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Kimra

My husband & I share the account. Anything on history is his read. I'm more into fiction/zombie & apocalyptic reads.

Tuscola, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 1812: The Navy's War

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George C. Daughan
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (233)

    At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America's prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean but America's war fleet, only 20 ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war.

    K. Winters says: "Fantastic, if complicated, account of the war"
    "Good Book to Listen To"
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    Provided an interesting portion of the war of 1812. I didn't know much about this war much less the naval aspects of it. Very informative.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Postmortal: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Drew Magary
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    In a world where an anti-aging cure is available worldwide, immortality comes with its own unique problems. John Farrell is about to get "The Cure". Old age can never kill him now. The only problem is, everything else still can.

    Melvin says: "Interesting concept but bleak and wearing"
    "Very Surprised! I loved it!"
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    Bought this on a whim and figured it would be one of those books I never finish. Boy was I wrong! I found the writing to be very good, the storyline was excellent. I was sad when I finished the book as at that point I was so invested in the main character. I really think this book would make a fantastic movie.
    Yes, it's a dark book, but it really makes you think too. The characters feel real.
    It's worth the read, seriously, give it a go!

    0 of 0 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
    (1625)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (737)

    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"
    "Worth the investment"
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    The only issue is editing but after a while you get used to it being choppy.

    The book is well done and you should come away with a very good understanding of this part of the Civil War. Really changed my viewpoint as I guess I knew very little.

    Get Audible to send the book in multiple downloads as if you download as a single it will fail on you and you'll have to contact them for the multiple download. Vol II did the same also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DEAD: The Ugly Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By TW Brown
    • Narrated By Andrew McFerrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (314)

    The unthinkable has happened. The dead are walking! Humanity's fragile thread may be reaching its bitter end. Individuals and groups struggle to survive...some at any cost. Will there be anybody left? Or, is this just...The Ugly Beginning?

    Mike Naka says: "extremely graphic and brutal"
    "Not As Great As All That. Rape scenes awful"
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    My first impression of this book was the somewhat awkward presentation of it by the narrator. It took me the first three chapters to 'adapt' to his reading style. He can be quiet, steady, almost monotone, then suddenly gets very loud when voicing different characters. I'm not a fan of this narrator.

    Next, the book was a slow and awkward start. I can't tell you how much of it was the writing, or how much of it was the narration. I came very close to quitting and asking for my money back in the first three chapters.

    As the book moved on, I found it very convoluted. Most zombie books will introduce you to up to three different sets of characters. Not this one. This one has at least five, maybe more, I'm not sure, I've lost count. I find this to be very confusing. Each chapter seems to focus on one character or set of characters, then the next chapter moves to another bunch. There are so many people, so many names, so many different scenarios. Sometimes I find myself two pages into a chapter before I remember who they're talking about this time.

    Some of the story lines are well written, others are boring, and still others are just, in my opinion, absolutely grotesque and very difficult to read/listen to. It seems to me, the author was trying to cover every different scenario he could think of in one book. There's the military guy; the average joe from the city; the group of geeks; the crazy rule the world folks (actually two sets of them);
    ...but the one that bothers me the most is the guy who likes to rape women and young girls. I understand the 'rape' guy seems to have the need to make an appearance in almost every zombie novel... However, I do not feel it was necessary for the author to go into such extreme detail concerning the acts of rape and violence against women. Far too much DETAIL... to the point it actually makes me wonder about the author himself.

    THIS, above everything else, is the main reason I will NOT be buying the rest of the books in this series. Frankly, I don't want to hear that crap. It's sick, it's twisted, and it makes me feel sick to my stomach having to listen to it.

    I listen to books for pleasure, not to hear this kind of crap.

    It makes me a little bit sad, as there are a very few characters in the book that I like very much and I'd like to continue to see where they go. But, it's not worth it for me to have to endure another rape scene of a 15 year old girl...Or a rape scene of a woman being fed to zombies while she's being raped.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2111)
    Performance
    (1442)
    Story
    (1451)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    russell says: "Endurance"
    "Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage"
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    The was an excellent listen all around. The narrator did an excellent job, the story was great. It was hard to stop listening to this one. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grand Expectations: The United States 1945-1974

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James T. Patterson
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (37)

    Grand Expectations, the 10th volume of the peerless Oxford History of the United States, weaves the major political, cultural, and economic events of the period into a superb portrait of America from 1945 through Watergate.

    Thomas says: "fast moving history"
    "Very Well Worth the Time"
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    The story was very interesting, the narration was great. Very much enjoyed this book plus learned a wealth of information about the 50's and 60's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    The three decades after the Civil War saw a wholesale shift in American life, and the cause was capitalism. Driven by J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and oth­ers like them, armies of men and women were harnessed to a new vision of massive industry. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities, and legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores. Brands portrays the stunning trans­formation of the landscape and institutions of American life in these years.

    Joshua Kim says: "8 Thoughts on 'American Colossus'"
    "American Colossus"
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    The presentation was well done. The story covers more of the political nature of the period rather the business side. If you tuned to that aspect you'll enjoy the book. If you're not then you may be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Walker Howe
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (272)

    In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    "better editing would have improved this book"
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    The story was good, well written book. The editing distracted you from the book. Parts were very choppy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1807)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Teddy says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Even better than book one!"
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    This book really starts with a bang! Well thought out, great story line. I'm hooked for the entire series. Hey Mark Tufo, thanks, I'm thoroughly entertained!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2970)
    Performance
    (2774)
    Story
    (2784)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Slow start, Hooked by the end!"
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    Okay I had to kind of adjust myself at the beginning of this book. The main character is very 'snarky' and that's not something you normally expect from a zombie novel. However, by the time I was a few chapters in, I started 'getting to know' the character, and really started to like him. By the end of the book, well, I went and bought book two. I thought maybe book two would lose me, but turns out I enjoyed book two more than book one. Book two seriously starts to tie up loose ends and explain some unanswered questions right away. GOOD story line! So here I am today, going back for book three. I'm hooked. Looks like I'm in this for the long haul.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jack Rakove
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    In this remarkable book, historian Jack Rakove shows how the private lives of these men were suddenly transformed into public careers - how Washington became a strategist, Franklin a pioneering cultural diplomat, Madison a sophisticated constitutional thinker, and Hamilton a brilliant policymaker. Rakove shakes off accepted notions of these men as godlike visionaries, focusing instead on the evolution of their ideas and the crystallizing of their purpose.

    Roger says: "Good intellectual history"
    "Tried but could not get into it"
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    The topic is handled much better in other books I have listened to. I also had trouble with the narration. I gave it a couple of stars as I did learn some new items on the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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