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Eric Miller

Tempe, AZ United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Julius Caesar: Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, David Cottis, and others
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Gregory Cox, Colin Campbell
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Experience Julius Caesar as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.

    Laura Quave says: "Excellent young scholar's intro to Shakespeare"
    "Entertaining and Informative"
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    This was my first listen to a Shakespeare Appreciated production. I love Shakespeare but I am not an expert. So usually for me experiencing a play is more about how wonderful the words sound and the overall story. What was different about this listen was that they stop they provide lots of background up front, during the reading of the play, and after. Insight into things I would have otherwise missed or not understood. I very much enjoyed it and it brought several new dimensions to the play, which I though I knew fairly well.

    I will be listening to others in the coming months.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Reich at War

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker.

    Karen says: "Masterful"
    "Fascinating conclusion to the series"
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    Even though this book covered the period that I felt I knew the most about, it exposed me to so many things I didn't know. As well written and compelling as the first two in the series, it gave what I found was a very objective look at the NAZI's attempt at war, and how and why they failed so resoundingly at it (fortunately). It penetrates and goes beyond the myth and romanticism that many have and treats things in a realistic way.
    It also handles the more important Holocaust well. A very difficult topic, and one that leads most authors to just focus on the horribleness of the act. I felt that I was left with an understanding of how it happened, how rational humans can loose all sense of reality and perpetrate such an act. All lessons we should watch for so that it never happens again.
    This series is was enlightening and depressing at the same time, enlightening because of the scholarship and writing, depressing because of the events it brings to light.

    A must read for anyone looking to understand the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (452)

    There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.

    Tad Davis says: "Compelling and depressing"
    "Fascinating and sobering"
    Overall

    For me, this book walked that fine line between scholarly and popular efforts. Just the right mix of details and higher level impressions. And I found the conclusions that th author drew were not too biased towards one political view or another. So many books on this period have such a strong foundation in a given ideology that they are annoying to a a moderate like myself. I learned a lot about this important time in history that I didn't know and that will always be relevant - how a minority fringe party was able to openly seize power. How extremism becomes mainstream. I was riveted throughout and found myself sitting in my parking lot at home or driveway at home listening to "just 5 more minutes" But, I did find it intellectually draining to absorb, constantly trying to relate what was being said to my existing knowledge, other historical events, and to current affairs. So I'm going to listen to some lighter books before I return for the second volume.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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