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jeffrey

I love history and I really love a good story based in historical events.

Cherry Hill, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Harold Holzer
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett, Traber Burns, Robin Field, and others
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    In July 1883, just a few days after the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of editors at the Century magazine engaged in a lively argument: Which Civil War battle was the bloodiest battle of them all? One claimed it was Chickamauga, another Cold Harbor. The argument inspired a brainstorm: Why not let the magazine’s 125,000 readers in on the conversation by offering “a series of papers on some of the great battles of the war, to be written by officers in command on both sides.”

    jeffrey says: "The war as seen by the men who were there."
    "The war as seen by the men who were there."
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    Any additional comments?

    The anthology nature of the work screams for better navigation and descriptions. I don't necessarily want to listen to it in order since the chapters can stand on their own. I would like to be able to jump around and listen to the chapters that interest me and skip the ones that don't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Co. Aytch: The Classic Memoir of the Civil War by a Confederate Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sam R. Watkins
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Early in May 1861, 21-year-old Sam R. Watkins of Columbia, Tennessee, joined the First Tennessee Regiment. He fought in all of its major battles, from Shiloh to Nashville. Twenty years later, with a "house full of young 'rebels' clustering around my knees and bumping about my elbows," he wrote the remarkable account of "Co. Aytch," its common foot soldiers, its commanders, its Yankee enemies, its victories and defeats, and its ultimate surrender on April 26, 1865.

    Tucker says: "Must Have"
    "Totally mismatched narrator"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Co. Aytch?

    Some interesting experiences by the author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Tragic, poignant, mundane, humorous - all sounded the same by this guy. Also, totally wrong accent. Couldn't they have found someone with a southern accent to read the book. After all this is the classic memoir of a private soldier from the Confederate side.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4555)
    Performance
    (3828)
    Story
    (3836)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "An enjoyable addition to the saga."
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    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    It will take a while before I listen to this book again. Primarily because of the length. I didn't like how the book basically jumped from WW-1 Generation in book 1 to barely mentioning them in book 2. It worked but some kind of transition would have been preferable. It is a long story, and by the end I was comfortable with the jump and the new characters but it bothered me at first. I listen to audiobooks on my commute and on my daily dog walk. Long stories give me something to listen to that lasts a while.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oddly enough I will listen to very long books but I am not quite so likely to read them. I do more listening than reading so I keep my "reading" books to 3-400 pages. I would never have read this book but I enjoyed listening to it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. way too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the next book in the series. Now that I know it will jump to the next generation I am ready for it, and should probably enjoy it more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven and Hell: Volume Three of the North and South Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (339)

    From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the dramatic conclusion to the North and South saga. The Civil War has ended, but the Hazards and Mains have yet to face their greatest struggles. Even as the embers of old hatreds continue to burn in the heart of a nation torn apart by war, a new future in the West awaits a new generation of Americans seeking a life of their own - and a place to call their own.

    jeffrey says: "Surprisingly good."
    "Surprisingly good."
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    What did you love best about Heaven and Hell?

    I loved the look at the Reconstruction era.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the author managed to suck me in with the story of Charles Maine and his difficulty fitting into a post war world. I got this book to just finish out the trilogy, but I wasn't that interested. However having read the first 2 felt I had to read the last one. I was surprised at how much the book managed to hold my interest.


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

    I have heard a number of Grover Gardner's audio performances. He did a good job, but his wasn't the vocal style I would have picked for this series. He sounds too Western. Better would have been 2 readers - one with a Mid-Atlantic accent for the Hazards, and one with a South Carolina accent for the Maines.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Catriona

    • UNABRIDGED
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Catriona, first published in 1893, is the sequel to Kidnapped and continues the adventures of David Balfour and his friend Alan Breck. Balfour returns to the city in order to defend Breck against false charges in the Appin murder. In so doing, he becomes a pawn in a game between feuding Scottish clans; he also sets eyes on a young woman whose involvement in the same matter becomes as central to his actions as his desire to vindicate his comrade in arms.

    Tad Davis says: "A treat"
    "Finish up the Kidnapped Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Catriona the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is just a joy to listen to. I have always been a big fan of Kidnapped. I remember reading both books as a kid but I've never read Catriona again. Having seen a movie version of Kidnapped (the Michael Caine version) recently I felt like reading the follow up book again. Wasn't exactly like I recall. Somehow I liked James Stuart of the Glenn getting off better than his being hanged in almost an afterthought. Still an enjoyable book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    David Balfour was as clueless with women as so many of us are. I am still with David, I have no idea why Miss Grant's letter to him would so upset Catriona. I rather wish the author had shared the secret with us.


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

    I want to say he did "Farewell to Catilonia" by Orwell. If it wasn't him it was his audible double. They both were very pleasant books.


    Any additional comments?

    Some parts of the story were a bit disjointed. RLS made a big deal of Davie trying to get James of the Glenn exonerated and then announces his hanging as almost an afterthought. Kidnapped was a better thought out book. It was nice to see David get the girl in the end though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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