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S. Roche

North Yorkshire, UK.
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  • First Light

  • By: Geoffrey Wellum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Brooke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 210

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of First Light by Geoffrey Wellum, read by Andrew Brooke. Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, 18-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF. Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum, many never return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-18

A humbling and at times harrowing account

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

A remarkable story, marred by poor narration. Does it really need to be read so sarcastically?

  • Stasiland

  • Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
  • By: Anna Funder
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police could become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their fellow citizens, there are thousands of captivating stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great project, well written but underdone

  • By Madeleine on 12-02-11

Poor narration again...

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Very interesting subject matter but again, please try and learn how to pronounce basic German words...

  • Painting the Sand

  • By: Kim Hughes
  • Narrated by: Oliver Hemsbrough
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 770

Kim Hughes is the most highly decorated bomb disposal operator serving in the British Army. He was awarded the George Cross in 2009 following a gruelling six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, during which he defused 119 improvised explosive devices, survived numerous Taliban ambushes and endured a close encounter with the Secretary of State for Defence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly great read!

  • By D. J. Craig on 31-10-17

Great story but...

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

terrible narration. very strange phrasing and read as if being read by a robot. excruciating at times. Very much detracts and
should have been read by Sean Barrett or the like.
Doesn't do this brave chap's (the Author) life or story justice.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Watching the Wheels

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Damon Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

The year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Damon Hill's coronation as Formula One world champion. For the first time ever, he tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport, when he took on the greats, including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, and emerged victorious as world champion in 1996, stepping out of the shadow of his legendary father, Graham Hill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Champion and a Gentleman

  • By C. Wicks on 01-12-16

Great 'read', but.....

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

... terrible narration. very odd phrasing and clearly no subject knowledge. Detracts terribly. Great otherwise.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Berlin Game

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, Game, Set, and Match, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. East is East and West is West - and they meet in Berlin. He was the best source the Department ever had, but now he desperately wanted to come over the Wall. ‘Brahms Four' was certain a high-ranking mole was set to betray him. There was only one Englishman he trusted any more: someone from the old days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I want the rest!

  • By Mark on 27-07-14

A good introduction to a Master Storyteller!

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

Reviewed: 22-07-16

A more then plausible plot in a period I remember so well.... ... ... ..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Perfect Spy

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

Magnus Pym, counsellor at the British Embassy in Vienna, has suddenly vanished, believed defected. The chase is on for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a life-time secret agent. Pym's life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. The race is on to find the perfect spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight into the mind of a spy

  • By Mr on 13-04-13

Purgatory!

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

Reviewed: 23-10-15

Dear God that was hard work! Goes no where, drags on describing in depth the relationship between the Author's own Father and that of the main character.
A deeply disappointing book.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Bomber

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Bomber is a novel of war. There are no victors, no vanquished. There are simply those who remain alive, and those who die. Bomber follows the progress of an Allied air raid through a period of twenty-four hours in the summer of 1943. It portrays all the participants in a terrifying drama, both in the air and on the ground, in Britain and in Germany. In its documentary style, it is unique. In its emotional power it is overwhelming. Len Deighton has been equally acclaimed as a novelist and as an historian.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An old favourite revisited

  • By D Molesworth on 15-08-13

Richard Burnip.....avoid at all costs!

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

Reviewed: 24-07-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not as an audible book due to the dreadful, comedy 'narration. '

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber?

In the preview narration it is no surprise that it is the voice of Len himself rather than Burnip....no wonder, Audible know what they are playing at!

What didn’t you like about Richard Burnip’s performance?

It's read out like someone reading a tiresome shopping list.....the characterisation is uninteresting and some of the accents border on offensive. RB clearly has no prior interest or passion about the subject. The narration is too laboured and doesn't flow....imagine being stuck next to this fellow on a plane or in a dinner party!!! :(

Did Bomber inspire you to do anything?

Turn off and reach for the paperback!

Any additional comments?

Avoid Richard Burnip at all costs!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful