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albert

Blaine, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Russell S. Bonds
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (290)

    On April 12, 1862—one year to the day after Confederate guns opened on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy named James J. Andrews and 19 infantry volunteers infiltrated Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds near 60 miles an hour, cutting telegraph lines, and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, cutting off men and materiel from the Confederate forces in Virginia.

    Arthur says: "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
    "An absorbing story behind the Metal of Honor."
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    A very interesting history of the great train heist of the Civil War, and The detail backgrounds of the people involved. Pinchot is an excellent reader. What happened to each of them long after the event, is just as interesting. This event was the reason that the Metal of Honor was created, and the politics involved explains why such a the most were actually handed out during the civil war, than any other war. It is so exclusive now. A very good, enjoyable read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1011)

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "A must read for Area 51 fans!"
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    One of the most enjoyable and interesting non-fiction books I have ever listened too. If you have ANY interest in Area 51 and the rumours about it, this is an absolute must read. It details everything-atomic testing, spy planes, drones, Roswell, and how each was developed and used-and all the politics and deliberate mis-information attached to each. What, Why, and How they do so many things there, that will amaze, and disturb you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Intercept: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    A left-leaning judge liberates four of the most dangerous al-Qaeda terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and the CIA field officers track them back to Pakistan's northwest frontier mountain range. But the men vanish and rejoin the dark and mysterious forces trained by Osama bin Laden high in the Hindu Kush. These are men with hatred for the United States and Great Britain, and they are sworn to hit back at the USA, which imprisoned so many of their high command.

    Mark Laskow says: "Bottom Decile Writing"
    "Riveting!!"
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    Would you listen to Intercept again? Why?

    yes I would. One of Robinsons very best books, and I've listened/read all. Very good, and current, storyline that makes you think. It is taken to what I consider the only logical conclusion. very well written


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot did keep you on the edge of your seat simply because of the possiblity , certainly in todays political and legal environment, of there interference in what obviously needed to be done.


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

    I had never heard him before, but i liked his narrative, and would listento others of his. He put the emotion need in front of you


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

    several extreme reactions. laughing at the stupidity and selfrightiousness of the polictions---and crying for the same reasons!!!! He has totally captured the real mindset of what these crazies really want, and intend to do to all of us.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who doubts what these zealots intend to do here--regardless of how long it takes them, should read this book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stanley Weintraub
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Christmas 1941 came little more than two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The shock - in some cases overseas, elation - was worldwide. While Americans attempted to go about celebrating as usual, the reality of the just-declared war was on everybody’s mind. United States troops on Wake Island were battling a Japanese landing force and, in the Philippines, losing the fight to save Luzon. In Japan, the Pearl Harbor strike force returned to Hiroshima Bay and toasted its sweeping success.

    albert says: "not quite as advertised"
    "not quite as advertised"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    would not, unless they knew the real subject. This is NOT about Pearl Harbor, but the politics in late December in Washington. It also poorly connected the events described.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Book just trails off on a certain date


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was just ok, could have made it more interesting.


    Did Pearl Harbor Christmas inspire you to do anything?

    not really. as a pacific war history buff, I just moved on.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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