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William

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  • The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (247)

    It is the 20th century's unrivaled epic: At a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his best-selling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all - the titanic battle in Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the war's final campaign, and Atkinson's astonishingly fresh account of that enormous gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows.

    David I. Williams says: "Well Written Overview"
    "Super book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Guns at Last Light the most enjoyable?

    Attention to the personalities of the leaders and the clashes between them and how soldiers died because of their leaders stupidity.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    June 5, 1967: The fearsome, Soviet-equipped Egyptian Army and its 1000 tanks are massed on Israel's southern border. Meanwhile, the Syrian Army is shelling the much smaller nation from the north. And to the east, Jordan and Iraq are moving brigades and fighter squadrons into position to attack. Egypt's President Nasser has declared that the Arab world's goal is no less than "the destruction of Israel."

    Andy from FL says: "As close to being there as you can get"
    "a personal look"
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    Where does The Lion's Gate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked it. it was an unusual look inside the 6 day war


    What did you like best about this story?

    an up close and personal look at individual stories


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

    a reminder that the governments of Israel's neighbors are dedicated to the destruction of Israel


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (93)

    The most famous American of his time, Andrew Jackson is a seminal figure in American history. The first "common man" to rise to the presidency, Jackson embodied the spirit and the vision of the emerging American nation; the term "Jacksonian democracy" is embedded in our national lexicon. With the sweep, passion, and attention to detail that made The First American a Pulitzer Prize finalist, historian H.W. Brands shapes a historical narrative that's as fast-paced and compelling as the best fiction.

    Eric says: "Very Thorough"
    "First man of the people"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    an up close personal look at an extraordinary man. He started with nothing and became president.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    a fighter for states rights, he would be shocked by the scope of the federal government today


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    nothing


    Do you have any additional comments?

    The first ordinary man to become president. Dogged by the elitist east, he was a man of the people

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Were One: Shoulder-to-Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick K. O'Donnell
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company's 1st Platoon became one of the first American forces to enter Fallujah, where they encountered some of the most intense hand-to-hand combat since World War II. Civilians were used as human shields or as bait to lure soldiers into buildings rigged with explosives; suicide bombers approached from every corner hoping to die and take Americans with them; radical insurgents, high on adrenaline, fought to the death.

    Douglas says: "An important story"
    "Let down by the Media again"
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    Where does We Were One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top, This book captures the horror and comradeship of men in combat, more that comradeship, brotherhood is a better word though not good enough. Men die for each other in the houses of Fallujah.


    What other book might you compare We Were One to and why?

    The media spends more time on cutting down the service of the brave combat soldier, than showing the bravery and courage of the men.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes, he was there during most of the battle


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I just heard that a lot of soldiers are on food stamps. That is a shame. Out elected officials should be forced on to food stamps

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stupid Wars: A Citizen's Guide to Botched Putsches, Failed Coups, Inane Invasions, and Ridiculous Revolutions

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Prince, Ed Strosser
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    When winners write history, they sometimes "forget" to include their own embarrassing misjudgments. Fortunately, this take-no-prisoners edition of history isn't going to let the winners (or the losers) forget the mistakes of the past. Be prepared to laugh out loud - and gasp in horror - at the most painfully idiotic strategies, alliances, and decisions the world has ever known.

    William says: "How stupid can leaders be?"
    "How stupid can leaders be?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stupid Wars the most enjoyable?

    I marveled at how stupid and short sighted people are when put into positions of responsibility


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The guys to tried to kill Hitler. Just one stupid mistake after another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the American Army invaded Siberia. I know that some presidents are idiots and a lot of people of serve them are just yes men, but this was over doing it.


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

    If parts were not so pitiful, it would be funny


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (508)

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "Real Men"
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    What made the experience of listening to Outlaw Platoon the most enjoyable?

    Want to know what combat is really like


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The every day courage of our fighting men


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

    no


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    we give countries (Pakistan) billions and get stabbed in the back, and the politicians let them get away with it.


    Any additional comments?

    With our "busy" lives, we forget that some Americans are duty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Chuck Pfarrer
    • Narrated By Chuck Pfarrer
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    "Since the first navy frogmen crawled onto the beaches of Normandy, no SEAL has ever surrendered," writes Chuck Pfarrer. "No SEAL has ever been captured, and not one teammate or body has ever been left in the field. This legacy of valor is unmatched in modern warfare." Warrior Soul is a book about the warrior spirit, and it takes the listener all over the world. Former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer recounts some of his most dangerous assignments.

    Jason says: "An amazing story"
    "thought this would be super macho but no"
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    What made the experience of listening to Warrior Soul the most enjoyable?

    Story on Beriut and the Marines and how stupid America's top civilians are. No civilian but the President should be able to give orders the troops


    What other book might you compare Warrior Soul to and why?

    none Some of stephen ambrose might be close but not as good


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

    voice of experience When he says I saw this or I did this is powerful


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (495)

    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    Andrew Pilecki says: "Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War"
    "great listen"
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    If you could sum up A World Undone in three words, what would they be?

    stupid officers, politicans


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

    Stupid is as stupid does


    Any additional comments?

    The stupidity of senior officers, political leaders is unbelievable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    A masterful biography of the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, Citizen Soldiers provides a compelling account of the extraordinary stories of ordinary men in their fight for democracy. From the high command on down to the enlisted men, Stephen E. Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews and oral histories from men on both sides who were there.

    Jeremy says: "Required reading, excellent narration"
    "The title says it all"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Ambrose, as usual, takes us into the foxholes with the GI. His treatment of the Generals, prima donnas all, makes us wonder how we won.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He made you feel like you were there


    Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favorite?

    any of the actual GI's


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

    both but mostly cry, The horrors our soldiers endured


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (201)

    With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

    Thomas says: "Hornfischer does it again."
    "The "untold story" of Guadalcanal"
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    Would you listen to Neptune's Inferno again? Why?

    Yes, it is informative, detailed, but not dry


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neptune's Inferno?

    The stories aboard ships under attack


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Who knew you had to be brave to be in the navy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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