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  • Bill the Bastard

  • The Story of Australia's Greatest War Horse
  • By: Roland Perry
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Bill was massive. He had power, intelligence, and unmatched courage. In performance and character he stood above all the other 200,000 Australian horses sent to the Middle East in the Great War. But as war horses go he had one serious problem. No one could ride him but one man - Major Michael Shanahan. Some even thought Bill took a sneering pleasure in watching would-be riders hit the dust. Bill the Bastard is the remarkable tale of a bond between a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount. They fought together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant book

  • By Eric on 17-08-2015

Thankfully this story has not been lost

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

Reviewed: 17-11-2018

This story is truely fantastic. Bill and the horses like him are every bit the brave war hero’s everyone should know about. I still struggle with the fact they shot most of those brave mounts. I listened on dreading the moment Bill was killed. The ending redeemed itself. What a betrayal and how heart breaking for those wonderful brave men to have to shoot their best and most loyal friend. This is a must read for anyone who truely wants to know about what Australian fighting men and horses went through. I would have liked more about Bill and less about the social interactions of the people but worth a read none the less. Bill the Bastard could only have been an Australian mount as he showed the best of the Australian personality. Right down to the self satisfied sneer.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like 'Serial' done in Ireland

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-02-2018

A brilliant enthralling story

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

Reviewed: 21-04-2018

Excellent story brilliantly told by Jennifer and Sam. I can’t stop replaying it I’ve listened to it three time. It’s an exceptional feat of writing and story telling. Please write another one.

  • Burning Angels

  • By: Bear Grylls
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

A prehistoric corpse entombed within an Arctic glacier, crying tears of blood. A jungle island overrun by rabid primates - escapees from a research laboratory's hot zone. A massive seaplane hidden beneath a mountain, packed with a Nazi cargo of mind-blowing evil. A penniless orphan kidnapped from an African slum, holding the key to the world's survival. Four terrifying journeys. One impossible path. Only one man to attempt it. Will Jaeger. The Hunter. Read by Rupert Degas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivetting

  • By dean on 14-12-2016

With great respect Bear but…

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

Reviewed: 05-11-2017

Was going ok until it seemed we were running out of time and it suddenly ended. Story was only ok … easy enough to listen to not really very engaging but even so flowed. Until the last bit then it was like the author had become impatient and suddenly ended. Great admirer Bear and on that basis will give you some points. If it was anyone else I'd say it was a bit lame.