On the day that Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister, Germany invaded Holland and Belgium. Despite all the efforts of the Allied armies, Hitler's powerful Panzer divisions smashed their way through to the French coast. For the retreating British Expeditionary Force, Dunkirk was the only practical point of departure, and on May 26, the order for total evacuation, Operation Dynamo, was given.
Excellent book for those interested in the everyman's experience in the Battle of Britain. Highly recommended.
The longest reigning British monarch and female sovereign in history, Queen Victoria was a figure of profound paradox who has mystified historians for over a century. Now in this magisterial biography, A.N. Wilson rebukes the conventional wisdom about her life - that she was merely a "funny little woman in a bonnet" who did next to nothing - to show she was in fact intensely involved in state affairs despite a public façade of inaction.
A well researched work, this book brought forth information on Queen Victoria I had not read before, including some regarding John Brown. I've enjoyed many books on Victoria and her children. This one goes to the top of my list.
Four classic comedies from one of the wittiest playwrights in Western literature: Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest, all featuring star-studded casts with the likes of Jacqueline Bisset, Miriam Margolyes, James Marsters, Alfred Molina, Roger Rees, Yeardley Smith, Eric Stoltz, and many more. This audio also includes a chilling dramatization of Wilde's sole novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Voices, story and production all excellent. Ending with The Picture of Dorian Gray was perfect.
This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence". Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.
An excellent, hilarious play, well voiced and just great fun. I think Wilde would be well pleased. How I wish history could go back and apologize for all the wrongs done him.
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In the early 1940s, the US Airforce faced a dilemma. Thousands of new airplanes were coming off assembly lines and needed to be delivered to military bases nationwide, yet most of America's pilots were overseas fighting the war. To deal with the backlog, the government launched an experimental program to train women pilots to fly military aircraft. They were known as the WASPs, the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
Such a fascinating story of American women pilots in WWII, including some personal stories told by these aging heroines. Wish it was 20 hours long. This is short, but will pique your interest.
In six weeks during April and May 1915, as World War I escalated, Germany forever altered the way war would be fought. On April 22, at Ypres, German canisters spewed poison gas at French and Canadian soldiers in their trenches; on May 7, the German submarine U-20, without warning, torpedoed the passenger liner Lusitania, killing 1,198 civilians; and on May 31, a German Zeppelin began the first aerial bombardment of London and its inhabitants.
Well done including the narration. The mix of personal stories intermixed with accurate historical research makes for a,compelling listen. I will be looking at other books by this author.
On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.
Engrossing as is the norm for this author. Narration is gripping. Every bit as good as,Isaac's Storm. Don't miss it.
Kathleen Hennessey, Annie Fuller's young Irish maid, has a plan. When her mistress is asked to expose a fraudulent trance medium, Arabella Frampton, Kathleen is determined to assist in the investigation, just like the Pinkerton detectives she has read about in the dime novels. Nate Dawson, up-and-coming San Francisco lawyer, has a dilemma. He wants to marry the unconventional Annie Fuller, but he doesn't feel he can reveal his true feelings until he has a way to make enough money to support her.
Well done, Ms. Locke. Annie is a compelling character, a heroine with just enough flaws to make her intriguing. This story centers around spiritualism of the day and Annie's efforts to expose a fraud, while examining her conscience about her own avocation. In the process she stumbles across a greater peril in progress and almost loses her life several times in pursuit. She meets a young girl who may indeed have the gift, but at such a cost. The narration is all well done with the exception of Nate, who is simply grating. The narrator simply isn't able to capture a male sounding voice for him and it somewhat disrupts the flow of the story to my ears. However, this is still a five star read and listen. I can't wait to crack open the next story and see what trouble Annie has gotten into now. Well done!
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