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William James

Dare to dream...

ratings
38
REVIEWS
36
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Combat: The Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Don Congdon, Bruce Catton
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    There are many, many studies of the Civil War. Books have been written on its economic effects, its political causes, its relationship to western expansion. But the real fascination of the war is the story of combat, men in battle. Combat: The Civil War tells this story in the words of men who actually marched into battle. We share their experiences, their fears, and their moments of bravery at Vicksburg, on board the Monitor, at Gettysburg, and at the bloody battle of Antietam. These eyewitness accounts are interspersed with brief commentaries by some of our most respected historians....

    John says: "Excellent"
    "Could Have Been Better"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If each character, and there are many, was consistently identified as confederate or federal, I have no doubt that I would have given this work 5 stars.


    What was most disappointing about Don Congdon and Bruce Catton ’s story?

    Many, many generals, captains and so on are mentioned or quoted; unfortunately it becomes hard to discern which side soldier so-and-so is aquatinted with. Anyone listening to the tale would quickly become confused for the storyline gets twisted, and more often than not the question arises... Was general so-and-so a confederate or a federal? One would have to take notes to stay with the plot.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Joe Barrett does a great job in reading the book!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration... I quit listening after the first seven hours. I could not bear another twenty-plus hours of confusion.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have been enjoyable and educational had the characters and the locations been properly and consistently identified.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patton at the Battle of the Bulge: How the General's Tanks Turned the Tide at Bastogne

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Leo Barron
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Hitler's forces had pressed in on the small Belgian town in a desperate offensive designed to push back the Allies, starting the Battle of the Bulge. So far, the US soldiers had managed to repel waves of attackers and even a panzer onslaught, but as their ammunition dwindled, the weary paratroopers of the 101st Airborne could only hope for a miracle - a miracle in the form of General George S. Patton and his Third Army.

    Michael says: "False Advertising"
    "No Way"
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    Patton at The Battle of The Bulge - Really? No way! This is a very wordy prattle of inconsequential statistics. So wordy that I'm stunned that the size, type, weight, and number of snowflakes in and around the Battle of The Bulge were not included. I had a very hard time listening to this endless collection of irrelevance. This hodgepodge is NOT about George Patton at The Battle of The Bulge. That name was hijacked to stir interest for the bottom line, money. Your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BLACKDEATH 23: My Journal as an Army Helicopter Pilot in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Mills
    • Narrated By Kelly Klaas
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Chief Warrant Officer Robert Mills enlisted in the U.S. Army on 9/11/2001. Relive the day-to-day experiences with Robert just as he lived them. Robert's daily journal will give you a realistic view from his cockpit. His writings cover the entire spectrum, from the joys of simply receiving mail from home, living in harsh conditions, experiencing frequent enemy attacks, aircraft emergencies, and losing a fellow pilot to making the ultimate decision to pull the trigger to end one life in order to save another.

    John says: "Worst Story Ever"
    "Boring"
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    The audio sample, which peeked my interest turned out to be a small few minutes from the last eleven minutes of the entire audio book. The rest of the book is repetitive boring accounts of the author watching movies, making phone calls home, buying gifts for his children, and the general boring tasks of daily insignificant issues. I buy a lot of audio books but this was a wast of money and time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutthroats: The Adventures of a Sherman Tank Driver in the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Dick
    • Narrated By Milton Bagby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    With the Japanese deeply entrenched and determined to die rather than surrender, Robert Dick and his fellow soldiers quickly realized that theirs would be a war fought inch by bloody inch - and that their Sherman tanks would serve front and center. As driver, Dick had to maneuver his five-man crew in and out of dangerous and often deadly situations.

    William James says: "Great Writing and Narration"
    "Great Writing and Narration"
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    I truly enjoyed this work. The way the story is interwoven and delivered with great narration kept me captivated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (242)

    With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

    Thomas says: "Hornfischer does it again."
    "Well Done"
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    This is a well thought and thorough work, yet it grips the soul. Well don!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eugene B. Fluckey
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (247)

    Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

    This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

    Jean says: "Riveting"
    "A Grand Work"
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    This is a grand work by a brave, intelligent man, who lived the life of a submarine warrior. Well written to captivate the heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13554)
    Performance
    (11647)
    Story
    (11644)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "Not Bad"
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    This is a tough and gritty tale of a man who came to love war, but failed to connect with his young wife. It's a familiar story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Scott
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    The War Below is a dramatic account of extraordinary heroism, ingenuity, and perseverance—and the vital role American submarines played in winning the Pacific War. Focusing on the unique stories of the submarines Silversides, Drum, and Tang—and the men who skippered and crewed them—James Scott takes readers beneath the waves to experience the thrill of a direct hit on a merchant ship and the terror of depth charge attacks.

    Ryan says: "Unique. Engaging. Worth your credit."
    "Wordy"
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    A boating, wordy manuscript. Nearly put me to sleep while doing yard work. Don't waste your money or time with this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chuck Tatum
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    When Chuck Tatum began Marine boot camp, he was just a smart-aleck teenager eager to serve his country. Little did he know that he would be training under a living legend of the Corps - Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone, who had almost single-handedly fought off a Japanese force of three thousand on Guadalcanal.

    Warren says: "Long in the tooth, but great story of a US Marine"
    "A Must Read.!"
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    Chuck Tatum delivers the emotion of combat. This book is a classic. You don't have to be a vet to feel the emotions in this work. However, for those of us who have been under fire, those who have witnessed the human disease of war, this book will come alive to stir the soul. The narration of Norman Dietz is superb, and really compliments the work put into this book. God bless you Chuck Tatum!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Bruce Feiler
    • Narrated By Bruce Feiler
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    One part adventure story, one part archaeological detective work, one part spiritual exploration, Walking the Bible vividly recounts an inspiring personal odyssey (by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel) through the greatest stories ever told.

    B. Bartholow says: "Good Book, Terrible Reader"
    "The Mythical Religion"
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    This is pure trash. The author presents the people of the first five books of the Bible as Mythical. Nice stories that never happened. Yet, the author takes an alleged journey to the places mentioned in the first five chapters of the Bible and claims to have enjoyed his mystic journey to view the land of Mythical characters of the Bible. Perhaps this person is a Travle Agent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Ridge and Beyond: A World War II Marine's Memoir of Edson's Raiders inthe Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Marlin Groft, Larry Alexander
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    On the killing ground that was the island of Guadalcanal, a 2,000-yard-long ridge rose from the jungle canopy. Behind it lay the all-important air base of Henderson Field. And if Henderson Field fell, it would mean the almost certain death or capture of all 12,500 marines on the island. But the marines positioned on the ridge were no normal fighters - they were the hard-fighting men of Edson's Raiders, an elite fighting unit within an already elite Marine Corps.

    Thomas says: "A very good story, well read"
    "A close up view of the malevolent disease of man"
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    This is a stunning account of the malevolent disease of humanity, that which is called war. Yes, I admit I found the book fascinating, yet all the while I listened, nagging questions haunted me. Why is it so easy for a tiny few people to repeatedly, again, and again, manipulate a nation into war? When will the human species rid ourselves of this malevolent disease, called war? This is a gruesome account of our inbread defect for war. Personally, I enjoyed the book for exposing the murderous disease which has haunted humanity since Cain slew Abel. While I do accept that we all have the right to defend ourselves, and our country, I am at a loss to understand why. Why is there always some megalomaniac ready to grab the reigns of power and drive a nation into war? Just look back to the years between 1900 and forward to today. Nothing has changed our propensity for war.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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