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Unassuming, cheerful account of Marine life

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Reviewed: 10-01-2021

Most potential readers will be familiar with the ‘Pacific’ miniseries and Eugene Sledge and Robert Leckie’s accounts of the same or related events. Phillip’s account is more upbeat perhaps reflecting his sunny personality and relatively less traumatic experience.

Interestingly like the other two authors he expresses strong Christian views largely ignored in the TV series. He also emphasises the power of dark humour in coping with the intense stress of battle and boredom in between action.

Definitely worth listening to.

Useful general overview

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Reviewed: 30-12-2020

The course is covers a vast field quite well although for some reason the Permian Mass Extinction isn’t addressed. Good primer that doesn’t assume too much prior knowledge.

Useful primer on Iranian Military and Political History

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Reviewed: 23-12-2020

This text is comprehensive and easy to assimilate. It provides a helpful linkage between the past and contemporary Iranian political-Military behaviour.

It is full of surprises. I had no idea that Iran was even involved in World War 1 and didn’t realise that the Soviets and British had to conquer rather than simply occupy Iran in WW2. While the Ayatollah Khomeini was entirely ruthless and bloodthirsty, he opposed the use of Chemical and Nuclear weapons.

Two possible improves: It is now somewhat dated late 2000s, an update would be helpful. Second pronunciations seem off. One advantage of audio books is demonstrating correct proper name pronunciation.

All in all worth the effort for military personnel and historians and others wanting to better understand current affairs.

Superior and original analysis of a complex topic

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Reviewed: 24-11-2020

This work excels both as a historical review and a military analysis. The authors demonstrate thorough awareness of differing views, magisterial knowledge of the subject matter while maintaining audience attention. The narrator is clear and interesting. A particularly valuable addition is his native pronunciation of European words and locations. An excellent work.

Thorough explanation, engagingly presented.

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Reviewed: 17-10-2020

This is an interesting course engagingly presented by someone who is clearly very knowledgeable. Hawks explains his reasoning clearly and methodically like an eminent lawyer making his case.

His background in genetics offers insights that well informed non-specialists may not be aware of.

A minor criticism might be that Hawks tells why we know key information but doesn’t tell us a great deal about the actual lives of ancestral hominins. Against that I found his explanations of how evolution seems to be at work filled answered wider questions about natural selection.

Interesting idea ruined by propaganda

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Reviewed: 17-09-2020

I was looking forward to this series after enjoying its predecessor about Dinosaurs. The first episode was very technical which is tricky in an audible format. It picked up but the last episode was an enormously preachy “show our faith...” Extinction Rebellion type pitch. A real pity.

Brilliant analysis

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Reviewed: 18-08-2020

The presenter displays a masterful knowledge of the subject matter and delivers his material with passion and conviction.

Fascinating insights into a forgotten era

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Reviewed: 22-07-2020

I bought this book having come across a favourable newspaper review. The writer (and narrator) makes the ostensibly dry Interregnum period fascinating. A particular strength is his ability to describe characters with a critical but empathetic eye. Overall a balanced, informative and entertaining book for the generalist and the expert.

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Wide ranging analysis

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Reviewed: 09-06-2020

The author has an astonishing range of knowledge across numerous disciplines. Recent world events since this book was written provide strong supporting evidence for Kilcullen's arguments. Don't be put off by complaints of poor voice performance, not really a problem.