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Tom

Wilminton, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (377)

    The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A very interesting book with some shortcomings."
    "A History Buff's Dream"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storm of War to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version but this book was full of facts, I think that books such as this are important for the younger generations to learn about how we all must cherished what others have earned for us.


    What other book might you compare The Storm of War to and why?

    This book is comparable to Band of Brothers and The Pacific, they are similar in style and tone, but this one lacks the closeness from the other two. Those of course are stories about bonds of brotherhood, where this book takes on a vast topic.


    What does Christian Rodska bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think the audio narration makes the facts, stories, locations, and other facts easier to remember and understand. The narration keeps the book from becoming a textbook.


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

    WWII War in Europe


    Any additional comments?

    This book is amazing. It has details that need to be known about what our elders have done for us and what they fought for. The sections on the concentration camps had some information that I have never heard before, and cast a whole new light on a part of history I thought I knew.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Cordingly
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier.

    Tom says: "Interesting and Informative"
    "Interesting and Informative"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I learned a little from this book, the author seemed to wander from topic to topic and the whole book was loosely tied together.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Cordingly before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first book buy the author, as I have mentioned it is an ok book, but I never really got the sense of what life was like during this time in history. I was expecting more of a history and fewer "stories"


    Have you listened to any of Don Hagen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was my first time hearing him. He did a great job!


    Was Under the Black Flag worth the listening time?

    Yes and no. I wanted more information, more facts. The author bounces all over the place. The chapters are loosely connected, and only a few times does he point out that our modern conception of a pirate is very different than what are the facts.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall not a horrible book, but not what i was looking for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James F. Calvert
    • Narrated By Kevin Patrick
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    In this riveting personal account, an authentic American hero relives the perils and triumphs of eight harrowing patrols aboard one of America's most successful World War II submarines. Courageous deeds and terror-filled moments - as well as the endless hard work of maintaining and operating a combat sub - are vividly recalled in Calvert's candid portrait.

    julie says: "A fascinating view of WW2 Sub Warfare"
    "A Must Read for Sub Buffs"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of submarine warfare in WWII. It is entertaining and informative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would say the protagonist, but he is the author. His first hand views and experiences bring this story to life.


    What aspect of Kevin Patrick’s performance would you have changed?

    I don't fault the reader as much as the audio engineers, the book was great but the recording was very poor.


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

    Yes, and I did, it is very short


    Any additional comments?

    A sailors first hand experience of life under the sea during war time. The whole book felt like a story being told by my grandfather. It came across as earnest and interesting. A must read for history buffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18276)
    Performance
    (16266)
    Story
    (16222)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Excellent Adddition to Kings Impressive Resume"
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    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling, heartbreaking, exhilarating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    When the protagonist returns to the modern world.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I found reading spot on. He brought the characters to life.


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

    Yes, I regretted every time I had to pause the book


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved King's books and audio books for years. He has a way of writing that makes you feel and see every scene. His characters are complex, not 2 dimensional.
    This latest installment has been one of my favorites, he truly is showing his maturity as he grows. Where once he was thought of only as the "master of Horror" I think books like these will cement his reputation as one of the greatest American authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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