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  • The German Aces Speak

  • World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders
  • By: Anne-Marie Lewis, Jon Guttman, Brigadier General Robin Olds USAF (Ret.), and others
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Few perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat more perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II. As romanticized as any soldier in history, the World War II fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life: a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds. In the 65-plus years since the Allied victory, stories of these pilots' heroics have never been in short supply. But what about their adversaries - the highly skilled German aviators who pushed the Allies to the very brink of defeat?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, but poor start.

  • By Anonymous User on 18-04-2019

Cracker of a story, pity about the narrator

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

Reviewed: 16-10-2018

This is a wonderful collection of stories from the German side of the air war in World War Two. Even in translation, the characters shine through - vibrant, dynamic and powerful tales and recollections.
However, the narrator's delivery made it hard to listen to. His reading delivery sounds stilted, and his pronunciation of German words, while accurate, sounds very stilted - there is a small pause, almost as if he was "switching into German mode" before saying the German word(s).

  • Dunkirk

  • Fight to the Last Man
  • By: Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore's Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man tells the story of the rescue in May 1940 of British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk. Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and on the beaches. The evacuation would never have succeeded had it not been for the tenacity of the British soldiers who stayed behind to ensure they got away. Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings, who died smothering a German stick bomb in the church at Esquelbecq in an effort to save his comrades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent in-depth look at a pivotal period

  • By Rob Woof on 09-12-2017

Excellent in-depth look at a pivotal period

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

Reviewed: 09-12-2017

This book is a historical tour de force. It has all the hallmarks of the author's other works, including deep and thorough research combined with appropriate and insightful firsthand accounts. One minor note: access to detailed maps of the relevant regions of Belgium and France would greatly enhance the listening experience.

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  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,403
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,388

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe I've never read this before!

  • By Yogi on 05-09-2017

A command performance!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-2017

The enduring quality of Conan Doyle's stories is greatly enhanced by Stephen Fry's enchanting performance. His love for the content shines out in the pains taken to give each speaking character a distinct voice, and to bring to life the detailed descriptions of English life in the 'Holmes era'.

  • The Battle of the Atlantic

  • How the Allies Won the War
  • By: Jonathan Dimbleby
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Dimbleby
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Battle of the Atlantic, written and read by Jonathan Dimbleby. The Battle of the Atlantic was - though often overlooked - crucial to victory in the Second World War. If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery across the Atlantic would have been severed. Mass hunger would have consumed Britain, and the Allied armies would have been prevented from joining in the invasion of Europe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great account ruined by some bad editing

  • By Peter Gray on 16-06-2016

Thorough and sweeping

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

Reviewed: 20-06-2017

This book is a thorough and sweeping treatment of the Battle of the Atlantic in its full wartime context. By covering the wider strategic situations impinging on the Atlantic theatre of war, the reader/listener is given a valuable broad perspective of the influences on and effects of the Atlantic struggle for supremacy in sea transport - the Allied forces seeking to protect it and the Kriegsmarine's efforts to interrupt it. Yet the big picture view does not leave out important, intimate snapshots from participants on both sides, and at all levels of the command structure - seamen, passengers, ships' officers, and even high-ranking diplomats and politicians. A masterful work, read very well.