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Lyle

Manchesster, MI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Pellegrino
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Last Train from Hiroshima offers listeners a stunning "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino's scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb's survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written. At the narrative's core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand---the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American fliers in the air.

    Daniel says: "Awsome"
    "Hiroshima Up Close and Personal"
    Overall

    Do you remember the first few minutes in Saving Private Ryan, where soldiers are killed and injured in a brutally intense scene? The first chapter is like that in "The Last Train from Hiroshima." This book explains in detail what happened to Hiroshima and then Nagasaki when the bombs went off.

    Whew. In the first seconds, tiny particles shot-gun blasted everyone nearby pulverizing and poisoning tissue. For people close to ground zero, intense heat left nothing but their shadows burned into the ground. For people farther away, the color of their clothing determined which parts of their bodies were severely burned or not.

    The book tells the stories of people exposed to the blast in various locations from the center of the blast to a few miles away. The last few chapters drag a bit as the author follows some survivors who lived to old age.

    Even so, I recommend this book to people who are interested in WWII or just curious about The Bomb.

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  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6881)
    Performance
    (5249)
    Story
    (5331)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"
    Overall

    Imagine Young Abe Lincoln strong and fit and trained in throwing the axe he used "to split rails." When he wasn't doing the things we've been taught, he was hunting and killing vampires. His much beloved mother, who died when Abe was still a boy, was killed by vampires. Vampires fought for the south to preserve slavery, a key source of blood, and Abe had to be on guard for their assasination attempts. And John Wilkes Booth...

    This is a fun read especially if you have an interest in history.

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