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William

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  • For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Walter Lewin, Warren Goldstein
    • Narrated By Kent Cassella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (339)

    As Carl Sagan did for astronomy and Brian Green did for cosmology, Walter Lewin takes listeners on a marvelous journey in For the Love of Physics, opening our eyes as never before to the amazing beauty and power with which physics can reveal the hidden workings of the world all around us. "I introduce people to their own world," writes Lewin, "the world they live in and are familiar with but don't approach like a physicist - yet."

    Joseph says: "A perfect formula for a great read"
    "More like an autobiography with some physics"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. There are better books out there that don't meander about random topics in physics and autobiographical details.


    What could Walter Lewin and Warren Goldstein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write about physics, or write about your life, but don't randomly cover both. I don't really care about why you had to pay two guilders for coffee in 1960 or whatever.


    Which character – as performed by Kent Cassella – was your favorite?

    The leprechaun at the end of the rainbow... It doesn't exist!


    Was For the Love of Physics worth the listening time?

    No.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (3554)
    Performance
    (2587)
    Story
    (2597)

    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"
    "The only way to avoid a repeat of history"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is superb, and the content chilling. As German democracy, then Austria, then Czechoslovakia and then Poland fell, I wanted to scream "Can't you see what's happening?"

    Hitler was insane. That would be a three word summary of a 57 hour book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claus von Stauffenberg- a hero. When someone finally stands up and says, enough: "This must stop even if it costs my life." That's a hero. This part of the book read like fiction.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Molotov is pretty good. A calculator in the line of great Soviet chess players, many moves ahead of his competition.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The jewish revolt in Krakow moved me to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a listen, you won't regret it. Only criticisim is Shirer's homo prejudices. Maybe a sign of the times, but he ably shows the Nazis to be thugs, criminals and psychopaths. Didn't need to call them perverts, too (without mentioning the "perverts" on the Allied side).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Joe Mazzello, Tom Hanks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

    Richard says: "This is the second audio book of Sledge's work"
    "Best first person war autobiography I've ever read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The details and horror and numbness and waste of war made clear by the author.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked one narrator, but not the other. I was really unsure why it kept skipping back and forth. This is my only major criticism of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Sledge does appear to be without flaw in this telling. After awhile, I wondered "What noble thing will he do now?" but it was a great book overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (355)

    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    Nassir says: "Incomprehensibly complete"
    "Funny author who loves his subject"
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    What made the experience of listening to The History of Ancient Egypt the most enjoyable?

    Brier gets you to grasp the vast amount of time Egypt covers. An "interim" lasts longer than the U.S. has been around. And he does it with humor and pleasure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mummies!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His story of Cleopatra made her human to me. Unbelievable detail.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The American Civil War

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Gary W. Gallagher
    • Narrated By Professor Gary W. Gallagher
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome to Audible, Great Courses!"
    "A little dated, but good material, worth a listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The American Civil War the most enjoyable?

    It wasn't the canned applause and horn music at the beginning and end of each lecture. The professor does a good job on a huge topic, opening avenues for further investigation depending on your interest, e.g. a given battle, region, or topic such as politics or race.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The American Civil War?

    Gallagher's consistent debunking of the "lost cause" school of thought


    Which character – as performed by Professor Gary W. Gallagher – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a little dated. Gallagher refers to Gone with the Wind more than a dozen times, I think.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943): The Liberation Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (230)

    The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern learner can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.

    Gene says: "It doesn't get any better than this."
    "Details, details, details- US in Africa, WWII"
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    What did you love best about An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943)?

    The book delves deep into operation Torch and the campaign for Tunisia, the African "Stalingrad" for the Axis in Europe. Sometimes too deep... do I need squad level tactics in an engagement of 4 armies, 5 nations and hundreds of thousands of men?

    Maybe I do. The letters to home, newspaper articles and diary articles make this a first person account. A couple of characters emerge, Patton, Eisenhower, but the picture of the US soldier is most clear. "Learning to hate", learning to fight, learning to be an army,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943)?

    When Patton orders his division commander to personally lead a hill assault leading to a needless and serious wound, I wondered what causes someone to be a hero to history versus a villain.


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

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the British and US finally started to roll, overcoming Kaserien Pass, I decided the next book would be first on my list of books to listen to next.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully written with abundant use of primary sources. The author ties the beginning and end to the story of the 34th Division from Iowa, whose members could be from any Midwestern state.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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