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  • The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    The very young men who flew the B24s over Germany in World War II against terrible odds were an exemplary band of brothers. In The Wild Blue, Stephen Ambrose recounts their extraordinary brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship. Stephen Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and chose those few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war.

    jud says: "Terrific book."
    "Terrific book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am a retired Army Aviator...this book brought back many memories for me. Written with great insight. The reader is excellent


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Ruins of Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ronald Spector
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Americans are accustomed to thinking that World War II ended on August 14, 1945, when the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. Yet on the mainland of Asia, in the vast arc stretching from Manchuria to Burma, peace was a brief, fretful interlude. In some parts of Asia, such as Java and Southern Indonesia, only a few weeks passed before new fighting broke out between nationalist forces and the former colonial powers.

    S says: "Informative, but not an engrossing listen"
    "A slog"
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    I am an old guy...76. I am aware of most of the broad brush details presented in the book. This book is exhaustively researched to the point that the tale is lost in the details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8118)
    Performance
    (4828)
    Story
    (4816)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Another triumph"
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    He has don it again...taken a history lesson and turned it into a spellbinding story. Well done, Ken!

    0 of 0 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
    (11857)
    Performance
    (7814)
    Story
    (7849)

    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!"
    "WOW!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is beautifully written, flawlessly performed and speaks to anyone who has flown an aircraft in harm's way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2343)
    Performance
    (1715)
    Story
    (1714)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "Only an average history"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no


    Would you recommend In the Garden of Beasts to your friends? Why or why not?

    no


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

    dodd


    Could you see In the Garden of Beasts being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This history of one of the pivotal times of the world is told through the eyes of a single family. While it is skillfully crafted, I found it to be shallow and of little use.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3845)
    Performance
    (3424)
    Story
    (3443)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "A real page turner"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a beautifully done history. Concise, not wordy and too the point, it is the best narration of the events surrounding the President's death I have ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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