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lrjanzen

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  • Castles of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    In a work of extraordinary narrative power, filled with brilliant personalities and vivid scenes of dramatic action, Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and Dreadnought, elevates to its proper historical importance the role of sea power in the winning of the Great War.

    Matt says: "Stick With It!"
    "Well Done the Definitive work on the subject"
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    What did you love best about Castles of Steel?

    Massie's Great story telling and combinaton of personal sketches and chronical prose.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book on the subject of the Naval war.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (565)

    Karigan G’ladheon, running away from school, is traveling through a deep forest when a galloping horse pounds up to her, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows. With his dying breath, he tells her he is a Green Rider, one of the magical messengers of the King. Before he dies, he makes Karigan swear to deliver the message he’s carrying, and gives her his green coat, with the symbolic brooch of his office.

    Robert says: "Great Adventure From Begining to End"
    "Just couldn't get into the book."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. nothing new or exciting. THe story is slow moving and the characters not very compelling. The nartator was good though.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kristen Britain again?

    Probably not.


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

    No. But she was very good.


    Did Green Rider inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Officer and a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (244)

    Paris in 1895: Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus' guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military.

    Ryan says: "Top Notch Historical Fiction"
    "Very Good for first 2/3. Ok for the last"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Generaly a good listen. Excellent performance.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    Excellent characters and just the right tone.


    Any additional comments?

    The first 2/3 were excellent. Great suspenceand well written. The last part felt like a rush through time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (140)

    From the acclaimed military historian, a new history of the outbreak of World War I - from the breakdown of diplomacy to the dramatic battlesthat occurred before the war bogged down in the trenches.

    Jean says: "outstanding"
    "First Rate Intoduction to the opening of the war."
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    Where does Catastrophe 1914 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better history books I have listened to. Excellent performance.


    Any additional comments?

    The usual comment about not having the supporting material to look at especially maps. You have to go out to the internet to get maps to follow the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Greg Abby
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (478)

    Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young Queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "Quirky pronunciations but overall a worthy job."
    "Fun Fantasy. Not overly deep, but a fun read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Diamond Throne to be better than the print version?

    Not this performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Diamond Throne?

    None really


    Would you be willing to try another one of Greg Abby’s performances?

    NO! There ws a older audio version that was better. Not great but a lot better. Odd pronunciations.


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

    No, but the story was good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Amir D. Aczel
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    The young field of quantum mechanics holds out the promise that some of humanity's wildest dreams may be realized. Serious scientists, working off of theories first developed by Einstein and his colleagues 70 years ago, have been investigating the phenomenon known as "entanglement," one of the strangest aspects of the strange universe of quantum mechanics. New experiments suggest it does happen, and that it may lead to unbreakable codes, and even teleportation...

    Kenneth says: "Quantum Physics + People = Good Stuff"
    "Not Bad, But Guilder's book is better"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The lower score is due to the lack of illustrations.


    If you’ve listened to books by Amir D. Aczel before, how does this one compare?

    Yes. Not as god ast his others. But OK


    What about Henry Leyva’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance. Very clear and easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    My biggest complaint is not about the book itself, but the publisher. Non-fiction books should have available for download somehwere a pdf with the pictures and drawings that suppor the book. They never include the maps with history books or the illustrations with science books.With this topic you REALLY need those aids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Holger H. Herwig
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The long-term repercussions of the Marne were tragic: four more years of what the future German military historian Gerhard Ritter, a veteran of World War I, called the "monotonous mutual mass murder" of the trenches. During that time, Britain and the Empire sustained 3.5 million casualties, France 6 million and Germany 7 million. Without the Battle of the Marne, places such as Passchendaele, the Somme, Verdun, and Ypres would not resonate with us as they do.

    Dale H. Reeck says: "Strong Text"
    "Ok but nothing great"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Nothing really. The battle itself is not deeply covered and the bulk of the book is more enjoyablj covered by Tuchman.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Holger H. Herwig? Why or why not?

    yes. Not a bad writer, I was expecting more about the actual battle itself


    What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?

    Good reader for the material


    Do you think The Marne, 1914 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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