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William

Capt. Moroni

Brightwood, Virginia, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 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
    (2980)
    Performance
    (2058)
    Story
    (2062)

    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"
    "Outstanding"
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    As an audiobook, this is excellent. Grover Gardner is a superb narrator! The work is just as advertised. It is monumental. I am astounded at learning how this evil empire actually came to power. In context this book brings to understanding how it happened. But also, the total horror of the evil of the Nazi regime is explained. This event is not even a century behind us. I was not bored in the least as the author takes you in detail through each event, each diplomatic conversation, each attempt to appease the Austrian Corporal to no avail. I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By David Barton
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    America, in so many ways, has forgotten: Its roots, its purpose, its identity - all have become shrouded behind a veil of political correctness bent on twisting the nation’s founding, and its founders, to fit within a misshapen modern mold. The time has come to remember again. In The Jefferson Lies, prominent historian David Barton sets out to correct the distorted image of once-beloved founding father Thomas Jefferson.

    Amazon Customer says: "Stolen History"
    "Outstanding and well referenced facts"
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    I have always been a Jefferson fan and have read much about him. Barton does a superb job of refuting the myths and lies the public chooses to believe after so many years. The Founding Fathers were certainly not perfect men but clearly Jefferson has been slandered. Thanks for publishing this work. Narration is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen C. Guelzo
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history–the most intimate and richly readable account we have had–of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history.

    David says: "Better with maps"
    "One of the Best Gettysburg Accounts Ever!"
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    Hesitant at first because I have read a few versions of the Battle of Gettysburg, this work strikes me as the best one yet. The author treats all the major sub-battles with perfect detail (but not extreme detail if you know what I mean). I gained a much better appreciation for the entire battle and the realization of how close the Union came to losing. This was truly a turning point in history. The narrator is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5136)
    Performance
    (3224)
    Story
    (3254)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "An Outstanding Fantasy"
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    This is one of the best fantasies I have read in some time. I am kept guessing at how this whole incredible epic will unfold. The author is brilliant. The narrator has an uncanny ablilty to portray so many different voices yet precisely remember them when they reappear later in the story. Highly recommended and very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ethan Rarick
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (265)

    In late October 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival.

    Roger says: "I REALLY enjoyed this book"
    "Outstanding account!"
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    This book is concise, accurate, riveting and flows nicely. The author has done magnificent research and portrays this trajedy in accurate context. He also dispells the earlier myths and exaggerations of the publics understanding of the events. This work explains many of the details of the significant mistakes and decisions that lead the Donner Party to their entrapment in the Sierras. But from there the author clearly lays out the trials and tribulations of their four and a half month horror and the reader learns they simply did what they had to do to survive. This book made me feel a part of the experience. What a tribute to the pioneering spirit that helped settle our West. I cannot pray over my meals or at my bedside without pausing to reflect my own blessings of food, warmth, and shelter. The narrarator does a fine job. Some reviews are simply too critical and expect perfection. The narration flows nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael A. Singer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (623)

    Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

    Lea says: "Fabulous!"
    "Incredible"
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    I have now listened to this book about four times. It is amazing in its enlightenment of becoming aware. It does not contradict with any religious belief. Singer simply explains the truth about ourselves and our minds. The miracle of life is truly the center of his thesis. Living life one second at a time. The truths discussed have been discovered and taught by others but Michael Singer seems to be able to relate it and teach it very simply. It is much like a book on Physics. These are simply laws of the universe and not opinion. The narrator Peter Berkrot does an excellent job...so good I assumed I was listening to the author since Berkrot speaks as if he is an expert teaching and not a narrator reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sea of Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The book focuses on four naval commanders, two American, two Japanese, whose lives collided at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 - a clash involving more ships (almost 300), more men (nearly 200,000) and covering a larger area (more than 100 thousand square miles, roughly the size of the British Isles) than any naval battle in recorded history.

    Hika says: "Good"
    "A great and enthralling account of the battle"
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    The narrator made me think he was Halsey, or Nimitz, or whomever. He sounded like someone from the WWII period, if one could describe that. The book however is tremendous and well researched. The author thoroughly researched the four main Admirals and you truly come to know them. I learn a lot about sea battles and tactics. The account is very honest in dealing with the good and bad decisions made on both sides.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tony Horwitz
    • Narrated By Dan Oreskes
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, Midnight Rising portrays Brown's uprising in vivid color, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict. Brown, the descendant of New England Puritans, saw slavery as a sin against America's founding principles. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, and in 1859 he prepared for battle at a hideout in Maryland....

    Lynn says: "Up from Obscurity"
    "Outstanding"
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    By far the best version of John Brown and the Harpers Ferry raid I have ever read. Much better detail. The author puts the raid in context with the times and in relation to several other catalytic events that preceded the Civil War. I am well read on the Civil War but learn quite a bit from this story. Great narration which is key to all auidobooks!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal: One Man Against Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (341)

    This is the breathtaking adventure of the great Carthaginian general who shook the foundations of Rome. In the world's first "global" conflict, Hannibal Barca marched up and down the Italian peninsula for 18 years, appearing well nigh invincible to a Rome which began to doubt itself for the first time in its history.

    Karen says: "Fascinating - not to be missed!"
    "A very good historical account"
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    This is a great account of the history of Hannibal's campaign. A lot of research went into the work. It is narrated well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2765)
    Performance
    (1765)
    Story
    (1791)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Better than the movie"
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    I have always loved the movie but the book is far better. When you realize Margret Mitchells grandparents and their generation lived through the war and reconstruction you really get engulfed in the story. It is an excellent account of the old South, how the war affected everyone, and how difficult the reconstruction period was. There is no defense of the Old South, just a great story of what it was like, the culture, the beliefs, etc. The attack on Atlanta must have been harrowing to live through and Mitchell's relatives did and have clearly passed on their experiences to her. The story of course is excellent but you can better understand the story though the characters and the experience which cannot be separated. Ashley Wilkes is clearly the Old South and totally unable to adapt to any other life style. He is failed and weak as was the old culture...it was doomed to fail eventually. An enjoyable but tragic love story and an excellent education.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16036)
    Performance
    (14195)
    Story
    (14142)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Superb and Outstanding"
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    Steven King is a master writer and story teller. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat most of the time because you just cannot figure out what is going to happen. There are many conspiracies about the JFK assassination, which one is King going to use? He does his own research and the story is much like a historical fiction with time travel thrown in. But you will not be able to guess the ending. The romantic part is fabulous. The whole story is thrilling and adventurous. But Craig Wasson! He should get an Oscar or something. He was wonderful at all the characters. He is excellent and dramatic. What an outstanding story and narrated by a Class A narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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