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  • Blind Defence

  • By: John Fairfax
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

She was found hanging in a dingy London bedsit with a blood orange in her mouth. Diane Heybridge, a young woman without a past or much of a future, has captured in death the compassion denied her in life. For the prosecution, this seeming suicide is nothing more than a bungled killing, and a disgusted public looks to Court 2 of the Old Bailey for justice. Her callous, jilted partner, Brent Stainsby, stands accused of her murder, and he's turned to the maverick legal team William Benson and Tess de Vere to defend him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm One of Benson's Advocates!

  • By Simon on 05-04-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

After reading rave reviews, I was expecting more-the plot is too far fetched.The only redeeming feature was the excellent Daniel Weyman's narration

  • 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

Interesting but dated account

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Since this book was written, there has been further research notably by Ian Kershaw and Antony Beevor which highlights some of the inadequacies of Ryan's account.In particular, he gives credence to Speer's assertion at the Nuremberg Trial that he was planning to kill Hitler, for which there is no evidence.Other anecdotes are also presented as fact without any corroborative evidence.
Despite this-and the anomaly of an American book with a British narrator, it's an interesting listen.

  • Dominion

  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written…1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dominion: Fantastic and Atmospheric Novel!

  • By David on 21-11-12

Chilling Alternative History;Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

This is a great listen-chilling but feasible alternative history that includes real personalities from the period plus finely drawn characters.At times the tension was palpable and the whole book enhanced by the superb narration of Daniel Weyman.
Superb.

  • Daniel Weyman

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Holly Newson
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

With over 70 titles available on Audible, narrator and actor Daniel Weyman is one of Audible’s most popular narrators, even winning Narrator of the Year in 2016. He’s well-known for being the voice of novels from the likes of P. D. James, Paula Hawkins and Peter James and appearing on hit TV series Foyle's War and Silent Witness. In this interview he talks about the recording and preparation process for audiobook narration, how he got into it and how he portrays different characters. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Weyman

  • By mcsmall on 10-11-18

Wonderful Weyman

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Daniel Weyman is an outstanding narrator.This provides an insight into how much hard work goes into each book.He also comes across as very modest

  • The Labyrinth of the Spirits

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 99

From the international best-selling author of The Shadow of the Wind. Barcelona, 1957. Daniel Sempere runs the Sempere & Sons bookshop, is happily married and has a son. No longer the child who discovered the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he is still haunted by the mysterious death of his mother when he was six years old. Meanwhile his best friend and accomplice, Fermin, is about to marry the love of his life. But something appears to be bothering him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic, enthralling and moving

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-11-18

Multi-layered finale to the series

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I have listened to all of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's books and have enjoyed them all.This provides a fine finale and is more political, with reference to some of the darkest aspects of the Franco regime.The characters are all finely drawn.
As ever, Daniel Weyman's narration is excellent and enabled me to be totally absorbed in a long book.

  • Operation Thunderbolt

  • The Entebbe Raid - the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
  • By: Saul David
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

This is the true story of the greatest special forces operation of the 20th century and the first shot in the West's long war against international terrorism. It is a tale of human drama and unbearable tension in which courage, comradeship, fanaticism, incompetence and luck all play their parts. On 3 July 1976, Israeli Special Forces carried out a daring raid to free more than 100 Israeli, French and US hostages held by German and Palestinian terrorists at Entebbe Airport, Uganda.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Rossano Nocera on 14-06-18

A Real Life Thriller

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This book tells the story of the audacious rescue mission by Israeli special forces in 1976.It is well narrated and presents the story from a variety of perspectives, concluding with a good analysis of the impact of the events.Recommended

  • Fateful Choices

  • Ten Decisions that Changed the World, 1940-1941
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Ian Kershaw's Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-41 offers a penetrating insight into a series of momentous political decisions that shaped the course of the Second World War. The hurricane of events that marked the opening of the Second World War meant that anything could happen. For the aggressors there was no limit to their ambitions; for their victims a new Dark Age beckoned. Over the next few months their fates would be determined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Narrator, Barnaby Edwards

  • By Olivier on 11-04-16

Ian Kershaw:Excellent As Usual

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Professor Sir Ian Kershaw is an outstanding scholar, but this is a slight deviation from his usual style.It is nonetheless well researched and brilliantly written
The narration assisted in providing clarity for the listener

  • Paris After the Liberation

  • By: Artemis Cooper, Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Antony Beevor's Paris After Liberation: 1944-1949 is a remarkable historical account of the chaos and uncertainty that followed the liberation of Paris in August 1944. Postliberation Paris: an epoch charged with political and conflicting emotions. Liberation was greeted with joy but marked by recriminations and the trauma of purges. The feverish intellectual arguments of the young took place amidst the mundane reality of hunger and fuel shortages. This is a thrilling, unsurpassed account of the drama and upheaval of one of history's most fascinating eras.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book, shame about the voice.

  • By Bouquiniste on 02-07-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

I have listened or read almost all of Antony Beevor's books, and think he is a fine military historian.Stalingrad was a masterpiece.However, this was a mixture of diferent elements in each chapter, some of which were anecdotal.
I also found Sean Barrett's voice somewhat anachronistic, reminding me of Pathe News.

  • Belonging

  • The Story of the Jews: When Words Fail (1492-1900)
  • By: Simon Schama
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 36 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. It spans centuries and continents; from the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492, it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance, to the brink of the 20th century and, it seems, a point of profound hope. It tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; and an opera composer in 19th-century Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story of the Jews

  • By G. Child on 09-02-18

A series of biographies rather than history

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This book was not what I was expecting, as I was hoping to hear a chronological or thematic approach.Instead, this was a biographical series and I was disappointed.
I felt there was to much detail at the expense of analysis

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad

  • By: Joyce E. Salisbury, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Joyce E. Salisbury
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Spain has played a unique and essential role in Western civilization. To understand the unfolding of Spain's epic history is to come to terms with one of the West's great cultures, and to grasp its enduring presence and impact on the world stage. In these 24 accessible lectures, Professor Salisbury presents a broad and enthralling panorama of Spanish history, covering the centuries from the first prehistoric settlement of the peninsula to Spain's 20th century civil war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-18

Overview of Spanish history

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

Inevitably, a broad over view is likely to feel superficial, and this is no exception.However, for someone with little or no previous knowledge, it would be a useful introduction.If you have any previous knowledge, it would be better to focus on particular periods.
The narration was a little too fast at times.