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Neil

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Ghost Soldiers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By James Naughton
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    (60)
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    At once a gripping depiction of men at war and a compelling story of redemption, Ghost Soldiers joins such landmark works as Flags of Our Fathers and The Greatest Generation Speaks in preserving the legacy of World War II for future generations.

    Jesse says: "Beautifully written"
    "Amazing story"
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    This was an amazing true story. Great detail by the author, and I felt I was there with the Rangers. Narration was dry in the beginning, but once the story unfolded the narrator was ideal. If you like war stories this is a winner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Despite the title, Dickens's portrayal of early industrial society is less relentlessly grim than that in novels by contemporaries such as Elizabeth Gaskell or Charles Kingsley. Hard Times weaves the tale of Thomas Gradgrind, a hard-headed politician who raises his children Louisa and Tom without love; of Sissy, the circus girl with love to spare who is deserted and adopted into their family; and of the honest mill worker Stephen Blackpool and the bombastic mill owner Josiah Bounderby.

    Jefferson says: "A Classic: Head vs. Heart in an Industrial Hell"
    "Another Dickens Classic Enjoy"
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    I have read numerous Dickens and this is another great story with all the fantastic characters that Dickens is known for. Martin Jarvis narration is first rate. Jarvis does a great interpretation of Mr. Bounderby and the funniest Mr. Sleary. Sleary comes at the end of the book, but it is worth the download just to hear Sleary. I read this book long ago, but listening to DIckens is really the key, as you understand the character much more by listening. I know the book confronts the English society of the times, but this book like many Dickens books is about the characters. If you don't know Dickens this is a good starter book as it is far shorter than any of his other books. Most of Dickens books are 800 to 1000 pages while this one is in the 300 hundred range. I think this book will hook one into being a Dickens and Jarvis fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit from the Economic Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter D. Schiff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
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    (118)
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    The economic and monetary disaster, which seasoned Wall Street prognosticator Peter Schiff warned of in the bestselling first edition of Crash Proof, is no longer hypothetical - it is here today. And while most people believe that the economic collapse is over, the reality is that it has only just begun. That's why he's returned with Crash Proof 2.0.

    Michael says: "Eye opening look into the future of the US economy"
    "Be Careful Out there"
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    I have read several books on the economy since the 2007-2008 crash. This is very good in that he provides viable suggestions on what may happen and what to do. Now this was written years ago, and Schiff maybe ahead in his predictions. I wish I bought gold when it was $600 or $700/ounce not long ago. Gold is down now, surely will glisten again. The US debt and even that of Europe together with aging populations will cause a deflationary situation that will affect us all. Maybe 2014 is a more optimum time to read this book then on 08 or 09?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyage of the Damned: A Shocking True Story of Hope, Betrayal, and Nazi Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Morgan Witts, Gordon Thomas
    • Narrated By Chris Kayser
    Overall
    (5)
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    This book is a meticulous reconstruction of a tragic episode in the history of the Nazi persecution of the Jews. The SS. St. Louis left Hamburg in May of 1939 with 937 Jewish refugees on board who thought they had bought visas to enter Cuba. Refused entry in Cuba and the United States the ship eventually had to turn around and return to Europe. The voyage to freedom was in the end nothing more than a roundabout journey to the concentration camps.

    Neil says: "There were Good Germans and Bad Nazi's"
    "There were Good Germans and Bad Nazi's"
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    Excellent book about the the prelude to war and the final solution. The captain did all he could to help save the boat people. The Nazi's had spies on board, and the Cuban government was wishy washy to let the people land and then they said no even if money was paid. There were suicides, and you can imagine the desperation of these travelers trying to get free from the country that didn't want them alive. The Nazi's wanted the ship to return just to complete their final solution even though they could have let them go. Eventually many were free to land in England and France, but France was later taken over so free for a time. This is a very good read of real history of hundreds of family's fleeing a disparate situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Rickards
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (161)
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    (140)
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    The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939, and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: War, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching - and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk.

    Jean says: "A good review of the global financial system"
    "As the saying goes Information is Power"
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    This is a very good read about a potential if not inevitable change in the US dollar. I have read When Money Dies by Adam Ferguson which was about hyperinflation of Wiemar Germany after WW1, also The Road to Serfdom by F.A Hayek, which tells a similar tale of deficits and bad Central Planning. Rickards book refers to deficit spending, and the likely loss of the US dollar as a reserve currency. If that happens then the US will have a major problem with the cost of imports. Everyone holding dollars will be wiped out eccentrically. A new US will see much lower prices of homes, and higher prices of goods, and a much, much lower standard of living. Richards suggests the world will have SDR's issued by the IMF(International Monetary Fund) as the reserve currency. Although, SDR's are also a fiat currency so they will have to be back by gold. Thus gold prices will rise dramatically. This deficit spending which has gone on and on for decades may come to a head shortly with a depression that will last years. Nobody really knows, but one should know this information to protect your family. Either way something is going to happen. The US can't continue to keep spending at a deficit. If you have debts, and have mostly cash in you bank then you have to read and know this information.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Scott
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
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    (133)
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    The War Below is a dramatic account of extraordinary heroism, ingenuity, and perseverance—and the vital role American submarines played in winning the Pacific War. Focusing on the unique stories of the submarines Silversides, Drum, and Tang—and the men who skippered and crewed them—James Scott takes readers beneath the waves to experience the thrill of a direct hit on a merchant ship and the terror of depth charge attacks.

    Ryan says: "Unique. Engaging. Worth your credit."
    "Snipers of the Pacific War"
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    It almost seems criminal hiding under the sea waiting for merchant ships to sink in the middle of the night but that is war. This is an excellent account of three submarines and their Captains and the set up to find targets. It gives details of life on board, and you can almost smell and feel the sea air when the Captains come above the sea to survey the horizon. There is even an account when the sub was unnoticed between two columns of ships and they had to choose which side to fire upon. I especially like the account after the Tang was hit (self inflicted) and how the sailors reached the surface. If you like WW2 or different look at the war then I recommend this book. Download it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Japanese Destroyer Captain: Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway - The Great Naval Battles Seen Through Japanese Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Captain Tameichi Hara
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
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    (43)
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    This highly regarded war memoir was a best seller in both Japan and the United States during the 1960s and has long been treasured by historians for its insights into the Japanese side of the surface war in the Pacific. The author was a survivor of more than one hundred sorties against the Allies and was known throughout Japan as the Unsinkable Captain.

    Neil says: "Excellent account from the Japanese point of View"
    "Excellent account from the Japanese point of View"
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    This is an excellent book from Captain Hara who was on numerous major missions including the invasion of the Philippines, Guadalcanal, Savo Island, and Midway. He criticized the admirals including Yamamoto who he felt should not have commanded the Japanese Navy. And he saw that the Japanese were reacting to the US and not proactive in the war. Most books I have read on the Pacific War are from the US point of View, so this is refreshing to read it from a Japanese Captain. He was also a Nanking, but he played down the atrocities. He later admitted to being an alcoholic so there was honesty there. There are real accounts of his battles with the allies, and he notes a few time how the allies evasive tactics were superior to the Japanese. He goes through the battles concisely and meticulously so if you want details of what happen that night then this is the book for you. He also fired upon John Kennedy;s PT boat, which he give a brief account.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Olds, Christina Olds, Ed Rasimus
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (441)

    A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with twelve aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend.

    R. A. Frank says: "Top Notch Audiobook"
    "Great Story of a pilot through several wars."
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    A great story and read of a pilot of WW2, the cold war and Vietnam. He was able to learn to fly both types of planes. He was a true military man in the Air force all of his life, and ending as a general. He was a real soldier and he was not afraid of telling the brass they were wrong. He even modified planes in the field since the Air force brass wouldn't. This is the type of commander who has field experience and made a difference in saving lives of his airmen.
    His personal life did take a toll as a career soldier he was more married to the air command then his wife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

    Joseph Hayek says: "From a former tank commander"
    "Fantastic Read of an exceptional life"
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    Han Von Luck was in almost all the theaters of the war. The invasion of France, North Africa, Invasion of Russia, then Normandy and defense of Berlin. He takes you though the battles and politics of the war. Von luck was not a Nazi, but had to live with the insanity of the war and prison in Russia. He was an exceptional man who was not bitter after years of war with limited supplies, and then he endured years of captivity in the Russian coal mines including a punishment camp. Yet he has good things to say about everyone, North Africans, the allies and even the Russians. He was later released and was not able to get a good job since he was a war officer. He endured all over a decade, and kept his spirits and head up. He is an example of a great spirit, a survivor, and a man of character. Someone to look up to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Lubbeck
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    This is the remarkable story of a German soldier who fought throughout World War II, rising from conscript private to captain of a heavy weapons company on the Eastern Front. >William Lubbeck, age 19, was drafted into the Wehrmacht in August 1939. As a member of the 58th Infantry Division, he received his baptism of fire during the 1940 invasion of France. The following spring his division served on the left flank of Army Group North in Operation Barbarossa.

    Neil says: "Excellent Read, it Also Moves Fast"
    "Excellent Read, it Also Moves Fast"
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    This book takes you from his recruitment through the years after the war in North America. He sites an inspiration from the diary of a Napoleonic foot soldier but Jacob Walter a short book I also recommend on audible. I have read many books on WW II, but this is detailed as it is from his own diary. What I found very compelling was his life after the war in East Germany. How the communists worked and how they persecuted his family, over and over. Lubbecks family were not Nazi's, which caused them problems during the war and they were certainly not communists. To read how families survived through all this Nazi persecution and Communist government theft, and insanity makes one appreciate life in the west today even though it is not perfect. It is a very brisk read, and I had to stop it several times to hear chapters again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pickwick Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    The Pickwick Papers, Dickens’s first novel, is a delightful romp through the pre-Reform Bill England of 1827. Samuel Pickwick and the rest of the Pickwickians are some of the most memorable of all Dickens’s creations, and it is a joy to hear of their adventures in search of "interesting scenes and characters", and the repeated efforts of the quick-witted Sam Weller to rescue them all from disaster.

    Darwin8u says: "Watch Dickens Emerge from a Literary Chrysalis"
    "A comedy of circumstances"
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    A very enjoyable book. There are lots of characters and the narrator does very well to make them clear. I typically listen when driving and keeping up with minor characters was difficult, If you like comedy and institutional comedy (1800's style) then you should like this book. It was much different then Dickens later books, as the evil characters were mocked to some degree in this book.
    It is not my favorite Dickens, but as it is his first Dickensian's need to read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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