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  • Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers

  • The Rise of Motörhead
  • By: Martin Popoff
  • Narrated by: A. T. Chandler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers is the first book to celebrate the classic-era Motörhead lineup of Lemmy Kilmister, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor. Through interviews with all of the principal troublemakers, Martin Popoff celebrates the formation of the band and the records that made them legends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not great.

  • By Nicolai Aasen on 01-16-18

Good but not great.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

What did you love best about Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers?

The best bits are of course the stories from the studio and how the respective albums came to be and for a novice motorhead fan this will be a great listen. On the other hand, if you know your Motorhead - you've read the articles, seen the interviews and watched the films - then you're going to be listening to a lot of stories you've heard before, only this time round they have far less punch as it isn't Lemmy, Fast Eddie or Philthy that's telling them, it's some american dude who calls NWOBHM "N-W-O-B-H-M" (and that's only one of quite a few gaffs, which really subtract from the enjoyment of the book i'm afraid - the devil is in the details).

Would you be willing to try another one of A. T. Chandler’s performances?

Personally i didn't enjoy the narrator. The amount of gaffs and the slow, trudging pace of his american drawl are really not a match for what is - or should be - a fast paced story. Having it read by an englishman would've been far, far better in my opinion.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If the information within the book was new to me, yes, i could've heard it in one session. As it was, and as a die hard Motorhead fan, this was packed with stories and anecdotes i'd heard before. It was good, but not great.

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  • Bismarck

  • The Final Days of Germany's Greatest Battleship
  • By: Niklas Zetterling, Michael Tamelander
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

The sinking of the German battleship Bismarck - a masterpiece of engineering, well-armored with a main artillery of eight 15-inch guns - was one of the most dramatic events of World War II. She left the port of Gotenhafen for her first operation on the night of 18 May 1941, yet was almost immediately discovered by Norwegian resistance and Allied air reconnaissance. British battlecruiser Hood was quickly dispatched from Scapa Flow to intercept the Bismarck, together with new battleship Prince of Wales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for any WWII Naval Historian!

  • By Rick on 10-14-13

Best and most detailed factual telling of Operation Rhine on Audible

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Fantastic listen - if you have any interest in WW2, in particular naval aspects, then this book should be definitely on your radar.

Well researched, with a real in depth look at the events before and leading up to the Bismarcks grim end, I've listened to this book several times already and I can't really pay it any higher compliment; it's that stuffed with information on anything from the technology in the ships (both allied and axis, naturally), to interviews and testimony from the men who where there, that listening several times is a must if you're to have a chance of taking it all in.

Easily 5* and the best book on Audible that tackles this subject.