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Joseph

52, retired soldier and surgeon. Teach Combat Surgery and Military History and hold the rank of Brigadier. Lost wife, love dogs, ski to fast

Birmingham, United Kingdom | Member Since 2004

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  • Korsun Pocket: The Encirclement and Breakout of a German Army in the East, 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Niklas Zetterling, Anders Frankson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    (16)
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    (15)
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    (15)

    During the second half of 1943, after the failure at Kursk, Germany’s Army Group South fell back from Russia under repeated hammer blows from the Red Army. Under Erich von Manstein, however, the Germans were able to avoid serious defeats, while at the same time fending off Hitler’s insane orders to hold on to useless territory. Then, in January 1944, a disaster happened.

    Joseph says: "A wonderful historical narative"
    "A wonderful historical narative"
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    As a historian and a professional soldier I found this book to be fascinating on so many levels. It could have been written by a general of WWII. It has depth, strategic insight and explanation and a cold calculated analysis of why it all went so wrong so fast for the German Army. Well recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • And We Shall Shock Them

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Fraser
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    Written by a preeminent historian of the British Army, this is the definitive history of the British Army in the Second World War: its campaigns and battles, defeats and victories, across all theatres of operations from the outbreak of war with Germany in 1939 to the final defeat of Japan in 1945. Here the listener will find grand strategy at the highest level, but also the reality of command in the field and the experience of combat for the infantry, gunners and the tankers as the British Army fought its way through the war. But above all this is a full, authoritative and vividly written account of the British Army in the Second World War.

    Joseph says: "Magnificent, I say again, magnificent."
    "Magnificent, I say again, magnificent."
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    What did you love best about And We Shall Shock Them?

    It is had to do justice to this book in a short paragraph but I will try. It’s a soldier’s history, written by an author who understood to well the machinations often associated with battles. And you can see in your head the map changing and the divisions moving about to meet the luck of battle. You get to see the picture from the Army Corp all the way down, dancing so seamlessly between the memoir's of a corporal to the logistical issues facing a Brigadier and yet always kept in the picture. One of the best works of British task to arms I have ever read. I cannot paradise this book highly enough. It would seem there is a new player on the block for popular military history and he is exceptional.I have just started ‘Alan Brooke’ and am not being disappointed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Battle: The Story of the Bulge

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Toland
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
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    Battle: The Story of the Bulge, John Toland's first work of military history, recounts the saga of beleaguered American troops as they resisted Hitler's deadly counter offensive in World War II's Battle of the Bulge - and turned it into an Allied victory. It is a gripping work, painstakingly researched and imbued with such vivid detail that listeners will feel as though they themselves witnessed these events. This is a book not to be missed by anyone interested in this tumultuous era of our world's history.

    Joseph says: "Wonderful Account"
    "Wonderful Account"
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    Would you listen to Battle again? Why?

    Mr Toland needs congratulations on what is a great read. So well researched and animated in a way many popular historians have not been able to do with such skill. I know the battle well (Soldier for 23 years), and who has ever done Staff College without the 'Bulge'.American arms growing up and entering world history with thunder and courage. It was a great battle and has never been praised enough for the shear courage and professionalism of American Armies. For that is what we are talking about, a clash of titanic proportion and infantry losses 3x that of the Eastern Front. Again, well done Mr Toland I would love to chat with you one day on certain points, but if you are a history buff and want a story to tell the 'Spartans' this is the one to get. (And and I apologize for the crass and churlish out pourings from Field Marshal Montgomery bringing shame to so many British Tommie's who bled and died next to their American brothers)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alanbrooke

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Fraser
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    "Alanbrooke," wrote General MacArthur, "is undoubtedly the greatest soldier that England has produced since Wellington." He fought with the artillery in the First World War, had a brilliant career as a peacetime soldier, and conducted his Corps with exemplary calm and courage in the retreat to Dunkirk. In November 1941 Churchill selected him as Chief of the Imperial General Staff, and from that moment he became indispensable in Whitehall, the one man who could never be spared for the more spectacular feats of war on the battlefield which he longed to undertake.

    Joseph says: "Excellent Piece of Work"
    "Excellent Piece of Work"
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    What did you love best about Alanbrooke?

    Alan Brook was at the very centre of decisions made in every theatre in WWII. He was a thoughtful and educated man with an excellent strategic mind. The book paints very well the circumstance, the evidence and finally the decision. It’s a fascinating insight into the man who gave the nod to world changing events and the advice he gave on why he did. Its well researched, its well written and an excellent company. I would advise it to any history buff's looking for a demanding picture of the relationship between senior military men and senior politicians and the fine line they both much tread.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ian Kershaw
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did.

    Liz says: "Engrossing yet horrifying"
    "An excellent historical analysis"
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    So many say there is so little left to see in WWII. It has been all said before. But I would say people like Kershaw bring a revisionist eye to what we now know happened with the release of so many parliamentary papers. Why did the who Nazi edifice hold together even when it was doomed. Why could the US, UK, French, Australian etc in the west just not move forward as expected by the generals and ultimately why did the German people not just throw in the towel. Just say enough is enough.

    Its an excellent and scholarly achievement. Well do. Having listened once already I have already started to listened again. (And being a member since 1996 I have many 100's to select from and this is one of the best)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By William David Griffith
    Overall
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    (131)
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    Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.

    T.K. says: "It's about time..."
    "Great Read if your a medical Bod"
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    Where does Complications rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its in the top 10 and I have 100's. I does make the medical profession look human. As a Dr my self I found it so revealing. It visited feelings and concerns I had not looked at for 20 years or more. Its well written, well narrated and a moving account of how difficult being a Dr actually is. Well recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Napoleon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By H.A.L. Fisher
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
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    (29)
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    Between 1796 and 1815, the continent of Europe was held in thrall by one of the most remarkable personalities of modern times, a man whose name was on the lips of every man, woman, and child: Napoleon Bonaparte. Certainly, one would have to go back to the time of Charlemagne to find his equal on the field of battle, in the halls of diplomacy, or in the courts of jurisprudence.

    Theresa says: "A very good short biography"
    "Great Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Napoleon to be better than the print version?

    Oh yes. The printed version needs a trolley to pull it around


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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

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

    It brought back memories of A level history in a school in the West Midlands.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Mosier
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    John Mosier presents a revisionist retelling of the war on the Eastern Front. The conventional wisdom is that Hitler was mad to think he could defeat the USSR, because of its vast size and population, and that the Battle of Stalingrad marked the turning point of the war. Neither statement is accurate, says Mosier; Hitler came very close to winning outright.

    Jonathan Gardner says: "Speaking the un-speakable"
    "Joe Neill"
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    I found this book to be a wonderful insight. and being a military man for 21 years some of the points were very valid indeed. This book will make you think and will place so much 'coffee table' history in the bin. I would highly recommend it to any student of history looking for a strategic view point of the war in the east. Its also a great read. Well do, would recommend it to anyone.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Flush

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (2)
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    Edward de Jersey, an immensely wealthy man, owns a successful racing yard and sets high hopes on his magnificent colt Royal Flush winning the Derby. But de Jersey's luck runs out when his trusted advisor invest his fortune in a fledgling Internet company that crashes, leaving him with mounting debts. In danger of losing everything, de Jersey resurrects his criminal past and attempts to pull off the most audacious robbery in history: the most valuable diamond in the world.

    Joseph says: "A 'Gem' of a story"
    "A 'Gem' of a story"
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    This is the first La Plante book I have listened to or indeed read and I did pick it on speck. I’m glad I did. Its an excellent story with detail and plot that don’t insult your intelligence. The characters are likable but not to ‘sweet’, full of the normal human flaws, and a plot that does leave you asking ‘what happens next’ And ‘how will he get around this one’. The name of the main character 'Edward de Jersey' put me off a bit but don’t let it, its part of the plot its self, Oh and the GG's (Horses to our American cousins), do not take over the story, but again, are a logical part of the plot. And the narration was excellent. Well done. I’ve acquired a second La Plante on the strength of this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Set in Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (18)
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    (2)
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    Recovering from the recent tragedy of his wife's death in a cliff fall, Tony Sheridan goes to stay with his sister-in-law, Lucy, and her husband at their new home, Otherways, a strange, circular, moated house. Disturbed by memories of his wife and a growing attraction to Lucy, Sheridan is also troubled by weird and vivid dreams. And as he and Lucy embark on a secret and passionate affair, Sheridan begins uncovering the truth about Otherways.

    Marie says: "Dont miss this winning team"
    "A truly creative and original story"
    Overall

    I have just finished this story and it was riveting. And so original an idea. Oh yes, and the story has nothing to do with ghosts. Goddard is so good with language. It starts almost whimsically, as if you had acquired a Mills and Boon by mistake but slowly you become more and more intrigued. Just when you think you have the run of the plot, it changes, but so plausibly. What an excellent story. I have more that 117 audible books and this is in my top 5. In fact I have purchased Full Circle an hour ago on the strength of it. The art of story telling is not dead with Goddard, even up to the last 5 sentences! perhaps that's why he produces so little. It must be hard to get it that right. Oh yes, and the narrating was perfect.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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