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Keith

North Little Rock, AR, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • A History of the Peninsular War 1807-1809

    • ABRIDGED (26 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charles Oman
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    FNH Audio presents a reading of Charles Oman's classic military history A History of the Peninsular War. In this first volume, a detailed examination is made of the first years of the war, 1807 to 1809. The campaign is examined from both sides using reference materials from British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese sources. This book covers the invasion of Spain and Napoleon's trickery in luring the Spanish crown into prison. It also features Wellington's first peninsular battle and of course the famous retreat to Corunna and the battle at that place.

    Keith says: "Wonderful if you can tolerate the reader"
    "Wonderful if you can tolerate the reader"
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    What made the experience of listening to A History of the Peninsular War 1807-1809 the most enjoyable?

    Well researched and presented material


    How could the performance have been better?

    If you could find someone to read the book who doesn't butcher the English language. It is cav-al-ry, not cav-ary and pam-plo-na, not pam-ploo-na. The reader continually mis-pronounces words and it is very annoying.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way. Couldn't tolerate but a hour or so at a time of the reader, it was very painful at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Super book, be aware of this reader related to future purchases. Where is Robertson Dean or Michael Kramer when you need them?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Hastings
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    An explosive, behind-the-scenes look into the workings of the U.S. war in Afghanistan that lifts the curtain of the world stage to reveal the devastating greed, waste, and failure surrounding this unwinnable war.

    Professor says: "VERY INTERESTING STORY"
    "Save your money"
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    What would have made The Operators better?

    A better author


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Hastings? Why or why not?

    Hell no. He will never be confused with Max Hastings. He should be writing articles for Vanity Fair.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get an author to write a military related book who isn't an anti-war liberal trying to create a career.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    For me, none what so ever.


    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Reich at War

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (267)

    Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker.

    Karen says: "Masterful"
    "Terrible, I want my money back!!!!"
    Overall

    Unlike those who are clearly paid to write reviews about this book, I bought this thinking it was as the title explained. WRONG!!! As others who paid for the book have noted, this book is full of inaccuracies and it dedicated to constant repetition about Nazi atrocities, primarily against the Jews. In my opinion, the author clearly has a personal agenda and, while that is his right, Audible should have done a better job describing the book. Waste of time and money if you are looking for subject matter even remotely similar to the title.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (3161)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (953)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Well worth your time"
    Overall

    A fascinating and outstanding work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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