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Amanda

Scullin, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Third Reich in Power

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (236)
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    (236)

    The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war. This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of The Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A catalog of horrors"
    "A great historical work, well-narrated"
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    I am working my way through listening to the whole Evans' trilogy. It is good historical scholarship and a well-written narrative history of the Third Reich. As an audio-book, the narrator is generally pretty good - I have no problems listening to his narration and I have found the first two volumes (yet to listen to the third) excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dresden: Tuesday 13 February 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Frederick Taylor
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    At 9.51pm on Tuesday, 13 February 1945, Dresden's air-raid sirens sounded as they had done many times in the previous five years - until then most always a false alarm. No searchlights probed the skies above the unprotected target city; the guns had mostly been moved East to counter the Russian advance. By the next morning, 796 RAF Lancasters and 311 USAAF Flying Fortresses had dropped more than 4,500 tons of high explosives and incendiary devices.

    Amanda says: "Gripping and balanced account of Dresden raids"
    "Gripping and balanced account of Dresden raids"
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    This book was a balanced and thought-provoking, as well as an emotional, account of the Dresden raids and the impact of those raids on the people of Dresden. Taylor does a good job in providing a realistic assessment of the reasons why Dresden was fire-bombed and the ways in which the firebombing became a moral issue at the time and in the postwar period. He also tells an emotive account of the raids as they were experienced by ordinary Germans, including German Jewish people. As an audio book, this is generally gripping stuff. Sean Barrett is a good narrator, although I find some of the accents irritating (at times). I would recommend this to anyone interested in the story of the Dresden raids/ history of the Second World War.

    1 of 1 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3179)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (969)

    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!!!"
    "An OK story"
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    This is one instance where I think I enjoyed the movie more. I found the book somewhat tedious, the historical analysis was not as rigourous as I would have liked and the narrator tended now and then to be annoying. I would recommend this to those who are interested in the story, but dare I recommend the movie if you haven't seen it as the first stop?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1576)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1315)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "A classic story, well-performed"
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    Branagh does a good job with narrating/performing this story. Heart of Darkness is controversial from a modern perspective, of course - but if you want to listen to it, this is well worth the time. The recording is atmospheric and draws you into the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3092)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2574)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "A lovely story"
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    If you're a fan of Ann Patchett, you will enjoy this story. I listened to a podcast of a Patchett talk given here in Australia just recently - she raved about Audible, which was how I discovered the site. I downloaded this free "Christmas" present from Audible and enjoyed it. Patchett is generally a good narrator/speaker and as she's telling a story from her own life, it was appropriate that she read this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael R. Beschloss
    • Narrated By Michael R. Beschloss
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Taking Charge brings you into the room with an American political legend, still hated and revered a quarter century after his death. We hear Lyndon Johnson as he schemes and blusters, rewards and punishes, and reveals a bedrock core of unshakable political beliefs.

    Amanda says: "Great as an audiobook"
    "Great as an audiobook"
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    I agree with another reviewer who said this was one book that works better as an audio book than in print - for anyone interested in this period of American history, the American presidency and/or LBJ this is well worth listening to. The original tapes are fascinating and Beschloss' commentary is generally good. I highly recommend this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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