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Luc

Hazelwood, MO, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Greatest Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Nagorski
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Based on previously secret documents and eyewitness testimony, this is the shocking account of the most massive and deadliest battle of World War II, which ended in Hitler's defeat and changed the course of the war. Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek's former Moscow bureau chief, reveals that 2.5 million of the battle's 7 million troops were killed, taken prisoner, or severely wounded.

    Shimon says: "Misleading"
    "Intriguing & edifying"
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    The thing that I liked the most about the work is its objective recount of history. Far too often books on military history take a side, leaving their objectivity in the rear view mirror and approach opinionated editorial versus a historical account. Bravo!

    Many intriguing anecdotal stories surrounding the plight of civilian, military, and intelligence agencies really brings home the overall sentiment of life in 1941 Moscow.

    The effort to compare statistical data with other WWII efforts was edifying. The accuracy and detail of USSR efforts to thwart the German attackers was spot on.

    The style of narration was inline with the objective writer. Pleasing, at times amusing, and easy on the ear.

    I only wish that there were more books like this on the period and specific battles, organizations, and operations.

    Well worth ones time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric A. Johnson
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Who were the Gestapo officers? Were they merely banal paper shufflers, or were they recognizably evil? Were they motivated by an eliminationist anti-Semitism? Did the average German know about the mass murder of Jews and other undesirables while they were happening? Exactly how was Nazi terror applied in the daily lives of ordinary Jews and Germans? Eric A. Johnson answers these questions as he explores the roles of the individual and of society in making terror work.

    Christian says: "Not very good"
    "Love the content but narrator is way too fast"
    Overall

    I am trying very hard to enjoy this as the subject matter is so intruiging, and the writing is good. My challenge is how 'fast' the narrator speaks. I am seriously looking for a way to slow down the audio over all, otherwise I feel like someone is speed reading and audio books are not so.

    See John Lee. If he read this, I would be in bliss. Or if the current gentleman just slowed down.

    Sincerely, Not so Speedy I plead thee

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with the Iron Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    In the real world, Reinhard Heydrich, the number-two man in the SS and an architect of the Holocaust, was assassinated in Czechoslovakia in May 1942. In The Man with the Iron Heart, Heydrich survives that fated assassination attempt, only to hatch an insurgency as insidious as anything conceived by Osama bin Laden.

    Daniel O. Buchholz says: "Iraq/Afghanistan Overlaid in post WWII Germany"
    "Not what I was expecting"
    Overall

    Perhaps I was expecting more character build up of RH versus what the book delivered.

    It is not even close to being about RH which really confuses me, considering the title! It is mostly poor prose and cheeky dialogue. RH may have 10% of the book. The rest is how the Americans are doing at finding him.

    I would not spend the time or money. Sorry. In fact, I am asking for my $$ back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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