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Not a great reading.

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-2020

The narrator does not pause and appears to... well... kinda burp his way though the reading. When he does pause, it’s in strange places. Once you notice it starts to annoy. Shattered Swords is a better audio book.

An interesting read for space buffs.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-2019

There is no doubt that Scott Kelly is an accomplished human being, having achieved something no other American had done. His Scott’s relatively deadpan delivery of his life story interweaved with his year in space is interesting and worthwhile, but it does tend to pale in comparison to the story that he based his title on regarding Shackleon both in the narrative, the writing and the performance. If you are curious about the modern space program give it a go.

Astoundingly good.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-2019

Impeccably written and narrated describing one of the most challenging endeavours of exploration. I read this after reading “Endurance, a year in space” as it was the inspiration of Scott Kelly for his books title. Whilst Kelly’s memoir is interesting this book outdoes his tale in every way, from the raw details of the true story to its use of language and impeccable command of the narrative. It’s also expertly performed. Throughly recommended for all those with an interest in the subject manner.

Excellent

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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: 19-08-2019

The best non fiction historical account I’ve ever read. A fantastic achievement and well recommended.

A compelling insight and a unique piece of history

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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: 10-03-2019

Some other reviewers complain about the lack of description of combat, but that feels like demanding someones personal history be turned into a video game for entertainment purposes. Like many other German histories, theirs a strong claim to innocence in relation to National Socialism. I'm starting to wonder if there were any Nazi's in WW2. But that aside, his recounting of the training and daily routine of a Panzer unit is compelling. If you are a military history buff looking for something quite different to the ordinary, you need to read this one.

History worth listening to but think critically.

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2019

Being first-hand accounts, it paints a very flattering portrait, implying a considerable amount of honour on behalf of these pilots, who never fail to mention their medals, ranks and successes, whilst commenting on the incompetence of the Nazi's and the brutality of the US and Soviets pilots they fought against. As a historical insight, this is invaluable, and well worth a listen for those interested in history and air warfare, but if you walk away assuming the Luftwaffe's fighter arm were heroic knights, you probably want to reacquaint yourself with a more critical assessment of their efforts.

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Brilliantly read, entertaining, but....

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2019

This is certainly an enjoyable romp, with an emphasis on a romp and its read by one of the most entertaining audiobook narrators I've ever listened to. If I were to criticize it at all it would be on two points. 1. It's intentionally a positive portrait, any flaws or failures of "The Ministry" are overlooked, with everything basically being "Brilliant" "Precise" or "Devastating" and all other contributions to the victory of WW2 being secondary. 2. The writing style is a combination of Boys Own meets General Melchett (Blackadder Goes Forth). With everyone being "Brilliant" or "Odd" or preferably both. Every time being "Precise" and every attack having "Devastating" results. But, enjoy it for what it was, and for myself, who has read extensively about WW2, I still learned quite a few things (The piracy story was particularly amusing).

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Flawed

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-2016

Wil Wheaton does his best but this book has some real issues around its characterisation and plot.

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