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  • Sandakan: The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Paul Ham
    • Narrated By Robert Meldrum
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    This is the story of the three-year ordeal of the Sandakan prisoners of war - a barely known episode of unimaginable horror. After the fall of Singapore in February 1942, the Japanese conquerors transferred 2700 British and Australian prisoners to a jungle camp some eight miles inland of Sandakan, on the east coast of North Borneo. For decades after the Second World War, the Australian and British governments would refuse to divulge what happened here, for fear of traumatising the families of the victims.

    jason says: "The japanese's shamefull past!"
    "Moving"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sandakan to be better than the print version?

    This is an extremely moving book that describes the horrors experienced by Allied Servicemen captured by the Japanese. It is easy to understand why so many Australian ex-servicemen could never make peace with those who tortured and killed so many.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bill the Bastard: The Story of Australia's Greatest War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roland Perry
    • Narrated By David Tredinnick
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Bill was massive. He had power, intelligence, and unmatched courage. In performance and character he stood above all the other 200,000 Australian horses sent to the Middle East in the Great War. But as war horses go he had one serious problem. No one could ride him but one man - Major Michael Shanahan. Some even thought Bill took a sneering pleasure in watching would-be riders hit the dust. Bill the Bastard is the remarkable tale of a bond between a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount. They fought together.

    Tracey says: "bill"
    "Brilliant."
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    What made the experience of listening to Bill the Bastard the most enjoyable?

    The story of this wonderful animal made great listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Major


    What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

    Diction was clear and made for easy listening


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

    When the re-mounts were taken out and shot.


    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant story well-told. if they gave Victoria Crosses to animal, Bill would have won several.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drive on Moscow, 1941: Operation Taifun and Germany’s First Great Crisis of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Niklas Zetterling, Anders Frankson
    • Narrated By Dave Courvoisier
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    At the end of September 1941, more than a million German soldiers lined up along the frontline just 180 miles west of Moscow. They were well trained, confident, and had good reasons to hope that the war in the East would be over with one last offensive. Facing them was an equally large Soviet force, but whose soldiers were neither as well trained nor as confident. When the Germans struck, disaster soon befell the Soviet defenders.

    Carrick says: "Add the maps, lose the accents"
    "You need a map"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was reasonably well-spent


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Bill The Bastard


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The way in which the distances were always converted to imperial measurements for those who do not think metric was annoying. I don't think that anyone who took the time to listen to the book would have needed the distance conversion.


    Could you see The Drive on Moscow, 1941 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps. Don't know


    Any additional comments?

    You really need a map to appreciate the locations and where the battles occurred.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash and Bones: Temperance Brennan, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In the run up to the biggest NASCAR race week of the year, Dr Temperance Brennan is called to a landfill site backing onto the Charlotte speedway track in North Carolina. Someone has discovered a barrel of hardened asphalt with a human hand poking through the top. With the country's press trained on Charlotte, it is up to Tempe to try to release and identify the body in the barrel.

    Platypus says: "A Good Story Well Told"
    "A Good Story Well Told"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Flash and Bones the most enjoyable?

    The story flowed well and was easy to follow. It engaged the listener and was difficult to bring to a stop.


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

    Brings life and humanity to Temperance Brennan


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, and others
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. 'Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary.' Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into his past a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal.

    lynn says: "Atmospheric, powerful production"
    "Hard to follow"
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    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or the narrators?

    I have read this book. It is a good read, but one on which you must concentrate. The Audible version is most difficult to follow when you are driving. My suggestion: buy the book


    Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carre again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment at my inability to follow the story


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (651)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "Keep Clear"
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    What would have made War and Peace better?

    Had I been able to download it to my Garmin GPS - it was too big a file so could not listen to the book at all.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Man

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    The Third Man is one of the truly great post-war films. It's a thrilling story of black-marketeering set against a backdrop of Vienna in the immediate post-war era, when the city was divided into four zones amongst the major powers: Russia, Britain, France, and America.

    A User says: "excellent narration"
    "Convoluted"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Third Man?

    The book was too hard to follow


    What could Graham Greene have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Given the reader a list to the characters as I could not understand who was who.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did not


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Third Man?

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    The book was too difficult to follow and quite convoluted. I cannot recommend the audio version.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (457)

    This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. For the fourth time, the Army of the Potomac (now under the control of Burnside) attempts to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flank, a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant.

    Christopher Morton says: "The Best of the Three Volumes"
    "Hard to follow"
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less detail


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Don't know


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less detail


    What character would you cut from The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian?

    Don't know, lost interest.


    Any additional comments?

    A very ponderous book that is too difficult to follow for those of us not born in the USA.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirty Nine Steps: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay’s struggle against the evil that is the ‘Black Stone'.

    Amazon Customer says: "epic!!!!!!!"
    "A Good Yarn"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about The Thirty Nine Steps?

    The suspense and the main character's trials and tribulations.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, you never knew what was going to happen to him next.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Joyce – was your favorite?

    Hannay


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't know, I'm not a great one for such things.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent book. Well worth a listen,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2034)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1105)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Just OK by Follett Standards"
    "Great Book"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Eye of the Needle to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. Whilst I knew the story, it was still dramatic and wonderfully presented. I was totally engrossed in the story, so much so that I could not wait to commence my drive to work each day. Ken Follett is a brilliant author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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