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Kingston Springs, TN, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 190 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen E. Ambrose draws from hundreds of interviews with US Army veterans and the brave Allied soldiers who fought alongside them to create this exceptional account of the day that shaped the twentieth century. D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities and triumphs of life are laid bare and courage and heroism come to the fore.

    Randy says: "This is an awesome story about the greatest day"
    "Thoroughly detailed, rich...and a little dry."
    Would you listen to D-Day again? Why?

    Again, if you want the truth...and the whoooole truth, Ambrose is your guy. While this book doesn't resonate with readers the way Band of Brothers did it's largely because this isn't a story. It's a collection or recollections. It's more like the know, the same tale as recalled by various people present at the same set of events.

    BoB had a story arch....a beginning, a middle and an end. This book differs in that it focuses largely on the event of D-Day...a single pivotal and horrific event that involves courage, cowardice, cunning, deception, triumph and failure. But not a story. D-Day was part of a story and this book shines a laser-like focus on June 6, 1944.

    That said, if you're planning a trip to Normandy (I just went) you simply couldn't do better than using this book as a guide to what really happened on that beach. The personal accounts of the men (and one woman) that survived that terrible day really bring to life the points of interest you will encounter on your trip.

    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen E. Ambrose before, how does this one compare?

    Again, I'm a huge fan of Band of Brothers but I don't believe this book was ever meant to tell a story the way BoB was. This is part biography, part documentary...and all history.

    What about Jesse Boggs’s performance did you like?

    Clear and easy to understand. Like Cotter Smith he can bring Ambrose's amazing tales to life and lend credibility with his intonations.

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

    I found the various histories of the German troops there to be both compelling and fresh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coldest War: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union-- a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.

    aaron says: "Phenomenal sequel"
    "Worth every penny, what a fresh take on Sci-Fi!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Coldest War to be better than the print version?

    Witchcraft made science, science made sorcery and more plot twists than backroad in the Alps. Okay, enough with cute sayings...this book and it's Milkweed predecessor are fresh, new and clever addition to the genre. Did I mention how skillfully it was written? Or the superb job Kevin Pariseau did with the narration? Ian Tregillis is simply fantastic. Hat's off!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Coldest War?

    Sorry, no spoilers.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sorry, no spoilers.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Witchcraft made science, science made sorcery...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • German For Dummies

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edward Swick
    • Narrated By uncredited

    German for Dummies is not an audio translation of German for Dummies. It is an entirely new product, with an audio-learning focused pedagogy.

    Wojciech says: "good lessons"
    "Not what I had hoped for."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you're heading to Germany for a vacation in a few weeks and need to pick up some helpful phrases this book might be for you. But as far as using it as a tool to actually learn the language...well, I'd go with Pimsleur or some other more structured approach.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Edward Swick? Why or why not? this book was billed as an easy tool to assist learing the language I feel my money would be better spent on other books.

    What three words best describe the narrator’s performance?

    The narration was very nicely done.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from German for Dummies?

    I would have restructured the entire approach.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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