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  • Lancaster

  • The Second World War’s Greatest Bomber
  • By: Leo McKinstry
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 25 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

A comprehensive history of Britain's greatest bomber plane. The Spitfire and the Lancaster were the two RAF weapons of victory in the Second World War, but the glamour of the fighter has tended to overshadow the performance of the heavy bomber. Yet without the Lancaster, Britain would never have been able to take the fight to the German homeland. Highlights the scale of the bomber's achievements, including the famous Dambusters attacks. With its vast bomb bay, ease of handling and surprising speed, the mighty Lancaster transformed the effectiveness of the Bomber Command. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narration

  • By Robert Watkinson on 27-08-2018

Fantastic narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-2018

Peter Noble's narration sustained my interest through to the end. The book is a holistic recounting of the plane from its conception to its highly praised and highly criticised role as part of Bomber Command in WW2.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Leonardo Da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Chris Andrews on 19-11-2018

Loved the reading and the story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-2018

Beautifully read narrative that profoundly deepened my understanding of the man Leonardo, culminating in a fuller appreciation of the Mona Lisa.

  • The Science of Energy

  • Resources and Power Explained
  • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediatey relevant!

  • By Robert Watkinson on 11-06-2017

Immediatey relevant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-2017

Increased my understanding of the Energy debate in Australia and the Globe. Now I am better placed to give more considered opinions to the debate and to personal investment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invention of Nature

  • The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science
  • By: Andrea Wulf
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist: more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast; there's a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon. His colourful adventures read like something out of a Boy's Own story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Inge Buchanan on 24-01-2017

Forgotten Contribution Still Relevant.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-2016

Timely read with Mankinds' reach into Space Living imminent. How can imagination save Nature from Economic Development?