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John Shoemark

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  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ❤️❤️❤️

  • By Lucy on 05-06-2016

Another cracking tale

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

Reviewed: 08-02-2019

Loved this book. The story development and the main characters are excellent.
The reader is fabulous too.

  • Adventures in My Youth

  • A German Soldier on the Eastern Front 1941-45
  • By: Armin Scheiderbauer
  • Narrated by: James A. Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The author could be described as a veteran in every sense of the word, even though he was only age 21 when the war ended. Armin Scheiderbauer served as an infantry officer with the 252nd Infantry Division, German army, and saw four years of bitter combat on the Eastern Front, being wounded six times. This is an outstanding personal memoir, written with great thoughtfulness and honesty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting if at times dry read

  • By John Shoemark on 28-11-2018

Interesting if at times dry read

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

Reviewed: 28-11-2018

As an autobiography this is a fascinating account of an individual officer's service in the German army on the Eastern Front.
Although at times, particularly in the first half of the book, the author regurgitates some dry stats and large quotes from other books, his account of the last year of the war is particularly interesting.
Worth pushing past the dry bits.

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  • Lights Out Super Boxset: EMP Survival in a Powerless World

  • By: James Hunt
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Soresen, MIkela Drew
  • Length: 25 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

What happens when all means of transportation and communication suddenly vanish? What happens when you can't call for help? What happens when the only person you can rely on is yourself? Captain Kate Hillman is about to discover those answers after an EMP sends New York City, and it's nine million residents, back into the stone age.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts strong but plot weakens

  • By John Shoemark on 29-08-2018

Starts strong but plot weakens

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

Reviewed: 29-08-2018

I abandoned this 75% through. Plot holes and unlikable main character in the 2nd/3rd book became too much for me.