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Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 373 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

    BB says: "Superb narrative history"
    "Excellent narrative history and superb narration."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pacific Crucible to be better than the print version?

    I only have the audio edition.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pacific Crucible?

    Toll goes into detail on the initial carrier raids of the Marshall Islands. This chapter of the conflict is little known and Toll not only explains the motivations behind the attacks but also how the attacks affected the Japanese High Command.

    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    They were all equally good as Gardner sticks to narrating the story instead of trying to guess how a particular character would have sounded.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. The dedication of the Pearl Harbor cryptanalyst went unnoticed by many at the time. The jealousy of stateside intelligence toward Captain Joseph Rochefort. Most of the cryptanalyst were working for days at a time without rest and only kept awake and alert by the liberal use of amphetamines and coffee.

    Any additional comments?

    The book is excellent. Toll brings us up to the attack on Pearl Harbor with insightful history of the dealings between Japan and the US from the beginning of the century that give an understanding on how and why such an event took place. Toll then gives a brief description of the already well known attack on Pearl Harbor and then goes into detail of the events and battles which led up to and including Midway. What makes the narrative even better is Grover Gardner. I first listened to Gardner in Shelby Foote's massive The Civil War and never grew tired of his narrative. The same can be said of Gardner's performance with this book. He doesn't try to add accents and the reading is smooth and intelligible throughout.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Charlemagne

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Winston
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    Charlemagne was easily one of the most fascinating figures in Western civilization, as well as the most heroic and romantic. The 47 years of his reign marked some of the most significant and far reaching events of the Middle Ages. Undoubtedly, it was his enlightened vision for Europe that resulted in the Carolingian Renaissance, a period of cultural flowering that never really ceased to develop, and which led in a straight line directly to that period of astonishing achievement we now call the High Gothic.

    Frank says: "A wonderful biography"
    "Decent introductiory biography"

    which is what would be expected for a one volume work. The narrator reminds me of Boris Karloff and the sound effects do go a bit too far with the reverb effect whenever quoting somebody. An overall quality work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Walker Howe
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    "Informative but a bit dry."

    When I first began listening to this book my knowledge of the period was limited and the amount of information overwhelmed me to the point of regretting having purchased this volume. The narrator did not help much as I found him to be too monotonic but I battled through it. After reading and listening to other works and familiarizing myself with the period I went back for a second listen and found the narrative much more enjoyable and the narrator did not bore me. It's a great book, almost encyclopedic in nature. If you are looking for a book that gives lot's of information but don't mind it given to you in a dry monotonic style then I highly recommend this book.

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