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Mr. Alan R. Jenkins

West Midlands, UK
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  • Neptune

  • The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings
  • By: Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by: Craig L. Symonds
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Seventy years ago, more than 6000 Allied ships carried more than a million soldiers across the English Channel to a 50-mile-wide strip of the Normandy coast in German-occupied France. It was the greatest sea-borne assault in human history. The code names given to the beaches where the ships landed the soldiers have become immortal: Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah, and especially Omaha, the scene of almost unimaginable human tragedy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By pete boatman on 19-02-15

D-DAY RE-EVALUATION

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

D-Day is well documented, but the whole story is not. From early conception to the final landings, this book highlights and details the complex and politically tense process of getting approval to fine detailing each aspect of the eventual landings. From men to equipment this book looks at the planning for ships, landing craft, weapons, and special equipment including coastal harbours and the infamous swimming tanks. It reflects on personal accounts of the men involved and provides a vivid image of what it what like during the dark days of the Invasion of Europe 1944. Well written and narrated.

  • Leningrad

  • By: Michael Jones
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

In 1941 Hitler's armies blocked the last roads leading into Leningrad. What followed was one of the most horrific sieges in history. When the German High Command encircled Leningrad it was a deliberate policy to eradicate the city's civilian population by starving them to death. As winter set in and food supplies dwindled, starvation and panic set in. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Siege of Leningrad

  • By Mr. Alan R. Jenkins on 12-10-18

Siege of Leningrad

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Well performed audio. Story not strong but from a social and civilian point of view this audio deals with the peoples plight more than the military situation. It is very descriptive and informative and points out the shadow of censorship that distorted history from the Soviet side.

  • An American Genocide

  • The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873
  • By: Benjamin Madley
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Between 1846 and 1873, California's Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Benjamin Madley is the first historian to uncover the full extent of the slaughter, the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, indigenous resistance, who did the killing, and why the killings ended. This deeply researched book is a comprehensive and chilling history of an American genocide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • genocide of indians

  • By Mr. Alan R. Jenkins on 10-08-18

genocide of indians

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Totally absorbing audible presentation. An must listen to production. Enlightening and harrowing in nature, the demise of Indian culture in California is brought to the listeners ears. You will be shocked or indeed appalled about the story; but it is something non should shy away from. Highly Recommended.

  • Indianapolis

  • By: Lynn Vincent
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands in the most highly classified naval mission of the war, USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the center of the Philippine Sea when she is struck by two Japanese torpedoes. The ship is instantly transformed into a fiery cauldron and sinks within minutes. Some 300 men go down with the ship. Nearly 900 make it into the water alive. For the next five nights and four days, almost 300 miles from the nearest land, the men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Courage, strength and fortitude

  • By Victor Czerwinski on 26-02-19

INDY TRUE STORY

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Truly stunning listen from start to finish. The authors have done an amazing job in uncovering the full story of the Indianapolis disaster following its successful delivery of the nuclear bomb in 1945. The stories of the men that survived the harrowing disaster give you a detailed picture of the horrors that befell not only the crew before the Japanese torpedoes struck USS Indy, but also the progressive diminishing of the survivors who initially survived the sinking but failed to last the five days at sea. Superbly presented, this is quite a listen that will long remember.

  • Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer

  • By: Alastair Panton
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer by Alastair Panton, read by Jonathan Keeble. As I write, I can clearly recall the stinging heat of a burning Blenheim, smells, tastes, expressions, sounds of voices and, most of all, fear gripping deep in me. Flying Officer Alastair Panton was just 23 when his squadron deployed across the Channel in the defence of France. They were desperate days. Pushed back to the beaches as the German blitzkrieg rolled through the Low Countries and into France, by June 4th 1940 the evacuation of the Allies from Dunkirk was complete. A little over two weeks later France surrendered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blenheim Reflection in Darkest Times of 1940

  • By Mr. Alan R. Jenkins on 10-06-18

Blenheim Reflection in Darkest Times of 1940

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Well delivered and thoroughly engaging. The fact that Blenheim pilots were victims of their obsolete aircraft you can only applaud their sacrifice, courage and mettle against all odds. This biography of sorts of Alastair Panton father is superbly documented with facts, antidotes and whimsical tomes, but above all it portrays the six weeks of May-June 1940 when the Germans advanced through France despite the efforts of gallant French and British Airmen to stem the tide. The book focuses of the Reconnaissance Blenheim force, which though heavily outperformed by the Luftwaffe fighters, struggled to but successfully achieved the vital situational information required daily by the ground forces. The tells of the aircrew and groundcrew interactions; and the interactions of the local French people who above all did help when needed. I recommend this book; it is six hours of enlightenment added with entertainment.

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  • The German Aces Speak

  • World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders
  • By: Anne-Marie Lewis, Jon Guttman, Brigadier General Robin Olds USAF (Ret.), and others
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Few perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat more perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II. As romanticized as any soldier in history, the World War II fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life: a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds. In the 65-plus years since the Allied victory, stories of these pilots' heroics have never been in short supply. But what about their adversaries - the highly skilled German aviators who pushed the Allies to the very brink of defeat?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By nathan on 05-12-17

GERMAN PILOTS STORIES AND EXPLOITS

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

SUPERB AUDIO BOOK IF YOU ARE AN AVIATION BUFF. FOUR GERMAN PILOT STORIES TOLD IN DETAIL ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. OPERATIONAL DETAILS AND ENCOUNTERS WITH THE LEADERS OF THE REICH ARE ENLIGHTENING IN THE WAY THAT IT DEMONSTRATED THE INCOMPETENCY OF THOSE THAT LED THE GALLANT, BRAVE AND SKILLED AIRMEN BETWEEN 1938 AND 1945. I THOUGHT I KNEW A LOT BUT THIS AUDIO BOOK RAISED MY KNOWLEDGE EVEN FURTHER. 6 STARS.

  • 12 Strong

  • The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

12 Strong is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered 40 to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not quit as interesting as I had hoped.

  • By Chaoslu on 15-03-18

superb story of gallant men

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

excellent story (probably nothing like the planned film) with outstanding descriptions of the efforts of 12 men and their cooperation with afghan groups fighting in Afghanistan. Heroism is not enough to describe the daily strain these men endured ahead of main operations by US forces. Detailed and explicit, and intriguing from start to finish. Highly recommended

  • Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana

  • The Anglo-Zulu War, Book 1
  • By: James Mace
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

It is December 1878, and war looms on the horizon in South Africa. British high commissioner Sir Henry Bartle-Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighboring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursion along the disputed border as his justification for war. He issues an impossible ultimatum to the Zulu king, Cetshwayo, demanding he disband his armies and pay massive reparations. With a heavy heart, the king prepares his nation for war against their former allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth reading

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-02-18

The Greatest British Defeat Explained

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

Thoroughly engaging audio book, which compelled me to buy the follow on book 2. The battle at Isandlwana is well known and well documented; however, this book treats the subject with an air of personal empathy and deals with the two sides equally well both prior to, during and after the battle.

Overall the book is well presented and the story clearly compelling; its one shortfall may well be the performance, which I found a tiny bit overly theatrical at times (but I can only compliment Jonathan Waters on his reading).

The personal stories blended well with the objective of the book; and brought to light a couple of items that in the film "Zulu Dawn" that were not dealt with; and indeed highlighted some of the errors that are contained within that same film production. This book helps put the record straight from the point of view of the film production.

The language is crude but appropriate in places; and this is what gives the book that personal reflective tone rather than reading (or listening) to a non-fiction historical book.

Worth a listen; and not excessively long, so you will not get unduly tired of it.

  • SAS Ghost Patrol

  • The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed as Nazi Stormtroopers
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

SAS Ghost Patrol is the explosive true story of the day in 1942 when the SAS donned Nazi uniforms to perpetrate the most audacious and daring mission of the war. Beyond top secret, deniable in the extreme (and of course enjoying Churchill's enthusiastic blessing), this is one of the most remarkable stories of wartime lawlessness, eccentricity and raw courage in the face of impossible odds - a thoroughly British undertaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Story of Desert War Operations

  • By Mr. Alan R. Jenkins on 07-11-17

Epic Story of Desert War Operations

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Words are simply not enough to express the quality and performance of this publication in audio form. Well written, very well performed it portrays actual events with exceptional clarity and prose to enable to listener (reader) to be part of the special operations that took place in 1942.

Must have in any war history audible library.

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  • The Vietnam War

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Ken Burns, Brian Corrigan
  • Length: 31 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144

More than 40 years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us today. Now, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • audio book better than documentary film

  • By Mr. Alan R. Jenkins on 01-11-17

audio book better than documentary film

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

fantastic insight into the Vietnam War from begins to final collapse with both sides of the story told in great detail with personal stories of participants and those who were there but necessarily involved in the conflict. The audio book is in my opinion better than the film documentary which also watched - the book deals with more detail; however, I would recommend that both versions be considered as you can see visually what much of the audio content is describing.

Factual, unbiased, and certainly the most accurate account I have yet to come across on the War; and explains where mistakes were made on both the French, American and Vietnamese sides; and how the peace movement influenced the final outcome; and the book ultimately explains the tragedy that befell the South on the communist take-over with its unimaginable human and economic cost.

Five stars = must listen to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful