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  • Hurricane Squadron

  • By: Robert Jackson
  • Narrated by: Guy Mott
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

France, May 1940. Seated in the cockpit of his Hurricane, Sergeant George Yeoman - young, eager, and innocent in the ways of war - is on his way to join his first operational squadron. Meanwhile, the German Panzers advance unchecked through the Ardennes, and as the Allied bombers plead to strike at them, the Luftwaffe is already set to launch a decisive blow. Disaster beckons, and Yeoman and No. 505 Squadron soon find themselves courting death in a series of increasingly desperate sorties as the Allied army begins its retreat towards Dunkirk. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exciting

  • By paul hadfeild on 15-11-18

exciting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-18

This book is from the growing genre of fact based fiction from the second world war and is very good .
I am a fan of this type of book and i think we will see much more of this type of thing now the veterans are getting thin on the ground .

  • First Light

  • By: Geoffrey Wellum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Brooke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 246

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

intense

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

That's the best word to describe this book .
This is seat of the pants heart in the mouth stuff and the narator really brings it out .
Read it !

  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,370

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rollercoaster ride

  • By Dr Debbie Tranter on 23-09-18

This is a great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-18

A Very interesting book ,i don't think anyone would be disapointed with any aspects of it .
You do not want to miss any of it ,so that makes it a very good book in my eyes .

  • On the Devil's Tail

  • In Combat with the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1945, and with the French in Indochina 1951-54
  • By: Paul Martelli, Vittorino dal Cengio - with
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

This is the riveting true story of Paul Martelli, a 15-year-old German-Italian who fought in Pomerania, on the Eastern Front, in 1945 as a member of the 33rd Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS "Charlemagne" and later as a soldier with French forces during three years (1951-1954) in the Tonkin area, Vietnam.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good different angle

  • By paul hadfeild on 21-10-18

A good different angle

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-18

If you like ww2 memoir books you will like this, better than most but careful not to portray the author in a bad light .

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Evolution

  • What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters: Adapted for Audio
  • By: Donald R. Prothero
  • Narrated by: John Bishop
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Over the past 20 years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a book about fossils .

  • By paul hadfeild on 21-10-18

Not a book about fossils .

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-18

My fault i didn't realise this book spends the first few hours going on about dis proving creationist theory .
They could have condensed this into 15 minutes as far as i am concerned.
Creationist had been proved to be rubbish i didn't realise it was even a thing anymore let alone a book all about arguing about it.
They should change the covert art i thought this might be a book about dinosaurs.

  • Vietnam

  • An Epic History of a Divisive War 1945-1975
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble, Max Hastings - introduction
  • Length: 33 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 370

Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle. He portrays the set pieces of Dienbienphu, the Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam and less familiar battles such as the bloodbath at Daido.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Derrick on 20-10-18

good book but ..

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-18

It jumps about all over the place you press play and it says 2 so the book plays then keeps reading out random chapter numbers that make no sense .i Think i listened to the middle section of the book first then the last bit then the first bit ,what's going on audible ?
This book makes the common mistake of thinking everyone speaks French it only happened two or three times but the author puts in a French quote and no explanation so unless you know how to spell in french and want to look it up a pointless questure ,i wander if max hastings put a translation in the actual book.
I have listened to most audible books available on Vietnam this one is very consise but whole chapters seem the same as in other books the bits about john paul van especially .

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Red Snow

  • The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
  • By: Günter K. Koschorrek
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Gunter K. Koschorrek was a machine-gunner on the Russian front in WWII. He wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on. As keeping a diary was strictly forbidden, he sewed the pages into the lining of his thick winter coat and deposited them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing, and it was when he was reunited with his daughter in America some 40 years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the Eastern front then you’ll like this book

  • By Jayceon1888 on 29-08-18

very good book

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-18

i liked this book it's a good story ,glosses over atrocities and keeps talking about kalashnikov's which didn't exsist until after ww2 but other than that you get the idea it's mainly true .

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Flight Risk

  • The Highs and Lows of Life as a Doctor at Heathrow Airport
  • By: Stephanie Green
  • Narrated by: Heather Long
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Stephanie Green isn't like most other doctors. Nearly every day, she confronts life-and-death situations behind the scenes at Heathrow, where the truth is almost always stranger than fiction. Here, she reveals the exhilarating drama of working in the world's sixth busiest airport and what is required to make life-and-death decisions in the hidden no-man's-land of medicine, geopolitics, terror and tragedy that is Flight Risk

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More an autobiography than a book of interesting cases from Heathrow airport

  • By Nathan on 12-11-18

very interesting story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-18

my only concern is that it could have been about twice as long . it was just over too quick .
What is there is really good .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • The Untold Story of a Lost World
  • By: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. Today a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting-edge technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs created a hugely successful empire that lasted for around 150 million years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable.

  • By G. Morgan on 13-05-18

i think everyone will learn something from this .

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

A very interesting read my only bad point is he keeps going on about trex being the king and the biggest meat eater . It's common knowledge there are three bigger meat eaters spinosuarus , cartharodontosaurus and giganotsaurus . unless i missed it these didn't get a mention let alone there own capter .i kept waiting for the spinosaurus chapter trex is very American centric but most kids know about spinosaurus these days .

  • Gun Baby Gun

  • A Bloody Journey into the World of the Gun
  • By: Iain Overton
  • Narrated by: Iain Overton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

There are almost one billion guns across the globe today. There are 12 billion bullets produced every year - almost two bullets for every person. And as many as 500,000 people are killed by them every year worldwide. The gun's impact is long-reaching and often hidden. And it doesn't just involve the dead, the wounded, the suicidal and the mourning. It involves us all. Gun Baby Gun takes the award-winning investigative journalist Iain Overton on a shocking and eye-opening journey to over 25 countries.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • lots of guns and they are mostly bad ?

  • By rikki on 23-04-19

well researcher and presented

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I think this is a great book it's not totally one sided and goes into great depth about all aspects of guns . It s very informative and interesting i would recommend it to anyone .