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  • The Soldier's Wife

  • By: Joanna Trollope
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees those reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell.But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope, if he can't?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Surprise of the Year

  • By Barbara on 24-12-12

An ok story.

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

Reviewed: 30-03-17

Not a strong and engaging story.. I thought it all fairly predictable. Other books by this author had more engaging stories. Just a personal view.

  • The Greatest Book on Coaching for Small Business

  • By: Terry Ostrowiak
  • Narrated by: Terry Ostrowiak
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

If you're a business executive, owner, or manager, you'll appreciate Terry's clear insights into how to deal with the kinds of challenges you face when trying to run and grow your business to higher levels. If you think coaching is anything like consulting, think again...because Terry's methods are very different and yield extraordinary results. Each of the 32 chapters is filled with insights, examples, and concrete direction to take potential coaches and turn them into highly successful coaches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A master of coaching, This book is a must.

  • By Karrie on 05-04-16

A master of coaching, This book is a must.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

With so much international experience, Terry Ostrowiak masters the ability to coach to the reader-listener of this book. His perfect ability to forward his support and understanding very easily to everyone is unique. It's a bestseller, there is no reason to go elsewhere. Brilliant. !

  • Watching You

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for her birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class thriller

  • By Kirstine on 13-09-13

Looking for a book so good it'll keep you wanting

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

If you could sum up Watching You in three words, what would they be?

Best page turner.

What did you like best about this story?

I'm long enough in the tooth to second guess what's going to happen next .. not this one, I't keeps you listening & guessing all the time.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Sean has such an array of voices, I was really into the different characters and his infliction in the voices as required made all the difference.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could keep awake all that time yes, but it did keep me awake for 90% of my flight from London Heathrow to Los Angeles last week.

Any additional comments?

I shall be looking out for Sean Barrett in my next purchases as he is so good. .

  • Das Reich

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Within days of the D-Day landings, the 'Das Reich' 2nd SS Panzer Division marched north through France to reinforce the front-line defenders of Hitler's Fortress Europe. Veterans of the bloodiest fighting of the Russian Front, 15,000 men with their tanks and artillery, they were hounded for every mile of their march by saboteurs of the Resistance and agents of the Allied Special Forces. Along their route they took reprisals so savage they will live forever in the chronicles of the most appalling atrocities of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, balanced, multifaceted

  • By Jim on 04-08-14

Very graphic although accurate in parts

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

Reviewed: 17-04-15

What did you like best about Das Reich? What did you like least?

Not a lot..

Who was your favorite character and why?

There wasn't one

What does Nigel Carrington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He makes it too real

Did Das Reich inspire you to do anything?

Yes not read anything about the SS and similar Germans soldiers

Any additional comments?

I don't wish to appear weak, but there should be a warning about the content.

The description of how babies and their mothers were locked in the church and set fire to was too real.

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  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569

When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual, which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Karen on 17-05-07

So compelling, from the German side of WW11

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

Reviewed: 04-06-14

Where does The Book Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's my second best listen. I very critical, and have listened a lot.. so this is a good position to be in.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

How the narrator give such a compelling speech as to the feelings of the book thief when her parents die.

Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've not listened to Allan Corduner's work before, but I simply had to Google his image so that I could recognise him.. I didn't, but he is so calculating in his delivery, that he should get an Audio Oscar for the performance.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes it made me tear up and laugh also..

  • The Forgotten: John Puller, Book 2

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

Military criminal investigator John Puller is drawn closer to home when his aunt is found dead in her house in Paradise, Florida. The local police have ruled the death as an accident, but Puller finds evidence to suggest that she may well have been murdered. On the surface the town lives up to its name, but as Puller digs deeper he realises that this town and its inhabitants are more akin to Hell than Paradise. His belief is confirmed as evidence of strange and inexplicable events come to light.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok story, but irritating background

  • By mollyeyre on 27-12-12

A great John Puller story..

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten: John Puller, Book 2 the most enjoyable?

The story is as "on the edge" as you can get in fiction book.... great fun

What other book might you compare The Forgotten: John Puller, Book 2 to, and why?

James bond 007 because he can do the impossible, that might just be possible..

What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

Ron has a strong convincing tone to his voice, Orlagh, has a great supporting role.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It kept me awake, wanting to hear what happens next

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to hearing what happens with John Puller again in the next story.

  • The Last Battle

  • By: Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater. The last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, it devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good One

  • By Roland on 01-09-13

All the information you will ever need.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-14

What did you like most about The Last Battle?

The details of the end of WW11, its' really well described.This has been the ONLY book I've known about to make the battle of Berlin such a visual experience, & to give so much information..

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Battle?

The simple futility of the killing of the few remaining soldiers and civilians who saw the war finished. Never the less this carried on right to the end. Squads were going around hanging what they saw as traitors.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not sure as I enjoy is the correct word for a subject like this, however I learnt a lot about how humans react in a dire crisis.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The futility of the battle at the end.

Any additional comments?

In this audible version the narrator achieves a moving account of the war, as it was played out in Germany and Berlin, in the final conclusion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)

  • By: Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever. In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds, paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very accurate and exciting position of the facts

  • By Karrie on 31-10-13

A very accurate and exciting position of the facts

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

Reviewed: 31-10-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If WW11 in the Pacific is of interest to you, then this will hit the spot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

They all were, as without them working as a team together the complicated tactics deployed would of failed. Nimitz is the guy that stuck by the intelligence he was given and this proved the right thing to do.

What about James Lurie’s performance did you like?

Very punchy and convincing portrayal of the characters that made the Midway island so strategic to the success in the Pacific during WW11

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

The USA's fight back to victory start's here.

Any additional comments?

Really entertaining, worth the purchase.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful