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  • Outlaw Platoon

  • Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
  • By: Sean Parnell, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 96

At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Charles on 02-03-2015

Moving

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

Reviewed: 19-02-2018

I’ve read and listed to numeral war stories, but none moved me like this. The narration is amazing and makes it feel like you are right there. The story is intense, funny and extremely inspiring. You get so attached to the men in the platoon that you feel every win and lose with them. I highly recommend this to anyone, as you will feel it.

  • Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton

  • The Gruesome True Story of a Man Who Survived Thailand's Deadliest Prison
  • By: T. M. Hoy
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Prison is harsh enough, but as a foreigner ( farang) in a strange land, jail time is an even more horrifying reality. Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton is a collection of short stories chronicling T. M. Hoy’s descent into the harrowing world of Southeast Asian prison life. Through his eyes, listeners will experience the bizarre events of daily life in a Thai maximum security prison: feel the weight of the chains he wears; the stomachaches from lack of food; witness the murders, drug overdoses, torture, and unbridled cruelty that ensues.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard South East Asian prison story

  • By Laura on 16-02-2018

Standard South East Asian prison story

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

Reviewed: 16-02-2018

I didn’t find this that good, considering I have read and listened to many a prison story. If you want one of the best, check out The Cocaine Diaries, that would have to be an all time classic. This was good but it was odd in that there was no real story line and we never found out why he was in prison in the first place.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,072

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, pretty good overall

  • By Rod Swift on 16-02-2015

Slow start, then gripping

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

Reviewed: 19-12-2017

Story line is slow to start but once it gets going, I couldn’t stop listing. I stayed up all night just to finish it.

  • Solitude

  • In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World
  • By: Michael Harris
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Solitude by Michael Harris, read by Kerry Shale. Solitude is a rapidly vanishing experience. Our society now embraces sharing like never before: time alone is being forced out of our lives by the constant pings of smartphones and prods of social media. But what if being alone still has something to offer us - something we have forgotten, but that we still desperately need?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Off the mark

  • By Laura on 15-12-2017

Off the mark

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

Reviewed: 15-12-2017

I found this was a bit off the mark. There was no real story, and it swayed from one side to the other. I don’t know what to take from it.

  • First They Killed My Father

  • A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
  • By: Loung Ung
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have had read!

  • By Viviane Ara�jo on 21-01-2015

Good story

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

Reviewed: 14-12-2017

I enjoyed the story, but it wasn’t the most interesting that I have listened to about the Cambodia civil war. I would recommend- “surviving year zero”- I thought this was more insightful into the actions of the war.

  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit. MacArthur Genius Award-winning psychologist Angela Duckworth shares fascinating new revelations about who succeeds in life and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply excellent

  • By Alan on 08-07-2017

Very inspiring

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

Reviewed: 13-12-2017

This is an amazing book. I really enjoyed the author reading it as it makes it feel more like she is talking to you. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a history of Asia

  • By Tim on 16-08-2016

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 11-12-2017

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book opens out the whole history of the centre of the world, that we didn't otherwise know. I found it extremely interesting. It gives you a whole new idea of the middle east and Asia and gave me a great interest in the area.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Dennis Olsen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a beautiful book

  • By Amanda on 08-04-2016

Great story

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

Reviewed: 11-12-2017

What did you like most about The Book Thief?

This is an amazing book, and the performance of this audiobook is extra amazing. Dennis Olsen brings 'death' to life and you feel like he is telling the story to only you. I loved it.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,084
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,420
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,399

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2017

Good insight into humans

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

Reviewed: 11-12-2017

I listened to Yuval on a TED talk, and was interested in the book. I enjoyed it overall although it did get a bit dry sometimes, and there was more world history than I expected, but overall would recommend

  • Wild Swans

  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Pik-sen Lim
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller and a critically acclaimed history of China that opened up the country to the world. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's twentieth century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece that is extraordinary in every way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Melinda - YarnderWoman on 25-07-2015

Great story, average narrating.

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

Reviewed: 28-11-2017

As a Chinese speaker some of the incorrect pronunciation was hard to listen to.
Otherwise it was a great story.