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San Luis Obispo, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 126 ratings
  • 400 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Fascinating and chilling"

    I've tried to read this classic account of Nazi Germany before and lost heart a few hundred pages in. The audio book kept my interest and kept me listening. A truly detailed and worthwhile book that everyone should read, it puts a lot of other bits about WWII and European history in perspective. Shirer saw Hitler et al walking around Berlin, met them at dinners and briefings and helped me see them as people (many hateful, some conflicted) as well as historical players. I recommend keeping a list of names and referring to maps periodically to keep it all straight. I found myself wanting to keep listening instead of doing other things and had to force myself to stop regularly to avoid total depression. I got so angry during this book I regretted ever learning German or being interested in Germany at all, but have since put it in perspective and am now amazed at how successful Germany has been in rebuilding and maintaining a successful and (mostly) non-militaristic nation.

    A must read for anyone interested in WWII or humanity in general.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Great story and performance!"

    Larry Correia has built a complete world and heroic characters to love. He has obviously had a great time changing history in interesting ways- WWI with wizards and zombies works much better than you'd think. What sets this apart from other alternate histories is the combination of action and humor. I love this series and can't wait for Warbound to come out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter International the most enjoyable?

    This book is so over the top, off the scale ridiculous that it is a pleasure to listen to. Werewolves, zombies, elves, orcs- it has them all. I've never read or enjoyed so many fantasy in-jokes in one place.

    What other book might you compare Monster Hunter International to and why?

    Movies rather than books come to mind. I might compare it to Army of Darkness, but much funnier and more intelligent. Also a small sprinkling of Shaun of the Dead.

    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    He delivered a great performance- Mordecai's voice is probably my favorite part.

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

    MHI- You have a monster? We have a gun for that!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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