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  • StarFire

  • Vince Lombard, Book 1
  • By: Mike Lee
  • Narrated by: Jason Brenizer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Captain Vince Lombard, G-Marine company commander, is tasked with tracking down a stray ship. The Alliance Military Ship StarFire has gone silent, and previous attempts to locate her have resulted in the loss of more ships. After two previous wars with xenospecies humanity bumped into while expanding into space, no one knows what might be the cause of StarFire's missing in action status.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By S Hadaway on 01-12-14

Very good book

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

I brought this book on a whim, not knowing the book or author, but am very glad that I did!

It is a very interesting premise and the structure works well, and you really get into the characters and events - I got quite emotional at the end! The structure of moving between the present (court of inquiry) and the events in flashback is often a recipe for disaster, but it is very deftly handled by Mr. Lee.

I usually like Jack Campbell and David Weber for my 'space opera', and this was similar but different enough to make it interesting. It does leave some big questions unanswered, but that's just making me look forward to the next installment.


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  • Steadfast

  • The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 4
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • still good

  • By david on 11-03-19

Another cracker

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

Reviewed: 16-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Steadfast to be better than the print version?

Right, Audible is doing that annoying thing of asking arbitrary, pointless questions without letting me change them, so I'll answer my own questions anyway. I apologise in advance for any confusion!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Steadfast?

There's a lot more to this one than the last book, and it rattles along nicely with some new and very different combat/potential combat and political situations for Geary to cope with you. The change between war-fighting operations and peace-time operations (and the various grey areas between) are very well portrayed, on personal and professional levels. In particular, as ever, I like the way Geary worries and runs through his options in his head, explaining his moves and why he makes them, rather than instinctively or intuitively jumping to the correct solution as many 'heroes' do.

Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favourite?

All of them. As usual, Mr. Rummel does a superb job on the narration.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The book ends on a very interesting twist, albeit no more than the other parts of the series do. Frankly, Mr. Campbell can't write the sequel fast enough for me to find out what's going to happen next!

Any additional comments?

A great book, one of the best in the series, I'd say. A good mix of action, politics and personal issues, and a good mix of types of action to.

  • The Battle of the Falkland Islands

  • 1914: The Royal Navy and War in the Sout Atlantic in the Early Days of the First World War
  • By: H Spencer-Cooper
  • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of this WWI naval history by an author who actually took part in the battle(s) described. This plain, unvarnished account, so far as is known, is the first attempt that has been made to link with the description of the Battle of the Falkland Islands, fought on December 8th 1914, to the events leading up to that engagement. Each phase presented has been read and approved by officers who participated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now what was the name of that ship again?

  • By Antony on 26-09-13

Interesting read

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

Reviewed: 23-11-13

Any additional comments?

This is a very interesting read, and a great introduction to naval warfare in WW1. You really see the difficulties faced by the navies of both sides, with ships that only have limited range, and very few sources of intelligence to find out where the enemy is. There are interesting details on life on board, and the problems and processes of actually fighting the ship. It is hard to follow some of the action without the maps (which are supplied as a pdf, although if, like me, you listen while driving then consulting them isn't really possible) but they are well enough described that this isn't a huge problem, and you get the general idea.

My only gripe would be the narrator; I like his voice, but he is let down by some of his pronounciations. In particular, his version of what 'Gneisenau' should sound like was initially very grating.

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  • Under the Eagle

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 1
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733

The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Series - now complete

  • By Simon on 24-08-15

Let down a bit by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 16-11-13

If you could sum up Under the Eagle in three words, what would they be?

Rattling good story

What three words best describe David Thorpe’s performance?

Casual, chatty, undramatic

Any additional comments?

This the first in the 'Eagles' series, and as you'd expect the story and language isn't as polished as after Mr Scarrow gets a few under his belt and finds his stride. However, it is an entertaining story that rattles along nicely. Not quite 'Sharpe in sandals', but nearly.Unfortunately, the narrator has a chatty, casual style that doesn't vary in even the most dramatic moments, which takes the edge off somewhat. It is very easy on the ear, but just doesn't suit the words he is saying. However, I did get used to this after a few hours and move past it, except his pronounciation of 'Cato' as 'Car-to', and even, I'm certain, 'Carter' a few times. This goes against how I (and others I know) have always pronounced it, and how it is pronounced in the later books by other narrators, and never ceased to grate a bit.

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  • Our Tempestuous Day

  • A History of Regency England
  • By: Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

The tumult and opulence of England’s Regency era burst from the pages in this work of literary nonfiction by acclaimed author Carolly Erickson. When dementia forces King George III to vacate his throne, the kingdom slips into a decade marked with excess, scandal, and riots. King George has suffered bouts of mental instability before, but in 1810 he shows no signs of recovering. Public and government business halts as word of his condition leaks out. Hoping to control the crisis, Parliament appoints the king’s unpopular son Prince George IV as Regent or caretaker.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but incomplete

  • By S Hadaway on 18-07-12

Good, but incomplete

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-12

This book is a good and informative read, although within limits. Instead of a coherent history of the Regency period, it is a series of cameos on different characters, issues or areas, some of which naturally get repeated to a certain extent. They tend to deal with politics, literature, Royalty and high society rather than the common people.

I did notice a few historical errors in some of the bits I already knew about (i.e. there were a few in the description of the Battle of Waterloo). While this dents the author's credibility a bit, they were fairly minor, and perhaps to be expected in such a sweeping study.

Overall, a good general introduction.

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  • The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry 1914 - 1918

  • By: Colonel F. L. Morrison
  • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

This book is a fascinating insight into the workings of a World War I battalion in action, from the digging of trenches to the organisation of a solid defensive position and the patrolling of no-man’s land. It's also sprinkled with occasional amusing anecdotes that show the spirit of man shining in even the most desperate of situations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By S Hadaway on 18-07-12

Good read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-12

A must for any First World War enthusiast. This book covers the campaigns in Egypt and Palestine in an informative and entertaining way. Although nominally about a single battalion, it's experiences and the first-hand accounts of it's members equally apply to the army as a whole.

I think the book is well read, but I can see how the narrator could be an acquired taste, so I'd advise listening to the preview first.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mating Season

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Bertie Wooster is one of nature's gentlemen, so when Gussie Fink-Nottle gets himself into a spot of bother with the law, Bertie helps out - by impersonating Gussie! The plan seems to be working, until Gussie turns up - impersonating Bertie!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wodehouse strikes again with another classic

  • By H on 14-12-13

Mixed reading

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-11

This is PG Wodehouse at his best, so clearly it is going to be worth a listen. The narrator is good, but be warned that he isn't always very good at differentiating the voices, so when two or even three young men, for example, are talking, it is almost impossible to tell who is saying what. However, it is still great fun.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful