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David

63 years old-retired-hate winters-like growing potatoes-ride a Harley-built a couple of electric bicycles-vietnam vet-like audible

Sidney, OH, United States

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  • The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period.

    Cynthia says: "Twain's Hidden Gem"
    "The Innocents Abroad to"
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    It is sadly the same old story--the people selling the book give it far better reviews than those who bought it. Every narrator tries to sound like the writer would sound and speak like the writer too. They seldom succeed. Mr. Twain goes on the dream trip and spends most of the time complaining. Poorly narrated. Twain exhibits his genious for story telling. What is missing is a story teller.

    2 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Mosby's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John H. Alexander
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    David says: "Not all that good."
    "Not all that good."
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    The story told is about the writer, not about Mosby. I found it lacking in substance and a bit short on story. Not worth the credit or money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Reich at War

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (237)

    Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker.

    Karen says: "Masterful"
    "Entertaining,educational,history lesson."
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    Mr. Evans has captured a time in the past and unfolded it for all to see. Mr. Pratt does a very good job of narration as well. It is a lesson in history that does not put you to sleep. All of the evil traits of the human kind seemed to have come together at that time and Hitler and his deplorable menions held center stage for only a brief time. Thank goodness for that. Very revealing bood. I reccomend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Life Wild and Perilous: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert M. Utley
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    If you have ever wondered what is was like to be an explorer in the unspoiled American West of the early 1800s, then this is the audiobook for you. Not only a groundbreaking work of American history by critically acclaimed author Robert M. Utley, A Life Wild and Perilous is also a dramatic story of innovation and survival. Here is your chance to live in the very heart of the American wilderness with legendary trappers and mountain men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Tom Fitzpatrick, and Jedediah Smith.

    David says: "A lot of good history and quite a story too."
    "A lot of good history and quite a story too."
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    This book fills in a lot of history that has been generally skipped over in favor of the Civil War and other high volume catagories. I listen to audible or read a book to learn. I did that and then some. Hard men, rough time, the building of a nation, the shrinking of nations, fortunes won, fortunes lost, the rise of the U.S. the decline of Mexico, the making of American heroes, the end of the Red man, its all in there. Very well read. Very well written. A bit sad in places. Non fiction tends to be that way sometimes.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeff Guinn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (107)

    With dramatic flair, Jeff Guinn delivers the definitive portrait of Bonnie and Clyde. These media-savvy outlaws appealed to America's Depression-era hunger for swashbuckling characters. Glowing radio and newspaper reports transformed these "public enemies" into celebrities - much like the cinema gangsters of the time.

    Tim says: "Bravo!"
    "Go Down Together"
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    A good story with very revealing details. There is a strong projection of reality-that is to say-smell the dirty unwashed bodies in a car traveling in the heat of Texas. There is double cross and loyalty. There is out right murder by the law and criminal alike. Very rarely dull. A study in poor people in a poor state in a poor time in history. I found myself wishing for a happier ending but knew better. This is a straight story of violent crime with the folklore left out. I found it amazing just how little money they stole and how they didn't put any of the loot aside for a rainy day or hit the big score and quit. And the asenal they carried is very impressive if you happened to know just what those weapons can do. Good book. Well read. I don't regret buying the book...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Treasury of Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Farquhar
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    A Treasury of Deception is a tongue-in-cheek commemoration of those who attempted to pull off the greatest scams. Conmen, tricksters, charlatans, impostors, and downright liars seeking wealth, 15 minutes of fame, or the alleviation of blame rely upon the maxim that “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

    David says: "A Treasury of Deception"
    "A Treasury of Deception"
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    A good book. A few of the deceptions were old and used, but still produced a lot of grins. It was what writing is-amusing, thought provoking, fun, the thrill of hearing something for the first time, an exersise in learning, and very well read as a bonus. Perhaps in the next book the author could include Ponzi rip offs and selling mid east wars with alegations of WMDs.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Manson Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marlin Marynick
    • Narrated By Al Gravelle
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    In November 1970, Charles Manson was sentenced to death for the cold-blooded murders of seven people near Los Angeles. His sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.... When author Marlin Marynick was eight years old, he discovered a beat up copy of Helter Skelter. The book’s portrayal of Manson haunted Marynick for years, well into his career as a psychiatric nurse. So when a chance conversation facilitated a connection to Manson himself, Marynick went along for the ride....

    Amazon Customer says: "New insight into Charles Manson"
    "Charles Manson Now"
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    Disapointing. No new insights (as implied) to Charles Manson. He is still a celebrity, now manipulating the media for postage stamps. (used as inmate currency). Marlin promised a lot more, delivered a lot less. It is still the same old worn out story-Charles Manson is being victimized by the rest of the world. Only in the U.S. can this monster live in a penthouse and continue using people like Mr. Marynick to further his agenda. So now Manson is a tree hugger. How lame. The writing is disconnected with no real point aside from describing the butality of living behind bars. Should I congradulate Mr. Maynick for his hard work and writing journalistic savvy in getting an interview with Manson or Mr. Manson for his manipulating another writer into presenting Manson's human side? I do not reccomend this piece of crap and insist on a refund. A one star rating is being generous.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By C. J. Chivers
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (118)

    It is the world's most widely recognized weapon, the most profuse tool for killing ever made. More than fifty national armies carry the automatic Kalashnikov, as do an array of police, intelligence, and security agencies all over the world. In this tour de force, prizewinning New York Times reporter C. J. Chivers traces the invention of the assault rifle.

    Edward says: "A compelling book about much more than guns!"
    "The Gun-C.J.Chivers"
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    Well written and insightful. I don't believe the AK 47 was souly the work of the Russion Sargent who's name it bears, but the book is good reading anyway. By 1943 the German army had developed and were using a weapon that bears a suspicious (and down right striking resemblence) to the AK. I have fired this gun and it is everything advertised-simple-reliable-cheap to produce-readily available-and a killing machine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jedburghs: The Secret History of the Allied Special Forces, France 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Will Irwin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    The first full history of the pioneering Special Forces units of World War II, dropped behind German lines into France to assist with the D-Day landings, told by a former U.S. Special Forces colonel with unique access to surviving veterans.

    Alex says: "Really Enjoyed It"
    "The Jedburghs"
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    Not worth the money. Disconnected. Rambling and wordy. Full of the constant promise of a good story to come, but sadly never does. I have trouble giving this audio book a two star rating. Far too over blown by the publisher and audiobooks. Rip-off and false avertising come to mind. Did not like it. Don't reccomend it-at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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