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Lee Hutch

I am an avid reader/listener. I teach history at a local community college and I enjoy history and mystery/suspense novels.

Texas | Member Since 2011

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 194 titles in library
  • 43 purchased in 2014
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  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (291)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "An Excellent Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Masters of the Air the most enjoyable?

    I thought the book did a wonderful job mixing the stories of the men in the planes with the political and strategic parts of the book. This made for a well rounded story which really gave the listener a full picture of the war.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Masters of the Air?

    The descriptions of what took place inside the planes in the skies over Europe are absolutely riveting.


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

    I thought that the narrator did a wonderful job. Often times the narrators for history books can be dry and, to be frank, rather dull. Mr. Dean did a magnificent job. The book flows very well and so it really felt like I was listening to someone describe the events rather than reading from a book.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1509)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1164)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "An "Interesting" Listen"
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    Any additional comments?

    I would give this book two different reviews depending on the listener. If you are a prepper, survivalist, or think the government is coming to take you guns away from you, this is the book for you. My wife asked me what the book was about. I told her it was "prepper porn". In all honesty though, if you are interested in surviving the collapse, listen to this with a pen and paper handy as it is really more of a how-to manual than a novel. The author is the king of the information dump wherein you get pages of explicitly detailed information about weapon systems, etc. Often at the expense of the story. If you are not interested in the above, then avoid this book unless you want to gain insight into people who are interested in such things.

    That said, the narrator does a really, really good job. I probably would have turned it off along about hour number three had it not been for that. Instead, I listened to the whole thing. I can't say that it is a well written novel, but neither can I say that it is a bad novel. I think the author accomplished his purpose and I rather doubt that this was intended for the general public to enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweet Science

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Liebling
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    This collection of A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" brings vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of boxing's American heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, Joe Louis' unfortunate decline. Liebling never fails to find the human story behind the fight, and he evokes the atmosphere in the arena as distinctly as he does the goings-on in the ring.

    J says: "Too much on the fights, not enough on the fighters"
    "A Gifted Writer Turns Boxing Into Ballet"
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    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to this book three times. I'm a boxing fan, of course, but Liebling is a gifted wordsmith. The prose he used to write the articles that make up this book is some of the best ever written in the English language. The narrator does an outstanding job too. I would not recommend this to someone who is not a boxing and/or sports fan though as much of it would not interest them. However, it is a must for the casual or devoted fan of the sweet science of bruising!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    College football has never been more popular - or more chaotic. Millions fill 100,000-seat stadiums every Saturday; tens of millions more watch on television every weekend. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama had a viewership of 26.4 million people, second only to the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars from television deals now flow into the game; the average budget for a top-ten team is $80 million; top coaches make more than $3 million a year; the highest paid, more than $5 million.

    Lee Hutch says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors went out of their way to put together a true look at college football; from tutors working with athletes, janitors, athletic directors, coaches, boosters, and the players themselves. I've been a lifelong football fan and so I am familiar with some of the scandals that are mentioned but they fill in the gaps left in the media coverage. The narrator does a wonderful job and the book never feels tedious. I find myself sometimes staying in my car longer so that I can finish a chapter before I go inside work or home. Not many audio books can get me to do that.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nicholas Dawidoff
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    We watch football every Sunday, but we don't really see it. By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff explored the game in such an intimate way that he can now put you right inside the NFL. Collision Low Crossers is a story that is part Paper Lion and part Moneyball, part Friday Night Lights and part The Office.

    R. Anderson says: "A must listen for the NFL junkie"
    "An Excellent Behind the Scenes Look At the NFL"
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    This was a really good book. My wife and I both listened to it. The narrator is top notch and the story is great as well. As a lifelong football fan, I already knew the outcome of the Jets' season, but I still found myself on the edge of my seat during the dramatic moments of the games. My favorite part was when the author got to call the defense during a preseason game and they got a pick six! Though I am a die hard member of Who Dat Nation ever since birth, I do like Rex Ryan and it was cool to get a peak at how he works. (Especially since we now have his twin brother as our Defense Coordinator in New Orleans!) I recommend this to any football fan. I don't know if it would really interest a non-fan, but certainly for the casual or full enthusiast, this book is a must!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Decisive Battles of World History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gregory S. Aldrete
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    Throughout history, military engagements have altered the course of historical events. In these 36 dynamic lectures, Professor Aldrete leads you in discovering the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of events and defining our world. Across 4,000 years of history, you'll explore nearly 40 key military engagements, from the milestone battles of Western civilization to their counterparts in the Middle East, India, and Asia.

    Ken Mitchell says: "Excellent survey of decisive battles in history"
    "Excellent!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good overview of major battles in world history. The professor's delivery is excellent. He does a good job in the first lecture at explaining his rationale for choosing the battles that he did. The lectures on the battles themselves are a perfect blend of background information, the battle, and the aftermath. I am a military history buff, so this course is right up my alley! That said, I think that anyone interested in world history would benefit from listening to it. Do it today. You won't be sorry.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Kelly
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (209)

    It started in 1845 and lasted six years. Before it was over, more than one million men, women, and children starved to death and another million fled the country. Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was one of the worst disasters in the 19th century-it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War. A perfect storm of bacterial infection, political greed, and religious intolerance sparked this catastrophe.

    C. Telfair says: "Unforgettable, Haunting, and a Compelling Warning"
    "In A Word......Excellent!"
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    Any additional comments?

    As the great-great-great-grandson of immigrants who came to America during "The Great Hunger", I've always had a healthy interest in this tragic period in Irish History. This book did not disappoint. As a community college history professor, I have to admit that when I listen to non-fiction books, I hate the ones that are heavy handed with facts, figures, and dates. I prefer those with a broader narrative that weaves the "meat" of the story in with the stories of individuals. This book does not disappoint in that regard. I have to say that I listened to it once just for the story and then again for specific details. It is easy to get lost in, for sure.

    I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in this period of Irish History. I particularly recommend it to Irish-Americans, Irish-Canadians, or Irish-Australians who's families fled Ireland during this era. It will bring you closer to your ancestors and you will get a better understanding of exactly what transpired during those tragic years.

    Modern day arguments over whether or not the "Famine" was an act of genocide or not certainly have their place. However, by focusing entirely on that we lose sight of what is really important. These were human beings who endured tremendous hardships and were forced out of a land they loved. Indeed, they arrived on distant shores an unwanted people, certainly in America, but through it all they endured and then they thrived. As we approach St. Patrick's Day, let those of us who are lucky enough to be descended from these brave men and women never forget the struggles that our families went through to make for us the life that we enjoy today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Run: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (378)

    Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected. A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state. Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold. Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace. Two days ago the killers began to mobilize. Yesterday all the power went out. Tonight....

    Paula says: "A Very Good Thriller!"
    "An Edge of Your Seat Listen!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a very good listen. Though the plot was a little bit predictable, the author did an excellent job with this book. The pacing was very fast. Listening to it sucks you in and you almost feel exhausted by the end of the book....but not in a bad way. This genre is outside of what I normally listen to and I did so with trepidation. My fears proved to be unfounded. This was a very good listening experience. I'd have no problem suggesting it to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen C. Guelzo
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history–the most intimate and richly readable account we have had–of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history.

    W. F. Rucker says: "A Fresh Look at a Famous Battle"
    "A Good Overview"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the book was very well written and also very well narrated. Listening to non-fiction audiobooks can be tricky at times because a good narrator can make a dull book better, but the opposite is also true. I thought this book did a good job blending the narration with the text. Overall I think this book gave a good overview of the Gettysburg Campaign. There really isn't a whole lot of "new" material out there on the battle, so writing a campaign study normally consists of rehashing a lot of previously heard stories. However, the author made this book seem fresh and offered some new analysis and conclusions. The narrator did a good job as well and made the listening experience a good one.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1597)
    Performance
    (1445)
    Story
    (1443)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "A Great Listen"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julie was my favorite character. The first part of the book seemed to flow a lot better when "she" was narrating.


    What about Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell ’s performance did you like?

    The different accents were great. She went from Scottish to English (with an American one thrown in as well!)


    Any additional comments?

    The plot seemed a little bit predictable, but the narration and story line were still very good and even though part of me knew how it was going to end, I still found myself listening intently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (216)

    From one of our finest military historians comes a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the 20th century.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A different kind of history"
    "A Great Listen"
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    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Absolutely. The pacing of the narrative was very good. Writing a book about World War 2 is a difficult undertaking due to the sheer scope of the project. I think this one did an outstanding job in giving the reader (okay, listener) a good overview of the war.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The use of frequent quotations by participants in the events described made the book feel more human.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    This may sound strange, but when I listen to a World War 2 book, I prefer the reader to have an English accent for some reason. Mr. Cosham did a wonderful job with the narration.


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

    By allowing the participants of these events to speak for themselves, the book provoked a range of emotion from laughter to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to anyone interested in the Second World War be they a newcomer to the subject or a veteran reader. I have a BA and an MA in History and I teach at a local community college. I've spend a large portion of my life reading and studying World War 2. I would rank this book among some of the best that I have ever come across. Max Hastings is one of the best WW2 historians out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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