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WifiManiac

WifiManiac

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  • The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles Glass
    • Narrated By Barry Press
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    A tale that redefines the ordinary soldier in the Second World War, The Deserters is a breathtaking work of historical reportage, weaving together the lives of forgotten servicemen even as it overturns the assumptions and prejudices of an era. The Deserters reveals that ordinary soldiers viewed "desertion" as a natural part of conflict, as unexpected and inexplicable as bravery. The Deserters moves beyond the false extremes of courage and cowardice to reveal the true experience of the Allied soldier.

    Stevon says: "war is hell"
    "Interesting Look at Scarcely Acknowledged Reality"
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    Where does The Deserters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top quarter


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author did a great job helping the reader to understand or empathize with SOME desertion circumstances while not trying to downplay the negative ethical or military impacts of the deserters. It's a pretty level-headed look, leaving the reader up to developing his own opinion while presenting facts in an interesting way. I had no idea desertion was such a huge phenomenon.

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  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1260)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1126)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Interesting Historical Look"
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    What did you love best about Zealot?

    Historical context for the writing of the Gospels and the political environment in which Jesus lived.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like I learned more about the people around Jesus more than I did him, but that's part of the context-building nature of the book.

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