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  • A Bridge Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan’s masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshaled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-day. In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem. Focusing on a vast cast of characters, Ryan brings to life one of the most ill-fated operations of the war.

    Michael says: "Great story much better than the movie"
    "Great story much better than the movie"
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    Where does A Bridge Too Far rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The research is good and goes so much further than the movie. The characters are complex and one has to remember that they are real. The inability of the allies to manage the campaign makes you wonder what would have happened if the German units were at full strength. The characterization of Field Marshall Montgomery is consistent with most books I've read. The inability of the allies to react nimbly was a result of too big a hierarchy; much like the Pentagon or many corporations. The inefficiency of the German military was unmatched. The saddest part of the book is the fate of the Dutch population who were simply in the way of Montgomery's unending need for glory. His "dagger thrust" strategy was tried and it failed despite the "90%" success.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Clive Chafer gives monotone delivery a bad name. Not awful but has the most creative and fantastic monotone ever heard. The story is too compelling to put you to sleep but his delivery reminds one of a flat landscape that uses a mouse's foot prints for mountains.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Snow & Steel: The Battle of the Bulge 1944-45

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Caddick-Adams
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Between December 16, 1944 and January 15, 1945, American forces found themselves entrenched in the heavily forested Ardennes region of Belgium, France, and Luxembourg defending against an advancing German army amid freezing temperatures, deep snow, and dense fog. Operation Herbstnebel - Autumn Mist - was a massive German counter-offensive that stunned the Allies in its scope and intensity.

    Michael says: "Not a bad bit of history"
    "Not a bad bit of history"
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    If you could sum up Snow & Steel in three words, what would they be?

    Despite all of the flag-waving there is almost some balance in the historical account. There are some very good details probably not well known. Obviously, many of the stories collected by the author, while true enough, don't necessarily represent the entire campaign. That might be very difficult to do given the complexity of the events that occurred. There are other books on the 2nd world war as some of them have very definite agendas. The US Army won this battle and therefore one cannot say that the trumpet blowing is there to rationalize the US victory.

    One of the things that is most important is that many uninformed individuals have a tendency to glorify the Nazi war machine as if the Nazi atrocities happened someplace else by a different Nazi organization. This book does a pretty good job of showing that for all of its reported efficiency, the Wehrmacht made very fundamental mistakes just as anyone else would do. They had their brainiacs, just as the United States and Britain and the other allies had their brainiacs.

    My biggest criticism is that narrator, Paul Boehmer, has a Hogan's heroes German accent. I have lived in Germany and speak the language a bit and I know that Germans don't speak this way. It would have been better if he used a more "international" accent rather than a poor imitation of the Hollywood imitation of how Germans speak in the movies. After a while, it gets very annoying and detracts from a very pleasant delivery.


    What aspect of Paul Boehmer’s performance would you have changed?

    I do not know if he has ever lived in Germany, nor do I know if he speaks German, but his German accent is absolutely horrible and he should stop using it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle for the Rhine: The Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Campaign, 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robin Neillands
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The post-Normandy battles that the Allies fought as they struggled for seven months to advance from the Seine to the Rhine were complex and controversial. Even after 60 years, the questions remain of who was responsible for the failure at Nijmegen, the destruction of the British First Airborne Division at Arnhem, and the failure of Operation Market Garden. Could the war in Europe have been won in 1944 with better strategies?

    Jonathan Gardner says: "British propaganda"
    "A Decent alternative"
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    Where does The Battle for the Rhine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    An alternative to what we've heard do far about this event. The An alternative to what we've heard do far about this event. The


    What about James Adams’s performance did you like?

    Understandable.and easy to listen to.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Here There Be Tygers (Dramatized): Bradbury Thirteen: Episode 5

    • ABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Prospectors from Earth travel to a world that seems to know of their hearts' desires, and makes their every wish come true. But a member of the crew has darker desires, and pays the ultimate price.

    Michael says: "Great Treatment of nature"
    "Great Treatment of nature"
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    Would you listen to Here There Be Tygers (Dramatized) again? Why?

    This is a touching treatment of planet exploration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The captain.


    Any additional comments?

    This story talks to the conflict between results management and being humnan. The production was subperb and all parts blended very well. No shoot em' ups but a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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