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Richard

New Haven, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Andrew Wheatcroft
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the "Golden Apple", as Turks referred to Vienna. The ensuing siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding 17th-century grenades against Habsburg armies, widely feared for their savagery. The walls of Vienna bristled with guns as the besieging Ottoman host launched bombs, fired cannons, and showered the populace with arrows during the battle for Christianity's bulwark.

    Shaun says: "Excellent work"
    "Text repeated from part 1 to part 2"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, it looks like a substantial portion of the text was lost


    Any additional comments?

    a large section of text from part 1 was repeated in part 2. I have no idea what was missing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Battle: Book XII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    As Napoleon threatens to crush Britain in battle, Lt. Col. Richard Sharpe leads a ragtag army to exact a personal revenge. In the spring of 1811, one of the most bitter battles of the Peninsular War is about to commence. The hopes and hearts of all of Britain are turned toward Spain, where victory will be won or lost.

    David says: "Another excellent Sharpe Adventure"
    "Lost the last several minutes, ruined it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Sharpe's Battle better?

    Having the entire story. losing the last several minutes ruined everything


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good historical novel


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not without the rest of the story


    Any additional comments?

    It was infuriating to listen to 11 hours and then lose the climax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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