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Peter

Sumter, SC, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Panama Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Matthew Parker
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The building of the Panama Canal was one of the greatest engineering feats in human history. A tale of exploration, conquest, money, politics, and medicine, Panama Fever charts the challenges that marked the long, labyrinthine road to the building of the canal. Drawing on a wealth of new materials and sources, Matthew Parker brings to life the men who recognized the impact a canal would have on global politics and economics.

    Charles M. Hughes says: "Good book, marginal narrator"
    "Great story of the history of the Panama Canal"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The history and events Mr. Parker presents are interesting, noteworthy, and descriptive of all that went into the history of the Panama Canal from its earliest conception to the eventual take over of the project by the United States.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Panama Fever?

    The description of the life of the workers was very real and descriptive. I could almost envision in my mind's eye what life was like.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    It was clear, understandable, and well done.


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

    It was history and having lived int he Panama Canal Zone as a child, I could revisit Panama and learn things that I was not aware of...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Diarmaid MacCulloch
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (242)

    Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.

    Celia says: "Generally quite good"
    "Very good review of Church History"
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    If you could sum up Christianity in three words, what would they be?

    All encompassing, thorough, and balanced. It is a very well done summary of the long history of the Christian Church and ecclesiastical communities.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Walter Dixon?

    Walter Dixon did a good job although some of the pronunciations of some technical words were not what I was used to hearing. I'm not sure if they were variants from other English speaking cultures.


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

    It kept me interested, despite the length of the audio book, to hear the full story of Church history.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (383)

    Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer - photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever, straight at the heart of the Vatican.

    Dan says: "Well worth the time"
    "Interesting and exciting story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Messenger the most enjoyable?

    I have listened to a few of Daniel Silva's other works and have enjoyed the twists and turns in the plots.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There were some moments that brought intrigue and kept me wanting to listen more to find out how things turned out.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    The performance was very well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There were times that I wanted to keep listening... I actually listened to most of it on a 5 hour road trip and back...and being able to listen continuously helped me enjoy the story and keep fresh the preceeding events of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (611)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "They Might Be Scum, But they were German Scum"
    "A very good WWII story of espionage and daring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Black Cross in three words, what would they be?

    A Brit and an American go behind enemy lines to destroy Hitler's poisonous gas factory before he has a chance to use the gas on them. The factory is located at a concentration camp which becomes a major component in the story.


    What other book might you compare Black Cross to and why?

    I would compare it to Ken Follett's Hornet Flight, another WWII novel about a secret mission behind enemy lines.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Rachel was a resilient, remarkable woman to endure what she did and the deep love she had for her two children.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titanic: The Most Complete Story Ever Told

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Matthew Vollbrecht
    • Narrated By Gary Johnston
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    It has been 100 years since the Titanic sank. Well-researched and thorough, Titanic: The Most Complete Story Ever Told gives an accurate and up-to-date account of every aspect of the Titanic saga, from its inception and construction to its more recent discovery.

    Peter says: "Interesting story of the Titanic"
    "Interesting story of the Titanic"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about Titanic?

    It was a retelling of the story of the sinking of the Titanic and the aftermath of the tragedy. While it states this is the "most complete story ever told" I didn't find anything new or earth shattering in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It seemed accurate and did have some details that were interesting such as the telegraph operator's failure to alert the bridge about the ice and the burial of the bodies at sea and in Halifax.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the ship sinking was very well done.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Titanic!


    Any additional comments?

    At the end of the book there was an interview with someone who worked on a cruise ship. I began listening but it had nothing to do with the Titanic. I actually listened to this book while on a cruise from Boston to Halifax and being on a cruise ship helped me envision what it might have been on the Titanic. I was also able to visit the graves of the 120 victims, some unknowns, who are buired in Halifax, NS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steve Wiegand, Erik Sass
    • Narrated By Johny Heller
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (146)

    About 60,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were just beginning their move across the grasslands and up the ladder of civilization. Everything since then, as they say, is history. Just in case you were sleeping in class that day, the geniuses at mental_floss magazine have put together a hilarious (and historically accurate) primer on everything you need to know---and that means the good stuff.

    Batman says: "History can be entertaining."
    "Loaded with information for trivia enthusiasts"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Mental Floss History of the World? What did you like least?

    It was interesting and offered a humorous view of many historical events.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would not have changed the story, but it was challenging to listen to. It seems to me this is more of a book that is meant to be read, especially with all the facts and figures.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Johny Heller?

    Yes


    Was The Mental Floss History of the World worth the listening time?

    It was enjoyable and worth the time, but would have been better enjoyed in a print format.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Awake: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dan Chaon
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    In these haunting, suspenseful stories, lost, fragile, searching characters wander between ordinary life and a psychological shadowland. They have experienced intense love or loss, grief or loneliness, displacement or disconnection - and find themselves in unexpected, dire, and sometimes unfathomable situations.

    Dana says: "Nice ideas, but no punch"
    "Stories that didn't keep me awake"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Stay Awake? What did you like least?

    It was something to listen to and there were twists and turns in the story... but as each story ended I was left wondering.


    What could Dan Chaon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I thought the ending of one story and the beginning of another story was too close together... I didn't get a sense a few times that the previous story had ended and now I was listening to another story...


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I don' t think so.


    Any additional comments?

    I followed the stories and they were different from most stories... I was wondering if there was a moral or teaching point of the stories... At some points, this author reminded me or Flannery O'Connor and her short stories.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert M. Poole
    • Narrated By Robert M. Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    More than just a fascinating account of how Arlington came into being at the end of the Civil War, On Hallowed Ground also tells the story of America as reflected in her greatest national cemetery. The history of the land on which the cemetery is built is as varied as our nation's, evolving from its earliest days as Robert E. Lee's ancestral home to a Union headquarters, a haven for freedmen, and finally a burial ground.

    M. Stevens says: "Hauntingly Captivating..."
    "Excellent story of Honoring the Dead"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about On Hallowed Ground?

    This presentation did more than tell the story of Arlington Cemetery but gave the background of how the United States has honored the dead through its history. I found it to be very interesting and enlightening to hear of the personalities who shaped this history. For anyone who has interest in Arlington or any of our National Cemeteries, this is a great read.


    What does Robert M. Poole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The author tells the story he wrote with feeling and passion. Also his inclusion of other voices to tell their particular story made the audio very interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Although a book of history, it is a story that kept me wanting to listen to see how things developed in the various stages of the history of Arlington and in the changing policies that affected the return of the military dead from our overseas conflicts.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hornet Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (453)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"
    "Great story about WWII espionage"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enjoyed the story very much and there were times that I got so involved in the story I found it difficult to stop listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold and Arnie were the unexpected heroes of the story. They came through when others thought them not capable.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Harold was my favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?

    I enjoyed Harold's looking for his brother and unexpectedly finding a policeman at the safe house and Harold immediately pretending he was the husband of an expecting wife.. and he was looking for the doctor. It was cute.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed the other Ken Follett books I have listened to on Audible. This was not as long as his other works, but a very enjoyable story and performance. The performance helped me very much to imagine the characters, their location, and the action of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sonderling: The Franz Jaegerstatter Story

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By James F. Sinnott
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    As a child, young Franz saw his father go off to fight in the Great War. As a young man, Franz and his young wife, Fani, dare to begin a family under the shadow of Hitler's Germany. While the New Order closes in around their Austrian homeland, Catholic students are recruited to help hunt out Jews. At the same time, Franz's trusted parish priest, Father Otto - risking his own incarceration - hopes that the Catholic Church will speak out and tell Austrians what to do in the face of Hitler's rise to power.

    Peter says: "A Hero for our times"
    "A Hero for our times"
    Overall

    This is a worthwhile book to listen to. The story of Franz Jagerstadter, a simple Austrian farmer who refused to serve in Hitler's army is a story of character and conscience inspiring us today to be true to what we believe no matter what the cost. This book is even more relevant today since Franz was beatified by the Catholic Church in October 2007 which seems to say he was right and so many other church people of the time were wrong giving into Hitler.
    I found "Sonderling" very interesting and inspiring because it used historical facts to weave a personal and concrete picture of the trials and challenges of people living in Austria under Hitler. The main character is Franz but the portrayal of other individuals who move in and out of his life broadens the perspective.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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