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  • The Fort

  • A Novel of the Revolutionary War
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Robin Bowerman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

While the major fighting of the war moves to the south in the summer of 1779, a British force of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry, backed by three sloops-of-war, sails to the desolate and fog-bound coast of New England. Establishing a garrison and naval base at Penobscot Bay, in the eastern province of Massachusetts that would become Maine, the Scots - the only British troops between Canada and New York - harry rebel privateers and give shelter to American loyalists....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I've loved 35 books by Cornwell: this one -- no

  • By Clayton on 10-05-10

Interesting Historical Narrative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-17

The Fort is a straightforward fictionalized narrative of the Penobscot Expedition during the Revolutionary War. It's well written and will appeal to people with an interest in military history or who want an easy way to learn about an important event in the Revolutionary War.

The recording is not the entire book. It's missing the author 's lengthy Historical Note explaining the historical basis for the novel.

  • The Diary of a RAF Lancaster Bomber Pilot

  • World War II
  • By: Les Joy
  • Narrated by: Les Joy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Leslie Joy flew in World War II for the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Lancaster Bomber Pilot. In November 2011, at the age of 88, he recorded this audiobook at his home in North Yorkshire, England. Hear Les tell his very own gripping story about life during and after World War II. Listen to Les recall how he was trained by the RAF as a pilot in Canada, experienced New York City and Chicago as a young man and then how he returned to England to become one of Britain's World War II heroes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You Les

  • By Tyler J. Smith on 05-23-13

Excellent Memoir

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-15

Would you listen to The Diary of a RAF Lancaster Bomber Pilot again? Why?

Yes. Les Joy tells about his training in Britain and Canada, his travels in wartime America while on leave, and his experiences on bombing missions. He is very personable and hearing his experiences directly from him makes it very special.

What did you like best about this story?

Hearing the story directly narrated by Les Joy himself.

Which character – as performed by Les Joy – was your favorite?

Les Joy

  • The Thin Man

  • By: Dashiell Hammett
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York's coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting after his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick's client. Nick can no more resist the case than a morning cocktail or a good fight, and soon he and Nora are caught in a complicated web of confused identities.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • RECORDING IS DEFECTIVE! MISSING SEVEN CHAPTERS!

  • By David on 01-08-13

Defective recording is missing 7 chapters

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A complete recording.

What could Dashiell Hammett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not the fault of the author.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was fine.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The parts that were not missing were excellent.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Iliad

  • The Story of Achilles
  • By: Homer
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Homer's Iliad can justly be called the world's greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns, the heroism and treachery of its combatants unmatched in song and story. Driven by fierce passions and loyalties, men and gods battle to a devastating conclusion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good translation and narrator.

  • By J.C. on 11-03-03

A good translation and narrator.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-03

I have to disagree with the earlier negative reviews. The translation is the prose translation by W.H.D. Rouse, which is interesting and straightforward. If you are looking for iambic pentameter, the translation to read is Alexander Pope's, which was reprinted in paperback by Penguin within the last few years, but has not been recorded as far as I know. It is great poetry, but much less accurate than Rouse. Rouse may not be the latest and greatest translation out there, but if you are looking for an unabridged recording, this is a good choice. I prefer the Richmond Lattimore or Robert Fagles translations, but as far as I know they are only available in abridged recordings. The abridged recording of the Lattimore translation is also available from Audible, read by Anthony Quinn, but you are not getting the whole thing.

To me, Nadia May has a fine voice and it is perfectly intelligible to me.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful