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  • A History of Warfare

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Starting with the premise that all civilizations owe their origins to warmaking, Keegan probes the meanings, motivations, and methods underlying war in different societies over the course of more than two thousand years. Following the progress of human aggression in its full historical sweep, from the strangely ritualistic combat of Stone Age peoples to the warfare of mass destruction in the present age, his illuminating and lively narrative gives us all the world's great warrior cultures.

    Dan says: "Complete, Informative, and Insightful"
    "Interesting - but not outstanding"
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    This is a solid scholarly work. However, it is not exhaustive regarding the history of warfare and examines only several snippets to prove some anthropological points. These points are good, the work is solid and well-researched, but not greatly exciting. The narrator was solid, but the work was not the most exciting of Keegan's (whom I admire as a leader in his field).

    If you like Keegan, get his book on the Iraq War. And please somebody narrate his Face of Battle books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war.

    Sean says: "A classic narrative of the Pacific War"
    "Great content, great narration, very personal"
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    This and Eugene Sledge's book might be the two best books on the war in the Pacific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4297)
    Performance
    (3244)
    Story
    (3250)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "This is not a new novel..but still entertaining."
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    I was so disappointed when I found out that this novel was decades old. From the Cold War Era.

    And then, I started listening. I was a great listen. It still packs a punch.

    Narration was good.

    The character development was good.

    I would have liked to have heard more of the global events, whereas this story focuses only on one small area of the world and one town. I wanted to hear about the War on a more macro level...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    In this major and wholly original contribution to military history, John Keegan reverses the usual convention of writing about war in terms of generals and nations in conflict, which tends to leave the common soldier as cipher. Instead, he focuses on what a set battle is like for the man in the thick of it.

    Ryan says: "Worthwhile for history buffs"
    "Keegan = THE expect on war. Vance = top narration"
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    I had reservations about listening to John Keegan on audiobook because he is so academic and studied (nobody wants to hear a science textbook read aloud)...and yet this was a great book.

    Keegan is THE expert when it comes to combat and war as a subject of academic study.

    And Simon Vance is a great narrator.

    Not only was this audiobook a way to relax and spent a few hours while walking, but it was very educational as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff Christians Like

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Acuff
    • Narrated By Jonathan Acuff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Using the same humor and honesty that galvanized 450,000 online readers from 199 countries, blogger Jonathan Acuff brings his insightful take on Christianity to the book world with Stuff Christians Like. From prayer shot blocks to Metro Worship Leaders, no stone is left unturned in this hilarious look at faith.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "I liked this stuff"
    "Sarcasm with a theological point. Delightful."
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    I usually can't stand sarcasm......


    And yet, this was a delightful book. It is not mocking Christianity. Rather, it makes theological points in a humorous way, pointing out the inconsistencies we are sometimes guilty of. Some of the points are pretty profound..

    I usually don't think it is a good idea for authors to narrate their own works (usually a recipe for disaster)..but this time it works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Teems
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    The English Bible was born in defiance, in exile, in flight, and in a form of exodus, the very elements that empowered William Tyndale to bring the English scripture to the common citizen. Being “a stranger in a strange land,” the very homesickness he struggled with gave life to the words of Jesus, Paul, and to the wandering Moses. Tyndale’s efforts ultimately cost him his life, but his contribution to English spirituality is measureless. Even five centuries after his death at the stake, Tyndale’s presence looms wherever English is spoken.

    Susan says: "Inspiration"
    "Narration is great, but story meanders too much"
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    The narration is top-notch.

    The content had great potential - Tyndale is a great hero.

    Yet, the author muses philosophically and poetically and quotes Walt Whitman and speaks of poetry, etc, so much that he drags down the narrative with needless weight

    ..... I wish he had stuck closer to the narrative of Tyndale's life and stayed away from these musings. The book could have been half as short and should have been more of a strict biography.

    I am glad some of Tyndale's own letters were included. He is a powerful writer, even today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Narrated By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status...and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader.

    Pamela says: "Absolutely riveting!!!"
    "Fabulous book - listened to it in less than a week"
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    Great book.

    Inspiring.

    I thought the arab-accented narrator (the narrator IS the author...) would distract me...but he did only for the first 20 seconds.

    It is almost always a bad choice for an author to narrate his own book....but this author did a good job. I think his accent actually helped the narration and it was very good.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (12350)
    Performance
    (8270)
    Story
    (8309)

    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.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Might be the best audiobook I've ever heard"
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    This might be the very best in terms of both story and narration.

    Very moving and inspirational.

    Narration is top-notch.

    I listen to audiobooks while I run (more like a slow plod), and I almost ran a 10k every day just to get a chance to be alone with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 2: Captain Cook and the Scientific Explorations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Paul Herrmann
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    As the 18th century approached its midpoint, commercial and military competition between the European states became fierce. And whoever obtained accurate information about distant lands would hold an advantage. Were there continental landmasses in the Pacific? Was there a Northwest Passage to Japan and China? What lay in the interior of Africa? Was it possible to cross the Sahara? Where did the rivers Nile and Congo originate?

    Aaron says: "Entertaining and moving"
    "Beautiful prose, fascinating content"
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    This is a well-written book. The content is fascinating. Though most anthropologists would not support the author's theory of Incan settlement of Polynesia.

    The narration was pretty good.

    I was interested throughout, even though this can be a hefty tome.

    During the initial minutes of each chapter, I would have to pay particular attention because the opening lines of each new account only slowly revealed info about the historical players, and the accounts do not read like wickipedia enries but unroll inductively instead of a summary of the main details being given first followed by finer details. In some places I had trouble tracking who was who.

    My picture of history was greatly enlarged. Non-western discoverers were not covered; but this was still a great book on western exploration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Heaven or Heresy: A History of the Inquisition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    With a scholarly eye and infectious enthusiasm, widely published author and noted expert on pre-modern European history Thomas Madden imparts an understanding of the Spanish and Roman Inquisitions while dispelling popular myths associated with the subject.

    Adam says: "Very informative"
    "Some of the best info on the Inquistion out there"
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    While classroom lectures are not as well-read as some of the Times Bestseller fiction novels, the teacher doesn't do a bad job and gives great info on the Inquisition.

    Most importantly, one is able to try to understand WHY a sane person would support such a practice. From this vantage point of history, the Inquisitors seem out of their skulls, but I appreciated the professor's lectures precisely because the picture that came through was of rational men taking their beliefs to a logical end. It was enlightening to try to get into their shoes.

    The lectures kept me interested. I suspect Dr. Madden is a strong Catholic, but every author and every teacher is biased.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Susan Campbell Bartoletti
    • Narrated By Kathrin Kana
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany, thanks largely to the efforts of the Hitler Youth, whose organized propaganda marches throughout Germany helped the Nazi Party grow in strength. By 1939, it is estimated that more than seven million boys and girls belonged to the Hitler Youth.

    Eric says: "Re pronunciation"
    "memorable and thought-provoking"
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    This will be an audiobook hard to forget for me.

    Good narration, great research and an enthralling subject.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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