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Michael

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  • Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Wallis
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (8)

    Award-winning historian Michael Wallis has spent several years re-creating the rich, anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid (1859-1881), a deeply mythologized young man who became a legend in his own time and yet remains an enigma to this day. With the Gilded Age in full swing and the Industrial Revolution reshaping the American landscape, "the Kid", who was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the New Mexico Territory at the age of 21, became a new breed of celebrity outlaw.

    Michael says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    An exceptional writer, a larger than life historical subject, and a capable narrator should have all of the ingredients for a great audiobook. But somehow the work just did not work for me. It seemed to lack the focus and detail that could keep my interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    In a burnished, driving prose, incorporating a myriad of fresh sources, John Keegan tells the story of the Allies' greatest military achievement as he chronicles the 1944 invasion of Normandy, from D-Day to the liberation of Paris.

    Jay says: "Not for the casual WWII reader"
    "A great work."
    Overall

    A great book and very well narrated. Mr. Keegan covers the background and the details of the battle of Normandy from pre D-Day through the liberation of Paris from the large strategic perspective down to the first-person descriptions of the individual battles. While it is at times very detailed, the continuity flows extremely well. A detailed map of Normandy would be helpful. A classic of WW II history. . .

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Company: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Motorcycles in Italy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David M. Gross
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    David Gross is working as a corporate lawyer in New York when he gets a call from a friend inviting him to move to Bologna to help turn around a legendary Italian motorcycle company, known for its dominance on the track and its inability to turn a profit. Off he heads to the fabled home of marbled meats, radical leftist politics, and bespoke shoes, diving into his new life as the "corporate image consultant" to gearheads while learning to navigate the giddy mores of Bolognese society.

    Grace says: "More"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    As a long time Ducatista, I guess my expectations were simply too high. . . The book is another pointless "how I spent my Italian vacation." Very little details or real insight into Ducati, or the details of the business turn-around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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