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Steve

Monroe, WI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4538)
    Performance
    (3072)
    Story
    (3104)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Not impressed"
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    I found the battle descriptions entertaining, but beyond that this novel was lacking. The supporting cast are all one dimensional cutouts that exist for the sole purpose of having people for the main character to express his feelings. E.g. the fawning second in command who exists as a foil for the MC's self-doubt and the questioning vice president who exists to allow the MC to explain his plans. The villians are either cartoonishly incompetent buffoons or evil-for-the-sake-of-being-evil caricatures. Just not believable at all. The MC's long pontifications and monologues are also extremely tiring. This book wasn't horrible but I am definitely not moving on to entry #2 in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce Levine
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    The J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois and associate editor of North and South magazine, Bruce Levine presents a gripping chronicle of the cultural and economic upheaval the South experienced during and after the Civil War. Drawing upon a treasure trove of diaries, letters, newspaper articles, and government documents, Levine offers a unique perspective on the old South's demise through the voices of those who lived through the conflict.

    Steve says: "Merely ok. . ."
    "Merely ok. . ."
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    A decent work, but it focuses too much on blow by blow military account of the war (which is done much better and in more depth in Battle Cry of Freedom and Shelby Foote's series) and the pre-war slave system and not enough on the "social revolution that transformed the South." Reconstruction is glossed over at the very end of the book, and there is little discussion of carpetbaggers, the migration of former slaves to northern industrial cities, the rise of the KKK, etc. Only recommended for novices of the Civil War period.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fire in the East: Warrior of Rome, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    A.D. 255. The Roman imperium is stretched to the breaking point, its authority and might challenged throughout the territories and along every border. One man is sent to marshal the defenses of a lonely city and to shore up the crumbling walls of a once indomitable symbol of Roman power, a man whose very name means war: a man called Ballista. So unfolds an epic drama - a story of empire, heroes, treachery, courage, and most of all, of brutal, bloody warfare.

    Jean says: "Book started a bit slow"
    "As good as historical fiction gets..."
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    How lucky I was to stumble across this little gem of a series. Harry Sidebottom takes us to the Roman Empire, c. 260 AD, a time period (235-280 AD) where 25 emperors reigned and the Empire was wracked with rebellion and invasion. Roman commander Ballista is tasked with defending one of the Empire's easternmost outposts against the Sassanid Persians. Unfortunately, due to the state of the Empire, Ballista must also deal with rampant intrigue in the Roman upper ranks.

    Mr. Sidebottom has a knack for describing in vivid detail the brutality, violence, and excess of the late Roman period - a time of "iron and rust" as he describes it in the third book of this series. Stefan Rudnicki's narration was also excellent. I greatly enjoyed it and I highly recommend this and the others in the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3191)
    Performance
    (2253)
    Story
    (2262)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Good Comprehensive History"
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    "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" is an excellent history of Nazi Germany and World War II. The author has the unique perspective of being a correspondent in Germany during the years leading up to the war and the war's outbreak, as well as having full access to captured Nazi documents after the war. Shirer clearly was in a perfect position to write a history of Nazi Germany. My one complaint is that this work focuses too much for my tastes on the diplomatic dimension, and not enough on the military dimension (the war itself) or life in Nazi Germany. That said, this is pretty much required reading for anyone curious about Nazi Germany.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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