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Graham

Round Rock, TX, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Sharpe's Devil: Book XXI of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    In 1820, Richard Sharpe has become a peaceful farmer following Waterloo, but comes out of retirement to undertake a perilous mission. He must find Don Blas Vivar, Captain-General of the Spanish colony of Chile and an old friend, who vanished without a trace half a world away.

    Graham says: "A great ending to Sharpe and Napoleon"
    "A great ending to Sharpe and Napoleon"
    Overall

    There's no such thing as a bad Sharpe book. Start with Sharpe's Tiger and you'll be hooked for the entire series! This is the final book and wraps up Sharpe, Harper, and Napoleon's careers.

    With an interesting back story that I had no idea about (the possibility of which would certainly have left a huge impact to world history), this is a good listen.

    But if you've listened to any Sharpe books, you have no need to read this review. If you've not listened to any Sharpe book, this probably isn't the ideal one to start with, since it's the last in the series - go immediately for any other Sharpe novel as your next listen!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone 1932-1940, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Graham says: "Rousing"
    "Rousing"
    Overall

    I just wasn't ready for how good this book is. The reader is excellent and though I thought nobody could top F. Davidson (who read the first two Churchill volumes), this reader is also excellent and by the end has me convined Churchill is doing his own voiceovers. Don't let the change in reader put you off! The audio quality of this volume is the best of the bunch too.

    Works well with an iPods Faster listening speed, which shortens the book 25%.

    According to an Amazon reviewer, the third part of the Churchill saga will be published in 2007 - hooray!

    This volume takes us through the awful conquences of Appeasement, continual Nazi gains and horrors in Europe, and like a fine novel works us down through the 1930s to the blackest nights of despair in Europe's history; with Churchill powerlessly voicing the peril they are in.

    Chekoslovakia has been given away; Hungary is long gone. Poland wiped from the map, split with Russia's monstrous Red Army which is now allied with the Nazis. Norway and the vital ore assets in Sweden are securely in Nazi hands.

    In the days before the Nazi attack on the low countries & France, France fires its useless top general leaving its army leaderless, and then its government resigns. In the UK, parliament votes to throw out the current Prime Minister and his government: then Denmark, Holland, Belgium are overrun, and France swiftly penetrated; the French and British armies about to be cut off from escape. Nazi attack coordination between planes, panzers, and infantry is overwhelming and deadly. Blitzkrieg indeed.

    You know the history. You know what happens. But the book reads like a thriller and still leaves you guessing. Night is about to fall on Freedom; at the last moment, one shining beacon gains the power to rally the free world. Is it too late?

    Wow. Manchester has written a fabulous book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Graham says: "Churchill does it again"
    "Churchill does it again"
    Overall

    If I recall correctly, this volume covers WW1 and aftermath. Very interesting; Churchill, if listened to, probably would have shaved two years off the war and saved many lives; treated as scapegoat for timidly incompetent British naval mistakes, Churchill goes through a variety of Cabinet posts including getting friendly with the IRA's Micheal Collins.

    Churchill's life was clearly very rich and full - and busy as heck to pay his bills - this book gives a convincing look at this great man.

    The recording quality is not the best but your ears will adjust.

    Works great with an iPod's Faster reading mode, which cuts down on the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Dean says: "Wonderful"
    "Churchill - superhero?"
    Overall

    I had no idea Churchill got up to so much before WW1. Getting shot at in Cuba? Boer war? Fleeing across South Africa? A prolific writer?

    Davidson does an amazing reading job as usual, breathing life in to the characters.

    The book gives context around Churchill; fashion, popular songs which really helps draw a wonderful picture of life.

    If I recall correctly, this volume covers the period before WW1.

    The recording quality is not the best but your ears will adjust.

    Works great with an iPod's Faster reading mode, which cuts down on the time.

    Highly recommended. I'm currently enjoying the last volume, set in 1939. Wonderful stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone 1932-1940, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Manchester tracks with new insights this complex, fascinating history without ever losing sight of Churchill the man - a man whose vision was global and whose courage was boundless.

    David W. Jordan says: "A great life"
    "Best of the bunch?"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first two audiobooks of Churchill's life. I was worried this would be a slight let-down given the change in reader. But, although this reader takes a little getting used to after Davidson's brilliance, he's a good reader too (just that Davidson can go to eleven sometimes).

    This is a fascinating book that covers the rise of Hitler and Nazism; the unbelievable bumbling and incompetence of His Majesty's Government, and Churchill's persistence and unwavering opinion throughout.

    The recording quality is just fine, though a little patchy. It works great with an iPod's Faster reading mode.

    This book covers up to around 1938 with Hitler pushing left and right and France and Britain attempting appeasement... no really, have Chezkoslovakia, it's all yours Hitler just leave us alone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Britain: Best of TV Series 1

    • ORIGINAL (45 mins)
    • By Matt Lucas, David Walliams
    • Narrated By Matt Lucas, David Walliams
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Little Britain is without doubt the biggest contemporary audio series in the UK this year. In 2005 there will be a third TV Series on BBC3 and BBC1; transmission dates are likely to be Autumn 2005. Little Britain is a phenomena and will be the hottest ticket in 2005. To tie in with the new TV Series, sell out tour, and the Christmas gift market, we are releasing a best of TV soundtrack featuring sketches and other material not used on the Complete Radio Series.

    Graham says: "New to Little Britain"
    "New to Little Britain"
    Overall

    This is probably really good if you've seen the TV show. I haven't; I'm British; I laughed at some parts. But I couldn't make it through to the end. Maybe I'll try this on Netflix and then try another book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (285)

    Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

    Philip says: "Best Wodehouse narrator"
    "My first Wodehouse"
    Overall

    This book had me laughing out loud at the sheer nonsense of it all!

    A superb reader too.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (370)

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    A. F. Latronica III says: "A fair shake"
    "Seven-eighths dull"
    Overall

    I was looking for a nautical Sharpe, but instead found this dull book. When there is some action, it's very good. However most of the book is spent on land, full of tiresome conversation (see for example Pride and Prejudice). I was very surprised and disappointed given the other good reviews; I don't know whether to try another in this series or not. It was a struggle for me to finish this book.

    Having listened and enjoyed to all the Sharpe novels, I have tried the single well-recorded Hornblower book on Audible and it's FAR better than this. Now I'm stuck for what historical military fiction to listen to next!

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (2116)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (857)

    On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

    Pamela says: "A good read"
    "Preferred Lost Light"
    Overall

    Listened to Lost Light first, then gave this a try. It's not quite as good. Also it seems to end before everything was fully wrapped up. Not bad, but there's at least one better Bosch book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2421)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (957)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Great story, great reader"
    Overall

    This is the first book by this author that I've read. An intriguing detective story and the perfect reader for this style of book. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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