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John

Hilton, United Kingdom | Member Since 2002

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  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (225)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "Great book. Poor narrator."
    Overall

    All of the Hornblower books are excellent and this one is no exception. Forrester is a master of his craft and his detailed knowledge of how the British navy worked and how ships were sailed make the action believable and convincing.

    Unfortunately this audio book is spoiled for me by the narrator who has a slow and mournful delivery that sounds like a vicar on Valium preaching a long and boring sermon.

    The other books in this series are read by Christian Rodska who does a much better job.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Gallows Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    1820s Britain: after the wars with France, when unemployment was high and soldiers could be paid off, when the government was desperately afraid of social unrest, any crime was drastically punished and thousands were hung. But one could petition the King and an investigation might ensue…The man in the dark cell in Newgate Prison was due to hang in a week. He had been found guilty of murdering the aristocrat whose portrait he was painting.

    John says: "Did Bernard Cornwell write all of this book?"
    "Did Bernard Cornwell write all of this book?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book contains a huge amount of fascinating and very convincing detail. It is well written and the performance is excellent.

    It is, however, very different from Cornwells other books with a rather melodramatic and, frankly, unconvincing plot.

    It's almost as if someone else has written the basic story and then Bernard Cornwell has worked on it to add the detail and atmosphere which he does so well.

    This is the first of his books that I have read or listened to that I would rate with less than five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bomber

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By Richard Burnip
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Bomber is a novel of war. There are no victors, no vanquished. There are simply those who remain alive, and those who die. Bomber follows the progress of an Allied air raid through a period of twenty-four hours in the summer of 1943. It portrays all the participants in a terrifying drama, both in the air and on the ground, in Britain and in Germany. In its documentary style, it is unique. In its emotional power it is overwhelming. Len Deighton has been equally acclaimed as a novelist and as an historian.

    Cookie says: "The original 24 hours"
    "Deserves 6 stars"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Bomber again? Why?

    Yes, and I am certain that I will. If you ever want to know what it was really like to be involved in a WW2 night bombing raid from the point of view of all those involved on both sides, read this book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber?

    There are so many that it's difficult to choose, but the fate of Lambert, the English bomber pilot, after all the raids he has done and everything he has been through sums the whole thing up beautifully.


    What about Richard Burnip’s performance did you like?

    He has a measured delivery that does not sensationalise whilst at the same time never let's you get bored.


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

    It came as close to making me cry as any book I have read / listened to


    Any additional comments?

    I spend time with WW2 RAF veterans at an annual event and these interactions just make the events depicted in the book more immediate and more personal. I can imagine these old men in their youth going on these raids, not just the one time depicted in this book but several times a week. And they are the lucky ones who made it through. In WW2, RAF Bomber Command aircrew took almost 50% fatal casualties, and hundreds of thousands of German civilians died in the raids they flew. This book makes those statistics very believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The Godfather is the epic story of organized crime in the 1940s, but it is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, drawn together and ripped apart by its position at the core of the Mafia in America. Still shocking more than a quarter-centruy after it was first published, The Godfather is a modern classic, presented here in an all-new listener's edition.

    John says: "Abridged to far....."
    "Abridged to far....."
    Overall

    The Godfather is a great book and it is well read by Joe Mantegna. It has, however been cut to far by the abridger. Anyone who has read the original version will miss the detail and the sub-plots that have been omitted. Anyone who has not will not know what they have missed.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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