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A Listen for Young Adults

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

Reviewed: 30-12-13

I bought this book to listen to in the car while driving my kids to school every day. They enjoyed it moderately, I not so much. It felt rather juvenile.

A Great Listen With your Kids

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

Reviewed: 30-12-13

I listened to this with my children while driving them to school every morning. It is a great choice for that, the story mixes both humour and some more somber themes to great effect.

It can get a bit repetitive with one sightseeing object after another, but that is the nature of the subject, I suppose.

Recommended.

A Typical Tom Clancy Story

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

Reviewed: 30-12-13

I sometimes get irritated by Tom Clancy's stories; the good guys are always good-looking, virtous and of impeccable caracter, the villains just the opposite. The Western World is normally saved at the last minute by the couragous heros and all is well.

But it sells and I have to admit that I normally turn the pages (or keep listening) as fast as anyone.

But it still leaves me unsatisfied at the end.

Only Finished It on the Third Try

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

Reviewed: 30-12-13

When looking back at the book I can recognize that the story is original and has its merits. But the truth is that I abandoned it two times and only finished it as I felt I had some unclear moral obligation to not leave the book unfinished.

Or in other words, the first three forths feels very slow and disconnected, it only comes together at the end.

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Comprehensive, Knowledgeable and Important

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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: 30-12-13

Max Hastings is easily my favourite writer on the Second World War and he has produced a book that manages to adequately cover the whole war without being superficial.

Which in my book is a first for this subject.

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A Great Novel

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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: 30-12-13

My kind of audiobook; well written, well read and not too long. When reading text you can read some parts superficially if you feel the author gets carried away. With audiobooks you are forced to sit (or walk or run) through it.

I have listened to it three times and loved it every time.

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A Classic

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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: 30-12-13

Thoroughly worth its reputation as one of his best books. Classic suspense and believable plot, both on a factual and psychological level. Very well read.

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Important but not engaging

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

Reviewed: 30-12-13

In the spirit of the BBC show More or Less, this book tries to educate us about how to understand the numbers we hear daily and how to put them into context.

Well written and read, but it is not exactly a suspense story. Although that is not the premise of the book, it still gets a bit too much at the end.

And I also suspect that the task (to educate us, that is) is rather hopeless, even though I would wish it wasn't.

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His Best Book

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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: 30-12-13

A classic and very well read by Michael Jayston. I cannot praise it highly enough; my favourite audiobook.

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Brilliant, Comprehensive and Thoughtprovoking.

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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: 17-12-13

And that is just the title.

Extremely knowledgable book, breathtakingly comprehensive and not afraid to offer some frank opinions. If this is not the definitive book on the subject, I do not know which is.

For anyone interested in the period, it cannot be more highly recommended.

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