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Charles

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

    Andrew says: "Worth it"
    "The Best Churchill Biographies"
    Overall

    Manchester's 2 volume The Last Lion epic are the best biographies about Churchill and may in fact be the best biographies ever written. Manchester spent, quite literally, decades researching his subject. His books not only give an excellent portrayal of their subject, but the times and society in which Churchill lived. I believe it would be a crime to read/listen to only an abridged version (should one even exist). Of the two audio books, I felt Brown was the superior narrator. His natural accent fits the book perfectly, and you always knew when he was quoting Churchill directly due to the timbre of his voice when doing so. I found myself genuinely disappointed on finishing vol. 2 because, sadly, Manchester didn't live long enough to write a third volume addressing Churchill's life during his Finest Hour. Don't miss this excellent audio book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1001)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "Memorable Audiobook"
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    This was one of the best audiobooks to which I have listened. The subject is memory, and while that may not sound enticing at first, it's the true story of a young American journalist challenged and cajoled by a few drunk British memory champions to take up the sport. Through the book, you not only hear about his experience training for (and, in the final chapter, competing in) the American memory championship, but also get a lesson in memory techniques and the history of memory--which is truly and unexpectedly fascinating. Read this book and start creating your own titillating memory palaces today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3318)
    Performance
    (2371)
    Story
    (2379)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Definitive History of the Rise and Fall of Hitler"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this to anyone who loves reading history. Shirer reviewed millions of pages of documents that were confiscated from Germany after World War II (before they were subsequently return) and weaves an excellent and insightful historical narrative about the rise and fall of the Third Reich from Hitler's birth through his death. This is a definitive history and it will be hard for any history buff to avoid listening for hours on end. Fascinating.


    What other book might you compare The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich to and why?

    Manchester's The Last Lion books about Churchill are of similar quality and scope (and happen to cover a good deal of the same time period, albeit from a much different perspective). Morris's books on TR are also a good comparison.


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

    Compelling, perfect pitch narration. It's great when the narrator adds to the enjoyment of a good "read," and Gardner is on top of his game here.


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

    History So Compelling You Can't Stop Watching.


    Any additional comments?

    The definitive history of Hitler and the Third Reich. Shirer takes no prisoners, and everyone from the King of Belgium to Neville Chamberlain to the German people share the blame for allowing this "Austrian waif" to overcome tremendous odds and become the most evil dictator known to man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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