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William

Sandston, Va, United States

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  • A History of the Peninsular War 1807-1809

    • ABRIDGED (26 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charles Oman
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    FNH Audio presents a reading of Charles Oman's classic military history A History of the Peninsular War. In this first volume, a detailed examination is made of the first years of the war, 1807 to 1809. The campaign is examined from both sides using reference materials from British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese sources. This book covers the invasion of Spain and Napoleon's trickery in luring the Spanish crown into prison. It also features Wellington's first peninsular battle and of course the famous retreat to Corunna and the battle at that place.

    Keith says: "Wonderful if you can tolerate the reader"
    "doesnt translate well into audiobook"
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    Would you recommend A History of the Peninsular War 1807-1809 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Battle of Balin and Moore's retreat.


    Any additional comments?

    This is probably an excellant book but it doesnt translate well into an audiobook. With the obvious removal of maps the casual listener has very little idea where many of these Spanish towns are located in relation to eachother. And therefore cant fully appreciate the hows and whys of military operations in Spain and Portugal.
    Still it is an exhaustive, thourough, enjoyable book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (84)

    From critically acclaimed world historian Antony Beevor, this is the first major account in more than 20 years to cover the whole invasion, from June 6, 1944, right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25. It is the first book to describe not only the experiences of the American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers, but also the terrible suffering of the French caught up in the fighting. More French civilians were killed by Allied bombing and shelling than British civilians were by the Luftwaffe.

    Michael says: "A commendable book"
    "Excellant audiobook"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend to anyone interested in D day and the battle for France.


    Which character – as performed by Cameron Stewart – was your favorite?

    The Narration was very well done. But we Americans don't really sound like that do we?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W4 The Battle of Jutland (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Kenneth Allen
    • Narrated By Nigel Lambert, Michael Burrell, Michael Sheard, and others
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It was the most controversial naval battle of the 20th century. Statistically, both sides lost; but the British Fleet was readied for action again within 24 hours and dominated the seas for the rest of the First World War. This programme recreates the whole dramatic conflict.

    William says: "Better than knowing nothing about the battle."
    "Better than knowing nothing about the battle."
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    What would have made W4 The Battle of Jutland (Dramatised) better?

    Must have been written for children because the amount of detail is very limited with many of the finer points being overlooked entirely.


    Any additional comments?

    Robert Massie's "Castles of Steel" has an excellent and thorough account of Jutland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of Waterloo

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jeremy Black
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (8)

    Jeremy Black uses Waterloo to contextualise the changing nature of war, the rise and fall of Napoleon's empire, and the influence of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars on the nineteenth century. Waterloo was an iconic battle for the British, a triumph of endurance that ensured a nineteenth-century world in which Britain played the key role.

    William says: "More about impact on Britain than the battle."
    "More about impact on Britain than the battle."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book as the summary says is more about the impact of the battle on the conscience of Britain than a detailed account of the actual battle itself. After the battle is over the narrator drones on for another two hours talking about the construction of monuments and places in Britain named "waterloo".


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator sounded like he was eating during the entire performance.


    Was The Battle of Waterloo worth the listening time?

    Sadly, no.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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