This book is aptly titled and sad. Guy tries to affect change but gradually surrenders to the machine of war and bureaucracy. The story ties up nicely and characters are finished off with little pomp or ceremony. This book isn't as much fun or as funny as the first two. I have no idea how WWII was in Britain and how it changed but I guess this series of books cover it well. The writing is excellent, Christian Rodska is perfect in his narration and the book is a pleasant listen to. If you read the first two, you have to read this one to finish the story off, but if you are not in to trilogies; then just the first "Officers & Gentlemen" is worth the listen to on its own.
Ethan Gage is maturing but he still finds himself in the middle of trouble. Problem is that his young son 'Harry' and his beautiful wife 'Astiza' are wrapped up in his adventures without their will. Leon Martel a renegade police man kidnaps Harry and the adventure is on. Description of Caribbean and the period are excellent. The battle and fight scenes, even the storm at sea are perfect that you don't get lost in the action. John Pruden does a real good job with the voices and narrates this book in the series without missing a beat. Could be the best of the series. Well worth sticking with the series.
Sharpe shows his ruthless side in this story. He is still finding his way as an officer and not a happy boy but can actually do well at any job he is put to. The bad guys are out to foil his plans and steal his jewels but Sharpe comes out on top at the end. A stock standard Sharpe adventure with nothing so revealing except when it comes to revenge, Sharpe can dish it out with exact proportions. Good book.
Yes our intrepid hero is bound for merry old England as he leaves India to join the 95th Rifles. He saves a Royal Naval Captain (Chase) from a jolly good thumping, meets an old foe, gets captured on the high seas in dubious circumstances and is saved in the nick of time by the very same Royal Navy Captain mentioned above. With a good chase on the high seas after the French he ends up at Trafalgar where he meets Nelson, fancy that, and then saves the day by getting his jewels back, killing the bad guys and did I mention he gets the girl in the end. A rip roaring adventure that is actually very good and captures the excitement and the long boring periods at sea on a sailing ship. The characters are stock standard and the villains not so unbelievable. William Gaminara does a great job although I think his Scotch accent is not the best.Bernard Cornwell has turned out a great 'boys own adventure' book and well worth the listen to. I even learnt a thing or two about sailing ships and of course the difference of fighting on sea compared to land. Good book!
A little history, basic philosophy, a military, business, social point of view. Politics mixed in and the some tools to work with. Professor Stanley K. Ridgley likes to use American Football (Grid Iron) as a metaphor although even this game uses strategy and even I who has not played team sport since my school days understand his thinking. He makes it interesting and clear and this course is worth the listen to but without follow up reading and practice this would only be a good introduction. Do study more and become better at this skill but if you are content to touch the subject and move on, the time spent with this course isn't misplaced.
This is the way it should be done. Fun, exciting, professional and short. Oren Klaff knows his stuff and narrates his own work with passion and zeal. I believe his technique will work and I am taking on board his techniques, philosophy and methods, although I will do it with my unique style. I never wanted to be a salesman, but this book has given me the idea that I can do it, do it right and keep to my ideals. I don't recommend you listen to this book as I am not sure I want everybody out there to know this, but then again, bad pitches are such a waste of time. You still have to do your work to get your presentation right and know your stuff, but this book will give you a method that will work wonders, in my belief.
You want to know what the other side was like?
Want to know how good the Germans were?
Want to know the other of the story?
Want to understand better the war?
Then this book is for you. Great story, excellent narrated by Bronson Pinchot who does the voice and accents very well. This book moves along so well that if it comes out as a film, I am watching it, but I don't think a film would do this soldiers memoirs justice. This is an excellent book for the history, the thinking, the feelings of Hans von Luck, pronounced Luke. It was a shame he was fighting for such an evil regime.
Basically if you don't believe you are going to hell in a hand basket. This book took me three months to listen to and it was not easy. Alec Sand does an excellent job narrating it but it does become repetitive and tedious. I image other religious books are going to be the same. Perhaps in Arabic it has a mantra feel or musical quality but in English it is a little dry. I don't think this book will enlighten you to the Islamic faith.
How and why did Sharpe become an officer? In the previous book Arthur Wellesley had little time for Sharpe and plays a minor roll in 'Sharpe's Tiger', but now he and Sharpe are brought closer together. Why? How? This book answers the questions and does it quite well. One problem is that Frederick Davidson is not the best narrator of Sharpe. The recording is also a little off-putting.
The battle scenes are well written but Bernard Cornwell has vast experience writing these phrases now after all although this is the second book in the series of 21 odd books, it is more likely one of his last written.
I like the Sharpe series and have read every book including the short stories, support books and the internet traffic on the subject. I play re-enactment soldiers occasionally although I am cavalry and not a rifleman, but these books really bring the period to life and great escapism. Well worth the listen to but to be fair, better to read as this performance is not the best.
For film buffs, the only similarities are the titles. These stories, usually an hour long are nice short reads. As you already know Bond and the support characters there is no need to go back and give us their stories and so the narrative moves along nicely. I found the way Ian Fleming told the story of 'Quantum of Solace' was beautifully done. Samuel West is excellent narrating these stories and didn't skip a beat with any of the characters even the womens voices. I found 'A View to a Kill' a little tripe but the other stories enthralling. Now I am ready to move onto 'Thunderball'.
If you are listening to these books, by now you will know what you are going to get. Totally unbelievable swashbuckling fun. Adventure to the max! Ethan Gage is a sort of unlikely hero who is trying to reform his ways and has picked up some skills along the way. Historical figures are portrayed nicely and much of what is portrayed in this book actually happened, possibly as William Dietrich has described. William Dufris is the best narrator of these books thus far. I listened to this book in one sitting on a long drive from Melbourne to Sydney and was not left wanting for a minute.
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