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  • The Great Terror: A Reassessment

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Conquest
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    The definitive work on Stalin's purges, The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. While the original volume had relied heavily on unofficial sources, later developments within the Soviet Union provided an avalanche of new material, which Conquest has mined to write this revised and updated edition of his classic work.

    Matt says: "Compelling and Devestating"
    "Oh My"
    Overall

    I tried several times to listen to this book and found the on going litiny of names who survived and then later put to death was exhausting.

    2 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • America: The Last Best Hope, Volume 1: From the Age of Discovery to a World at War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William J. Bennett
    • Narrated By Wayne Shepherd
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    From the bold, brilliant mind of best-selling author William J. Bennett comes this thrilling account of the virtues and vices of our great country and the many brave men and women who have made it the powerful nation it is today. A sweeping tale of human initiative, struggle, and victory, Bennett captures what is unique about America.

    Mark says: "I am impressed"
    "Insipid"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    8th graders needing to learn general outlines of American History


    Would you ever listen to anything by William J. Bennett again?

    I was going to buy both books at the same time but after listening to the first I am soooo glad I did not.


    What didn’t you like about Wayne Shepherd’s performance?

    The stupid music between tracks was annoying. There are many other histories out there that do a much better job. A Patriots History is one.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Again, I have grandchildren who may benefit.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes you have to try something to see if you may like it. Don't try this!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932 - 1972

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (73)

    This great time capsule of a book captures the abundant popular history of the United States from 1932 to 1972. It encompasses politics, military history, economics, the lively arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual mores, communications, graffiti...everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print.

    Paula says: "Fabulous book, good narration, bad recording"
    "I LOVED THIS BOOK"
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    After reading this book I had to read everything else by Manchester. Sadly the other books did not live up to this one. A must read for anyone interested in this era. I actually have listened to it a couple of times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Reich in Power

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war. This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of The Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A catalog of horrors"
    "Leaves me wanting for more"
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    Story

    As with the first of this series I found the information to be quite interesting. I have since read Storm of war and No Simple Victory to supplement my knowledge.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (440)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Horrible narration"
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    Again I was looking forward to a great listen but somehow I can not understand the narration. I have History of the World by Davidson and liked it quite well. But...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (485)

    There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.

    Tad Davis says: "Compelling and depressing"
    "Not rise and fall"
    Overall

    Having listened to Rise and Fall I was prepared to be bored with facts that were repeated. This is a whole new look at the history of the beginning of the Third Reich. I honestly do not hear what the others have said about the commentator. I find his narration to be soothing and well modulated. I defintely will be buying the second book in the series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter the Great: His Life and World

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (266)

    This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

    Susan says: "detailed history"
    "awful narration"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to listening to this book as I have listened to Davidson before on other history books. I have tried several times to listen, trying different chapters and speeds and I virtually cannot understand what he is saying at times. A big disappointment.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1627)
    Performance
    (1115)
    Story
    (1111)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "phenomenal!!"
    Overall

    I was amazed by how little I knew about Washington and his times. The fact that more blacks fought in the Revolutionary War than at any other time prior to WWII blew me away. His description of Washington as having super human strength and only 43 at the time of the revolution erased my early conceptions of his being a frail, older man. I love this book and the narration is perfect.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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