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larry

LAKE CITY, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • West with the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Beryl Markham
    • Narrated By Julie Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (364)

    West with the Night is the story of a remarkable woman molded and shaped by many things: the African jungle, a certain dog, horses, airplanes, friendships with white men and black. There is no life, no story quite like it.

    Michael Moore says: "Top Notch Writing; Riveting Stories"
    "Amelia Earhart without the tragic end!"
    Overall

    This is fine perhaps great writing. extraordinary, beautifully read. Ammazingly well written, verges on true poetry. Hemmingway has been quoted as saying "she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers ... it really is a bloody wonderful book." I have to agree with Mr. Hemmingway, this girl outshines most good writers. I saw one review that dissed the book, perhaps Motzart isn't up to that person's standards either...??? dunno!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kokoda

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Lewis FitzGerald
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (141)

    For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

    Mark T Ryan says: "A Tribute to Fighting Australians"
    "makes the Alamo look like a picnic, really!"
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    Where does Kokoda rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among histories of valor, courage, tenacity, and endurance in battle I cannot think of any greater or more terrible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kokoda?

    One of the most outstanding things about this story was how completely ignorant, arrogant, and even criminal the top brass was in relation to the situation on the ground for these boys. These boys caught it from both sides, yet held up.


    Have you listened to any of Lewis FitzGerald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Fitzgerald does a great job reading. He is not given to melodramatic tones as some macho war story readers are. His is a masculine voice that does not lack and needs no overstatement. The recording studio makes use of some dramatic effects which are a little over done.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Bugger all!


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing story of some of the greatest heroism of that generation who resisted the sinister, dreadful axis powers of WWII. These blokes embody the highest of warrior virtues. They simply would not quit and resisted death and surrender to the utmost. These guys were above and beyond heroic! Hats off to them.

    0 of 0 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
    (3372)
    Performance
    (2419)
    Story
    (2425)

    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"
    "great history verging on definitive"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich the most enjoyable?

    thorough, written by a journalist who was in Germany during Hitler's rise. a must read for any serious student of the 20th century.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    classic reader of the very best sort. this is one you can put in your pipe and smoke for a while, go over again. think about, not a quick read, only a must read and study...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    very long no can do at one time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (517)

    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    Andrew Pilecki says: "Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War"
    "well written, well read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A World Undone to be better than the print version?

    If I had the time and temperament to sit and read this book i would choose the print version, especially on account of the battle maps. Pondering the depth and scope of wwi's subsequent impact on humanity is worthy of many hours reading and study at hearth side and this is one of the best vehicles whereby to so deliberate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A World Undone?

    explaining some of the back ground the groups such as the "black hand" who conspired to kill the Austrian Duke, explaining why the Duke felt he needed to be in Sarajevo at that time... explaining the initial war mobilization plans that each country felt it had to invoke, explaining earlier diplomatic and economic events that lead each country feel that they needed to be emphatic in their respective postures as August 1918 approached... I'm sure I could count many more on careful reflection.


    What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

    very apt. I felt as if the author himself was reading the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    what fools these mortals be!


    Any additional comments?

    This book attempts to explain all angles of wwi very carefully and may be the best book of its kind to address the subject.. In many ways wwi is the most important event of the 20th century. Mr. Meyer gives us extraordinary depth and breadth exploring fine points of the leaders' lives of all the major countries, economic considerations, strategic theories, and so on... I do not have the time to sit and read a volume such as this but i often wished i had the book in hand to more carefully study the battle maps... I found it interesting and easy to listen to all the way through. I may well buy the book and am planning to listen to it at least one more time. If you're interested in history this one is a must.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11486)
    Performance
    (9944)
    Story
    (9917)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "APPLE'S Raison D'etre,"
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    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    NO, BECAUSE JOBS IS TOO BLEAK OF A PERSONALITY.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    JOBS


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    GOOD READER


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE EXTRAORDINARY HISTORY OF AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL CREATIVITY.

    I'VE NEVER BOUGHT AN APPLE BECAUSE THEY TRY NOT TO OPEN UP TO OPEN SOFTWARE CONTRIBUTIONS. VERY INTERESTING AS TO THE DEMONIC DRIVE THAT COULD BE CALLED CREATIVE GENIUS. OBVIOUSLY JOBS HAS FATHERED AN OUTSTANDINGLY SUCCESSFUL COMPANY BUT AS A PERSON HE'S AS BLEAK AS THE SIBERIAN STEPPES. AFTER READING THE BOOK I HAVE ONE MORE REASON NOT TO BUY APPLE BUT I UNDERSTAND BETTER AS TO WHY SO MANY ARE SO ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THEIR PRODUCTS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vietnam: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanley Karnow
    • Narrated By Edward Holland
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (102)

    In this comprehensive history, Stanley Karnow demystifies the tragic ordeal of America's war in Vietnam. The book's central theme is that America's leaders, prompted as much by domestic politics as by global ambitions, carried the United States into Southeast Asia with little regard for the realities of the region. Karnow elucidates the decision-making process in Washington and Asia and recounts the political and military events that occurred after the Americans arrived in Vietnam.

    David Ewing says: "As stunning as it was engaging"
    "very well writen history by an eyewitness"
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    What made the experience of listening to Vietnam the most enjoyable?

    The author was a Vietnam correspondent beginning in 1959. He was there! He managed to get personal interviews with many of the top key players before and after the fall of Saigon laying out an extraordinary vista from the initial intercourse with Europeans to the deluge at the USA's ignoble retreat there. Beautifully done, verging on poetic at times. I may not agree with many of the conclusions he leads towards in this tome but it is well thought out and clearly expressed. Bravo! Well done!

    The reader does an excellent job as well.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mao: The Unknown Story

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    Based on a decade of research and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before, and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him, this is the most authoritative biography of Mao ever written.

    Jene says: "Fills many gaps! Very good..but!"
    "THIS MAKES HITLER LOOK MODERATE"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    IT IS HARD TO FIND A MORE DEPLORABLE LEADER IN THE 20TH CENTURY THAN MAO OR EVEN HIS EQUAL. HITLER WAS A NICE GUY BY COMPARISON. IT IS NO WONDER THIS AUTHOR SOUNDS BIASED AGAINST HIM. THIS BOOK SHOULD SERVE AS A WAKE UP CALL SEEING THAT THIS TERRIBLY TRAUMATIZED NATION WILL SOON BE AT THE APEX OF WORLD POWER. HAVING BEEN REARED BY SUCH A CRUEL TASK MASTER WHAT KIND OF LEADERSHIP WILL IT PROVIDE IN THE WAKE OF USA'S PREEMINENCE? METHINKS THE NATIONS WILL HARKEN BACK FONDLY TO THE DAYS WHEN AMERICA WAS AT THE WORLD'S HELM. WE HAD THE LIKES OF GEORGE WASHINGTON , DECENT AND NOBEL IN WORD AND DEED WHO SET OUR PRECEDENTS. BY COMPARISON: RED CHINA'S GOT ONE VERY LONG CRUEL CRUEL NIGHTMARE TO LOOK TO AT HER FOUNDING. MERCY!


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    HE'S A GOOD READER. DUNNO ABOUT CHINESE PRONUNCIATION.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeremy Scahill
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (139)

    A largely untold facet of the war on terror is the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to private mercenary companies. Accountable neither to the citizenry nor to standard military legal codes, these largely unregulated corporate armies are being entrusted with ever-greater responsibilities on behalf of the nation.

    Stanley says: "Truly frightening"
    "BLACKWATER SANS OBJECTIVITY"
    Overall

    THIS IS A VERY UNSYMPATHETIC APPRAISAL OF BLACKWATER AND TOM WEINER, THE READER, IS WELL CAST FOR HIS ROLE. I LIKE HISTORIES BY ACADEMIC HISTORIANS NOT PROPAGANDISTS. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE AUTHOR DOES NOT LIKE BLACKWATER, ITS GENESIS, OR ITS FOUNDERS. PROBABLY BLACKWATER HAS A CASE TO ANSWER IN MANY AREAS BUT I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO COME TO ANY UNDERSTANDING GIVEN SUCH BLATANTLY SLANTED MATERIAL. THIS AUTHOR IS AS ABOUT AS OBJECTIVE ABOUT THE RIGHT WING AS RUSH LIMBAUGH IS ABOUT THOSE ON THE LEFT.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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