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Ron

Orleans, Ontario, Canada

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  • Raiders: World War Two True Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ross Kemp
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Six raids that changed the course of history. Operation Judgement: one of the most spectacular efforts of World War Two, where obsolete British biplanes attacked the Italian fleet in Taranto. Operation Archery: the first true combined operation carried out by all three British forces. This successful raid persuaded Hitler that the Allies were planning a full-scale invasion. Operation Biting: a cross-Channel raid into France that was the first major attack by the British Airborne Division and its first battle honour. Operation Gunnerside: a dramatic demolition assault on Hitler's atomic bomb plant in Norway....

    Charles says: "Raiders World War Two True Stories."
    "A must listen for WW 2 history fans!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Raiders: World War Two True Stories the most enjoyable?

    I love tales of bravery,sacrifice,and ingenuity from the men and women of that generation who gave all for freedom and love of country. These six,individual stories were excellent listening,with top flight narration by Mark Meadows. Britain and the Allies had only had a series of setbacks and depressing news,while trying to cope with the constant Lufwaffe attacks on the Homefront for more than two years and Churchill knew some positive news stories were critical by this time. The establishment and training of the "Commandos" is a great story in itself,but as Mark Meadows reads them,you feel you are there with the attaking forces! The initial success of the Raids was a much needed moral booster for England,and set some standards for D Day which would follow. I purchased this audiobook in January,and have listened to it three times already,loving every minute of it. First class all the way.


    What other book might you compare Raiders: World War Two True Stories to and why?

    Anyone that likes these types of stories would enjoy any of William Breuers' books;and also, 'The Brenner Assaignment' by Patrick O'Donnell; "The Forgotten 500 " by Gregory Freeman;'The Jedburghs' by Will Irwin and "The Phantom Major"@ by Virginia Cowles,to name a few.(@-Reviewed separately).


    What does Mark Meadows bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I listen very carefully to books I place in my wish list and take my time deciding. Sometimes favourite subject matter is not as well narrated as I would like,and the VOICE is everyting to me. I place Mr. Meadows up there with the best,especially for this genre.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It actually did give me chills,as some of the Commandos;as was to be expected,lost there lives in the Raids. Usually some prior background facts of certain commanders and other individuals were given;as when an officer that played Rugby for England who was well known was killed. I could only think of the family and friends who would never see them again.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a "shout out " to AUDIBLE for seeking out these kind of true WW 2 stories which I love. There seem to be many new and interesting choices each month. Cheers to all the fans of this branch of history, I read and use your reviews to help choose,quite often! - Ron Larocque,Ottawa,Canada.

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  • The Phantom Major

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Virginia Cowles
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    In the dark and uncertain days of 1941 and 1942, when Rommel's tanks were sweeping towards Suez, a handful of daring raiders were making history for the Allies. They operated deep behind the German lines, often driving hundreds of miles through the deserts of North Africa. They hid by day and struck by night, destroying aircraft, blowing up ammunition dumps, derailing trains, and killing many times their own number.

    Alec says: "Makes you feel like you're there"
    "The REAL "Rat Patrol"!"
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    Would you listen to The Phantom Major again? Why?

    I have listened to it more than once already. It is exciting from start to finish. Always discover something interesting on re-listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would have to be Major David Stirling of course.He had an iron will and incredible nerve facing overwhelming odds and harsh conditions every mission. However his demeanor was of a gentle giant who gained respect of his men;whom he treated with respect. After all,they were'irregulars' so the officer-non-com buisness was relaxed because of the hardships etc. all of the men faced. Each mission Major Stirling left the quiet,patient reserved part at home and set out across the desert to really cause the enemy maximum damage!


    Which character – as performed by Robert Whitfield – was your favorite?

    There were many incredible individuals under Major Stirlings' command who stood out by their brave and resourceful acts. Not ony British,but allied troops as well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just about every chapter. For example,as the commandos beetled back out from blowing up everything in sight with the enemy in hot pursuit,I think,anyone would find exciting .This was the true story of the formation of the SAS and their operations,"stirring it up", across North Africa during those years(1941-42) where things were at an impass because for every bit of ground gained,Rommel who was brilliant,would counter-attack and ground would be lost. These Commandos were a constant source of worry for the Germans,as their hit and run tactics were really effective and disrupted the enemies plans more often than not.


    Any additional comments?

    As mentioned in some of my other reviews,I take my time choosing,and VOICE is everything for me. I immediately loved Robert Whitfields voice,and will seek out other projects he is involved in. - Ron L.

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  • Freddy and the Flying Saucer Plans

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Walter Brooks
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    While Freddy the pig relaxes in his best cowboy outfit and sings a song, he decides that he needs a vacation. He will ride his pony, Cy, out West. He'll see some wide-open spaces and maybe find some excitement. But before Freddy can leave, the excitement finds him first. Uncle Ben races up to the farm and asks Freddy for help. A pack of sneaky spies is trying to steal Uncle Ben's plans for building a flying saucer.

    A. Mackenzie says: "Great book"
    "No one but John McDonough could pull this off!"
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    Where does Freddy and the Flying Saucer Plans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I grew up loving Mr. Brooks,Freddy the Pig series and have collected most of them. This is one of my favourite stories,as Samuel Jackson the Mole is introduced. But,come on,it has a bit of everything we love! Spies;Freddy in various disguises;Jinx the cats' humourous jabs at Freddy;Uncle Bens' inventions,to name a few. It has Walter Brooks humour at his best. The plot and sub plots are excellent;the Flying saucer Plans being pursued by spies;Samuel looking for his lost treasure;Jinx tangling with 'Grisli' and the cannibal ants;as well as Freddy riding Cy!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brooks humour and the fast-paced adventure!


    What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John McDonough captures all the little nuances of the characters personalities. First one I listened to I thought,this is what I knew FREDDY would sound like!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I did.....Then I listened to it again the next night!


    Any additional comments?

    Just a tip of the hat to whoever thought to choose John McDonough to do these fabulous stories! I don't believe anyone could have done them as well as he! - Ron L.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jedburghs: The Secret History of the Allied Special Forces, France 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Will Irwin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    The first full history of the pioneering Special Forces units of World War II, dropped behind German lines into France to assist with the D-Day landings, told by a former U.S. Special Forces colonel with unique access to surviving veterans.

    Alex says: "Really Enjoyed It"
    "If you like WW2 history-Highly Recommended!"
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    I love World War 2 history to begin with,and this is a great story. I have absolutely no issues with Patrick Lawlors' narration,really enjoying his work actually. This story is 10 hrs. plus long,and I found listening to 2 or 3 hrs. over several nights worked really well. The courage and ingenuity of those individuals behind enemy lines makes for riveting listening. I really enjoyed and appreciated background info and summaries of what some of the principle characters did after the War. A totally satisfying listen and I felt well worth the price. Highly recommended. I would also recommend "The Forgotten 500",by Gregory Freeman,and narrated by Patrick Lawlor as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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