Be warned, the narration can be kind of dry in some parts; but stay focused, it is so worth it because this book is amazing. It really gives you a first hand account of what it was like to be in 1945 Berlin; It's rare to have such personal accounts of battle and I really would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this type of history; especially those of you interested on the specific war between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
I bought this audio book with high hopes. I own the hard cover book and could never find the time to read it all, it's so huge! So I thought the audio would help. It's not really the narrators fault that I couldn't make it through the entire length; it's just that the material is so dry that even for a history fan I became disinterested fairly fast. Luckily, Audible has several other selections on the same material that are better suited and that I actually made it through :)
So I have been interested in Russian History since I was a boy; in particular into the assassination of the Tsar and his family in 1918. Massie does an amazing recount of the event, the investigation, and aftermath of this historically relevant time in history. If you're at all captivated by this subject than I strongly recommend it.
So I am on my second go around of this audio book. I loved it, very detailed, interesting, and greatly narrated. I recommend it for anyone who might be interested in a little behind the scenes action of 20th century Europe.
Of course this book is historically accurate; Shirer was there! It is a little bit of a misrepresentation to some people though. For example; this isn't a book for you military history buffs out there. Why? Because the little bit of military history is hidden in between the lines of the political story of Nazi Germany. Thats right, if you hate politics, than this book is not for you; the majority of this history is exactly what the title says: Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Mostly about the political party and governance. But it is indeed, a complete work on Nazi Germany.
Classically it isn't supposed to be an edge of your seat thriller; if you're into that than you wouldn't be searching for philosophy. It is indeed a good book, well written, and decently narrated. It's "listenable" and not too difficult to get through; certainly beats the paperback version ;)
This is one of my all time favorite works of fiction. I own this book in paperback and have read it several times. I was quite impressed by the skill of the narrator, who brought the story to life. This gets 5 stars and I will be listening to this audio book again in the future :)
So before I bought this book I was a little bit skeptical; the reason was because some of the reviews were negative. Some people thought the narration was bad while others thought the story moved much to quickly to follow. These people need to stick with their usual murder mysteries because I thought this was an incredible book with a lot to offer.
I am not usually interested in fiction, sticking mostly to my historical non-fiction and science literature; however, this story kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend it for anyone of all ages.
This book is the modern work of our time concerning evolutionary biology. Richard Dawkins does an amazingly thorough job describing the processes of Evolution via Natural Selection. Dawkins leaves no part, no matter how simple out of the book; leaving absolutely no loopholes in which intelligent design theorists can criticize its accuracy.
There are dry points in this book, but the transfer between readers provides a balance for that. It is appropriately lengthened and is extremely well informative. I loved the book, and learned a lot in the progress!
I have listened to it only once, but it definitely won't be the last; nor will it be the last I will be reading of Dawkins work.
It is important to set aside your personal biases, and have an open mind, while not using the word belief, but looking only at the facts.
Charles Darwin's Origin of Species is a little bit outdated; however, it is historically significant in that it is the first work that coins the "theory of evolution".
Although it is not all accurate, it was a stunning piece of work for its time. Any serious Biology enthusiast should read this book, seeing as how all modern evolutionary science references it.
The audiobook is very long, a little dry, and I don't know what version it is either; suffering through the audiobook is better than reading the hard copy though. There is no way around it, push through it, and you'll be glad you did :)
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