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J. Tyler

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  • The Gestapo: A History of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jacques Delarue, Mervyn Savill (translator)
    • Narrated By Eric Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    From 1933 to 1945, the Gestapo was Nazi Germany's chief instrument of counter-espionage, political suppression, and terror. Jacques Delarue, a saboteur arrested by the Nazis in occupied France, chronicles how the land of Beethoven elevated sadism to a fine art. The Gestapo: A History of Horror draws upon Delarue's interviews with ex-Gestapo agents to deliver a multi-layered history of the force whose work included killing student resisters, establishing Aryan eugenic unions, and implementing the Final Solution.

    Peter OHandley says: "Once read never fogotten!!"
    "Interesting, but awful to listen to"
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    Would you try another book from Jacques Delarue and Mervyn Savill (translator) and/or Eric Brooks?

    Maybe. The content was all well-researched and contained a few tidbits that were new to me (I've read/listened avidly to WWII books). It is an interesting blend of small details and big events that makes the narrative come alive. However (and this is a big one) it seriously lacks in punctuation. I don't know if the original version contained so many run-on sentences, if the translator failed, or if the narrator just inserted pauses whenever he wanted but it felt like 5 minute sentences. These odd pauses made it is really hard to concentrate and I kept losing the train of thought. The narrator would also insert long awkward pauses before almost all German words (and there are quite a few of those). I wanted to like this, I really tried to listen to it, but overall it was just hard to follow the narrative.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1322)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Love N.R., Hate the narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Witch to be better than the print version?

    Meh - not sure. The narrator's voice just grates on my nerves. I read the print version before listening, and the narrator makes it sound like some of the characters are 60 years old.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    No. Not at all. I've never had to change the volume so much while listening to an audiobook. She goes from whispering to shouting hysterically and back within minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration does not really do the story justice. Its classic N.R. but its a painful listen.

    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
    (3247)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2314)

    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"
    "Long but the definitive narration of WWII"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I preferred the audio version since the length of this book made it hard to read.


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

    His voice is perfect for narration. The cadence and speed was great. He put pauses and emphasis in just the right places to draw your attention to certain points and it made it more engaging to listen.


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

    The portion regarding the concentration camps and resistance movements understandably are difficult to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    As has been previously mentioned on several websites - this book contains some very prejudiced and bigoted statements. Remember that it was written in 1960 and it thus contains the mentality and paradigm from that era.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath the Dark Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (302)

    When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

    Bob says: "A fun and interesting read."
    "Guilty pleasure action novel"
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    Would you listen to Beneath the Dark Ice again? Why?

    Yep. Interesting story with interesting characters. It is a relatively straightforward plot line with good guys and bad guys put in almost implausibly precarious situations. The main character - Alex Hunter - is the protagonist of the series and is introduced in this book. He starts as a normal soldier and as the result of (trying to avoid spoilers), he becomes a super soldier. What I enjoyed about this premise is that he isn't just a Superman super soldier and we also encounter the downsides to his new situation. This becomes a recurring theme in the books and one I particularly enjoy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beneath the Dark Ice?

    The backstory behind the monster (human and otherwise). It really added dimension to the book and engaged me as a listener.


    What about Sean Mangan’s performance did you like?

    Overall, good pace and cadence. Every once in a while I was irked by pronunciation, but nothing that was too awful.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to it while running and it made it easy to literally go the extra mile. It is action-laden and easy to follow. Not a deep, thought-provoking book but a very fun escape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1572)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1076)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "If you like N.R., you'll like it"
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    Overall, I found this to be one of the more interesting N.R. novels. I really liked the strong female lead and as always, just the right amount of humor. I listened to this audiobook over the course of a three day cross-country drive and it really made the trip more bearable. As I write this, I am trying to remember if I noticed anything about the narrator and interestingly, I don't. In my opinion, the narrator's voice and style should almost fade away so you can focus on and enjoy the story - Rebecca Lowman definitely did that. I would absolutely consider another audiobook with her narration.
    So in short, good story and good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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