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Ronald

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  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Borneman
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (257)

    Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time.

    Andy says: "war wasn't simpler 75 years ago"
    "Great Read for the Military Historian"
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    Would you listen to The Admirals again? Why?

    Yes, The information and first hand account details are drawn from correspondance and diaries of the men involved.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Admirals?

    The reaction of the Navy to the attack on Pearl Harbor was riveting.


    What does Brian Troxell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The inflection of voice, tone and emphasis on important details was evident.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just a reminder of the state of affairs in the US Navy at the turn of the 20th century and the fortune to have had Annapolis develop some of the brightest minds of that time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (599)

    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    Andrew Pilecki says: "Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War"
    "A very well done narrative in all respects."
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    G.J. Meyer has done a very good job of condensing a very complex geo-political time and breaking it down into digestible pieces. It is intriguing, draws you in, and brings to life a time that continues to shape our modern history. The backround chapters are essential, and greatly assist in an understanding the thought process of some very flawed political and military decisions. The narration is excellent. Tone and inflection are perfect for what could be a dry topic, but Robert Sachs handles it like a master,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegy for April: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (84)

    April Lavery has vanished. A junior doctor at a local hospital, she is something of a trail-blazer in the deeply conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional, as evidenced by her current boyfriend, a handsome and charismatic medical student from Nigeria.

    Pat says: "Great Series, Excellent Narration"
    "Mr. Black seems to get better with each story,"
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    The overall development of plot and characters demonstrates the author's ability to draw in the audience and capture their interset. When uou combine this with Mr. Dalton's magnificient narration, you have an excellent listen of a fine drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (168)

    London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed? One small clue leads Rutledge to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise, is missing. But is he the dead man? And does either his fiancée or his jilted former lover have anything to do with his disappearance - or possible death?

    Pat Green says: "Disappointing"
    "Charles Todd never fails with Inspector Rutledge"
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    Proof of Guilt was worth the wait. Inspector Rutledge mysteries are some of the most entertaining mystery writings that I have read, or listened to. Simon Prebble's narration of Charles Todd seems to evoke the time period and enhances the listening flow. The one aspect of this book that held my attention was the way in which Ian Rutledge's character has emerged from the severely tormented detective of the early novels, into the more interesting persona of the professional detective, with only the hint of the troubled ghost of Hamish haunting him. Ian Rutledge is a proven commodity and Charles Todd is still keeping him fresh. A very good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2770)
    Performance
    (1877)
    Story
    (1897)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Better narration then previous"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

    Narration was good, but I listen to audio books based on convenience. Print versions are always better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holmes, for obvious reason


    Which character – as performed by Charlton Griffin – was your favorite?

    Watson


    If you could take any character from The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Watson, I always thought his would be the most objective view


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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