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Ram Kavasseri

Fremont, CA | Member Since 2010

  • 6 reviews
  • 83 ratings
  • 344 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Great Inventors and Their Inventions

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Angus
    • Narrated By Benjamin Soames
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nine remarkable men produced inventions that changed the world. The printing press, the telephone, powered flight, recording, and other innovations have made the modern world what it is. But who had these ideas and made realities of them? As David Angus explains, they were very different: quiet, boisterous, confident, or withdrawn. But all had a moment of vision that they combined with single-minded determination to battle through numerous obstacles and produce something that really worked.

    Patty says: "Inspiring!"
    "Easy to listen to, and the right level for kids"

    Really liked this book. The narrator's voice is child-friendly (at least, for my children), and the material was at the appropriate level to inspire children, though not overwhelming them.

    I'm happy that my children can hear about Edison, Bell, the Wright Brothers, etc. and how they kept failing and learning, before they triumphed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lyn Smith
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs

    Following the success of Forgotten Voices of the Great War, the series now chronicles one of human histories darkest hours. The author comes to the project following her significant work in recording the experiences of Holocaust survivors for the Imperial War Museum sound archive, one of the most important archives of its kind in the world. The intertwined moving and revealing interviews reveal the sheer complexity and horror of the Holocaust.

    Sean says: "A bit short, but very compelling"
    "You know what to expect, yet you can't believe it."

    The Holocaust. Mankind at its worst. You think you've heard it all before.

    But this book is different. The individual accounts from actual survivors touch your very soul. I am so grateful for the courage of the survivors to share their stories. You hear how the survivors struggle to tell even their own children why they were in camps, and what happened to their friends and families. Touching. Moving.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Unbelievable. Yet true!"

    This book starts out with a heart-warming story of Louis Zamperini turning his life around from troubled youth to Olympic runner. That by itself would have been enough for an inspirational book. But not for Louis - he was just getting warmed up.

    The book then shifts gear to World War 2, and deftly takes you through his harrowing flights on a US bomber. All along, you're rooting for Louis and his fellow crewmen. You can feel bullets zing by. Bombs fall around you. Very stunningly written.

    And then, the real struggle for life begins, as Louis and two of his crew-mates are set adrift on the Pacific, night after night, with sharks around them. It gets worse from there. The sheer amount of misfortune and adversity these men faced is unbelievable. And through it all, Louis and his
    crew-mates' indomitable will rises to the challenge time and again. I could not turn off the book.

    Edward Herrmann's narration was very easy on the ears, and you can actually feel the dust kicked up by the runners as he narrates. Superbly done.

    The author, Laura Hillenbrand, deserves a special mention for a fantastic job with this book. The depth of research for the book is very evident. I was absolutely floored to realize she put together this masterpiece despite suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.

    At the end of the book, you'll want to meet Louis, shake his hand, and thank him for showing how high the human spirit can soar.

    Five Stars all the way!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mitsuo Fuchida, Masatake Okumiya
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford

    This landmark study was first published in English by the Naval Institute in 1955. Widely acknowledged for its valuable Japanese insights into the battle that turned the tide of war in the Pacific, the book has made a great impact on American readers over the years. Two Japanese naval aviators who participated in the operation provide an unsparing analysis of what caused Japan's staggering defeat.

    Amazon Customer says: "Edge of your seat history"
    "Unique Japanese perspective of Midway"

    It's not often that one finds a well-written book detailing the losing side's perspective of a battle.
    The book is written well, with a fairly balanced perspective.

    Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya provide a frank assessment of Japanese strategy from Pearl Harbor through Midway. The insider view from airmen who were on the bombed Japanese carriers is stunning.

    The narrative brings out the authors' respect for the Japanese admirals in charge of the Midway effort. At the same time it is critical of their strategic errors and arrogance in the planning of the Midway campaign. It details the absence of radar, poor execution, bad search strategy and poor leadership decisions at critical points of the Midway battle.

    If you are looking for a detailing of atrocities, or any reference to them, you won't find them in this book. You will, however, gain an appreciation for naval strategy and aircraft-carrier warfare. You'll walk away realizing the US was good, but more importantly, very lucky at Midway. A little fog, a little cloud cover, and a couple of poor decisions at the worst possible time by the Japanese Navy admirals swung the momentum in America's favor.

    The book was a fantastic listen, and I couldn't stop listening once I'd started. I gave this 4 stars as the narration was a bit monotone. It's still a great listen, and I plan to listen to it again in the near future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Olds, Christina Olds, Ed Rasimus
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with twelve aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend.

    R. A. Frank says: "Top Notch Audiobook"
    "Fun, well-paced, insightful."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will re-listen to it in the near future. Robin Olds's memoirs are colorful, interesting, and a must-read for any Air Force or World War 2 fan. I was fascinated by his Vietnam experience.

    He also writes frankly about the challenges of reintegrating into civilian life after Tours of Duty - I found this very eye-opening. A very good book to listen to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Phantom Major

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Virginia Cowles
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield

    In the dark and uncertain days of 1941 and 1942, when Rommel's tanks were sweeping towards Suez, a handful of daring raiders were making history for the Allies. They operated deep behind the German lines, often driving hundreds of miles through the deserts of North Africa. They hid by day and struck by night, destroying aircraft, blowing up ammunition dumps, derailing trains, and killing many times their own number.

    Alec says: "Makes you feel like you're there"
    "Well written, superbly narrated"

    This book is by far my favorite Audio Book.
    It is well-paced, and moves the reader along without bogging down.

    One gets a very good feel for what it was like to be an SAS officer in WW2.

    Robert Whitfield's narration is masterful - the voice is clear and lively. Whitfield's Scottish and British accents are quite believable, and the narration pace matches the action in the book very well.

    I've listened to this book twice already.
    By far the most entertaining read I've downloaded from Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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