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NICHOLAS

FITCHBURG, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift - June 1948-May 1949

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Reeves
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Second World War had been over for three years when pilots, navigators, and air traffic controllers all over America were recalled to active duty to rescue Berlin. They were there within days and weeks, flying tired planes filled with food, coal, medicine, and mail. Many had bombed the place to rubble in 1944 and 1945.

    Jeanine W. Smith says: "If You Are Lacking Courage: Read This Book."
    "No better example of America opposing despotism"
    Overall

    I loved this book! The Berlin Airlift was a topic of which I had a very limited knowledge of prior to listening to this book. The author presents a very informative and interesting recap of the political environment that led to the Soviet blockade and of the various responses presented to President Truman by his administration. I am left with the clear picture of a US president who was committed to fighting for freedom vs communism in Europe, and who was unequivocal in his public and private support of that goal.

    It also clearly shows how the apparently impossible was achieved by the combination of strong presidential and military leadership and a collection of citizen solders/airmen, career military officers and enlisted personnel. They undertook life threatening missions and pushed themselves to their physical and emotional limits solely to defend the freedom of Germans (many of the very same people who, only three years earlier, dragged their fellow pilots out of downed aircraft and killed them).

    In the process, aviation procedures and tactics made gigantic leaps as the leaders of the airlift attempted to solve one logistical problem after another.

    What a tribute to America's "Greatest Generation"!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape From the Deep: The Epic Story of a Legenday Submarine and Her Courageous Crew

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    In the harrowing war saga Escape from the Deep, he recounts the incredible exploits of the U.S. Navy's deadliest World War II submarine, U.S.S. Tang. From one end of the Pacific theater to the other - dodging mines and depth charges from hundreds of enemy vessels along the way - the 80 men of the Tang became legends.

    Thomas W. Merrick says: "Gripping Story of Survival from WW2 Submarine Sink"
    "Interesting seldom told story of WWII"
    Overall

    A true story I was unaware of. Very similar, although not as long, as "Unbroken", the story of Louis Zamperini. If you are interested in WWII or submarine warfare you will enjoy this book. Well written as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laura Ingraham
    • Narrated By Laura Ingraham, Raymond Arroyo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    A menacing force surrounds us. We see it, we feel it, we know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While politicians and "experts" prattle on about the debt crisis at home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines our present. The uncomfortable truth: We have become our own worst enemy.

    David says: "Laura Is brilliant. As usual."
    "A Zing for Laura!"
    Overall

    I was very disappointed in this book. It amounts to a few hours of random criticisms of virtually everyone that Laura runs into. I pity her friends, acquaintances and casual contacts as they all seem to have been savaged in this book.

    Her recollection of a Tony Robbins "dream" she claims to have had sounds suspiciously like a clip from a "Family Guy" episode. I felt that Laura decided she could "whip out" a book by documenting her countless critical thoughts as she plowed through her busy daily life and that the words, by virtue of deriving from her brilliant observations, would be a best seller.

    For someone who frequently rails against the "Elites" in our culture, her recounting of her daily interactions indicated to me that she seems to socialize with them on a regular basis (at least she did before this book was published).

    As a fellow Christian I have heard Laura speak of her conversion to Catholicism later in life. I agree often with her observations of how religion and religious people are portrayed in the popular culture However, just as a reformed smoker can become annoying with his or her anti-smoking zealousness, I found her criticisms of other attendees at her own church ("the two times a year crowd") as offensive and unnecessary. One does not have to appear in a church pew to express one's faith in God or to believe in and try to live by its teachings. During my lifetime I have witnessed many regular church attendees who's primary function on Sunday seemed to be to gossip about someone's clothing choices or some other distinctly critical comments. Her criticisms of fellow parishioners during the "Sign of Peace" ceremony just blew me away for their poor taste. I listened to some parts of the book with my 20 year old daughter and I found myself turning it off at various points because it was so overly critical.

    Laura is an amazing woman with a humble background (as was mine) but this book just reeks of arrogance. You owe your fans an apology

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scorpion Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Ed Offley
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    One Navy admiral called it "one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era". To this day, the U.S. Navy officially describes it an inexplicable accident. For decades, the real story of the disaster has eluded journalists, historians, and the family members of the lost crew. But a small handful of Navy and government officials knew the truth from the very beginning: the sinking of the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Scorpion and its crew of 99 men, on May 22, 1968, was an act of war.

    Timothy says: "Excellent book"
    "Good insight into sub warfare during cold war"
    Overall

    Apparently a topic of decades long interest for the author, he presents a detailed history of submarine tactics during the cold war in an interesting (if occasionally repetitive) chronological manner. His continuous re-examination of the available facts surrounding the loss of the Scorpion, spanning many years, gradually fills in the gaps in the official record to present a credible scenario of the last hours of the sub's existence. The last twist in the story was so unexpected (at least to me) and yet made so much sense in the context of the cold war and the condition of the Soviet navy, that it makes the author's case for me.

    As time passes, and more naval records become declassified, it is interesting to imagine what further twists this story will take when the next layer of this onion is pealed away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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