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William B. Krones

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  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,903

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

DO NOT MISS...

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Here is the best book you will listen to this year. Absolutely first rate. An astonishing story; moving and unforgettable. Do not miss this one. I cannot wait for the movie, which is apparently under production now...

  • Speed Kings

  • The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World
  • By: Andy Bull
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

In the 1930s, as the world hurtled toward war, speed was all the rage. Bobsledding, the fastest and most thrilling way to travel on land, had become a sensation. Exotic, exciting, and brutally dangerous, it was the must-see event of the 1932 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, the first Winter Games on American soil. Bobsledding required exceptional skill and extraordinary courage - qualities the American team had in abundance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Olympics? When?

  • By William B. Krones on 03-02-18

Olympics? When?

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

What was most disappointing about Andy Bull’s story?

I listened for several hours and the Olympics--any Olympics--were not mentioned. I gave up and dumped it.

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,964
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,157

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Outstanding...

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

Any additional comments?

A wonderful book...well read...do not miss. Be sure to get the entire trilogy and listen to them in order...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Agincourt

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What is WITH that music?

  • By Lois on 08-26-15

Another triumph by Cornwell...

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Like all of Bernard Cornwell's stories, this is well written and a pleasure to read or listen to...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hook

Which scene was your favorite?

It was all great, but the main battle scenes are particularly memorable.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

Do not miss this one...

  • Excalibur

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,169

In Excalibur, we follow Arthur and Derfel to that enormous struggle and incredible victory. It not only throws the Saxons back, but reunites Arthur and Guinevere. He might hope now to be left alone, to have a time of peace after gaining a great victory, but new enemies arise to destroy all he has achieved. First is Mordred himself, the crippled king who owes everything to Arthur and now tries to kill his benefactor. Mordred's ally is Nimue who has come to hate her mentor, Merlin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Original Story from a legend?

  • By Laurel on 04-08-15

The very best...

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Where does Excalibur rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The trilogy, of which this is the third, is absolutely the best thing that I have found. An amazing achievement...Bernard Cornwell is the master of this genre, and second place is not close.

Who was your favorite character and why?

They were all great; Cornwell's character development is unsurpassed. In this case, though, it is hard to argue against Merlin as a great character.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He reads all three in this trilogy; they are all really well done...outstanding.

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

I was moved when I came to the end and realized that there was not more. I wish that there were ten volumes, not just three.

Any additional comments?

Cornwell's version of the Arthurian legend has Merlin trying to bring the old Gods of Britain back. One suspects that they have indeed returned, given the quality of this great trilogy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hunting the Eagles

  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three Roman legions in the wilds of Germania. Varus, the general who led the ill-fated army, is long dead, and the bones of his 15,000 legionaries moulder in the forests. But not all the Romans were slain in the ambush. Centurion Tullus, a seasoned veteran, survived, and now he lives for revenge upon the tribal chieftain Arminius, who masterminded the ambush. Tullus will stop at nothing to kill his bitterest enemy or to recover his legion's lost Eagle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical fiction

  • By Aaron on 08-06-16

Excellent...

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

Where does Hunting the Eagles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is certainly one of the best. If you enjoy the genre, do not miss this one.

Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favorite?

Tullius, the hero of the story, was well done. Good character development. Indeed, the story is filled with interesting characters.

Any additional comments?

Really superior. The book reminded of Bernard Cornwell's efforts...high praise indeed.