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Neil

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  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (538)

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

    Janice says: "See you in the winner's circle"
    "What a Ride"
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    This was very enjoyable. This was to me a story of survival, hope and overcoming obstacles and misfortunes. A group effort between a trainer, jockey, owner and horse without each one the success would not have come to pass. The key was how the trainer Tom understood Seabiscuit and how he saw the horses heart and honor. A gift few have even had. Understanding humans can be hard enough. This all created hope and enthralled a nation for numerous races where "The Biscuit" galloped.
    If you like rag to riches stories, true stories of life then you will do yourself a favor and read or download Seabiscuit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2169)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1052)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "I liked it but not a lot"
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    The story was a little slow for me, but I do understand there are many books that belong to the Patrick OBrian list. I just didn't totally get into it. I will seek out more of his novels as I am interested in the time period and ships especially.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robin Hood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David B. Coe
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    In 13th-century England, the legendary figure known by generations as Robin Hood leads an uprising that will forever alter the balance of world power and will make one man of humble beginnings an eternal symbol of freedom for his people. Now a major motion picture starring Oscar- winner Russell Crowe.

    Toby Sachs says: "Robin Sachs is a great narrator"
    "It keep me interested all along"
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    Firstly I think the narrator was very good, and I would seek him out in the future. I picked this book as it was a two books for one price, and I am glad I did. It is about the Robin Hood legend before he becomes Robin Hood. As it is a legend one has to consider the story lightly. But if your a fan of this time period and of Robin Hood then I think this is a very good pick

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rape of Nanking

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Iris Chang
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (150)

    In December 1937, in the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenseless city but systematically raped, tortured and murdered more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. Amazingly, the story of this atrocity- one of the worst in world history- continues to be denied by the Japanese government.

    Douglas says: "Powerful"
    "The Book of Rape and Death"
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    This maybe a tough book for most to stomach. The author Iris Chang talks straight and she doesn't hold back. The first chapter alone talks about the number of dead, and then later she goes into graphic details regarding how people died. She doesn't stop at a few stories either. A lot she takes from her own personal experiences as her grandparent lived through it. I agree with the author that the Japanese have not made amends or paid reporation for their actions in Nanking and WW II. Germany has paid about $60 Billion and Japan a minuscule amount. The Japanese in many cases were much worse than any Nazi's actions. It is a tough book to read, but its does need to be known what happened in those seven weeks of pure hell. It is unimaginable how something like this can happen just seventy years ago. It is happening again today in the middle east.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Napoleon: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (326)

    Andrew Roberts' Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine.

    Tad Davis says: "What a dynamo!"
    "So Good I Read it Twice"
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    If you interested in this era or Napoleon then this is an ideal read. I have not found and equivalent book of Napoleon in audible. At first I didn't like the narrator as he used very short biting sentences, but he grew on me and I now recommend him, and I would seek his narration in other books. The book looks at Napoleons whole public life from the end of the revolution to his death at St. Helena. Many generals including Wellington say he was a brilliant military tactician. Wellington said "There is only Napoleon, before Napoleon, now and in the future" He didn't seem to tire of war though. He thrust so many men and civilians into battle from the late 1700's until 1815 from so many nations that he didn't feel empathy for all those casualties and loss of life even after battles in Italy, Austria and a brutal guerrilla warfare in the Spanish peninsula wars. He still took 600 thousand into Russian and only 100,000 survived. He seemed to be callous and indifferent to the losses. He was feared on land, but he had no connection or know how to address the British at sea. He didn't look to have his Navy trained better to contend with the British.
    All in all this is a great read and a lot of detail is put into it, so I read it twice not to miss anything. If you only want to read one book on Napoleon then this is it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broadsides: The Age of Fighting Sail, 1775-1815

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nathan Miller
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    In the late 18th century, it was widely thought that to be a sailor was little better than to be a slave. "No man will be a sailor," wrote Samuel Johnson, "who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail. A man in jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company." If that were true, historian Nathan Miller suggests, then the record of sailing in the age of tall ships would likely be distinguished by few heroes and fewer grand narratives.

    M J Mills says: "Misleading description, solid historical summary"
    "Some Big Battles were too short"
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    It is a great book and it does tell the battles from 1775 until 1815, but I felt he could have talked about Trafalgar and The Battle of the Nile in more details. Those were very bill battles and they impacted the Napoleonic Wars Considerably. The lesser known battles in the America's could have been less because in my view they were.
    All in all there are very few books like this that you can read that address the peak of the age of the sail. All in all I liked it and would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leslie Kean
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (148)

    With the support of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, investigative reporter Leslie Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects - metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics - actually exist.

    Joseph Hayek says: "Most Reasonable Book on UFO's"
    "This Book Looks at Facts from Reputable Witnesses"
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    The author interviewed pilots both commercial and military, as well as, police, and government officials. These witnesses to UFO's were from all over the world from Brazil, Peru, US. UK, Spain, Iran, Belgium and point in between. She goes onto show that many witnesses get smirks, or are demeaned for reporting what they say or saw. Especially pilots who lose their jobs if they indicate they saw a UFO. Her point is if so many reputable witnesses claim to have seen UFO's with evidence then why is it not a security threat? It is most likely the most severe threat to the world if these aliens have threatening intentions. Why not really take a global look at this? Many pilots have shot at UFO crafts in the past, yet governments and the media keep it under wraps. If you have interest in this mystery, I recommend this read.

    0 of 0 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
    (34)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    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
    (344)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (130)

    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
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Heartbreaking"
    "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
    (341)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (286)

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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