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Greg

Lacey, WA, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • A Bridge Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan’s masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshaled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-day. In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem. Focusing on a vast cast of characters, Ryan brings to life one of the most ill-fated operations of the war.

    Greg says: "Great story marred by monotone performance"
    "Great story marred by monotone performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, even though you have seen the movie, the story itself has so much more to offer. The personal perspectives of the survivors, the details about why and how. A great story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal narratvies and stories of the survivors adds a great deal to the story


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The delivery was monotone and mechanical. It nearly ut me to sleep many times. It was a sad way to portray such a great story and made it hard to listen


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

    Great learning exerience


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater. The last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, it devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.

    A User says: "Thanks to Dan Carlin of Hardcore History podcasts."
    "Worth every minute"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Last Battle in three words, what would they be?

    Ryan is a master of history, but the battle of Berlin is one that is ignored by many. The stories are real and bring the final battel to life. It is a great listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The human stories


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Well spoken and clear


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Craig Unger
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    How did the Bushes, America's most powerful political family, become gradually seduced by and entangled with their Saudi counterparts?

    Nicholas says: "Needs To Be Unabridged"
    "Skewed but informative"
    Overall

    The premise seems to be that somehow the Bush family is tied to terrorism and is so entwined in the Saudi business and royalty that they can't do what is in the best interest of the US. Unfortunately, this premise does not go far enough in exploring the relationship of ALL government to mid east oil and policy. Both Dems and Republicans have strong ties to mid east oil money and the US government has long had strong ties. Trying to point the finger at one family is irresponsible.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Richard A. Clarke
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    The real war on terror has happened largely behind closed doors, run by the White House, drawing on secret intelligence and operations around the world. There is no man who knows more about it than Richard Clarke, the former Counterterrorism Czar for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who has led our efforts against al Qaeda and all other terrorist enemies for years.

    Paul Michael says: "Your Government At Work"
    "Yeah, ok."
    Overall

    During the years that the author served as the chief officer for counter terrosrism for this country, we suffered enormously while our adversaries grew stronger by the minute. In 1990, the murder of a rabbi in NY started the ball rolling, but it wasn't the first infiltration by radicals in the US. In 1993, the WTC was attacked. In 1994, the FBI stopped a plot to bomb NY landmarks. In 1994, Oplan Bojinka was foiled by the mistakes of Ramzi Youseff, the WTC bomber. In 1995, the #2 in Al Quaeda completed a fund raising tour in the US. In 1996, Khobar Towers was bombed. In 1998, the US embassies in Africa were bombed. In 1999, only the suspicion of an alert Customs agent foiled the bombing of LAX. In 2000, the USS Cole was bombed. Where was the author during all of this? There are a number of much better books on the topic out there. This one strikes me as a self serving attempt to rewrite history and make himself seem more valuable than his achievements merit. It's an interesting read, but don't depend on it being the truth. This is a very colored view of the world, written for blatant self interest and self serving reasons.

    19 of 91 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Threat: Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the Crisis of Global Security

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richard Butler
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Civilization may face no greater enemy than Saddam Hussein, and yet, as Richard Butler makes clear in his gripping and terrifying The Greatest Threat, the major powers allowed Saddam to face them down.

    rogerbrad says: "Excellent read"
    "Outstanding and very enlightening"
    Overall

    Thsi book details the events in Iraq up to 1999, and shows very explicitly the deceit, lies, concealment and cover ups by the regime in Iraq. It also details the back door dealing by the UN Security Council and the apparent weak stance toward Iraq. Worse, the three permanent members (France, Russia, China) are shown as courting Iraq in the UN and aiding their efforts to eliminate the inspections and continue to develop WMD. It is scary how close Iraq had come to getting this by the world. Worth a very serious and objective read.

    5 of 19 people found this review helpful

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