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  • France

  • A Short History: From Gaul to de Gaulle
  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

John Julius Norwich (at 88) has finally written the book he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains to Charlemagne through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, France is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat - and love better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • easy listening

  • By Liine on 26-09-2018

A wonderful stroll through french history

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

Reviewed: 04-05-2018

A beautifully narrated overview of French history. Highly recommended for fans of popular history, although not anyone who doesn't like hearing a lot about kings and queens.

  • Frogkisser!

  • A Magical Romp of a Fairytale
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children's speculative fiction. Talking dogs. Mischievous wizards. An evil stepstepfather. Loads and loads of toads. Such is the life of a Frogkisser. Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It's not her frog; it's her sister's. And it's not a frog; it's actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya's sister but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. And Anya has made a 'sister promise' that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fairy tale

  • By Ben on 05-11-2017

Great fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 05-11-2017

Wonderful performance of a magical book. Highly recommended for both kids and the young at heart

  • Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Lewis FitzGerald
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 244

For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compulsory listening...we must know this.

  • By Phillip on 13-12-2015

Good if fiercely nationalistic.

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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: 23-10-2017

A great narrative history. It is great if you are Australian and want to feel proud of your forebears.

  • The Holocaust

  • A New History
  • By: Laurence Rees
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Laurence Rees, in his magnum opus, combines largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades. Rees argues that whilst hatred of the Jews was always at the epicentre of Nazi thinking - and the Holocaust was the most appalling crime in history - what happened cannot be fully understood without considering the murder of the Jews alongside other Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful book

  • By Ben on 29-06-2017

A powerful book

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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: 29-06-2017

This is an important and powerful book that does an amazing job drawing out the complex underpinnings of the holocaust with a wealth research and eye witness testimony.

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  • Raven Rock

  • The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die
  • By: Garrett M. Graff
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

A fresh window on American history: the eye-opening truth about the government's secret plans to survive a catastrophic attack on US soil, even if the rest of us die - a road map that spans from the dawn of the nuclear age to today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Technically interesting

  • By Chris Taylor on 31-07-2017

wonderful, detailed, new

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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: 22-05-2017

Graff paints an intriguing picture of the continuity of government efforts of the USA. Recommended​.

  • The Carpet People

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet.... That's the old story everyone knows and loves (even if they don't really believe it). But now the Carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples, and there's a new story in the making: the story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet. The story of power-hungry mouls - and of two Munrung brothers, who set out on an adventure to end all adventures when their village is flattened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • easy read

  • By james on 16-03-2019

A very deep little book.

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

Reviewed: 22-02-2017

A wonderful reflection on the importance of civilization wrapped up in a creative fantasy story. Highly recommended.

  • Night Without Stars

  • Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

The planet Bienvenido is in crisis. It has finally escaped the Void, emerging into regular space. But it's millions of light-years from Commonwealth assistance, and humans are battling the Fallers for control of their world. This rapacious adversary, evolved to destroy all sentient life, has infiltrated every level of human society - hijacking unwilling bodies so its citizens fear their leaders, friends and family. A mysterious figure known as the Warrior Angel leads a desperate resistance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mr Hamilton nailed it again

  • By John on 03-10-2018

Another sweeping epic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-2016

A great book from a master of space opera. The narration was also excellent, fitting the book well.

  • Terms of Enlistment

  • Frontlines, Book 1
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not bad for a first novel.

  • By Procrastinacious M.D. on 15-05-2017

Good solid military sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2016

Good simple book. There are no ideas that will blow your mind but i t is a good read.

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