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Troy

Kendall Park, NJ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Worldwar: In the Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (121)
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    (121)

    War seethed across the planet. Machines soared through the air, churned through the seas, crawled across the surface, pushing ever forward, carrying death. Earth was engaged in titanic struggle. Germany, Russia, France, China, Japan: the maps were changing day by day. The hostilities spread in ever-widening ripples of destruction: Britain, Italy, Africa...the fate of the world hung in the balance. Then the real enemy came.

    W says: "Awesome"
    "Interesting concept"
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    What did you like best about Worldwar: In the Balance? What did you like least?

    The author takes factual historical tidbits and tucks them into the story as guideposts so that his fiction never strays too far beyond the bounds of believability.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The alien invader's culture is interesting. The obligatory love story lines are distracting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The German's use of a railway gun to fight a highly advanced opponent.


    Could you see Worldwar: In the Balance being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. In the end it is simply a story of a more advanced species attacking a less advanced one and getting a bloody nose for their hubris.


    Any additional comments?

    The author uses graphic sex scenes to indulge his own fantasies. They are unnecessary and repetitive. It seems that all of the main characters end up having sex at least several times each throughout the book. That is, except for the faithful scientist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Armies on the Somme: The First Battle of the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By William Philpott
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    On July 1, 1916, British and French forces launched the first attack on the German armies lined up along the Somme in what was to become the defining battle of World War I. To this day, July 1 is often remembered for being the bloodiest day in British military history. Indeed, the British suffered some 62,000 casualties in that one day of fighting alone. As gruesome as that statistic is, it's just one of the many dark legacies left by the Somme Offensive.

    Anthony says: "An insightful and exhaustive analysis of the Somme"
    "Will change your mind about the Somme"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Three Armies on the Somme to be better than the print version?

    I would have liked to have the spellings of the French names and places. The narrator makes a decent effort at pronunciation but falls short in a number of places. If you don't speak French then you may not notice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The French generals are painted as real people with an analysis of their military effectiveness nicely borne out in the progress of the battle. English accounts of the Somme ignore the vital role of the French.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First person accounts are nicely woven into the narrative of the battle as it unfolded


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    By the end of the book whatever conception you had of the Somme battles will be forever changed. I learned quite a bit about weaponry, tactics, and strategy; even having a strong background knowledge of WWI. This book is a must read for anyone wanting to know the intricate details of a WWI battle.


    1 of 1 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
    (417)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (371)

    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"
    "Artful explanation of a massive crime"
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    Would you listen to A World Undone again? Why?

    Yes, I am currently listening to it again only one month after finishing it! I thought I had a working and adequate knowledge of the war but have found my knowledge wholly inadequate. After listening to the book I have been sparked to get my hands on more and more WWI material.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of daily life for the troops was compelling and truly heart breaking. The seemingly near complete disregard for the enormous waste of life is simply evil. Politicians and generals take on a fresh coat of paint due to the masterful mini-biographies. Neither do these mini-biographies repeatedly slow the narrative as in most general histories.


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

    His voice and tempo are compelling and keep your interest.


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

    I came away with a strong sense of the criminal blundering the politicians committed that allowed the whole war to occur in the first place. The time spent on the post-war negotiations was unexpectedly surprising and striking. I came away with a much stronger sympathy for the post-war German mentality. It is little wonder Hitler found such fertile ground for his message (Not the anti-Semite part of course).


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone looking to get a handle on the broad scope of the war and the major players.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War for All the Oceans: From Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roy Adkins, Lesley Adkins
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Roy Adkins, with his wife, Lesley, returns to the Napoleonic War in The War for All the Oceans, a gripping account of the naval struggle that lasted from 1798 to 1815, a period marked at the beginning by Napoleon's seizing power and at the end by the War of 1812. In this vivid and visceral account, Adkins draws on eyewitness records to portray not only the battles but also the details of a sailor's life: shipwrecks, press-gangs, prostitutes, spies, and prisoners of war.

    N. Haws says: "Pretty good, if disorganized"
    "Well researched, but by God-no more accents!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If you are looking for good battle accounts and an in depth look at the actual fighting during the age of sail, this is not your book. The book is well researched but delves too deeply into how the navy functioned as an institution. First person accounts do tend to liven the story but end up becoming just plain annoying as they are all done with accents.


    How could the performance have been better?

    PLEASE do not have one narrator do all of the accents for each nationality. For that matter, do not do accents period. The narrator's accents are passable at first, but severely detract from the enjoyment of the book the deeper you get into it. It was a struggle to finish an otherwise good but not great book due to the narrator.


    Did The War for All the Oceans inspire you to do anything?

    Not to attempt a foreign accent for several weeks afterwards!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5414)
    Performance
    (4748)
    Story
    (4783)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "So this is what all the fuss was about?"
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    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hopelessly mediocre.


    Would you recommend The Stand to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The author indulges his sexual fantasies through his fictional characters gratuitously and repetitively. Do descriptions deserve their own accompanying descriptions? Wading through this book is like swimming in molasses. The author seems to assume that his feeble minded reader must have overwrought and explicit descriptions and explanations of everything. The Stand is like fiction for dummies.


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

    Absolutely superb performance by Mr Gardner. Stu actually has a genuine Southern accent. Nothing worse than some New England Yankee ineptly trying to portray a Southerner.


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The college professor, as he seems to be only of two characters in the novel with any emotional or intellectual stability. Mr. King apparently delights in skewing his demographics to the stereotypical "common man" moron.


    Any additional comments?

    I have now read/listened to 4 Stephen King books. The ending is again disappointing. Listening to this book reminded me of being on a boring and tedious blind date. You suffer through it hoping that some spark will be triggered and things will become interesting. In the end, you stuck it out and didn't care if you got a kiss goodnight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter the Great: His Life and World

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (236)

    This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

    Susan says: "detailed history"
    "Fascinating Character"
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    If you could sum up Peter the Great in three words, what would they be?

    Very well done


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book was exhaustively researched and the author presents a fluid and insightful presentation of Peter. Listeners not familiar with the time period are brought up to speed before the author begins the next chapter in the story. Fascinating characters and dangerous times combine for great storytelling!


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    Peter the Great of course. He made every effort to live like a common worker while still being the Czar and wielder of supreme power.


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

    Peter the Great, the most powerful common man in history.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written. Above all, a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: House Harkonnen: House Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (279)

    Returning to the vivid universe of Frank Herbert's Dune, this title continues the saga begun in Dune: House Atreides. As Shaddam sits at last on the Golden Lion Throne, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen plots against the new Emperor and House Atreides - and against the mysterious Sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit.

    Robert says: "Maybe better than original Audible production."
    "Worth a listen? If you are patient."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story takes some time to get rolling and borders on the mundane for the initial stretch. Fortunately, the story involves several plot lines that intertwine eventually and leave the listener with some sense of satisfaction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author blatantly turns away from happy endings and crosses into the realm of operatic tragedy. It is the expectation of the unexpected that keeps the listener engaged.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator has an initially grating whine to the endings of his lines. About halfway through his inflection is less noticeable but is still not something to be endured by the weak of mind.


    Was Dune worth the listening time?

    The story comes together by the end of the book and left me with a desire to hear more. My opinion was decidedly not favorable at the midpoint mainly due to the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Days of the War: The Battles of luka and Corinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Cozzens
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    During the late summer of 1862, Confederate forces attempted a three-pronged strategic advance into the North. The outcome of this offensive, the only coordinated Confederate attempt to carry the conflict to the enemy, was disastrous. The results at Antietam and in Kentucky are well known; the third offensive, the northern Mississippi campaign, led to the devastating and little-studied defeats at Iuka and Corinth, defeats that would open the way for Grant's attack on Vicksburg.

    Paul LaCroix says: "Not for the casual Civil War buff"
    "Battles of Iuka and Corinth"
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    Cozzens continues to be the reliable good ole story teller for those interested in the particulars of tactics and fighting during the American Civil War battles. Iuka and Corinth have long been overdue for a retelling and I feel confident that they have now been properly honored. The narrator does detract from this version. He is not awful by any stretch, but tends be slow and very deliberate in speech. The best description is to imagine Agent Smith from the Matrix movies narrating this book. If you can slow your brain down enough to march in step with the narration, then you will be quite satisfied with the content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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