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  • 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

    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.

    Jonnie says: "Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes"
    "I've listened to Grover Gardner more than my wife"

    It might be 50 years old, but William Shirer's book is just as gripping and just as important today as ever. It is amazingly well researched and the perspective of someone that was a close and personal observer to much of the Nazi period.

    Yes, it is long. At 57 plus hours, my wife reckons I've listened to Grover Gardner more than I've listened to her in 15 years of marriage. But Mr Gardner stays claim and steady throughout and never gets upset at my "what?" His narration is absolutely first class. One can't imagine a better combination than Shirer and Gardner.

    100 of 111 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "real insights"
    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed t his book. I wasn't madly keen about the issue or Navy Seals. It just came up as recommended and I bought it. I couldn't stop listening (despite obviously knowing how it is going to end).

    My passing interest turned to deep respect for the Seals and what these guys do.

    What other book might you compare No Easy Day to and why?

    Nothing quite like it. It's non fiction but as suspenseful as Day of the Jackal.

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

    never heard him before. He was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska

    "After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War.

    Amazon Customer says: "the rest of the story"
    "Should be compulsory"

    Every student should have to listen to this - and they'd enjoy it. Churchill writes wonderfully but I think he dictated so this is perfect for an audio book. His turn of phrase is just brilliant. He gives respect where he could have condemned and his analysis is just excellent.

    I normally don't like narration that is imitating the author. But Christian Rodska is just right for this role and he doesn't overdo the imitation but does it just enough "Winston" to work. His timing is wonderful.

    There is a lot to learn from this, more than half a century after it was written.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Crimes : The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas

    On the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more time - the Yankees are coming, it warned. Shortly before midnight, Davis fled the capital, setting off an intense and thrilling chase in which Union cavalry hunted the Confederate president. Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the conspiracy that led to the crime.

    D. Littman says: "good, but not great"
    "Not a patch on Manhunt"

    I struggled.

    I think Manhunt was a brilliant book and I couldn't put it down. This feels like the publisher wanted a follow-up book no matter what. The comparisons between Lincoln and Davies are mildly interesting and the history is thorough. But there is nothing of the excitement and action of Manhunt.

    I thought I heard a yawn from the narrator a couple of times.

    It is really just a very very long account of what happened after Lincoln's death. The detail of the funeral and procession is drawn out and long; filling in the pages for the sake of filling them in. There seems little purpose and it feels like the author was getting paid by the word for some chapters.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Bracelen Flood
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the beginning of 1864, the Civil War was far from won; terrible and bloody Union setbacks and casualties lay ahead. Abraham Lincoln was facing a re-election battle as some northern Democrats were ready to start peace talks that could leave the Confederacy a separate slaveholding American nation and as his secretary of the treasury, Salmon P. Chase, challenged him for the Republican nomination. But by the end of the year, the war's end was in sight, and slavery was on the verge of extinction.

    David says: "Terrific book, mediocre writing"
    "A bit frustrating"

    I liked the book. But it is overly long for one year of Lincoln's life and the author stuck to the year closely. Considering he gave the Gettysburg about a month before the year began and was dead a couple of months after the end, perhaps 1864 could have been stretched a bit.

    The narration is irritating though. It is fascinating that Lincoln was actually a tenor and with a Southern accent but Mel Foster's imitation when quoting Lincoln grates like fingernails on a chalkboard. It would have sufficed once or twice but to carry it through the book is plain annoying.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mitsuo Fuchida, Masatake Okumiya
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford

    This landmark study was first published in English by the Naval Institute in 1955. Widely acknowledged for its valuable Japanese insights into the battle that turned the tide of war in the Pacific, the book has made a great impact on American readers over the years. Two Japanese naval aviators who participated in the operation provide an unsparing analysis of what caused Japan's staggering defeat.

    Amazon Customer says: "Edge of your seat history"

    To hear the story from the Japanese side, though told with great respect, was really worthwhile. This is a mix of memoir and personal experience as well as history. The narration is very good as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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