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Tony

I listen to approximately 40 hours of audio books a month. I love audio books.

Ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • The Commentaries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Julius Caesar
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.

    Dale says: "Great reading of an engrossing classic"
    "My First Audio Book and still my favorite!"
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    I've listened to this book twice. Actually there are some chapters I've listened to over and over again. Julius Caesar is my favorite historical person. I enjoy reading anything about Caesar so long as it's historically accurate. So reading The Commentaries just doesn't get any better for me. Caesar is a fantastic author and a brilliant general. I think he was the ultimate polymath. My favorite chapter is when Caesar and 10 hand pick troopers as he refers to them meet with Ariovistus and 10 of his body guards. Fascinating encounter and incredible collision of power. This book is my all time favorite and to think it was written over 2000 years ago and is still so relevant in this day and age. Just incredible!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (690)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "Boring, annoying and unbelievable"
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    I say boring because unless you're 16 or there about it's difficult to put up with the teenage environment of this story, language, high school scenarios etc.. I also mention unbelievable because Em's reason for putting up with the abusive step Mom is highly unrealistic. This is one of the few books I'm returning for a full refund. I must also say the incredible amount of high ratings is very suspicious to say the least. Don't be fooled this is not a very good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Dennis E. Showalter
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    While the Battle of Kursk has long captivated World War II aficionados, it has been unjustly overlooked by historians. Drawing on the masses of new information made available by the opening of the Russian military archives, Dennis E. Showalter at last corrects that error. This battle was the critical turning point on World War II's Eastern Front. In the aftermath of the Red Army's brutal repulse of the Germans at Stalingrad, the stakes could not have been higher.

    rich says: "Big Ups to Prof. Showalter and Audible"
    "Fascinating and compelling reading!"
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    I bought this book when it first came out, it had no reviews or ratings. This is unusual for me but wow was I happy with my selection. I've listened to this book twice now and will probably listen a third time sooner than later. The author gives you an excellent view into the sacrifices made by both sides in this horrific and senseless conflict. The narration is first rate an excellent performance for an excellent book. I highly recommend Blood and Armor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1592)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1008)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Fascinating yet Chilling"
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    This was a well written book depicting the lives of average North Koreans. These people have truly led incredible yet horrific lives. The North Korean regime is evil on a level that's hardly conceivable to the average North American. I enjoyed this listen very much and agree whole heartedly with the title. I wish with all my heart that better things are to come and soon to the North Korean people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1567)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1057)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Very centered on religion"
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    I'm not a religious person. The book is very centered on Bonhoeffer's religious thoughts. This turned me off and I almost stopped listening. However Bonhoeffer seemed like such an intelligent, inspiring and charismatic person I listened on. I sort of tuned out of the religious thoughts and followed his life story. Anyone with an interest in Nazi Germany and the lives of those who persevered through this time will not be disappointed. If you're a religious person you'll love it, I think.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Masha Gessen
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (140)

    The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress, making his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

    John says: "very good points, but bias is evident"
    "Want to better understand the new Russia?"
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    I've always been fascinated by Russia and Russian history. I firmly believe Russia is heading for another political/social catastrophe and this book only reinforces this belief. Listening to The Man Without A Face helped me better understand the mafia type organisation the Russian gov has now developed into. I feel sorry for the average Russian. On a side note I loved the narrator. Justine Eyre did a fantastic job reading this book. I'm going to watch out for her. Excellent book, thank you Masha!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer, Jefferson Chase (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sonke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs that had been covertly recorded and recently declassified. Neitzel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in Washington, D.C. These were discoveries that would provide a unique and profoundly important window into the true mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general - almost all of whom had insisted on their own honorable behavior during the war.

    Martin says: "Deflates claims that only a few knew"
    "More accounts less analysis please!"
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    I was very interested in listening to the soldiers recordings but tended to dose off when the author started analysing their conversations. I'm not saying I did not value the authors input; I would of just preferred to listen to more of what the soldiers had to say. Some of their stories where just incredible. I'm so happy I did not have to live through such an ordeal. It's a worth while listen for anyone interested in WWII from a German soldier's point of view.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4246)
    Performance
    (2412)
    Story
    (2415)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "One of the BEST books I've ever listened too!!"
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    Would I listen to this book again? Yes, yes, yes! I found myself thinking about this book/story over and over again. I missed the characters. I mourned their deaths. I wished I was with them. I wanted to be part of the platoon. I felt the rage and fear. It was so real so genuine. I love books that deal in truth and lay things out in raw, in your face detail. Listen to Matterhorn and you'll feel like you were actually there. Finally a book who's ending is superb, haunting! Wow what a fantastic book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5898)
    Performance
    (5111)
    Story
    (5102)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Good entertaining book"
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    Would you try another book from Jess Walter and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    Yes I might.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting was traveling back into post war Italy. Least interesting was suffering through the crass American characters and all the Hollywood lingo.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favorite scenes: the conflicts with the local mobster.


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

    Probably not. A movie can never do justice to a book. It's just not possible and always a disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I find this book is over hyped. Yes it has hundreds of very high ratings but I suspect it's mostly from a female audience. If this book was made into a movie it would called a "chick flick". I've listened to dozens of books and this doesn't rate among my favorites but yes I did enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (876)

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    "Not so good"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the Rain series but not this book. Start from the beginning and sure read this one but it's not so good compared to the earlier books


    Would you be willing to try another book from Barry Eisler? Why or why not?

    I've read the whole series already


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

    I think that Eisler knows his characters so well he can better get the right tones and expressions to convey the appropriate sense of emotion to any given situation.


    Could you see The Detachment being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes probably but I don't know movie stars enough to pick a cast.


    Any additional comments?

    Story had a rush ending with everything being tied up so nice so sweet, didn't leave me feeling satisfied. Left me with the feeling Eisler is setting us up for another

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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