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Joseph

Broadview, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Wolf: How One German Raider Terrorized the Allies in the Most Epic Voyage of WWI

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Richard Guilliatt, Peter Hohnen
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In 1916, a nondescript freighter left Germany carrying 465 submarine mines, 16 torpedoes, eight cannons, 1,400 shells, a seaplane, and 346 men who believed they were embarking on a suicide mission. That ship became known to Allied forces as the Wolf, and by the time it returned to Germany more than a year later, it was home to more than 800 men, women, and children from 25 different nations, including its own crew.

    Joseph says: "Too little sea action."
    "Too little sea action."
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    What would have made The Wolf better?

    The Wolf would have been better if the sea journals of the seamen and captives been emphasized. There was far too much focus on the nations' (Australia, England, Japan) response to the raider. Focus on people, not governments!


    What could Richard Guilliatt and Peter Hohnen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See above.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Page's performance was superb. That wasn't the problem.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed with how little time was given to the sea action.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible does a great job with its book offereings. This one fell short.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1162)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Recommended!"
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    If you could sum up Bonhoeffer in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging historical read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bonhoeffer- he come's alive in this text.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First hearing of this reader.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Some believe this was written with a conservative evangelical Christian bent. Perhaps it was. Certainly Bonhoeffer's life and time was complex. But Metaxas does what any historian does- he chooses what he believes are salient facts and bases his conclusions on them. I believe Mataxas gives an honest and balanced portrayal of this Lutheran theologian's life.

    If more liberal theologians want to write a history of this man, please do. But I believe Mataxas' history is very much WORTH reading. Bonhoeffer's ethics and view of the church in the context of Nazi Germany was insightful. Mataxas gives a clear understanding of the heart of this man. Christ is at his center, with a hope for ecumenical unity in the face of evil. This is what drove Bonhoeffer to resist.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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