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Carroll

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (111)

    Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale.

    Tom says: "Something for Everyone"
    "A great book"
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    Having been to the canal, I loved the detailed descriptions of the scale & scope of the various efforts that eventually conquered the challenge!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including papers made available to her by direct descendants of the Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers discovered at the National Archives and Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the 20th century.

    Jeremy says: "This book will be read in all history classes soon"
    "A great narrative of what follows wars...."
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    While I can tell the author was aghast at what she uncovered, this is an amazing tale of reaping the scientific experience of one foe to ready America for a next, larger foe. While many knew of Wernher von Braun's route to America & NASA, the tale of so many other key innovators was unreported since the 1960's. Well worth the listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fatherland (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser, Full Cast
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The year is 1964, and it's a week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Nazi Germany won the Second World War, Churchill is living in exile in Canada, Joseph Kennedy is President of the United States, and King Edward and Queen Wallis are puppet monarchs of the United Kingdom. In this dimension, history took a very different turn in 1942 to the one we are familiar with.

    Howie says: "butchered beyond comprehension"
    "An interesting adaptation of a long novel"
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    The novel was quite long, but I enjoyed the BBC radio adaptation. The use of radio news in the background of some scenes allowed the pace to go much faster than the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Robin Bowerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    While the major fighting of the war moves to the south in the summer of 1779, a British force of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry, backed by three sloops-of-war, sails to the desolate and fog-bound coast of New England. Establishing a garrison and naval base at Penobscot Bay, in the eastern province of Massachusetts that would become Maine, the Scots - the only British troops between Canada and New York - harry rebel privateers and give shelter to American loyalists....

    Clayton says: "I've loved 35 books by Cornwell: this one -- no"
    "Best in the Middle Ages..."
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    An esteemed author journeyed into 18th century America, from great tales in England's middle ages.... I'll say his research into commands to soldiers of the line was mostly accurate... but his approach to historical fiction in the Western Hemisphere will loose him atleast one reader who "used to" follow his works...... sure to fit a UK audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Leon Panetta, Jim Newton
    • Narrated By Leon Panetta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    It could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past 50 years. His first career, beginning as an army intelligence officer and including a distinguished run as one of Congress' most powerful and respected members, lasted 35 years and culminated in his transformational role as Clinton's budget czar and White House chief of staff.

    Jean says: "Outstanding"
    "Inruiging insights..."
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    A wide ranging career of public service allows him to provide a wide variety of interesting stories of experiences. Finally his chosen descriptions of time in the Obama administration answer the pundits question why he rushed out his autobiography before the primary & election foray.... interesting, despite two agendas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Kilcullen
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (62)
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    (60)

    David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare. A senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, his vision of war dramatically influenced America's decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement "the surge."Now, in The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror.

    Krista M. Haas says: "Excellent if advanced"
    "great insights, but delivery could improve"
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    A timely, interesting topics... an author with good insights into viewing the challenges of this form of warfare.... but organized and delivered more like a dry Phd dissertation (which it may have been) than an informative piece to others who also have studied & fought the same insurgent sets. So new perspectives, but could have been delivered in a pithy means.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11613)
    Performance
    (5828)
    Story
    (5851)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "A thoughtful work beyond the headlines"
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    This well researched piece goes well beyond the "tribal wisdom" or fables about the lucky individual who miraculously rises above their circumstances.... also well written to portray the salient points. The best of his works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia 1942

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Special Service Division, Services of Supply, U.S. Army
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    A fascinating look at a neglected Allied front in the Southern hemisphere, Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia, 1942 follows its successful predecessors as a captivating historical document of a pivotal era in history.

    DS says: "YOU'VE GOTTA LOVE AUSSIES"
    "As true today as in World War II"
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    An enjoyable short survey of Australia... as valid for a new GI as for a trailer today!! Surprisingly concise survey of a vast, complex land and people, this was done in the first days of America's participation in World War II. I found it thorough even if brief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7991)
    Performance
    (3689)
    Story
    (3699)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Extremely well presented survey of all things!"
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    A summary of all things termed "science" would seem daunting. This well organized and delivered survey spans the fields of cosmology, geology, physics, biology and human nature in a means that is understandable & humorous where ever possible. It served as a great way for me to hear all the advances across the sciences since I left college over 30 years ago. I now feel all "caught up"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1078)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "An insightful autobiography"
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    I met him several times while serving on the Joint Staff when he became Secretary. I was impressed at how he treated us (compared to his predecessor) and his insightful questions at what was an initial discussion of a contentious issue. I enjoyed the follow up sessions on the topic and his narrative reflects that same great attitude across national security issues. Highly recommended for anyone in or out of government service.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (755)

    In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

    Michael says: "Great listen"
    "A thought provoking saga of great men in a bad place"
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    A very unique saga of a special set of men, going into a bad situation & the actions of brave men under amazingly difficult situations.... thou bashed in the media for several points in the book, he does a great job of explaining these military aspects to the un-initiated. Liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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