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Chris

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  • Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    This memoir offers an unrivaled firsthand account of World War II in the Pacific - what it looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and most of all, what it felt like to one who underwent all but the ultimate of its experiences.

    Doug says: "The best war memoir ever"
    "Manchester is a great writer."
    Overall

    The author is almost always worth reading or listening to. This book is no exception. He really is passionate here as it is biographical.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (517)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "well received"
    Overall

    I don't need to add praise to this author's work. It is quite well done. It is not the best book on the Lincoln presidency I have ever read, in fact not that strong in that regard. But Goodwin does an interesting thing to seek out a pattern in Lincoln's behaviour and analyzing it. Well done!

    0 of 0 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
    (253)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    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!"
    "good book"
    Overall

    One cannot say that one enjoys this book. It is a book of the destruction of very many lives, and disrespect of what many readers may hold dear. Reader beware. But it is well written and tells the story of a powerful man in world history.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Wallis
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Award-winning historian Michael Wallis has spent several years re-creating the rich, anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid (1859-1881), a deeply mythologized young man who became a legend in his own time and yet remains an enigma to this day. With the Gilded Age in full swing and the Industrial Revolution reshaping the American landscape, "the Kid", who was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the New Mexico Territory at the age of 21, became a new breed of celebrity outlaw.

    Michael says: "Disappointing"
    "Enjoyment"
    Overall

    This book is great fun! If you like history, which does not read like a textbook, but is filled with enough detail and context to draw you into a different world, this is one. Excellent. Mr Wallis is tallented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (474)

    This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. For the fourth time, the Army of the Potomac (now under the control of Burnside) attempts to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flank, a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant.

    Christopher Morton says: "The Best of the Three Volumes"
    "All know, but this is great"
    Overall

    An excellent book written by a trained story teller. He brings a novelists hand to a very broad story to be told. It is well done.

    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
    (3439)
    Performance
    (2482)
    Story
    (2489)

    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"
    "Marvelous"
    Overall

    Adolf Hitler and his government is difficult to address in literature, because there is content available in all media in excess and each person has deep and a lot of associations with the man and the era. This is a book written by a first hand witness, who can even comment on daily moods of the German leader. It is well researched too. Excellent and interesting page after page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (177)

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    George says: "Superb!"
    "Great"
    Overall

    This whole series is well-balanced and researched. What more could be asked of a biographer. Oh yea, well written too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By June Barrie
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (2)

    In this very personal book, part diary, part memoir, P.D. James considers the 12 months of her life between her 77th and 78th birthdays, a "time to be in earnest" as Dr. Johnson had said of his life two centuries ago. Baroness James records and reflects, of her childhood in the 1920s and 1930s, of working as an administrator in the NHS, entering the Home Office, serving as a Governor of the BBC, and eventually entering the Lords. And along the way she deals with her burgeoning career as a novelist.

    Nina says: "a good sleeping aid"
    "OK but somewhat dissatisfied"
    Overall

    The format chosen by Ms. James is loose reflection in diary style over the course of a year. It cannot be said to be an autobiography as the title does suggest. It is like having a conversation with PD, but too brief.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1117)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "OK but to a degree a polemic"
    Overall

    This is well researched and pretty well written. However, do you know when biographies start to read like fan mail? There are several moments in this book, when one begins to doubt that one is getting the real story. This book has this tendency. Rather than giving Bonhoeffer the benefit of the doubt, there are moments, when the author seems to be addressing his perceived critics of Bonhoeffer, rather than just telling the story. This weakness makes the biography difficult to read.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    Chris says: "An excellent clear history"
    "An excellent clear history"
    Overall

    This history is worth reading / listening to for all who are fascinated by the personal effort and thought that goes into the best politics. Well written, well researched.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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