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  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1383)

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    A. F. Latronica III says: "A fair shake"
    "Narrator controversy ??"
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    Those old timers that saw the movie BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI may remember a famous British actor,Jack Hawkins,who played the British officer that led the attack force to blow the bridge.I actually thought HE was the narrator until I read some of the narrator comments about POST CAPTAIN and realized it was Patrick Tull. They sound so much alike,you'd think they were related.
    Tull's is a very Manly voice that suits seaman and officers dialogue very well.True,it is less effective as a woman's voice and Tull's voice has less of the subtle nuances we are used to hearing from Simon Vance[one of the best book narrators you will find anywhere].
    While Tull would be ill suited to read Little Women or Pride and Prejudice.....
    Post Captain IS a novel primarily about Men and what Men must do.Tull sounds what you would expect a British Seaman to sound like and as such really enhances the story.
    I have listened to Simon Vance narrate many books including books by Patrick O'Brian.
    Both tell a story in their own way and are excellent in their own way.
    Speaking of narrators in the "what it's worth"department....................
    The all time best narrator academy award superstar performance goes to Rob Inglis for his narration of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit.I swear it's better than either watching the movie or reading the books.These unabridged versions have only recently become available on Audible and I challenge you to listen to a few chapters without becoming entranced by the magic of his versatility telling a marvelous tale.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Morning Star, Midnight Sun: The Early Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign of World War II August–October 1942

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jeffrey R. Cox
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies went on the offensive in the Pacific in a desperate attempt to halt the Japanese forces that were rampaging across the region. With the conquest of Australia a very real possibility, the stakes were high. Their target: the Japanese-held Soloman Islands, in particular the southern island of Guadalcanal. Hamstrung by arcane pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mind-set, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy, whose ingenuity had fostered the creation of its Pacific empire.

    Amazon Customer says: "Japanese ship names are distracting"
    "Japanese ship names are distracting"
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    The story of what happened in the Guadacanal-Solomans compaign is fascinating , informative and full of things I didn't know.However the endless litany of
    Japanese ship names was distracting. An American ship name like the Lexington,Hornet or Enterprise has meaning other then the ship name.The same is true of the Japanese ship names but unless you speak Japanese the names are just so much background noise distracting from the story itself.I want to hear what happened not 10 Japanese ship names and then what happened.































































    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of Britain: Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By James Holland
    • Narrated By Shaun Grindell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    The Battle of Britain paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread. Historian James Holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world, including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle.

    Chiefkent says: "The battle up to The Battle of Britain"
    "Britain's finest hour,what you may not Know."
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    It is easy to look back at history with hindsight.But Imagine if you and everybody you knew as well as the leaders of your country expected to shortly be invaded by a country that by far outnumbered your country in both men and equipment. Would you want to fight or reach an agreement that, while it might prevent war, would make you subject to that country ??
    Well as you know the Brits decided to fight. This book gives you both the story and the story behind the story from France to the turning point.....what happened ,How it happened,what the Brits did and how they did it.
    It is full of facts that I didn't know or only knew in the most general of terms. For example I vaguely remember that Joe Kennedy,father of JFK,Bobby and Ted was the American Ambassador to Britain.
    I didn't know he continually reported to Roosevelt that Britain had no chance to survive and it was best for the U.S. to stay out of it.
    Well the Brits fought on by themselves ,and if you like WW II History you will find The Battle Of Britain both fascinating and informative, a great History lesson and an inspiring story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert Marasco
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1524)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1423)

    Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals. But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house.

    Calliope says: "Haunted house story more creepy than horrific"
    "Burnt Out"
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    I agree with,As has been mentioned by other reviewers,you can see how this was an inspiration for S.King for The Shining and for many other writers.The story was entertaining for the most part and historically significant in the genre. I probably would never listen to it again and would recommend listeners to listen or re-listen to someone like S.King.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwife's Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Daynard
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2957)
    Performance
    (2679)
    Story
    (2660)

    On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband's life.

    Angela says: "Bravo"
    "YOU ARE THERE in the period of 1776"
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    The author brings you into the thoughts,attitudes ,fears ,prejudices and everyday life during the period surrounding our 1776 revolution. The story is told by a young widow and midwife against the backdrop of conflict between Patriots and Tories.The author weaves an interesting plot while developing her characters as she depicts the everyday life of the period with it's challenges,joys and hardships.Relationships and bonds of friendship sustain people in this era before electricity,TV etc.The story/plot develops as these friendships and relationships evolve.
    As a man I tend to action ,adventure ,sci fi,and history. For me this is an entertaining charming glimpse into an important slice of American history as seen from a woman's point of view.Men are definitely part of the story but in reading it, you can't help but think that through history men have no monopoly on courage in the face of hardship.
    Julia Whelan does a superb job as narrator.She really makes you feel like the main character is telling the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Winston Groom
    • Narrated By David Baker
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Novelist and prizewinning historian Winston Groom's gripping history of the four-year battle for Ypres in Belgian Flanders, the pivotal engagement of World War I that would forever change the way the world fought - and thought about - war. This is Groom's account of what would become the most dreaded place on Earth.

    Amazon Customer says: "I love, love, love this book!"
    "The Horror of War"
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    This book is a graphic description of the genuine horror that was WW 1 in the trenches.and the failure of the Generals on both sides to realize how new technology required different approaches .Pig headedly charging entrenched positions defended by machine guns, artillery and modern rifles is akin to breaching a concrete wall by battering your head against it.The end result was hundreds of thousands of unburied corpses in No Man's Land and buried corpses everywhere IN ,UNDER and around the trenches.There is more to the book than this but it certainly pulls no punches. The book was real,well written and the narrator was great. It had a profound effect on me.Normally I would listen to a historical book like this several times but I am not sure I want to think about such things again.
    If you want to get the skinny on WW 1, I suggest you listen to the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Barbara Tuchman....THE GUNS OF AUGUST....I have listened to this several times and will do so again. Tuchman describes the culture and organization of the German,
    Russian,British and French Armies and then takes you on a roller coaster ride of action that was the opening campaign. A Storm In Flanders is a blood and guts description of what happened in the years after the Germans were stopped and everyone dug in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dean Snow
    • Narrated By Bob Souer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    In the autumn of 1777, near Saratoga, New York, an inexperienced and improvised American army led by General Horatio Gates faced off against the highly trained British and German forces led by General John Burgoyne. The British strategy in confronting the Americans in upstate New York was to separate rebellious New England from the other colonies.

    Amazon Customer says: "Saratoga,The Miltias Strike Back"
    "Saratoga,The Miltias Strike Back"
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    ......And so the Courage and Determination of various collections of militias from various parts of the old colonies showed the Bloody British and the rest of the world that the Rebels could fight and win out over one the world's foremost best trained armies in their own way and on their own terms.
    The British learned that it was not a good idea to march even a highly skilled well disciplined professional army down roads surrounded by forests and angry American Rebels.
    1777 is an hour by hour account of what many consider to be the turning point in the American Revolution.The indecision and excellent organizational skills of Gates,the hot headed Benedict Arnold,Gentlemen Johnny Burgoyne and MANY more characters and facts both familiar and unfamiliar are all there.
    A major factor in the American success was that through the efforts of the governor of New York, the American forces were for a change Very Well Supplied.If you want historical detail and a lot of things you didn't know about Saratoga this is the book for you. If you don't,wait for a historical novel "Shaara"version to come along.
    I would read both.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Battlefield Earth: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi and New York Times Bestseller

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Fred Tatascorie, and others
    Overall
    (2231)
    Performance
    (2094)
    Story
    (2093)

    In the year AD 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a postapocalyptic Earth. From a desolate village in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero's journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Pulp Sci-Fi Done Right! More Like This!"
    "Battlefield Bonanza"
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    For me, if an audio book is a good listen with a good narrator..........the longer the better.
    As soon as I finish any book I either start a new one or re-listen to an old one anyway.
    If you agree then 47 + hours of Battlefield earth is a bargain.If it were written today it would be crafted as a trilogy and you would pay for three 15 1/2 hour books.Hubbard is a good story teller and while Battlefield is close to old fashion space opera.It is GOOD space opera with a premise and just enough science to make it interesting and entertaining.
    The Production's special effects are icing on the cake.The alien main villain is an excellent counterpoint to the hero.,Think of a believable Darth Vader without his good points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6165)
    Performance
    (4961)
    Story
    (4959)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Vida T. Yancy says: "Very Good"
    "Entertaining action thriller"
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    1st to kill is an action thriller in the Jack Reecher vein. If you are in the mood [I was] to be simply entertained by a good shoot em up action plot you will enjoy this book.
    Doing accents is not the narrators forte and at times these accents are distracting.
    Still overall it's a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Generals: Wellington and Napoleon 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Simon Scarrow
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    The Generals is the compelling second novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Wellington and Napoleon quartet. In the turbulent aftermath of the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte stands accused of treachery and corruption. His reputation is saved by his skill in leading his men to victory in Italy and Egypt. But then he must restore order in France and find peace or victory over her enemies: England and Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington).

    Jean says: "Great Historical Fiction"
    "Napolean had a temper"
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    Simon Scarrow does for Napolean and Wellington what Shaara did for for Lee and his generals in the Killer Angels.It is a worthy 2nd installment of a series which began with Young Bloods.Scarrow further develops Napolean's development from a Corsican Patriot into a meglomaniac genius rising to greatness on the blood of his soldiers .Not that he doesn't care for them but his attitude and philosopy contrasts with Wellington who is depicted as another great commander but with a totally different approach.
    The Generals is a great way to learn and/or brush up on a period in the Napoleanic era and be entertained at the same time. One thought I had was that rising from the brutality of the French Revolution, if Napolean had not Seized power he probably would have been assassinated or executed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Young Bloods: Wellington and Napoleon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Simon Scarrow
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (208)

    Arthur Wesley (the future Duke of Wellington) was born and bred to be a leader. With a firm belief that the nation must be led by a king, the red-coated British officer heads for battle against the French Republic, to restore the fallen monarchy. Napoleon Bonaparte joins the French military on the eve of the Revolution. He believes leadership is won by merit, not by noble birth. When anarchy explodes in Paris, he's thrust into the revolutionary army poised to march against Britain.

    Jean says: "Exceptional"
    "How the young got blooded"
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    The young Napolean had fire in his belly,intelligence and ambition.Obviously he made the most of it. Arthur ,the future Duke of Wellington,had greatness thrust upon him .Thrust into a difficult military campaign against revolutionary France his innate abilities rose to the top.
    Interesting that both were the same age and both,in their formative years, lost Fathers that they loved and respected .Great Story,Great narration .I just purchased book two in the series which the reviews say is even better.Scarrow gives you a history lesson in the guise of a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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