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  • A Bridge Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    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.

    G. Swanson says: "Terrible Narration, Great Book"
    "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.


    1 of 1 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
    (32)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    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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    Performance
    Story
    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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