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gtcaz

Tucson, AZ | Member Since 2005

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  • The Coming of the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (485)

    There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.

    Tad Davis says: "Compelling and depressing"
    "Great book, terrible narration"
    Overall

    This production of Richard Evans great book is seriously hobbled by poor narration. Odd pauses and hesitations totally pull you out of the narrative. The text itself is excellent. If you are interested in this topic, Defying Hitler is a great memoir with a wonderful narrator.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (251)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "What a disappointment"
    Overall

    Book one of this series was a bit slow for me, but after that the series really took off and I burned all my credits. Butcher really hit his stride and Marsters seemed to channel Dresden perfectly. Now I've been waiting with much anticipation for this next installment and, disaster. Marsters "not available." OK, steady, plenty of good readers.

    No. Hopes dashed. Butcher is a cocky, smart-alleck. This reads like he's a fence post.

    Guess I'll buy this one on Kindle and imagine Marster's narration. I'll spend my Audible credits on the Game of Thrones series. Tyrion Lannister comes to life over there, at least.

    This is probably the most negative review I've ever left on Audible, and I'm sorry to have to do it. I mean no disrespect to Butcher who seems like a great guy, and I hear Glover is good in other contexts.

    (PS, is it too late to grab Marsters from whatever comicon or nerdfest he's at and have him sit in front of a microphone for a few days?)

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Is Paris Burning?

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Few moments in history are as stirring as the Allied liberation of Paris. Yet few people are aware of how narrowly, and how miraculously, the city escaped Hitler's secret plan to reduce it to ashes. Is Paris Burning? reconstructs, in meticulous and riveting detail, the network of fateful events, day by day, moment by moment, that saved the City of Light.

    David says: "A Heartwarming Story"
    "I enjoyed this book a great deal"
    Overall

    Very compelling history. I had no idea how close Paris had come to destruction, saved by a German general disobeying direct orders from Hitler, and diverting allied troops intent on bypassing Paris on their way to Berlin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defying Hitler: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sebastian Haffner
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    When the famous German author Sebastian Haffner died at the age of 91 in 1999, a manuscript was discovered among his unpublished papers. The book was begun in 1939, but with the advent of World War II, Haffner had set it aside. His family made the decision to publish it, and the book became a best seller in Germany in 2002. Spanning the period from 1907 to 1933, it offers a unique perspective on how the average educated German grappled with the rise of Hitler.

    Douglas says: "Great Read"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've purchased. An excellent view of how Hitler's Germany came to be from the perspective of an ordinary, that is to say incredibly talented and perceptive but not highly placed, German. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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