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  • Last of the Breed

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: David Strathairn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358

This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A western "indian" story set in Siberia

  • By John S on 11-25-13

Simply a fantastic adventure story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-16

Any additional comments?

I first read this story in Paper Back in the 70’s and it’s just as exciting and engaging in the car forty years on. Well written, crafted characters, good solid story telling at its best. And the subject matter is so clever and engaging. Still one of the best stories I have ever experienced. Really, it’s that good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last 100 Days

  • The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe
  • By: John Toland
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 27 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people - from Hitler's personal chauffeur to Generals von Manteuffel, Wenck, and Heinrici.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More the sum of the parts

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-27-15

A remarkable piece of work

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-15

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This book is not for the casual history browser. Toland has produced an excellent account of the last 100 days of WWII from all standpoints with a political and strategic view I have rarely ever seen. I was a reluctant convert from the coffee table accounts that are so popular, this account exceeds them all. I have more than 1000 books now, this must be in the top 5. If you are a true military history buff, enjoy erudite and scholarly paragraphs with challenging insight, this book is for you. Get it and enjoy.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Snow Goose (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial)

  • By: Paul Gallico
  • Narrated by: Steve Mackintosh, Georgia Groome, Deborah Findlay, and others
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose by Nick Warburton, starring Steven Mackintosh.

When Open Book asked various authors to champion a favourite neglected classic on the programme, Michael Morpurgo chose The Snow Goose - perhaps no surprise, with his own story 'War Horse' depicting a friendship between a boy and his horse which takes them both into the horror of World War I.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Snow Goose

  • By Sarah on 08-29-11

Salted caramel so beautifully bitter sweet

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-15

Where does The Snow Goose (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Out of more that 1000 other books , in the top 5

Any additional comments?

A piece of salted caramel so beautifully bitter sweet that it will bring tears to your eyes or you have not heart. What a story of beauty and joy, the salt of tears and the warm enchanting conclusion your left with that your world in the end, no matter the problem will be OK. The story is like salted caramel. Or getting into a warm bed on a very cold night. It’s a delight, there, that’s all I can say. Get it. And enjoy a story, you will I assure you be sharing around your family for generations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak Expectations: The Complete Third Series

  • By: Mark Evans
  • Narrated by: Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, Geoffrey Whitehead, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The third volume of this magnificent, award-winning Dickensian comic epic first transmitted by the British Broadcasting Club's Radio 4. It's a Victorian epic of shenanigans at awful schools, worse prisons, featuring giant rabbits, and long lost super-hero aunts - in the style of Charles Dickens after far too much gin. Winner of the 'British Comedy Guide Editors' Award', volume three stars Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, Geoffrey Whitehead, Richard Johnson, Tom Allen, James Bachman and David Mitchell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immense, clever, fast sharp fun. Get it

  • By Joseph on 09-06-14

Immense, clever, fast sharp fun. Get it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-14

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What can I say. I have all 3 seasons but it great.The story is creative and hilarious, add the Dickensian style and it just gets funnier. The language is sharp and witty and you often miss a joke for the sheer slickness of the delivery. If you like sharp clever language you will love this. A bit like Stephen Fry on speed. And goodness, the Admiral on his flagship, the HMS Ggghhhrrrrrr !!! Get it and annoy your colleagues with the best one liners ever. The books are comic genius, I know, I have spent so long looking for something like this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,023
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,538
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,372

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Fantastic, and that's an 'Under statement"

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-14

Any additional comments?

I can not praise this book enough. It was recommended to me and on speck I used one of my credits and could not turn it off for 3 days. The science alone is gripping but the problem solving, the grandeur of the story, the professionalism of all the characters. Well done again and again. I have a feeling this will always be a one off book, never again possible, but get it, switch on and love it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • And We Shall Shock Them

  • By: David Fraser
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Written by a preeminent historian of the British Army, this is the definitive history of the British Army in the Second World War: its campaigns and battles, defeats and victories, across all theatres of operations from the outbreak of war with Germany in 1939 to the final defeat of Japan in 1945. Here the listener will find grand strategy at the highest level, but also the reality of command in the field and the experience of combat for the infantry, gunners and the tankers as the British Army fought its way through the war. But above all this is a full, authoritative and vividly written account of the British Army in the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent, I say again, magnificent.

  • By Joseph on 04-05-14

Magnificent, I say again, magnificent.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-14

What did you love best about And We Shall Shock Them?

It is had to do justice to this book in a short paragraph but I will try. It’s a soldier’s history, written by an author who understood to well the machinations often associated with battles. And you can see in your head the map changing and the divisions moving about to meet the luck of battle. You get to see the picture from the Army Corp all the way down, dancing so seamlessly between the memoir's of a corporal to the logistical issues facing a Brigadier and yet always kept in the picture. One of the best works of British task to arms I have ever read. I cannot paradise this book highly enough. It would seem there is a new player on the block for popular military history and he is exceptional.I have just started ‘Alan Brooke’ and am not being disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Battle

  • The Story of the Bulge
  • By: John Toland
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

Battle: The Story of the Bulge, John Toland's first work of military history, recounts the saga of beleaguered American troops as they resisted Hitler's deadly counter offensive in World War II's Battle of the Bulge - and turned it into an Allied victory. It is a gripping work, painstakingly researched and imbued with such vivid detail that listeners will feel as though they themselves witnessed these events. This is a book not to be missed by anyone interested in this tumultuous era of our world's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredible.

  • By John on 06-25-15

Wonderful Account

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-14

Would you listen to Battle again? Why?

Mr Toland needs congratulations on what is a great read. So well researched and animated in a way many popular historians have not been able to do with such skill. I know the battle well (Soldier for 23 years), and who has ever done Staff College without the 'Bulge'.American arms growing up and entering world history with thunder and courage. It was a great battle and has never been praised enough for the shear courage and professionalism of American Armies. For that is what we are talking about, a clash of titanic proportion and infantry losses 3x that of the Eastern Front. Again, well done Mr Toland I would love to chat with you one day on certain points, but if you are a history buff and want a story to tell the 'Spartans' this is the one to get. (And and I apologize for the crass and churlish out pourings from Field Marshal Montgomery bringing shame to so many British Tommie's who bled and died next to their American brothers)

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Alanbrooke

  • By: David Fraser
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

"Alanbrooke," wrote General MacArthur, "is undoubtedly the greatest soldier that England has produced since Wellington." He fought with the artillery in the First World War, had a brilliant career as a peacetime soldier, and conducted his Corps with exemplary calm and courage in the retreat to Dunkirk. In November 1941 Churchill selected him as Chief of the Imperial General Staff, and from that moment he became indispensable in Whitehall, the one man who could never be spared for the more spectacular feats of war on the battlefield which he longed to undertake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Piece of Work

  • By Joseph on 11-04-13

Excellent Piece of Work

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-13

What did you love best about Alanbrooke?

Alan Brook was at the very centre of decisions made in every theatre in WWII. He was a thoughtful and educated man with an excellent strategic mind. The book paints very well the circumstance, the evidence and finally the decision. It’s a fascinating insight into the man who gave the nod to world changing events and the advice he gave on why he did. Its well researched, its well written and an excellent company. I would advise it to any history buff's looking for a demanding picture of the relationship between senior military men and senior politicians and the fine line they both much tread.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The End

  • The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing yet horrifying

  • By Liz on 10-14-11

An excellent historical analysis

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-13

Any additional comments?

So many say there is so little left to see in WWII. It has been all said before. But I would say people like Kershaw bring a revisionist eye to what we now know happened with the release of so many parliamentary papers. Why did the who Nazi edifice hold together even when it was doomed. Why could the US, UK, French, Australian etc in the west just not move forward as expected by the generals and ultimately why did the German people not just throw in the towel. Just say enough is enough.

Its an excellent and scholarly achievement. Well do. Having listened once already I have already started to listened again. (And being a member since 1996 I have many 100's to select from and this is one of the best)

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Korsun Pocket

  • The Encirclement and Breakout of a German Army in the East, 1944
  • By: Niklas Zetterling, Anders Frankson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

During the second half of 1943, after the failure at Kursk, Germany’s Army Group South fell back from Russia under repeated hammer blows from the Red Army. Under Erich von Manstein, however, the Germans were able to avoid serious defeats, while at the same time fending off Hitler’s insane orders to hold on to useless territory. Then, in January 1944, a disaster happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful historical narative

  • By Joseph on 04-16-13

A wonderful historical narative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-13

Any additional comments?

As a historian and a professional soldier I found this book to be fascinating on so many levels. It could have been written by a general of WWII. It has depth, strategic insight and explanation and a cold calculated analysis of why it all went so wrong so fast for the German Army. Well recommended.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful