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Alan

Sunrise, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "A book without a purpose"
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    Bill O'Reilly fails to deliver in his recent book Killing Kennedy. This new book is nothing more then a compilation of already known facts concerning the Kennedy presidency.. The title of this book is extremely misleading as this book deals with Kennedy's adult life starting with his WWII career. The book is eight hours long and yet seven of those hours have nothing to do with November 22nd, 1963.

    Killing Lincoln, O'Reilly's previous book was a #1 hit. But this book is sloppy and in numerous places historically incorrect. One prime example is O'Reilly stating that the "Wanted For Treason" posters
    was a prime reason why in Sept '63 the upcoming November trip to Dallas should be cancelled. The problem is that the said posters were only published and distributed on Nov 21, 1963, two months later and only 1 day before the assassination

    After to listening to this book, Ive come away with absolutely no new information about the assassination. I have however learned a little more about the President's personal life and his battles with Addisons Disease. You actually feel for him and what he must have suffered through.

    I give this book 3 stars not because its a great literary piece of work but because it is easy to listen to and is informative.

    If you love O;Reilly, buy this book

    If you hate O'Reilly buy this book.

    If you are looking for a serious work about the Kennedy assassination, then buy Vincent Bugliosi's book Reclaiming History

    25 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Robert E. Lee and His High Command

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gary W. Gallagher
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    Few events have captivated students of American history like the Civil War. Its most striking personalities seem somehow outsized, magnified beyond the ability of books or even legend to contain them. And few among those personalities have ever held our attention like General Robert Edward Lee.With his Army of Northern Virginia, Lee came to embody the cause of the Confederacy itself

    Brad says: "Excellent Review of Lee's High Command"
    "Great lecture series"
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    This is only the third audiobook Ive given 5 / 5 / 5 stars to

    A tremendous lecture series presented by Prof. Gallagher. The professor does such a great job presenting this course to us that no maps are necessary as you need for so many other military works. Each general is presented with both his strengths and faults not only individually but how each general inter reacted with each other and how this affected the total picture

    On a personal note Id have liked to hear about Nathen Bedford Forrest

    Buy this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Origins of World War II: 3rd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Keith Eubank
    • Narrated By Joe Geoffrey
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    More than 60 years have passed since the outbreak of the most catastrophic conflict the world has known: 30 million people dead and unbelievable devastation. In the third edition of this popular volume, Keith Eubank seeks answers to the questions that have plagued us: Why, after the ghastly ordeal of World War I did Western powers undervalue the threat from Hitler? Why was there so much reluctance on the part of Britain and France to confront Germany? Why had Germany been permitted to rearm and to occupy independent nations without a struggle? What was the policy of appeasement?

    David F. Zarth says: "Waste of time"
    "A good book but ....."
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    .... the narrator ruins the listen by his constant mispronunciation of many German names and cities. How anyone could pronounce the name KEITEL as Kah-tall is beyond me.

    The author disagrees with most historians on the point of whether or not England or France could have stopped Hitler prior to 1939. The author believes that England and France were not of the mindset to successfully challenge Hitler in any way militarily. While most historians believe this to be true, the author takes it a step further and believes that Germany would have been victorious in any pre-1939 engagement. Even though the conclusions the author reaches are not universally accepted, the book is still a good listen and is recommended. If only a better narrator had been employed .....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nuremberg Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Tusa, John Tusa
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
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    Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goering, each participant is vividly drawn.

    Sandy says: "A really interesting listen"
    "Hot and Cold."
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    Im going to keep this review kind of short because the main problem with this book is that for half of the book, it is totally boring. The overall history of the trial is presented with way too much useless information. Just when the book actually gets interesting and you feel the story taking on speed, the author feels compelled to ruin, it. Then it gets going again and again it hits a brick wall.

    There is alot of information presented here and the history buff, if he can plow through it, might enjoy this book more then I did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Krauthammer
    • Narrated By Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
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    A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

    Alan says: "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"
    "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"
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    FREEZE ! DON'T HIT THAT NO BUTTON YET ....

    Charles Krauthammer is by far the most revered and most respected political columnist in Washington today. For thirty years, he has written editorials first as a Mondale democrat and today as a born again conservative. This book is a collection of Charles' writings that go back 30 some odd years.

    It is interesting to witness the author's evolution from liberal to conservatism. According to the author, he didnt leave the democratic party, they left him. The chapter dealing with his brother Marcel was heart warming.

    I have a challenge to all liberals who feel compelled to vote no on this review simply because the author is a conservative fox news commentator. Listen to the 5 minute sample. If there are any factual errors, then feel free to vote no. But if everything the author said is true, then spend the credit and buy this book. Even if you disagree with the authors political stance, there are many areas of this book that will grip you.

    The best part of this book is the author reading this to us instead of someone else.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Darren Reynolds
    • Narrated By Diane Sawyer
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    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    Steven says: "What a great listen! Hear history as it happened!"
    "Well done ABC !! Bravo"
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    This audiobook comes to us free from Audible,com and ABC News and Diane Sawyer. My thanks go out to both organizations.

    This two hour audiobook is a return to November 1963 where the Kennedy Assassination, Oswald arrest and subsequent murder, and the presidential funeral are retold using ABC radio accounts of the day.

    This book is non-political so members of both the right and the left can equally enjoy this work

    Download this audiobook.

    P.S. I cant believe its been 50 years. Im getting old

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World War II: A Military and Social History

    • ORIGINAL (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas Childers
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    Between 1937 and 1945, approximately 55 million people perished in the series of interrelated conflicts known as the Second World War. No continent was left untouched, no ocean unaffected. The war led to the eclipse of Europe and the emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union as global superpowers; ushered in the atomic age; produced, in the Holocaust, the most horrific crime ever committed in the history of Western civilization, and led to the end of Europe's colonial empires around the world.

    John M says: "My favorite Great Courses lecture"
    "Pretty good loecture series despite its faults"
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    This is the first lecture series from the Great Courses that I have listened to. In the past I have totally enjoyed the Modern Scholar catalog. I have listened to quite a few of Professor Thomas Madden's work and have come to totally enjoy his courses.

    First off let me say that Professor Childers does an excellent job presenting this lecture series to us. He speaks clearly and distinctly. His knowledge of WW2 is extensive and he feels comfortable talking to us.

    Despite this, this series does have its flaws.

    First off, this is a lecture about WW2 and not about Nazi Germany. As such, hardly any mention is made about the years 1919 - 1939. It is as if this period holds no importance. Many of the top Nazis aren't even mentioned. The Battle Of Dunkirk is discussed and we are only 40 minutes into a 15 hour lecture. This IMO opinion is a major flaw. Way too much history is ignored.

    I was about to put this series down and move on when we hit the chapter of The Battle of Tarawa ( November 1943 Pacific Theater ) when all of a sudden, the lecture series comes alive with a BANG !! This is by far one of the best lectures in this course. In
    fact, most of the Pacific campaign is vividly presented. It is from this point that the series takes off.

    The discussion about the final bomber raid over Germany on April 21, 1945 is gut wrenching. Bravo Professor for including this.

    Another defect of this presentation is the canned applause and chamber music that signals the start of another lecture. It got to be totally annoying.

    This book is worth the credit and the time to listen to it and is mildly recommended. Personally I came away from this series wishing more time had been spent on the early years














    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dean King
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Filled with bitter quarrels, reckless affairs, treacherous betrayals, relentless mercenaries, and courageous detectives, The Feud is the riveting story of two frontier families struggling for survival within the narrow confines of an unforgiving land. It is a formative American tale, and in it, we see the reflection of our own family bonds and the lengths to which we might go in order to defend our honor, our loyalties, and our livelihood.

    Wade says: "Very hard to follow. Many characters to know."
    "Get out the pad and pencil ....."
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    Way way way too many names to even come close to remembering. Back in the 1860s, the national past time in the Ozarks appears to have been baby making as it was not uncommon for families to have 12 or more children. Just going back two generations on both the Hatfield and McCoy sides, Id guess close to 150 family members get mentioned. This does not include all the close friends and business associates and their families. Then all the politicians and such and their families. On second thought, better get 2 pads of paper.

    It helped greatly that before listening to this audiobook, I had watched the History channel 2012 miniseries and knew the major players already. Without watching the minieries, I would have been totally lost. The miniseries varies somewhat with this book as the miniseries seems to favor the McCoy side and the book definately favors the Hatfield side

    This book seems to downplay Johnsey Hatfield's relationships with the two McCoy cousins, Roseanne and Nancy. The book barely goes into the lives of these two gals.

    This book is chock full of facts and tries to dispel the many myths concerning the feud. Where it falls short is that the listener sometimes has no idea who the author is talking about.

    See the miniseries first, then you can give this book a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About the American Presidents

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, Kirby Heyborne, Mark Bramhall, and others
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    For more than 20 years since his New York Times best-seller Don't Know Much About History first appeared, Davis has shown that Americans don't hate history, just the dull version dished out in school. Now Davis turns his attention to what is arguably the most important and most fascinating subject in American history: our presidents. From the heated debates over executive powers through the curious election of George Washington in 1789 and, for more than 200 years, up through the meteoric rise of Barack Obama, the presidency has been at the heart of American history.

    RobLokkesmoe says: "Very informative. Excellent"
    "Slow starter but stick with it"
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    Good book and recommended despite its faults.

    1) Book slanted to the left. The author obviously has a dislike for Regan. Additionally, Barbara Bush gets a better review then George H W Bush

    2) Each president is divided into 4 sections with each section getting a different narrator.This style does take a little getting used to.

    3) Book covers all presidents up to and including Bill Clinton. Would have been interesting the review on Bush #43.

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    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    Kimberly says: "The Jesus story in context"
    "The no spin zone goes biblical"
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    Close your eyes .....
    Now imagine that you are listening to Bill O'Reilly's talking points on his fox news show the O'Reilly Factor and the topic is Jesus ....also
    Wait ....
    You dont have to imagine ...
    You can buy Killing Jesus

    I am an O'Reilly viewer and have been for close to 5 years now. I am not an O:Reilly hater by any means. ( Full disclosure, I also loyally watch Jon Stewart ). But this book by O;Reilly is nothing more the the "fast food" style of books written by political pundents these days. This is not a serious book about life and times in ancient Judea. Nothing new is presented here. As like his Killing Kennedy book, Killing Jesus appears to have been solely researched via the internet.

    The book is written in the style of Bill's prior two books which adds to the fast food flavor of this book

    Will I buy another OReilly historical work? Probably not

    Will I buy another O'Reilly political work? Probably yes

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jack El-Hai
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    >In 1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Göring arrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompanied by 16 suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases contained all manner of paraphernalia: medals, gems, two cigar cutters, silk underwear, a hot water bottle, and the equivalent of $100,000,000 in cash. Hidden in a coffee can, a set of brass vials housed glass capsules containing a clear liquid and a white precipitate: potassium cyanide. Joining Göring in the detention center were the elite of the captured Nazi regime....

    Douglas says: "I Don't Understand The Complaints..."
    "A good book in search of an editor"
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    This is not an easy review to write as I dont want to spoil this audiobook for the listeners to come.

    This is an eight hour audiobook that should be only six hours long. The portions of this book dealing with the notable nazi leaders and the Nuremberg trials of 1946 are exceptional. This is not a book about the war crimes of the accused but rather an attempt as portraying the men
    ( mostly Hermann Goring ) clinically.

    The main psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Kelley, tries to locate "the nazi gene" that these defendents share that would possibly help in preventing such nazi horrors from reoccurring. Hermann Goring, the senior most nazi in custody, is also the most flamboyant personality. It is Goring that commands much of Kelley's attention. As the book progresses, both lives become inter entwined.

    Where the book loses it is the two plus hours of the book that deals with Kelley's post Nuremberg life. Can anyone out there actually get excited about the personal life of a psychiatrist? I couldnt

    If you buy this book, skip the last two hours

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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