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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,277

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By penobscott on 10-07-17

One of man's greatest journeys.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

Shackleton guided his small band through impossible risks and trauma, he had formed a team that DID follow him to the end of the world for them to have survived is a testament to their courage and belief in his leadership and to Frank Worsley's navigation.

  • 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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 170

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

A fascinating account.

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

Was this when the American military complex realised how much money they can make from other people's wars?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pilgrim Spy

  • My Secret War Against Putin, the Kgb and the Stasi
  • By: Tom Shore
  • Narrated by: Luke de Lacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

This is one of the great untold stories of the 20th century. It is a firsthand account of a mission by an SAS soldier sent behind the Iron Curtain by MI6 to find someone who didn't necessarily want to be found and how, on a follow-up mission, he found himself manoeuvring against a mysterious KGB officer and a murder plot by Kremlin hardliners. If the plot had succeeded, it would have given the Russians the excuse they were looking for to roll out the tanks across East Germany, the Berlin Wall would not have fallen - and the map of Europe would look very different today.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t Finish

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-11-18

Excellent, but what percentage is true?

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Ripping yarn, or truth being stranger than fiction, you have nearly 12 hours to decide!
I know my decision.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Easy Day Was Yesterday

  • The Extreme Life of an SAS Soldier
  • By: Paul Jordan
  • Narrated by: Neil Pigot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian jail, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge. His childhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother, produces a young man hell-bent on being the best of the best - an ambition he achieves by being selected to join the elite SAS. The Easy Day Was Yesterday is fast paced, brutally honest, raw and laced with dark humour. The core of Paul Jordan's eventful life, it shows the ability of the human spirit to survive even in the direst adversity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought

  • By ahooke on 16-07-18

To be honest it did nothing for me.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

I'm sorry I'm guessing he had a tough life but his writing isn't up to the mark, all I heard was a moaning Ausi going on about how everyone else didn't measure up.
From an Indian open prison he'd got himself thrown into.

  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • By: Ben MacIntyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,145

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By robert on 26-09-18

A fascinating blow by blow account.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

The account of the life and subsequent escape of the KGB master spy occured as a background event, we'd only understood the edited snippets, this excellent book puts the series of events into their correct time frame and highlights the world events occurring at the time.

  • Ep. 6: 37th & 8th (100:1 The Crack Legacy)

  • By: Audible Originals, Christopher Johnson
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

[Contains explicit content] The “war on crack” is over, but the legacy of that battle is alive today – especially in police departments around the country. In this episode, we look at how changes in police practices and attitudes reaching back at least three decades are still shaping the way cops behave, especially towards black Americans. And we explore police behavior as an extension of a larger understanding of blacks as inherently criminal - and the future of that understanding under President Donald Trump.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Big money politics in action!

  • By Goronwy-Wyn on 09-10-18

Big money politics in action!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

When you can marginalise a sector of society to make money and to fool voters you know you've made it in politics!

  • Helter Skelter

  • The True Story of the Manson Murders
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evil: Step by Step

  • By Eugene on 18-12-14

A fascinating insight into a flawed investigation.

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

This book left me wondering what happened to the police dept that did the work.

  • Red Notice

  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 716

November 2009. Sergei Magnitsky is led to an isolation cell in a Moscow prison and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million in taxes. Magnitsky’s brutal killing has remained uninvestigated to this day. Red Notice is a searing exposé of the Russian authorities responsible for the murder, slicing deep into the heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazement, disbelief and tears

  • By musiclover on 19-08-16

Truth going beyond the wildest fiction.

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

The tenacity shown by those in danger is a lesson to us all, I can't say I liked the account though it's far too chilling, nevertheless it's well written, and clearly narrated.

  • Sex at Dawn

  • How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • By: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan (Preface)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ideas presented in a suboptimal way

  • By Ekaterina Banina on 27-05-16

A must listen for all men!

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

Your religion based controlling society doesn't tell you this, it's a fascinating account of why we are who we are.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Let Not the Deep

  • British Military Quartet, Book 1
  • By: Mike Lunnon-Wood
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

A crippled cargo ship drifts helplessly in the face of an oncoming hurricane-force storm. On board, a passenger whose presence means the world is watching. Only the skill, determination and raw courage of a lifeboat crew and the British military forces despatched to save them offer any hope of survival. But set against the savagery of the Atlantic even that might not be enough....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting stuff!

  • By clive on 11-04-17

Thoroughly enjoyed the story.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

A well written story, with a solid story line and with some of the drama of real rescues for which us mere mortals will alwasy remain in awe.