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New Berlin, WI, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 5 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 434 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014

  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "A Emotional History of Unknown People"

    History as proven by Adam Goodheart is made up of people living ordinary lives in the right place and time, and who stepped forward to become natural leaders of change. Often emotionally charged dialog grips the mind of the listener--even over minute details. Clearly Goodheart found docuiments not used by other writers.

    For me this was the best history because I already new the basics from ordinary historians. Too bad this is Goodhearts only work so far. The narrator is so professional you do not even think of him as an essential part of this fabulous experience.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lawrence James
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    During the 1920s, T. E. Lawrence gained global attention, both for his involvement in the Middle Eastern anti-imperialist movement, and for his vivid and sensational writings about his experiences. Despite the passage of many years and the emergence of a whole new set of problems in the Middle East, and fuelled by the success of the hit movie Lawrence of Arabia, the T. E. Lawrence mystique continues to fascinate. Controversial and provocative, this revised and updated edition of Lawrence James's acclaimed biography penetrates and overturns the mythology that surrounds T. E. Lawrence. James traces the sometimes spurious Lawrence legend back to its truthful roots, yet remains dispassionate and generous in spirit throughout. The Golden Warrior presents readers with a fascinating study of one of the twentieth century's most remarkable figures.

    Sharman says: "It gets better at the end"
    "It gets better at the end"
    What disappointed you about The Golden Warrior?

    This is not so much about the mythical Lawrence as it is about the hundreds of characters in his life with whom he played his life's role as an artist, scholar, military genius, literary writer, adventurer, etc!!! There seems no end to opinions held by people who knew him and the book seems to cover them all—one after another with less than ideal organization.

    The publisher makes clear the objectives of this book. Take them seriously and perhaps reconsider whether this is the book you want. The ending part of the book and the epilog moves too quickly but is excellent to the date of publication when relevance to modern Southwestern Asian history is briefly covered.

    If you are interested in the personal Lawrence you will find the book relates conflicting and contradictory opinions throughout. Apparently Lawrence had few or no fixed principles or morals and often “put on a show” to serve his own ends. The exceptions were alcohol, tobacco, wasted time, and women. The result is a very complex book reflecting these inconsistencies. As such the book is far better as a thorough and detailed history than for casual listening.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I listen only to Biographies and Histories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Helen Rappaport
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After the untimely death of Prince Albert, the Queen and her nation were plunged into a state of grief so profound that this one event would dramatically alter the shape of the British monarchy. For Britain had not just lost a prince: during his 20-year marriage to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert had increasingly performed the function of King in all but name. The outpouring of grief after Albert's death was so extreme that its like would not be seen again until the death of Princess Diana 136 years later.

    Flatbroke says: "All consuming grief"
    "Really about the Age of Albert"
    Any additional comments?

    If you think you know what the Victorian Age was then this book will change your view. It was really the Age of Albert???both before and after his death. The endless details about Victoria???s life is not a pleasant listen because the truth is much harsher than you expect???and much too detailed for enjoyment. Apparently Victoria was very self centered, and uncaring by nature. Albert inevitably comes out a far superior human being to Victoria. Credibility and assumed accuracy is the book???s strongest point. What might have been if Albert had lived is the theme of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Robert Powell the narrator earns highest honors"

    The author owes Robert Powell a debt of gratitude for raising an outstanding work to the highest level of enjoyment with beautifully rendered accents throughout this very fine work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill and Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Stafford
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    With absorbing detail about the secret world of agents and double-agents, this groundbreaking work traces Churchill's connections with that world, from his days as a member of the Cabinet that established the Secret Service to the war years, when his extensive intelligence network provided him with superior information. What results is a major contribution to the study of modern and military history and a crucial missing key to understanding Churchill himself.

    Aaron says: "Complaints about reader are entirely misplaced!"
    "Unintelligible reader"

    I am truly sorry I did not read a previous review BEFORE I bought this. What good is a book you cannot underestand the narrator?

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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