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  • FLAK

  • By: Michael Veitch
  • Narrated by: Bolinda Publishing
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

A collection of vivid, unforgettable stories from RAAF veterans about their experiences of combat in World War II. It is also an account of the strange, sometimes obsessive journey of the author himself, as he explores a passion held since childhood. From bomber pilots to fighter aces, from rear gunners to bomb aimers, from stories of death and fear to tales of humor and comradeship, Michael has helped unearth the extraordinary stories of ordinary men living and fighting in extraordinary times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories

  • By Jason on 21-09-2018

Great stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-09-2018

Great stories, well read by the author. Action packed and captivating for anyone interested in WWII or aviation.

  • Thunder Below!

  • The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II
  • By: Eugene B. Fluckey
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing account of a war story

  • By Chris on 13-03-2019

Breathtaking

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Reviewed: 06-09-2018

A well-written, fast-paced and fascinating account of one of the most prolific US subs of WWII. Highly recommended.

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant read

  • By Johnny on 14-03-2016

Interesting, although slow.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-2018

1984 is among the 'must-read' of modern literature, so it was with excitement that I started this book. The narration is outstanding, however my preference of book is more fast-paced than 1984.
The premise of the story and the world which George Orwell created is fascinating and intricately devised. If you prefer action and pace in your books, look elsewhere. If you enjoy delving deeper in to the character's thoughts, than this book might be for you.

  • Countdown to Zero Day

  • Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
  • By: Kim Zetter
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare - one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Thrilling Eye-Opener

  • By Jason on 20-05-2017

A Thrilling Eye-Opener

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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: 20-05-2017

Although we all know about computer viruses, few of us have much of an understanding of how much of a role cyber-warfare plays in international espionage and sabotage.
Countdown to Zero Day does a great job in enlightening us about all levels of cyber attack and defence, focussing on the extraordinary Stuxnet attack interwoven with countless other examples.
With a good balance between intrigue and technical detail, it held my attention the whole time. Well written and well read.

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  • Command and Control

  • By: Eric Schlosser
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? Schlosser reveals that this question has never been resolved, and while other headlines dominate the news, nuclear weapons still pose a grave risk to mankind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and Eye-Opening

  • By Jason on 01-05-2017

Detailed and Eye-Opening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-2017

Having always wondered about just how safe nuclear weapons are and just how close the world has come to accidental or unlawful detonations, I started this book hoping to get a detailed insight in to that secretive world. I was not disappointed.
Command and Control expertly weaves countless fascinating stories through a main storyline of an accident at a ballistic missile site in the US. It covers both the government-level policy and engineering-level detail for all aspects of nuclear weapons. Even with the fine detail - in fact, because of the fine detail - I was captivated through the entire book and was constantly amazed at just how disastrous the history of nuclear weapons has been. And how it easily could have been far worse.
The narration was one of the best, if not the best, that I have heard. The readers tone and inflictions expertly underscored the text and made listening to the book a real pleasure.
If you are remotely interested in the subject, I highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Band of Brothers

  • E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104

Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By Dave on 10-01-2016

Powerful

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-04-2017

A stirring book combining well-written action with a true insight into what the troops of Easy Company experienced during and after the war. Highly recommended.

  • 44 Days

  • 75 Squadron and the Fight for Australia
  • By: Michael Veitch
  • Narrated by: Michael Veitch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The epic World War II story of Australia's 75 Squadron - and the 44 days when these brave and barely-trained pilots fought alone against the Japanese. In March and April 1942, RAAF 75 Squadron bravely defended Port Moresby for 44 days when Australia truly stood alone against the Japanese. This group of raw young recruits scrambled ceaselessly in their Kittyhawk fighters to an extraordinary and heroic battle, the story of which has been left largely untold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story that should be heard.

  • By Robert on 22-02-2017

Incredible Story

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Reviewed: 05-03-2017

A well-written account of an amazing snapshot in Australian military history. Achieving a good balance of facts and figures vs action sequences, this book is always engaging and highlights well the truly incredible struggle against massive odds of the hand full of pilots involved im those 44 days.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 298

His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Living treasure

  • By Steven J Short on 20-01-2017

Absolute Must-Listen for Everyone

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-2017

Sir David Attenborough has a way with words. And animals. And people. Even if you have no interest in animals and plants, this book is captivating and thought-provoking. And of course, being read by David himself, I could listen to the book on repeat for days.

  • The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

  • Churchill's Mavericks: Plotting Hitler's Defeat
  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 133
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    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 123

Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, a country house called The Firs in Buckinghamshire was requisitioned by the War Office. Sentries were posted at the entrance gates, and barbed wire was strung around the perimeter fence. To local villagers it looked like a prison camp. But the truth was far more sinister. This rambling Edwardian mansion had become home to an eccentric band of scientists, inventors and bluestockings. Their task was to build devastating new weaponry that could be used against the Nazis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boys Own stuff but I loved it. ..

  • By I. B. McKenzie on 19-11-2016

A must for WWII buffs

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Reviewed: 05-02-2017

Providing a balance to the many books covering regular military operations about WWII, this book delves, in great detail, into the secret world of sabotage in Nazi-occupied Europe. The book strikes a good balance between the various factors, including details of the organizations themselves and how they began and the political jockeying required to see them come to fruition, to the development of impressively cunning sabotage weapons and the men who invented them, with the book moving on to provide details of the men involved in the undercover and sabotage work, and dramatic and detailed sequences of many of the most interesting operations in enemy territory.
This balance provides for a fantastic listen by both those who are interested in the background to such organizations, and those that relish fast-paced yet detailed accounts of daring missions resulting in destruction of impressive scales.
This book is well read and easy to listen to.

  • D Day Through German Eyes Book 2

  • More Hidden Stories from June 6th 1944
  • By: Holger Eckhertz
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The first book of D Day Through German Eyes has fascinated listeners around the world with its insight into the German experience of June 6, 1944. Now, book 2 contains a completely different set of astonishing German testimonies from the same archive. These newly translated eyewitness statements by German veterans show the defenders to be determined but psychologically insecure, often deluded in their thinking, and all too human in their shock at the onslaught they faced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same... which is a good thing

  • By Jason on 27-01-2017

More of the same... which is a good thing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-2017

If you enjoyed the first book, you will also enjoy this one. The format is the same and the interviews are as captivating, with different aspects expanding nicely on the revelations of the first book.

it is not necessary to have listened to the first book first, however you might as well if you haven't already.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful