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EJV

Pinckney, MI USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David E. Hoffman
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (135)

    During the Cold War, world superpowers amassed nuclear arsenals containing the explosive power of one million Hiroshimas. The Soviet Union secretly plotted to create the "Dead Hand," a system designed to launch an automatic retaliatory nuclear strike on the United States, and developed a fearsome biological warfare machine. President Ronald Reagan, hoping to awe the Soviets into submission, pushed hard for the creation of space-based missile defenses.

    Andrew says: "Credible study into Russia's weapons programmes"
    "Illuminating portrayal of our cold war challenges"
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    Where does The Dead Hand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    To date, The Dead Hand was the most enthralling audiobook I have enjoyed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked learning the details about the news snippets I heard in the eighties and nineties.


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

    Mr. Walter has a clear and captivating narration style that holds one's attention rather firmly, leaving little opportunity for the mind to wander.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Oh, how close to the cliff!


    Any additional comments?

    A worthwhile information and entertainment investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By W. Craig Reed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (188)

    Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy.

    SeaDuck says: "Blind Man's Bluff meets Cuban Missile Crisis"
    "Outstanding story of courage and dedication"
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    What made the experience of listening to Red November the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narration and a fine story combined to provide a great listening experience. The story captivated me while listening and made me look forward to my next quiet moment. It was a great way to learn a bit about our history while being treated to an entertaining experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur Goldschmidt, Lawrence Davidson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (197)

    The ninth edition of this widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment.

    Magnus Odeen says: "An honest, detailed and well written history"
    "Good review of a key part of our world's history"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the book was very informative about the transformative gyrations in the lands and peoples of the region. It was good to learn a bit about the nature and mindset of the peoples of the region and how they impact the world at large. I have come to the belief, however, that the authors seem somewhat biased in favor of Muslims. Atrocities conducted by Muslims were largely glossed over or presented as a matter of course, whereas atrocities perpetrated by non-Muslim peoples were presented as gross failures of culture, morality, and ideology; especially anything Isreali in nature.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (984)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Interesting sidenote to WWII history."
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    Where does Lost in Shangri-La rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was as enjoyable as the other books I have listened to so far.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was well written and narrated. It was a pleasure to listen to as I learned a bit of American history that was previously unaware of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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