real effect

  • By Alexander Patterson on 25-07-15

"Embedded" view of Quatre-Bras, Ligny and Waterloo

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

Reviewed: 15-05-15

Very impressed by the research and assembly of the material, which flows beautifully to allow one to really understand the context and significance of this battle to European and world history, whilst also giving us exciting "on the ground- you are there" reportage and a feeling of peering over the participants shoulders and through the gun smoke (you can taste it too!).....gasp for breath....

An exemplary reading by Philip Franks (Who is now on my list of preferred narrators) As with all audiobooks of this sort, you'll need to avail yourself of maps, but the internet abounds with them.

Very satisfied with this purchase(and I'm only half way through listening)
Highly Recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Waging Heavy Peace

  • A Hippie Dream
  • By: Neil Young
  • Narrated by: Keith Carradine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture generally in the last four decades. Reflective, insightful, and disarmingly honest, in Waging Heavy Peace he writes about his life and career. From his youth in Canada to his crazy journey out to California, through Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, & Nash, to his massively successful solo career and his reemergence as the patron saint of grunge on to his role today as one of the last uncompromised and uncompromising survivors of rock & roll - this is Neil’s story told in his own words.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what you might expect

  • By Colin on 06-09-14

On Shakey Ground

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

The subtitle "a hippie dream" sums it up really. Neil Young gives up the booze and weed, loses his musical muse and finds himself pondering the meaning of life in sobriety. On the wagon (hey -does that sound like a song title?) he rolls along dispensing product placement for his iTunes competitor, his link volt car, his toy trains and reviews his life, career and run-ins with his friends and co-musicians. As a fan, I came away a little disappointed with his shallowness. But sympathized with a man who exhibits contrition in his writing for waking up from a dream rather late in life. Keith Carradine tries nobly to inject enthusiasm into the reading of some rather dull ramblings. He is obviously a bigger fan than I am. It's shocking to see what The South Californian lifestyle has done to industrious Scots-Canadian Genes. Neil made a lot of money but didn't "quit this crazy scene" as Joni Mitchell once opined. It shows.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Decision in Normandy

  • By: Carlo D’Este
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Field Marshal Montgomery’s battle plan for Normandy, following the D-day landings on June 6, 1944, resulted in one of the most controversial campaigns of the Second World War. Carlo D’Este’s acclaimed book gives the fullest possible account of the conception and execution of Montgomery’s plan, with all its problems and complexities. It brings to light information from diaries, papers, and letters that were not available in Montgomery’s lifetime and draws on interviews with senior officers who were involved in the campaign.....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A detailed analysis of the post D-Day struggle

  • By Kindle Customer on 19-05-13

A detailed analysis of the post D-Day struggle

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

Reviewed: 19-05-13

This book though controversial upon publication has become the standard interpretation of the struggle from Caen to Falaise and the irritations between the Allied Commanders. I believe Carlo D'Este has put forward a fair and unbiased summary of events with painstaking analysis. The crux of the thesis is unfortunately that Monty was rather mendacious in cementing his image for posterity. The sad realisation for me was that many military commanders ( and perhaps the most effective) are ultimately driven by ego and a desire for a place in dusty history books and many have to die to appease this appetite. That said, I am grateful to Monty, Bradley, Patton and Ike, and all those who served and to rid Europe of Nazism. The book concentrates on strategy and interpersonal relationships and the reader will need to avail himself of maps to familiarise himself with the events and movements of those evocative names Villers Bocage, Goodwood, Epsom, Charnwood and Cobra.
The narrator stumbles occasionally on the pronunciation of French place names and acronyms but I guess many US troops did just the same. He also has trouble with the cadence of military literature and exposition but I found it a riveting listen none the less.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler

  • By: Laurence Rees
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Adolf Hitler was an unlikely leader - fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships, unwilling to debate political issues - and yet he commanded enormous support. So how was it possible that Hitler became such an attractive figure to millions of people? That is the important question at the core of Laurence Rees’ new book. The Holocaust, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, the outbreak of the Second World War - all these cataclysmic events and more can be laid at Hitler’s door.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent history of the leader of the third reich

  • By Dr Zube on 24-11-12

Cometh the hour, cometh the man...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-13

Authoritatively and excellently narrated by Michael Jayston the book shines a light in assisting us toward an understanding of the potent mixture of madness, chaos, opportunism and delusion that supported the rise to power, of this extraordinary or perhaps very ordinary little man and why he became the embodiment of a national psyche to the detriment of all.

A horrifying, tragic, cautionary and haunting tale concisely and clearly put across.

"What would the Fuhrer want us to do?"

My best selection on audible to date.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful