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Michael

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  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (230)
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    (231)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "A History of Daylight Strategic Bombing in WWII"
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    What made the experience of listening to Masters of the Air the most enjoyable?

    The leaders, from Carl Spatz and Ira Eaker, to the Wing and Squadron Commanders and pilots in the planes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jimmy Dolittle. While most familiar with his name will recall his Tokyo Raid, this book covers his involvement in the European Air War.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discussions of the POW camps in Germany, and the "holding" camps for those who ended up in Switzerland. This was an aspect of the book that was unexpected, that made this a more complete history.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great one-stop source for anyone interested in the History of Daylight Strategic Bombing in Europe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1623)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1108)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "A Great Washington Biography"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Washington: A Life to be better than the print version?

    I have both the Audio and Kindle Versions. I would not say the audio is better, but it compliments the Kindle print version, and the printed version complements the audio version. As a working professional, I don't have the time to dedicate to doing the amount of reading I would like. Having the audio edition is definitely more convenient because I can listen to the book during my commute. When I could read I did, in particular those areas of the book I liked most I read again on my Kindle. They are great together.


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

    Scott Brick is always great. He is very easy to listen to. His outstanding performance in this book is what lead me to also listen to Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton, also read by Scott Brick.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book. It truly brought George Washington to life. I really felt like I knew the man. Ron Chernow does a fantastic job of characterizing his contant battle to keep his emotions and anger in check (except in rare instances). In particular, I liked Chernow's style of using Washington's writing to tell the story from Washington's perspective. In terms of our Nation's History, this book is a great stepping off point for McCullough's book John Adams.

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  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Borneman
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (229)

    Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time.

    Andy says: "war wasn't simpler 75 years ago"
    "Great Book."
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    Would you listen to The Admirals again? Why?

    Brian Troxell does a fantastic job narrating the book. This was my first time listening to an audible book and was a memorable one. I'm hooked.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Admirals?

    As a 36 year Navy Veteran, I knew of Admiral William D. Leahy but not much about him. This book will go a long way in helping aquaint this important but little known Naval and National leader to Americans who read or listen to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in World War II History. There are thousands of books about battles in the war, and fewer still about the great military leaders and their interaction in the War. Most are biographies about the leaders themselves. This one is in a class of its own giving not only short biographies of each of our Nations only Fleet Admirals, but their leadership styles and interaction during the crucial war years and their roles in building today's modern United States Navy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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