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  • All Hell Let Loose

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 32 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

The complete magisterial history of the greatest and most terrible event in history, from one of the finest historians of the Second World War. This shows the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world - soldiers, sailors and airmen; housewives, farm workers and children. Reflecting Max Hastings's 35 years of research on World War II, All Hell Let Loose describes the course of events, but focuses chiefly upon human experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mac daddy

  • By aidan on 22-03-2018

mac daddy

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Reviewed: 22-03-2018

even if you have read heaps on the 39 to 45 time line still compelling and awesome. pimpery

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Hawk Down

  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant<br />

  • By aidan on 02-01-2018

brilliant<br />

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Reviewed: 02-01-2018

don't be put off by this being a movie. this is a special book. I hate Flanders

  • The Vietnam War

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Ken Burns, Brian Corrigan
  • Length: 31 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

More than 40 years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us today. Now, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lesson in History

  • By Craig on 08-10-2017

Amazing

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Reviewed: 05-12-2017

This book is amazing I hate Flanders I hate Flanders I hate Flanders I hate Flanders I hate Flanders

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stalingrad

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe and the start of his decline.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating look into history

  • By Michael Zhu on 20-11-2017

Maaaaadog

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Reviewed: 19-07-2017

Read it up yo! Is v good. War ,cannibals ,snow! It has all the things !!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Last 100 Days

  • The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe
  • By: John Toland
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 27 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people - from Hitler's personal chauffeur to Generals von Manteuffel, Wenck, and Heinrici.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Andrew on 01-11-2018

Pimpery

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Reviewed: 06-03-2017

John toland is a true Mack. His style is mucho engaging. Highly recommend

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  • The Face of Battle

  • By: John Keegan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In this major and wholly original contribution to military history, John Keegan reverses the usual convention of writing about war in terms of generals and nations in conflict, which tends to leave the common soldier as cipher. Instead, he focuses on what a set battle is like for the man in the thick of it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Obtuse

  • By aidan on 03-12-2016

Obtuse

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-2016

Just smacked a bit of pretension and I'm not left very clear what his point was.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Panzer Commander

  • The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck
  • By: Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88

A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing insight

  • By David on 15-11-2016

An incredible experience of the war

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Reviewed: 03-09-2016

A commander who sees action in almost all the theatres of the war and often at the most crucial moments. Extremely dignified and insightful. A credit to Germany and the Prussian military tradition

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,836
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,174

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2017

Read this book

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Reviewed: 04-08-2016

Amazing. Amazing. Poignant and original. One of the finest and most compelling books I've ever read

  • Enemy at the Gates

  • The Battle for Stalingrad
  • By: William Craig
  • Narrated by: David Baker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

On August 5, 1942, giant pillars of dust rose over the Russian steppe, marking the advance of the 6th Army, an elite German combat unit dispatched by Hitler to capture the industrial city of Stalingrad and press on to the oil fields of Azerbaijan. The Germans were supremely confident; in three years, they had not suffered a single defeat. The Luftwaffe had already bombed the city into ruins. German soldiers hoped to complete their mission and be home in time for Christmas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enemy at the gates

  • By aidan on 27-07-2016

Enemy at the gates

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-2016

Such tragedy and suffering. Well researched and presented. Benefits from interviewing survivors and participants first hand. Surreal in its sadness and violence

  • 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 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 241

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

Awesome

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Reviewed: 21-06-2016

If you are Aussie just read this book. Great prose. Great narration. Brutal and sad.