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jack

RIVERVIEW, FLORIDA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Conquests and Cultures: An International History

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (146)
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    (145)

    This book is the culmination of fifteen years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over the centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations.

    Mark says: "Time very well spent"
    "Thomas Sowell explains the difficult with clarity"
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    Would you listen to Conquests and Cultures again? Why?

    I intend to listen to this book again because it is difficult to absorb all of the wisdom he imparts in one sitting even though he is a master of explaining very difficult concepts in simple terms.


    What other book might you compare Conquests and Cultures to and why?

    Civilization - the West and the Rest


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    no comment


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I did not find it moving - I had very little emotional response to it - but I found the explanations of the early cultures and how we got to where we are today from those points in history, very compelling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Whiskey Rebels

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    At his most desperate moment, Ethan Saunders is recruited to find his ex-fiancée's missing husband. Meanwhile, Joan Maycott and her Revolutionary War veteran husband distill whiskey on the western Pennsylvania frontier. As their causes intertwine, Joan and Saunders - both patriots in their own way - find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and their new country.

    Lulu says: "In My Top 10 - Maybe Top 5 At Audible"
    "History with a great sense of humor"
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    What did you love best about The Whiskey Rebels?

    David Liss nails it with a compelling, funny, and deeply moving (at times) novel of the early days of the American experiment, centering on events around the whiskey rebellion. One unlikely hero (protagonist) morphs from a delightful scoundrel to a man of substance as LIss takes him from one precarious adventure to the next, all told with understated humor. The other protagonist in the story, who at one point will be pitted against the our beloved scoundrel is more serious and points out the capricious and unrelenting nature of life in early America. The story of these 2 lives told separately and then finally together is masterful. The fact that it sticks very close to history is an extra benefit as it reveals a tumultuous and dangerous time in our early history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Whiskey Rebels?

    I loved the dialog by the protagonist scoundrel - both his inner thoughts (as he justifies keeping a slave) who we find out later, he has actually set free. And his dialog with others - always acting the cad while being refreshingly honest and forthright in his judgements of himself and others.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Ethan Saunders


    Any additional comments?

    Much better than any of Liss's other books because of the refined, understated but laugh out loud humor infused within the pages of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Borneman
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (245)

    Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time.

    Andy says: "war wasn't simpler 75 years ago"
    "Excellent, compelling, informative"
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    What did you love best about The Admirals?

    It was written in a style that kept my interest throughout every page, providing both the strengths and weaknesses of each of the admirals described. The author never lost sight of what he was trying to accomplish in writing about these transcendent personalities, and how they shaped the Navy of WWII and today.


    What other book might you compare The Admirals to and why?

    Pacific Crucible. Another excellent book of the momentous first years of WWII and the men and the decisions that won the war.


    What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

    It was read very well, with al the emphasis in the right places.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite history books of all time, given how informative it was regarding a extremely important facet of warfare - leadership

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1812: The Navy's War

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George C. Daughan
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (234)
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    (236)

    At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America's prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean but America's war fleet, only 20 ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war.

    K. Winters says: "Fantastic, if complicated, account of the war"
    "Excellent Book and intriguing story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very interesting facts about American in it's infancy and how we muddled through in this early war.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    HIs emphasis was always spot on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (273)

    On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

    BB says: "Superb narrative history"
    "EXCELLENT, the writing and the performance"
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    Where does Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    PC delved into the personalities, both American and Japanese, that were part of this struggle. The writing was also compelling - reminding me of John Toland's "But Not In Shame". Total masterpiece.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all of them


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

    This is the first perforance by Grover.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    HOw can anyone read about the lead up and Battle of Midway without being moved and realizing that our military was a reflection of our culture and how important that is in allowing us to make the right choices.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harold J. Goldberg
    • Narrated By Gary D. MacFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
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    (7)

    In June 1944, the attention of the nation was riveted on the events unfolding in France. But in the Pacific, the Battle of Saipan was of extreme strategic importance. D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan is a gripping account of one of the most dramatic engagements of World War II. The conquest of Saipan and the neighboring island of Tinian was a turning point in the war in the Pacific, making the American victory against Japan inevitable.

    jack says: "Written like an amateur's account of his battle"
    "Written like an amateur's account of his battle"
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    What would have made D-Day in the Pacific better?

    The book was written in a way that made it seem like an amateur pulled together some notes on a battle he took part in. The author seemed to have a grudge against Howlin Mad Smith and perhaps that is justified. But the author spent too much time on this fact and not enough giving context to the actions of the heroes on the field.


    Has D-Day in the Pacific turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gary D. MacFadden’s performances?

    No - - there is no excuse for not knowing how to pronounce nautical terms like boatswain's mate - - it is pronounced BO-sun - not Boat Swane. Islands in several island chains were also mis-pronounced. The author also seemed like he was just reading the book (for the first time) - part of this was due to the way it was written, but some of it was just a bad performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from D-Day in the Pacific?

    I WOULD HAVE SPENT LESS TIME ON THE INDICTMENT OF GENERAL H.M. SMITH


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (520)

    We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

    Ryan says: "A catalog of positive innovations on the horizon"
    "stick to the facts and skip the politics"
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    Would you try another book from Steven Kotler and Peter H. Diamandis and/or Arthur Morey?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Kotler and Peter H. Diamandis again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Arthur Morey’s performances?

    Yes


    Was Abundance worth the listening time?

    Yes, there were some very interesting "facts" but the value was mitigated by a healthy dose of progressive politics injected into the dialog from time to time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Manchester, Paul Reid
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (413)

    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
    "Winston - incredible guy - prescient beyond belief"
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    Would you listen to The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 again? Why?

    Yes, to try to capture all the momentus history of which he was a part.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I usually do not like it when the narrator tries to imitate the voices but he nailed Churchill's and it helped in knowing when he was quoting Churchill directly.


    Did Clive Chafer and Paul Reid do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes. But it drove me to distraction the way he (Chafer) or he (Reid) felt he had to define every single direct and indirect object. If HE said he was going to Chartwell for dinner I damn well knew that he was talking about Churchill, not the Archbishop of Canterbury


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    First were the years of 1940 and 1941, when Churchill and the Europeans were dealing with the Nazi and Axis push through Europe and we did not even seem to notice there was a war going on. The second - When Churchill was dealing with Roosevelt and Stalin - - It was so obvious that Churchill was right and that the world might have been in much better shape if Roosevelt had listened to Churchill rather than winging it with Stalin.


    Any additional comments?

    This really give us Americans a good idea of the war years we missed - when things seem so bleak.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6928)
    Performance
    (2736)
    Story
    (2744)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Leave politics out of science"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author went off on one knucklehead that did not reveal what he knew about the dangers of a certain chemical - - worth a note but not a chapter. His bent on climate change also seemed like a political rather than scientific rant. EVERYTHING I LEARNED IN THIS BOOK TOLD ME THAT WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND HOW CHANGES WILL EFFECT THE EARTH. So just tell me about the science and let me draw my own conclusions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Short History of Nearly Everything?

    I really liked the march of history, the reign of the dinosaurs, the very long history of Homo erectus and humans, and how genes and DNA and RNA change the world. I also liked the explanations of scientists, what they did and did not do - and how many broke new ground, while others ruled their age while their theories were later disproved. That - I never got in science class.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gordon Thomas
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    despinne says: "Hatchet Job?"
    "a very good but disjointed history of the Mossad"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time was well spent , but it was very hard to keep up with all the jumps in time and personnel. It would have been better if the author would have dealt with the history chronologically - rather than jumping back and forth from one time and director of Mossad to another - often without any glue to hold the disparate parts together.


    Would you recommend Gideon's Spies to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. but ony to those who are familiar with intelligence organizations.


    Which character – as performed by Theodore Bikel – was your favorite?

    HIs narration was good because I thought I was listening to an Israeli telling the story


    Was Gideon's Spies worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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