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The Quiet Reader

Kerang, Victoria, Australia
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  • Agincourt

  • My Family, the Battle and the Fight for France
  • By: Ranulph Fiennes
  • Narrated by: Ranulph Fiennes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Sir Ranulph Fiennes' personal account of the Battle of Agincourt gives a unique view of one of the most significant turning points in English history. Six hundred years after the Battle of Agincourt, Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on this epic event that has resonated throughout British and French history. On 25th October 1415, on a French hillside near the village of Agincourt, four men sheltered from the rain and prepared for battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In a word? Magnificent!

  • By The Quiet Reader on 07-02-2019

In a word? Magnificent!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-2019

Well read. Exquisitely researched and captivating by its comprehensive yet intimate overview. One of the best explanations and explorations of a pivotal period in English and French rivalry and history. Highly recommended.

  • Erebus: The Story of a Ship

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

In his major new work, Michael Palin - former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter - brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839-43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally absorbing

  • By The Quiet Reader on 14-10-2018

Totally absorbing

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

Reviewed: 14-10-2018

If you are interested in Arctic, especially Franklin's ill fated quest to find the northwest passage and the great Antarctic sea voyages of James Ross this is the book for you. Using HMS Erebus as the central piece for both Mariners were at stages it's Captain, Palin narrates a gripping series of adventures and misadventures of those who sailed in this famous British Ship. The book ends (spoiler alert) with the discovery of Erebus as a sea wreck well over 160 years since her disappearance and tragic loss of life. Palin's narration is completely engaging and draws you into and along. A superb history related with chutzpah.

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  • After Hitler

  • The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe
  • By: Michael Jones
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The following day, his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, also killed himself, and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl Dönitz. The Nazis' position seemed hopeless. Yet remarkably, the war in the rest of Europe went on for another 10 days. After Hitler looks at these days as a narrative day-by-day countdown but also as a broader global history of a European war that had seen some of the most savage battles in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fine overview meticulously researched and read

  • By The Quiet Reader on 13-08-2018

Fine overview meticulously researched and read

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

Reviewed: 13-08-2018

An enjoyable listening experience about the days following Hitler's suicide and the ending of the War in Europe. The author covers both the broad military and political events along with personal experiences of participants. A valuable contribution to a dramatic period of 20th Century history. The Narrator brought this book to audible delight with flawless diction and intonation.

  • Princes at War

  • The British Royal Family's Private Battle in the Second World War
  • By: Deborah Cadbury
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

King George V predicted that his son, Edward VIII, would destroy himself within a year of succeeding to the throne. In December 1936 he was proved right, and the world’s press revealed the king was abandoning his throne to marry Wallis Simpson. A life spent in the shadow of his charismatic elder brother left the new king, George VI, magnificently unprepared for the demands of ruling the kingdom and empire. Drawing on personal accounts from the royal archives, Deborah Cadbury uncovers the very private conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed

  • By The Quiet Reader on 02-07-2018

Thoroughly enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 02-07-2018

This audio book was a delight from start to finish. Enhanced by a svelte Narrator. Certainly gave me an insight into times becoming remote to our times. This book did not preach nor make easy judgements but informed and enlightened. Highly recommended both in print format and especially with the first class Narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 17 Carnations

  • The Windsors, The Nazis and The Cover-Up
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, and his abdication in order to marry the divorcée, has provoked fascination and discussion for decades. However, the full story of the couple's links with the German aristocracy and Hitler has until now remained untold. Meticulously researched, 17 Carnations chronicles this entanglement, starting with Hitler's early attempts to matchmake between Edward and a German noblewoman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've listened to

  • By The Quiet Reader on 26-06-2018

One of the best books I've listened to

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

Reviewed: 26-06-2018

Right from the start this book painted the times and the characters with clarity that I felt I was living in those days. The book was not judgemental but gave the listener/reader enough of the events that I could form a judgement. The stories followed a neat chronology and did not stray into side issues or be maligned in unsupported gossip. The author's research is impeccable. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute listening to this book of events dramatic in their day.

Cameron Stewart is in my opinion one of the finest of Narrators. He reads so well, as if you are in conversation with him, albeit one way of course. I'm always on the lookout now for books he narrates.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Man Who Ate His Boots

  • The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage
  • By: Anthony Brandt
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

After the triumphant end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the British took it upon themselves to complete something they had been trying to do since the 16th century: find the fabled Northwest Passage, a shortcut to the Orient via a sea route over northern Canada. For the next 35 years the British Admiralty sent out expedition after expedition to probe the ice-bound waters of the Canadian Arctic in search of a route, and then, after 1845, to find missing explorer Sir John Franklin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Informative though patchy history

  • By The Quiet Reader on 26-06-2018

Informative though patchy history

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

Reviewed: 26-06-2018

I found this book to be very informative and very well written and read. Though at times it seemed lacking in a coherent storyline. By this I mean the stories (non fiction) tended to jump back and forth. I would have preferred the book to stick to a strict chronological pathway and offer more information on the post Franklin exploring. The early part of the book was a delight in relating the early attempts at the Passage. I found myself at times during the narration skipping forward - not because of the Narrator - as occasionally the text seemed to drift and on an odd occasion off topic.

Narration was a delight. Crisp, clear and very listenable. Simon Vance is a top class Narrator.

Certainly worth listening to or reading through.

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  • All the President's Men

  • By: Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing with headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward kept the tale of conspiracy and the trail of dirty tricks coming - delivering the stunning revelations and pieces in the Watergate puzzle that brought about Nixon's scandalous downfall. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post and toppled the president. This is the book that changed America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very relevant to current political events

  • By The Quiet Reader on 04-06-2018

Very relevant to current political events

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

Reviewed: 04-06-2018

Although the events took place over 40 years ago the lessons regarding the use and abuse of political power are still relevant to this day. Perhaps, more so? It is also a book about the checks and balances in a properly functioning Democracy, if that Democracy is functioning as it should - always for the better of all it's citizens. The measure of a good Society is how it's citizens at all levels of that Society act toward each other. One important function is to have a free and unfettered Press and Media. Woodward and Bernstein remind us that Government is by the people and often those who can have a voice - the Media as a whole mostly - can make that voice be heard. I greatly enjoyed this as an audiobook after having read the print version decades ago.

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  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict, to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy, mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant narrative masterly voiced

  • By Philip on 19-04-2018

Both absorbing and distracting

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

Reviewed: 13-05-2018

Firstly, the narrator was very good and easy to listen. However, the story or stories both fascinated and disappointed. At times, I found it difficult to follow, bouncing around from one life incident to another. It is at times preaching and then at other times a deeply compassionate look at the actions of its subject. Bewildering is another word I'd ascribe to this book. Possibly, a pruning edit might have kept the book more taut. I'd certainly would have liked more on the 'trauma' side and perhaps less on the 'personal' side, though of course what occurred in the personal side much effected the trauma side. I feel there is enough for an additional book that deals with this book's title without the personal narrative. The book may have been better served if divided up into separate distinct parts without the constant overlap. This is not to diminish, of course, that this is a life journey of endurance and verve that most of us would find impossible to cope with let alone try to understand. One of the more unusual books I have come across and certainly recommended, though not for every reader's taste I suspect.

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  • Exactly

  • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Best-selling author Simon Winchester writes a magnificent history of the pioneering engineers who developed precision machinery to allow us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs boson. Precision is the key to everything. It is an integral, unchallenged and essential component of our modern social, mercantile, scientific, mechanical and intellectual landscapes. The items we value in our daily lives - a camera, a phone, a computer, a bicycle, a car, a dishwasher perhaps - all sport components that fit together with precision and operate with near perfection....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A revelation and a delight

  • By The Quiet Reader on 11-05-2018

A revelation and a delight

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

Reviewed: 11-05-2018

An engrossing tour of the quests for accuracy and perfection in engineering and it's impacts on Society. Ideal for both the Engineer and Non-Engineer. It's not a technical book but is rich with detail with the narration both lively and mellifluous. This was an entertaining and informative listening, and I'd imagine reading, experience. Destined to be another classic volume by Simon Winchester. I eagerly look forward to his next subject.

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  • Into the Silence

  • By: Wade Davis
  • Narrated by: Enn Reitel
  • Length: 28 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

A monumental work of history, biography and adventure – the First World War, Mallory and Mount Everest – ten years in the writing.If the quest for Mount Everest began as a grand imperial gesture, as redemption for an empire of explorers that had lost the race to the Poles, it ended as a mission of regeneration for a country and a people bled white by war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Encompassing history of early Everest Expeditions

  • By The Quiet Reader on 03-05-2018

Encompassing history of early Everest Expeditions

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

Reviewed: 03-05-2018

A well told coverage of the early British Expeditions to Mount Everest. The narrative was both informative and rich with the characters associated with those vain attempts to climb Everest. I appreciated the meticulous research and the non judgmental style of the author. Too, I enjoyed the timbre of the narrator. In summary one of the most enjoyable books I have listened to. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful