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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
I have listened to it more than once already. It is exciting from start to finish. Always discover something interesting on re-listening.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Brooks humour and the fast-paced adventure!
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!
Yes and I did.....Then I listened to it again the next night!
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.
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.
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