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  • The Boys of '67

  • Charlie Company's War in Vietnam
  • By: Andrew Wiest
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

When the 160 men of Charlie Company were drafted by the US Army in May 1966, they were part of the wave of conscription that would swell the American military to eighty thousand combat troops in Vietnam by the height of the war in 1968. In the spring of 1966 the war was still popular, and the draftees of Charlie Company saw their service as a rite of passage. But by December 1967, when the company returned home, only thirty men were not casualties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A Journey

  • By S. Morris on 27-02-17

Emotional, touching and damning

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

Loved this, the story was heart wrenching at times. Particularly as you get to know the characters and understand their hopes dreams and motivationa. Then dealing with their death feels personal. A no holds barred account detailing everything from execution of VC prisoners to the treatment of vets when they arrived home to the PTSD. My only criticism was that in the early chapters a lot of time was given to getting to know the characters (from the parental history to how they met their wives etc) . While very important it could have been summarised in brief and would have sped up there narrative. Turn up the playback speed for that chapter if you feel it gets tedious.

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better but

  • By Sararara on 01-10-17

Very well written and performed. Missing somethin.

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

Reviewed: 25-11-17

Story felt loke it was underdeveloped. It seems more of a vehicle for developing Abigail as a character as opposed to getting involved in a story. I felt the details, motives and back story surrounding the "bad guy" very underdeveloped. more descriptive writing went into describing a shopping centre than the primary focus! Still well worth a listen.

  • We Were Warriors

  • One Soldier's Story of Brutal Combat
  • By: Johnny Mercer
  • Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 531

A captain in 29 Commando, Johnny Mercer served in the army for 12 years. On his third tour of Afghanistan, he was a joint fires controller, with the pressurized job of bringing down artillery and air strikes in close proximity to his own troops. Based in an area of Northern Helmand that was riddled with Taliban leaders, he walked into danger with every patrol, determined to protect them. Then, one morning, in brutal close-quarter combat, everything changed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The reality of war..

  • By David MacLean on 26-09-17

Well told and heartfelt

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

Reviewed: 21-11-17

Very enjoyable. Felt as if the author breezed over some areas where he could have elaborated more and given great detail. But as a whole exciting and touching story.

  • War, Geopolitics, and History

  • Conflict in the Middle East
  • By: Robert Fisk
  • Narrated by: Noam Chomsky
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

A talk by Robert Fisk, the Middle East correspondent for the London Independent and the author of Challenging Empire and the Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. Introduced by Noam Chomsky. Recorded live on April 9, 2006, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's really going on

  • By Lord Peridot on 28-07-18

Poor quality recording

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Essentially a Q&A with fisk. Interesting with some humorous anecdotes. But not really worth a credit for the length.


  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing and Very Irritating

  • By Andrew on 08-01-15

Shocking and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Well thought out and executed. However I feel the narrator's voice and delivery was ill suited particularly for the female parts and lacked range and scope. For the European reader the American apple pie nature of the first fee chapters may grate, but once the disaster strikes the novel takes shape. Great listen.

  • Left of Boom

  • How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda
  • By: Douglas Laux, Ralph Pezzullo
  • Narrated by: Mike Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action. Through persistence and hard work, he was fast-tracked to a clandestine operations position overseas. Dropped into a remote region of Afghanistan, he received his baptism by fire.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst audio production I've encountered

  • By Anthony Duffy on 08-06-18

Terrible.DO NOT WASTE YOUR CREDITS!!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

Any additional comments?

You miss the majority of what is said through incredibly annoying cuts to classical music due to classification. I could only stick 20 mins of missing entire parts of a story, so much so that anything left in was irrelevant detail. If I could get my money back I would.

  • Ground Truth

  • 3 Para Return to Afghanistan
  • By: Patrick Bishop
  • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In April 2006 the elite 3 Para Battle Group was despatched to Helmand Province on a tour that has become a legend. All that summer the Paras were subjected to relentless attacks. Two years later the Paras are back. The enemy has been forced to adopt new weaponry and tactics. But how much progress are we really making in the war against the insurgents? And is there an end in sight? In this searing account of 3 Para's return,

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ruperts

  • By Jen Berry on 18-05-18

Good story tedious performance

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

Reviewed: 18-08-16

For some reason the narrator seemed like the military parlance was alien to him. Five-oh cals instead of fifty cals etc etc

  • Gray Work

  • Confessions of an American Paramilitary Spy
  • By: Jamie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

In this unprecedented audiobook, a paramilitary contractor with more than two decades of experience gives us a firsthand look into the secret lives of America's private warriors and their highly covert work around the world. Author Jamie Smith has planned and executed hundreds of missions on behalf of government agencies and private industry in some of the world's most dangerous hot spots - and lived to tell the tale.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • More fairytales than Disney

  • By Thomas on 06-05-17

Entertaining and insightful

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

Reviewed: 28-06-16

Well written showing a lot of depth whilst managing to keep casual and at times humorous

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  • Task Force Black

  • The Explosive True Story of the SAS and the Secret War in Iraq
  • By: Mark Urban
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

When Allied forces invaded Iraq in April 2003 their intelligence operations began looking for the WMD, quickly realising no such weapons existed. Instead they become faced with an ever-increasing spiral of extremism and violence. Combining intelligence with brute force, the SAS went on the attack, night after night targeting Al-Qaeda and other insurgent groups with an intensity never before practiced by the service.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating yet dull

  • By Anthony on 22-05-16
  • Task Force Black
  • The Explosive True Story of the SAS and the Secret War in Iraq
  • By: Mark Urban
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble

Fascinating yet dull

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

Reviewed: 22-05-16

Amazing feats by brave men, but this book fails to capture the thrill. The narration and story telling fail to bring the excitement home.

  • Lions of Kandahar

  • The Story of a Fight Against All Odds
  • By: Major Rusty Bradley, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, difficult narration

  • By JP on 22-05-19

Could have been better. Performance let's it down

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

The performance takes away from the story. The use of a southern accent Makes it seem as if the entire US army is staffed by rednecks