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David

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  • To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    Spring 1916: the horror of a stalemate on Europe's western front. France and Great Britain are on one side of the barbed wire, a fierce German army is on the other. Shaara opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare as seen through the eyes of a typical British soldier who experiences the bizarre and the horrible - a "Tommy" whose innocent youth is cast into the hell of a terrifying war. In the skies, meanwhile, technology has provided a devastating new tool, the "aeroplane", and with it a different kind of hero emerges: the flying ace.

    Suzanne says: "To the Last Man"
    "Superb"
    Overall

    It is the unique, disparate and fascinating perspectives through which Shaara tells the story of the Great War that make this book so good. As the author states, he is telling a story, not simply writing a history book. I highly recommend this book to history novices and experts alike. It is an exceptional retelling of exceptional events.
    Paul Michael is an amazing performer. It is not a cliche to say that he brings characters to life. Lufbery, Temple, Richthofen...I could actually 'see' them. Mr. Michael is in that exclusive pantheon of great performers that also includes Roy Dotrice and Barbara Rosenblatt.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Away: A Novel of the Lindbergh Kidnapping

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    March 1932. After the recently incarcerated Al Capone offers to negotiate the return of the kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh, Nathan Heller of the Chicago P.D. is sent to Hopewell, New Jersey, as a police liaison. As a part of Lindbergh’s inner circle, Heller investigates crooks, cranks, socialites, and psychics in a frustrating, fruitless attempt to solve the case. Max Allan Collins makes the crime that captivated a nation the focal point of yet another fascinating and thoroughly spellbinding foray into his world of historical crime fiction.

    Lemons40 says: "Superb"
    "Superb"
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    Story

    This may be the best book in a great, great series. Mr. Collins does an incredible job of putting the reader into historical mysteries and events via detective Nate Heller, truly one of fiction’s best characters. One of the best and boldest things Mr Collins does in this series is have Nate Heller “solve” the unsolved crimes. In Stolen Away, he is not afraid to provide (and support) a great solution to the infamous Lindbergh kidnapping. While the reader may be familiar with the cases Heller solves, Mr Collins presents them in a hard-boiled, exciting and occasionally humorous fashion. Since the cases are historically unsolved or partly solved, part of the excitement for the reader (and what makes these books hard to put down once started) is anticipation of the ”solution” to be provided. The historical figures, even the minor ones, are depicted in fully three dimensions and very believably. Dan John Miller does a superb job with his voice characterizations of real and fictional characters and best of all he “gets” Nate Heller. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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