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Christopher

Belmont, MA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Gallant Lady: A Biography of the USS Archerfish

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Don Keith, Ken Henry
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    The Archerfish, a diesel powered Balao-class submarine crafted in the 1940s, won a unique, heroic place in military history and the memories of her crew members. Here is her story: from her assembly in New England and her dedication by Eleanor Roosevelt's personal secretary, to her service in World War II, where she broke the back of the Japanese Navy, and her critical role in the Cold War.

    Christopher says: "Pointless tales of meaningless anecdotes."
    "Pointless tales of meaningless anecdotes."
    Overall

    Unless you served on this boat, don't waste your time reading this book! It is poorly written, combining meaningless minutia from the deck log (like the details of a post war wardroom inventory) and sophmoric tales of shore leave with equal reverence to the submarine's operations. The main focus of the book is drunken shore leave stories from the 1950's and 1960's. Narrator is overly dramatic on the minutia and mis-pronounces the names of ships, locations and equipment throughout. Listen to "Silent Running" and "The Bravest Man" if you are interested in well written books on life aboard WWII submarines.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Cadbury
    • Narrated By Deborah Cadbury
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    With a cast of characters that wouldnt be out of place in a Victorian novel, Chocolate Wars tells the story of the great chocolatier dynasties, through the prism of the Cadburys. Chocolate was consumed unrefined and unprocessed as a rather bitter, fatty drink for the wealthy elite until the late 19th century, when the Swiss discovered a way to blend it with milk and unleashed a product that would conquer every market in the world.

    Gil says: "History of chocolate and so much more"
    "Mis-titled!"
    Overall

    Should be titled "The Wonderful Cadbury's". If ever a book could benefit from being abridged, this is it. I couldn't get through the whole book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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