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Joseph R Williams

Moscow, ID United States

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  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (789)

    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
    "Entertaining Listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to America Again the most enjoyable?

    Very entertaining. If you like Colbert then you'll like this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Colbert Report because its an entertaining way to learn about politics and current events. I found this book equally entertaining as his show but didn't learn anything useful.

    1 of 2 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
    (3505)
    Performance
    (2544)
    Story
    (2552)

    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"
    "Amazing buy for a single credit"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely. It might be too long for some people's taste but it is an entertaining 50+ hours


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

    If you liked listening to Grover Gardner, don't mind at all long audio books, and enjoy history, Shelby Foote's 3 volume history on the American Civil War is another great audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy that Shirer actually put forth concepts about how and why the German's were susceptible to Nazi control of Germany. However these are controversial and critical of the German people of this time which might turn some people off. In a nutshell, Shirer states that the Germans were subservient and use to taking orders w/o question, preferring structure and order to civil liberties, that and Germans love David Hasselhoff.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1698)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (807)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "Probably my top audiobook"
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    Where does The Civil War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the best audio book I own.


    Any additional comments?

    Another one of those great audible deals where you get a lot of book for a single credit. If you want value for your credits then this a great book. A must for anyone interested in the American Civil War

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (266)

    A National Book Award finalist for this epic work, Adrienne Mayor delivers a gripping account of Mithradates, the ruthless visionary who began to challenge Rome’s power in 120 B.C. Machiavelli praised his military genius. Kings coveted his secret elixir against poison. Poets celebrated his victories, intrigues, and panache. But until now, no one has told the full story of his incredible life.

    Darwin8u says: "A mythic & complicated life of a charismatic King"
    "Top Notch"
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    Any additional comments?

    Great combination of good storytelling and historical narrative. Another great audio book available on Audible for those of us who love Ancient Roman History

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Closing with the Enemy: How GIs Fought the War in Europe, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael D. Doubler
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    Closing with the Enemy picks up where D-Day leaves off. From Normandy through the "breakout" in France to the German army's last gasp in the Battle of the Bulge, Michael D. Doubler deals with the deadly business of war - closing with the enemy, fighting and winning battles, taking and holding territory. His study provides a provocative reassessment of how American GIs accomplished these dangerous and costly tasks.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "Well Done Doubler"
    "Great listen on US tactics in the ETO"
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    Any additional comments?

    I myself prefer the high level operational studies on WWII. This book was a nice change of pace from that genre for me and I enjoyed getting into the nitty gritty about how the average US infantryman fought the enemy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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