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William

I am a retired high school computer teacher. After years of tech reading, I have given up reading for listening while I woodworking.

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  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1983)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (783)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Enlightening"
    Overall

    This is a wonderfully written and fantastically read book about something that could have been dryly intellectual. It is so worth the read just to find out where many of our common phrases actually came from. Robert Powell executes the dialog magnificently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1671)
    Performance
    (1408)
    Story
    (1447)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Entertaining and Scholarly"
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    Would you listen to Team of Rivals again? Why?

    The intertwining perspective of all of the people involved gave a wonderfully entertaining yet insightful view of the attitudes of the times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Team of Rivals?

    To discover the Lincoln is the only sitting president to actively take part in and be in danger during a war while he was in office..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Pauline Maier
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    When the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia adjourned late in the summer of 1787, the delegates returned to their states to report on the new Constitution, which had to be ratified by specially elected conventions in at least nine states. Pauline Maier recounts the dramatic events of the ensuing debate in homes, taverns, and convention halls, drawing generously on the speeches and letters of founding fathers, both familiar and forgotten, on all sides.

    Adam says: "Very good"
    "eye openning history"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ratification the most enjoyable?

    The logical history based on diaries, newspapers, and meeting minutes. This is a fantastic view of life in 18th century. It is a must read for constitutional history buffs.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2412)
    Performance
    (2018)
    Story
    (2039)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Did you read Zero Day"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten the most enjoyable?

    This is a great follow up to Zero Day. It will start fast and take you on a roller coaster ride with lots of curves and screams.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2895)
    Performance
    (2417)
    Story
    (2411)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Great Story"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very good beginning but be sure to get the next book in the series. There is a fabulous and compelling flow. Don't argue, it's only money!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1340)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Interesting read!!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Drift in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, informative, scary


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical background leading up to the present.


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

    Yes, it scared the crap out of me. How this country's leadership has undermined the constitution and how congress has allowed it is remarkable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13405)
    Performance
    (9249)
    Story
    (9306)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "The Spirit Moves You"
    Overall

    This book is an unexpected page turner. If you are a reader of WWII histories this one is a must read. It gives not only the personal narrative with the historical background but covers the political views of post war Japan and America. Unlike Europe, where Nazi hunting is still being done, there was no group to argue when the war criminals in Japan were exonerated in the name of the Cold War. It is an unfair travesty that our soldiers can be used and abused and then forgotten by the very Government that they fought to protect. Buy it, read it, and enjoy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Million Dollar Wound

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Yuri Rasovsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    From a foxhole on Guadalcanal, shared with former champ Barney Ross, to the glitzy underworld of Hollywood in the '40s, Nate Heller fights his memories and "the outfit". Something happened at the Canal, something Heller's blocking out. What he can't block, though, is the wound he received, the million-dollar wound, the one that got him home.

    William says: "Million Dollar Wound"
    "Million Dollar Wound"
    Overall

    Great "read" enough facts to be historically correct and enough action and mystery to keep you wanting more. WWII is only a backdrop to the Chicago Detective's Beat. This is worth the time, money and emotion that it takes from you! Honest Drama leaving you wanting more. This is a must listen!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Band of Brothers

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    In the summer of 1942, a band of citizen soldiers were brought together by the desire to be better than the other guy. At its peak, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 through Utah Beach, Market-Garden, the Bulge, and Hitler's Eagle's Nest, WWII historian Stephen Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company.

    A User says: "Band of Brothers"
    "B of B"
    Overall

    Spectacular work by a great historian and story teller. Explains and supports the mini-series of the same name. This is a must read for any WWII history buff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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