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Killing Ground

Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Western Ocean, 1942... From the bridge of HMS Gladiator, Lieutenant-Commander David Howard’s orders were chillingly clear. There could be no mercy. To the men who fought to protect the vital, threatened Merchant Navy convoys in the Western Approaches, the Battle of the Atlantic was a full-scale war. A relentless, savage war against an ever-present enemy and a violent sea - in an arena known only to its embittered survivors as the killing ground. HMS Gladiator was part of that war.

An ordinary, hard-worked destroyer and her company of men. Fighting for survival in a war with no rules.

©1992 Douglas Reeman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Action and Drama on the high seas Teamwork a must

I love when a ship comes together. Especially when you might not like the shipmate, but help when things are hard

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Very finely rendered

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David Rintoul's narration is finely matched to this material. So very often this is not the case and I can't decide if it was his perfectly pitched reading or the book itself that held me so tightly to the story.

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Beautiful book, but not unabridged!

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This book is amazing, and i have loved reading it ever since i was a child. However this version does not include the amazing prologue that hooks the reader before the main story even begins.
Please add the prologue to this, otherwise do not claim it as unabridged.
This book is still an amazing read however and i recommend it for all, history buffs or not.

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Gripping Drama

Although technology has made naval encounters such as those described in this book out of date, the gripping drama of what it was like is brought to life, painfully so, by the author. I think that listening to this book, rather than reading it, makes it more gripping. The narrator is among the best I've ever listened to.
Even though the author's descriptions were sparse, the narrator made the bridge come alive during the hunt and battle scenes. I found myself tightly and tensely gripping the steering wheel of my car as those scenes unfolded. And the love story against the background of the war was wonderfully played out.
I am going to read/listen to more books from this author and I recommend him to others.

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  • A. DONALDSON
  • 03-22-17

Excellent book Well read

Love this book. Previously listened to it on audio cassete. Reminds me of the cruel sea. David Rintoul is the perfect narrator for Reemans tales of the war at sea. A gripping tale of the Battle of the Atlantic with a variety of characters showing that both sides of a conflict have good and bad amongst them

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  • Ian
  • 01-02-17

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brilliant . I have been reading Douglas all my life and the stories get better and better

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  • Anthony Lemmon
  • 09-14-16

Good story.

Good story sometimes a little long winded but well worth a listen. I will keep it in my library.