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Edwin

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  • Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa (the name has since become a by-word for a cataclysmic disaster) was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event which has only very recently become properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the world for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid.

    rwise says: "Great subject, great writing, great voice"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    The first 3 or 4 hours were very difficult to wade through. After that the narrative picked up and was quite enjoyable. Loaded with facts and somewhat tedious to listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    This modern classic and New York Times best seller, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has been called the greatest war book ever written. Walking the hallucinatory line between reality and fiction, author Tim O'Brien captures the complex dynamics of the Vietnam War.

    R. Montagne says: "Disturbing"
    "Almost like being there."
    Overall

    Excellent listen. Very graphic. Was almost like being there. Added real insight to the men and their feelings. Most enjoyable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Breakpoint

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The global village: an intricately intertwined network of technology that binds together the world's economies, governments, and communication systems. So large, so vital, and so fragile. Now a sophisticated group is seeking to "disconnect the globe" by destroying computer grids, communications satellites, Internet cable centers, and biotech firms. Hard to do? If only that were so.

    Edwin says: "Interesting but no cigar"
    "Interesting but no cigar"
    Overall

    Enjoyable listen but not near as good as his first book. Great insights into current R&D and future uses.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    After Tripoli declared war on the United States in 1801, Barbary pirates captured 300 U.S. sailors and marines. President Jefferson sent navy squadrons to the Mediterranean, but he also authorized a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. He chose an unlikely diplomat, William Eaton, to lead the mission, but before Eaton departed, Jefferson grew wary of the affair and withdrew his support.

    Stewart Kennedy says: "EXCELLENT"
    "History at it's best"
    Overall

    Greatly enjoyed the book. Having viewed the History Channel's "Tripoli" this provided all the missing details. Easy and good listening.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4652)
    Performance
    (1840)
    Story
    (1849)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Great book and easy listening"
    Overall

    Thoroughly enjoyed David McCullough's book and narration. Having only a cursory knowledge of the Revolutionary War this was a great introduction that shined a light of reality on the bigger than life George Washington.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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