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R. Fowler

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Just when you think it's over....it gets better!

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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: 26-10-19

It's book 12 but the story line remains as strong as ever and there is more to come.

The story has lost nothing after 11 books!

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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: 01-11-18

waiting for the next book already....and there will be another! Far from milking a franchise the plot remains as strong as ever...

You don't have to like heavy metal to enjoy this<br /><br />

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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: 07-11-17

I was sorry when this ended - nothing on marriage divorce births or funerals we all do that - so just the interesting stuff....a compulsory read if you need to explain to someone what it's like to undergo cancer treatment - says all the bits you don't want to hear. I hope more is added later - want to know about the book of souls tour and yes the airships!

The film only scratches the surface.....

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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: 23-05-17

I was taught at school that the raid was a morale boosting exercise that had little impact on the war......really?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Clint Eastwood made it into a better story

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I kept going till the end but I did not enjoy listening to this book - putting the subject matter aside it was disjointed and not well written - it did not flow well. I much prefered the film the main character is much nicer guy! I read the book hoping to find more detail and gain an understanding of the hype.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

What strongly comes across is that the US is as deeply Indoctrinated in their views as the people they were shooting at.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Nothing in particular

Did American Sniper inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

A much better read is Sniper One by SGT Dan Mills - I couldn't put it down.

What's going on?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-11

Two superbly narrated unabridged books - and then this. This and the next novel Sword song are only available abridged. The two novels after that are unabridged. This annoying for those who want either format. Lords of the North and Sword song are both available unabridged on CD from the BBC.
I purchased this in March 2010 but found the abridging spoilt the flow of the story. I was hoping that an unabridged version would have appeared by now.
The narrator change does not help matters but that is outside audiable’s control. Disappointing.

I like the originals and I like this.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-11

So many Authors have written Sherlock Holmes sequels, some excellent and some truly dreadful. We are bombarded with TV shows and films of all different styles including the recent Hollywood blockbusters. (The worst I’ve seen being Roger Moore cast as Holmes) So when a new novel comes along there will always be disapproval from the traditionalists and approval from those who enjoy the updating. This is very different to the original short stories but it feels and reads like a Sherlock Holmes story. An author has to be brave to write a Holmes story but Anthony Horowitz has gone further than this by tackling a very gritting an unpleasant topic that even today’s society has only really started to get to grips with in the past 10 years or so. Conan Doyle could not have written about this in his own time as it would have offended most of Victorian society who swept such subjects under the carpet. The story begins with Watson as an elderly man in a home deciding that enough time has passed to allow the story to be told. Thoroughly recommended.

The sequel is better

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-11

The writing style of the this second book is much better than the first. It flows better and is more enjoyable. Interestingly the author had escaped at the end of the first book which maybe the reason for this. The narration is also better. You will need to read the first book to understand what is going on but this is still one of the most remarkable and often amusing stories of world war two.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Unique and fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-11

This story is best listen to with a good Knowledge of the events. As a diary the author of course does not know what will happen next so some of the accounts are based purely on his own interpretation of the situation and was some times incorrect. This is not a criticism as it actually shows how isolated the German population where from events outside there own country much like North Korea today. Every book written about World War 2 is started by an author who knows the outcome so this is a unique account in every way. Don’t expect a traditional structure to this book and you'll be fine. There is a lot of everyday detail in this account that does not appear in the Rise and Fall. A great listen.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

An avalanche of information

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-11

This is an excellent piece of research and writing. It cuts through all the old stories of war time spirit and "We'll meet again" style propaganda. It's all here - the thieves, the deceptions, the making money, the poor preparation, the destruction, the death and the depression. The good stories are there too overall giving an accurate account of how terrible it must have been.
The sheer amount of information in this book does not make it the easiest of listens but if you want to know in-depth about this subject then this is for you. I've given it four stars as it’s such an impressive work but as a casual listen it would be a two or three star book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful