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Barbarossa

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  • H.M.S. Cockerel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    A farmer, a bloody farmer! Knee-deep in dung and fathoms from the nearest port, Alan Lewrie, swashbuckling naval warrior turned family man, longs for battle. And when it comes, a battle royal it is! Called to the H.M.S. Cockerel, a sleek frigate captained by a malaria-stricken tyrant, First Officer Lewrie soon vaults to command, taking Cockerel from the lush pleasures of the Kingdom of Naples to a smoking cauldron called Toulon.

    Barbarossa says: "Just good entertainment"
    "Just good entertainment"
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    As with the other stories in the Alan Lewrie series, this is just a good "Boy's Own" type adventure. Keeping in mind the stories are just fiction, the detail to accuracy and nautical terms of the time add to the colour and flavour of the of this period piece. I highly reccomend this as a "Just Fun" type of listen. I must add that John Lee is one of my favourite narrators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (490)

    For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

    Douglas says: "Fantastic!"
    "Incredible suffering, strength, and endurance."
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    If you could sum up Tears in the Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    "Oh, Dear God"


    What other book might you compare Tears in the Darkness to and why?

    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Both are incredible stories of survival and the will to live in the harshest realities known to mankind.


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

    As I have not read the book I cannot really say, but I do enjoy Mr.Prichard's style of narration. I tend to find it relaxing, or maybe familiar, like the voice of an old friend.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, very much. Near the end when the Doctor found out he had survived the Bataan Death March. I found that very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen. Something to look back on when you think your having a bad day.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3291)
    Performance
    (2553)
    Story
    (2565)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Imagination unparalleled !"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this story to readers of all ages. A classic in it's own rights, creativity blending story and characters in a fashion to keep the listener enthralled with little or no effort.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I particularly liked the blend of character personalities.


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

    Ralph Cosham's gift of narration brings to light the complexity of personalities that I don't
    think the average reader could appreciate or reveal with only one reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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