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  • The Ballad of Les Darcy

  • By: Peter Fitzsimons
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 18
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The problem was that Les Darcy didn't want to march at the fore of such a procession, nor to such a destination. He wanted to continue what he had been doing to extraordinary acclaim before the war began - taking on the best boxers the world could throw at him, and lifting his entire family out of poverty as he did so. Torn between the duty he felt he owed his family, and the duty many felt he owed his country, Les made his choice ... and faced the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book you can’t forget.

  • By fishcakesgirl on 01-03-2019

A book you can’t forget.

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Reviewed: 01-03-2019

This was one of the best books I’ve ever listened to. It’s one of those that you miss when it’s over. I feel so proud to be an Australian when I’m immersed in this history. It also lets me feel connected to my grandfather and picture the era in which he lived. Loved this book. Can’t speak highly enough of the journey Peter Fitz took me on.

  • Victory at Villers-Bretonneux

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Robert Meldrum
  • Length: 24 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 125
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    5 out of 5 stars 118

It's early 1918, and after four brutal years the fate of the Great War hangs in the balance. On the one hand, the fact that Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks have seized power in Russia - immediately suing for peace with Germany - means that no fewer than one million of the Kaiser's soldiers can now be transferred from there to the Western Front. On the other, now that America has entered the war, it means that two million American soldiers are also on their way, to tip the scales of war in favor of the Allies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well structured story but new narrator needed

  • By Sharon Livingstone on 08-05-2017

Wonderful story.

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Reviewed: 10-04-2018

My grandfather was gassed in this battle. He was one of the Men from the Snowy.
I have been reading his diary. Listening to this book opened up an entire new look at his young life. He never spoke about the war to anyone on his return. He died rather young due to the damage to his lungs. To listen to this story and to hear how the gas worked it’s wicked carnage on these young men was very difficult to listen to. I’m glad I did though because I always wondered. Along with hearing the battle plans and details painting a picture of my grandpa, to hear how very brave our lads were, is so very good for the soul. Thank you Peter F, you have given me a wonderful gift in writing this book.

  • Blitzed

  • Drugs in Nazi Germany
  • By: Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 128
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The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops; resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new perspective

  • By Adam Webb on 25-03-2018

Wonderful insight into NAZI WW2

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Reviewed: 05-09-2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
After all the information I have read on WW2, I didn't think there was more to unfold about this sad period in the history of the human race. This information has left me with new thoughts on such a tragic rise of evil and the power

  • Nancy Wake

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary. 🐭 #TheWhiteMouse

  • By Anonymous User on 12-04-2018

A wonderful story of a true war heroine.

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Reviewed: 06-01-2017

This is a fabulous story of a wonderful Australian. This should be on our English reading list for our high schools if it isn't already. It's one of those books that you can't stop thinking about for a very long time after it's finished. You feel sad at the end that the story is over and how can you give yourself to another book straight away when you are still so emotionally involved with this journey. One of my favorite stories.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By fishcakesgirl on 18-09-2016

Wonderful book

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Reviewed: 18-09-2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
One of those stories that you are very sad that you have reached the end.