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Roger S. Borovoy

PRINCETON, NJ, US | Member Since 2010

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  • The Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (175)
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    (153)
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    Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of World War II. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, The Second World War. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on World War II.

    DJM says: "It Fills in Gaps I Didn't Know Existed"
    "Maximally enjoyable for WWII buffs end-to-end"
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    What did you love best about The Second World War?

    A wonderfully written and thorough history of the War, read magnificently. Sean Barrett not only speaks melodious and extremely clear "English English," but is a master of other European languages as well. When he speaks a German, French or Russian name, he does it in German, French or Russian - adding much to the enjoyment of the listener.The book itself is a continuum of small stories which, in their aggregate, give a total picture of the horrors or WWII. Mr. Beevor calls it like it is - no favoritism whatsover, whether to Ike, Monty, De Gaulle, Stalin, Churchill or Roosevelt. I have read (or listened to) other WWII histories, but none was as exceptional as this one. I give much credit to the reader for holding my attention (even while driving).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Second World War?

    Beevor's description of the Holocaust, although necessarily short, gave one of the best pictures I've read. His blow-by-blow tales of each of the major WWII battles makes you feel like you were there.


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

    He brings the book to life!


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

    The film would last days!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (296)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (273)

    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"
    "Mr. Ganzer brought this history book to life"
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    Where does The Guns at Last Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks high - partly because of its historical importance, but mostly because of Mr. Ganzer, the reader. Unlike many readers, he researched the characters' names enough to know how to pronounce all of them - and his ability with German names made a huge difference in the clarity of the narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


    What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I couldn't possibly pronounce the German names as well as Mr. Ganzer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (247)
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    (246)

    Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower’s life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of wars with the Soviet Union and China, Smith reveals a man who never faltered in his dedication to serving America, whether in times of war or peace.

    Keith Storrs says: "Great book to get to know Ike"
    "If you lived during Eisenhower's time ...."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you lived during Eisenhower's time, you've probably forgotten most of the story the book tells -- and it is a story well worth remembering. This book permanently puts to rest the old tale that "Eisenhower proved you don't need a President!!!!" Hearing all the things he accomplished (both in WW II and in his later presidency), you see what a marvelous man he was and how much he really accomplished. You appreciate not only the things he did, but also the things he didn't do!! In my opinion,this book is a must read (or listen to).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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