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Michael

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  • Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Aaron J. Klein
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    1972. The Munich Olympics. Palestinian members of the Black September group murder 11 Israeli athletes. Nine hundred million people watch the crisis unfold on television, witnessing a tragedy that inaugurates the modern age of terror.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "History of the Israeli Secret Service"
    "Somewhat engaging review"
    Overall

    For me, the most interesting thing about the book was the first quarter of it, which details the actual events leading up to and including the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics by the Palestinian terror organization Black September. The rest of the book is dedicated to describing various assassination plots by the Mossad (successful and unsuccessful) intended as both revenge and deterrent. (The difference between the actual assassinations and those depicted in Stephen Spielberg's film Munich is astounding.)
    Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Munich massacre is the severe incompetence of the German authorities during the hostage crisis and leading up to the massacre, and even in the years after the massacre. They refused to admit any wrongdoing whatsoever. The incompetence is described using numerous examples.
    Stefan Rudnicki's gravelly, overly serious narration is certainly adequate enough, although sometimes it sounds as though he's got cotton balls in his mouth.
    If you particularly enjoy police procedurals, this book has enough detail to keep you interested for a while.

    1 of 1 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
    (11623)
    Performance
    (7594)
    Story
    (7628)

    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.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Couldn't stop listening; great narration, story"
    Overall

    Of the ten or so books I've listened to in the past year, this one was by far my favorite. Not only is Mr. Hermann's narration engaging and involving, but the story itself takes you places. This book had so many driveway moments it was hard to believe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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