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Thomas

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  • Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Eig
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Jonathan Eig blows the lid off the Al Capone story. Based on never-before-seen government documents and newly discovered letters written by Al Capone himself, Get Capone presents America's greatest gangster as you’ve never seen him before.

    Jonathan says: "Get this book"
    "Thank God for the IRS"
    Overall

    Who has not heard of Al Capone and Elliot Ness, sometimes to excess but the views presented by this author make this one hard to stop listening to? The book gets right into his nefarious past and at times actually has you feeling almost sorry for him. A brutal criminal that if it were not for the IRS he could have written a book on how to be a professional criminal and get away with a plethora of crimes.I wish the IRS had as many imaginative techniques to nail all the drug dealers running lose.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Measureless Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Snow
    • Narrated By John Dossett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Of all the threats that faced his country in World War II, Winston Churchill said, just one really scared him—what he called the "measureless peril" of the German U-boat campaign.

    Thomas says: "Few too many technical and research errors"
    "Few too many technical and research errors"
    Overall

    Enjoyable read but when I heard some of the technical and research errors I had to cringe, e.g. the Dolittle raid was off the Hornet not the Enterprise, 42 knots is no where near 65 miles per hour, et al, if you don't get hung up on details and love history you'll enjoy this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • War Beneath the Waves: A True Story of Courage and Leadership Aboard a World War II Submarine

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Don Keith
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    In November 1943, while on war patrol in the Makassar Strait, the USS Billfish submarine was spotted by the Japanese, who launched a vicious depth-charge attack. Explosions wracked the sub for 15 straight hours. With his senior officers incapacitated, diving officer Charlie Rush boldly assumed command and led key members of the crew in a heroic effort to keep their ship intact as they tried to escape.

    Scott says: "Riveting!!"
    "A Want to be Novel but a Novella at Heart"
    Overall

    One third sheer excitement, two thirds padding so it did not have to be listed as a Novella. If you do get it do not give up on it before the middle where all the action takes place.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    As plans got under way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in June 1943, British counter-intelligence agent Ewen Montagu masterminded a scheme to mislead the Germans into thinking the next landing would occur in Greece. This extraordinary operation called for a dead body, dressed as a Royal Marine officer and carrying false information about a pending Allied invasion of Greece, to wash up on a Spanish shore near the town of a known Nazi agent.

    Jack M says: "Better than the movie"
    "Amazing Operation"
    Overall

    Finally, a book that goes in-depth into one of the most important operations of WW II that probably saved over 100,000 lives. Regrettably the British had to keep this secret along with things like the Enigma for over 50 years while egomaniacs like Montgomery and his Army of spin doctors gave the British people the impression he won the war single handedly.

    The British developed brilliant pieces of technical equipment, broke unbreakable codes, designed the Merlin engine that took us to Germany and developed unbelievably complex operations that we are just now hearing about.

    This is just one of them that I doubt 1 in 100 Americans have even heard about

    A brilliant piece of work.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Dardanelles Disaster: Winston Churchill's Greatest Defeat

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dan Van Der Vat
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
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    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The British Navy's disastrous attempt to pass through the Dardanelles to Constantinople was a turning point in the history of World War I. Acclaimed naval military expert Dan van der Vat argues that the disaster at the Dardanelles prolonged the war by two years, led to the Russian Revolution, forced Britain to the brink of starvation, and contributed to the destabilization of the Middle East.

    Chris G. says: "True History of the Battle - A good book."
    "Winston: I Don't Love You Any More"
    Overall

    As hard as I tried I could not remember the name of every Cabinet Minister, Lord, Baron, et al plus every battleship and minelayer involved in this fiasco.

    Churchill will lose a notch or two on your admiration scale after you read about the long term consequences of his overly daring, ill-conceived, disastrous plan.

    Churchill has been credited with coining the phrase An Iron Curtain has descended across Europe after WW II ended. Churchills campaign as Lord of the Admiralty during WW I contributed significantly to the rise of Communism as the Russians had to cede massive amounts of land to Germany for peace, giving the Red army a free hand to destroy the White army allowing communism to thrive.

    If you do get this book DO NOT miss the epilogue, it is an eye opener.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Allen Barra
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Yogi Berra is one of the most popular former athletes in American history and the most quoted American since Abraham Lincoln. Part comedian, part feisty competitor, Berra is also the winningest player in baseball history, with 14 pennants, 10 World Series, and three MVPs.

    Thomas says: "Yogi BErra by Allan BArra"
    "Yogi BErra by Allan BArra"
    Overall

    Started off interesting enough, filled with those personal little items we like to hear about our heros. Then little by little the book transitioned into a composite of laborious articles that could be summarized off the N.Y. Times micro-fiche archives, to ensure that you have been completely mired in an inescapable world of boredom. The author then brings out his 60+ year collection of baseball almanacs gleaning out every statistic pertaining to a generation of catchers that ever played the game of baseball.

    Being a masochist, I forged on; it just kills me to flush a good hard earned credit down the toilet.

    The author is correct; Yogi BERRA is one of Americas most quoted and fascinating sports figures, I doubt if Allen BARRA will become one of Americas most published authors. Pitifully lacking in personal information, jam packed with publically available information juxtaposed with Yogis last name and the authors leaves me with a stomach full of skepticism regarding this book.

    Either I have been scammed or the publisher should be looking for a new editor.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Day: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    This novel spans the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "brilliant!"
    "Save your credit, El Stinko"
    Overall

    Previous reviews I wish I read first before wasting a credit. They say it all

    Nancy: This is one of a very few books I haven't been able to finish, and I've read and listened to a great many books.

    Daniel T: I have perhaps listened to over 100 books over the years and have never failed to finish one. This one was so bad, so poorly written that try as I might, I couldn't get through more than about 20% of it. Yuck!

    Jack: Difficult to follow and seemingly disjointed. I never finished the first segment. Given that life is finite, I urge you to spend your time wisely; don't buy it.

    I only wish I took the time to read their comments before I bought this stinker. I have over 1,500 Audible books and this one is in a class by itself, only the 2nd one I have bailed on, a real nonsensical stinker, save your credit

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful

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