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David F. Zarth

Hammond, In. USA

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  • L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Buntin
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Midcentury Los Angeles: A city sold to the world as "the white spot of America", a land of sunshine and orange groves, Midwestern values, and Hollywood stars, protected by the world's most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure girls" and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into this underworld came two men - one L.A.'s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief - each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city.

    Jimmy says: "A good (but a little corny) history of LA"
    "A twisted tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes I would think it needs a stronger editing. A decision on which story the author is telling when should be made. Both stories are strong ,Mickey and the Chief are both strong characters,but their stories need clarification.


    Would you recommend L.A. Noir to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would somewhat recommend this book. With the caveat that the plot is somewhat muddled.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No single scene jumps out as a favorite. The flowing tale was fascinating of itself.


    Was L.A. Noir worth the listening time?

    Yes just for the vast amount of information on the development of organized crime and Parker's fight against it. And his development of an honest force.


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  • The Origins of World War II: 3rd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Keith Eubank
    • Narrated By Joe Geoffrey
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    More than 60 years have passed since the outbreak of the most catastrophic conflict the world has known: 30 million people dead and unbelievable devastation. In the third edition of this popular volume, Keith Eubank seeks answers to the questions that have plagued us: Why, after the ghastly ordeal of World War I did Western powers undervalue the threat from Hitler? Why was there so much reluctance on the part of Britain and France to confront Germany? Why had Germany been permitted to rearm and to occupy independent nations without a struggle? What was the policy of appeasement?

    David F. Zarth says: "Waste of time"
    "Waste of time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Origins of World War II?

    The shoddy production values. Among them thenarrator's inability to pronounce names,persons,places in particular.
    The lack of citation for contradictory statements . Nothing new nor particularly riveting here.
    It resembles nothing so much as a high school project for History class.
    Sad


    Would you ever listen to anything by Keith Eubank again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, but there's little to detract from.


    What character would you cut from The Origins of World War II?

    Narrator


    Any additional comments?

    My own fault I should have listened to an excerpt and read the description more carefully.
    Caveat Eptor !

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