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  • War of the Wolf

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home, but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn’t have long to enjoy the victory. In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country, invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible got this very wrong

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-10-18

The story has lost nothing after 11 books!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

waiting for the next book already....and there will be another! Far from milking a franchise the plot remains as strong as ever...

  • What Does This Button Do?

  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 946

Pioneers of Britain's nascent rock and metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style and stage presence of its second but twice-longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scream for me Audible

  • By Neil Pardoe on 19-10-17

You don't have to like heavy metal to enjoy this<br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

I was sorry when this ended - nothing on marriage divorce births or funerals we all do that - so just the interesting stuff....a compulsory read if you need to explain to someone what it's like to undergo cancer treatment - says all the bits you don't want to hear. I hope more is added later - want to know about the book of souls tour and yes the airships!

  • Dam Busters

  • The Race to Smash the Dams, 1943
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: James Holland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 138

It was the night of May 16th, 1943. Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge cylindrical bomb strapped underneath them. Their mission: to destroy three dams deep within the German heartland, which provide the lifeblood to the Third Reich's war machine. What followed was an incredible race against time, which, despite numerous set-backs and against huge odds, became one of the most successful and game-changing raids of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting stuff - just superb

  • By CMR on 27-08-12

The film only scratches the surface.....

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

Reviewed: 23-05-17

I was taught at school that the raid was a morale boosting exercise that had little impact on the war......really?

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  • American Sniper

  • The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
  • By: Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining listen.

  • By Dan Dan on 25-12-13

Clint Eastwood made it into a better story

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I kept going till the end but I did not enjoy listening to this book - putting the subject matter aside it was disjointed and not well written - it did not flow well. I much prefered the film the main character is much nicer guy! I read the book hoping to find more detail and gain an understanding of the hype.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

What strongly comes across is that the US is as deeply Indoctrinated in their views as the people they were shooting at.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Nothing in particular

Did American Sniper inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

A much better read is Sniper One by SGT Dan Mills - I couldn't put it down.

  • The Lords of the North

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 3
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

The third installment in Bernard Cornwell's King Alfred series, following on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, both of which were top 10 bestsellers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bit of a let down

  • By Simon on 14-08-07

What's going on?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-11

Two superbly narrated unabridged books - and then this. This and the next novel Sword song are only available abridged. The two novels after that are unabridged. This annoying for those who want either format. Lords of the North and Sword song are both available unabridged on CD from the BBC.
I purchased this in March 2010 but found the abridging spoilt the flow of the story. I was hoping that an unabridged version would have appeared by now.
The narrator change does not help matters but that is outside audiable’s control. Disappointing.

  • The House of Silk

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a ripping yarn

  • By L on 25-02-12

I like the originals and I like this.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-11

So many Authors have written Sherlock Holmes sequels, some excellent and some truly dreadful. We are bombarded with TV shows and films of all different styles including the recent Hollywood blockbusters. (The worst I’ve seen being Roger Moore cast as Holmes) So when a new novel comes along there will always be disapproval from the traditionalists and approval from those who enjoy the updating. This is very different to the original short stories but it feels and reads like a Sherlock Holmes story. An author has to be brave to write a Holmes story but Anthony Horowitz has gone further than this by tackling a very gritting an unpleasant topic that even today’s society has only really started to get to grips with in the past 10 years or so. Conan Doyle could not have written about this in his own time as it would have offended most of Victorian society who swept such subjects under the carpet. The story begins with Watson as an elderly man in a home deciding that enough time has passed to allow the story to be told. Thoroughly recommended.

  • The Latter Days at Colditz

  • By: P.R. Reid
  • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

In 'The Colditz Story', Pat Reid told the story of the escape academy that sprang up inside the most impregnable German POW camp of the Second World War, ending appropriately with his own incredible escape from Colditz. But Reid’s own break-out was by no means the last. In this enthralling sequel, he follows the fortunes of the escape academy right up until the arrival of the allied forces in April 1945. Here are the tales of fantastic bravery and stunning ingenuity every bit as mesmerising as the original.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-04-13

The sequel is better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-11

The writing style of the this second book is much better than the first. It flows better and is more enjoyable. Interestingly the author had escaped at the end of the first book which maybe the reason for this. The narration is also better. You will need to read the first book to understand what is going on but this is still one of the most remarkable and often amusing stories of world war two.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Berlin Diary

  • The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934–1941
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

By the acclaimed journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is the private, personal, utterly revealing journal of a great foreign correspondent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning and beautifully read

  • By Mark on 23-11-11

Unique and fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-11

This story is best listen to with a good Knowledge of the events. As a diary the author of course does not know what will happen next so some of the accounts are based purely on his own interpretation of the situation and was some times incorrect. This is not a criticism as it actually shows how isolated the German population where from events outside there own country much like North Korea today. Every book written about World War 2 is started by an author who knows the outcome so this is a unique account in every way. Don’t expect a traditional structure to this book and you'll be fine. There is a lot of everyday detail in this account that does not appear in the Rise and Fall. A great listen.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Blitz

  • The British Under Attack
  • By: Juliet Gardiner
  • Narrated by: Catherine Harvey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

From the author of Wartime and The Thirties comes an outstanding history of the most prolonged and devastating attack ever endured by Britain's civilian population – the Blitz. September 1940 marked the beginning of Nazi Germany's sustained attack on civilian Britain. Lasting eight months, the Blitz was a new and terrible form of warfare that had been predicted throughout the 1930s, widely feared since Neville Chamberlain's declaration that Britain was at war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An avalanche of information

  • By Richard on 02-06-11

An avalanche of information

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-11

This is an excellent piece of research and writing. It cuts through all the old stories of war time spirit and "We'll meet again" style propaganda. It's all here - the thieves, the deceptions, the making money, the poor preparation, the destruction, the death and the depression. The good stories are there too overall giving an accurate account of how terrible it must have been.
The sheer amount of information in this book does not make it the easiest of listens but if you want to know in-depth about this subject then this is for you. I've given it four stars as it’s such an impressive work but as a casual listen it would be a two or three star book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fort

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Robin Bowerman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

A stand-alone battle book, set this time in the eighteenth-century in the rebellious colony of Massachusetts.This new novel takes place during the very early days of the rebellion, or the War of Independence, before Washington and before the organization of a colonial army. A small British fleet with a few soldiers on board had sailed in to be met, to their surprise, with an overwhelming strength of local militia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why do you read Bernard Cornwell?

  • By Richard on 02-06-11

Why do you read Bernard Cornwell?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-11

Very mixed reviews on this book both here and on Amazon. In short, if you want a "Sharp"style Story this book is not for you. If you love history this is yet another brilliantly researched and superbly written novel that brings real historical figures to life. No it is not action packed but I was never bored listening to it. Bernard Cornwell rights about real history and this is a very different kind of story, he is not going to change it to make it more exciting for the average reader. We get enough of that from Hollywood and it is for this reason why I believe Bernard Cornwell remains so successful. This book has left me wanting to know more about the War of Independence and I really hope he writes more - but then we want him to finish Starbuck and are there some more Sharp stories?................Excellent narration on this recording too.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful