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Curtis

Memphis, TN | Member Since 2014

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (371)

    This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

    Andrew says: "Worth it"
    "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    Overall

    I am writing this review for both volumes and putting it in both places. This is a well narrated story written by what has been described as the best biographer of the 20th Century about a man who was perhaps the greatest man to live in the 20th Century. What's not to like?
    Both volumes have advantages over the other (listed below), but bottom line is that both are marvelous works. I doubt too many will be able to read Volume I without soon proceeding to Volume II. Volume I pluses include a better narrator (***** vs ****) (I was impressed with his mature Churchill voice and amazed that he started with a good child Churchill and gradually aged him into the famous voice we all love!), a more narrative/chronological layout as opposed to more topical, and illumination of the transition of the Victorian age through WWI and up to the Depression. This is a time of which I knew little relative to what came before and after. Volume II has the obvious advantage of fleshing out the rise of Hitler and explaining how the Appeasers were a product of their times.
    I know it will take close to 80 hours to listen to both, but the time will fly and you will wish you could listen to Volume III, which was unfortunately never written. Both books are great though I slightly preferred the first volume.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Lewis FitzGerald
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (225)

    For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

    Mark T Ryan says: "A Tribute to Fighting Australians"
    "Wow! What an amazing story."
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    This was a piece of the war in the Pacific that I knew little about. If you want to learn about some real Aussie heroes, I highly recommend this fine book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damascus Countdown: The Twelfth Imam Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (564)

    Israel successfully launches a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads. American president William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression. And the Twelfth Imam prepares to order a genocidal retaliation.

    Joseph says: "Is it a story it is it today's news?"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
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    Great conclusion to a wonderful series. Characters well developed. Pacing was excellent and the book was exciting throughout. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (980)
    Story
    (997)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "Well Written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This author combines gripping action with good character development and changes in pacing. This book will hold your interest from start to finish. Narration is extremely well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Copper Scroll: Political Thrillers Series #4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (181)

    Saddam Hussein is gone. Yasser Arafat is dead. A New Iraq is rising. Now White House advisors Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy find themselves facing a terrifying new threat triggered by an ancient mystery.

    Don says: "Exciting treasure hunt!"
    "More Indiana Jones Than Previous Books in Series"
    Overall
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    Story

    While I would strongly recommend this book if you are reading the series, I found this one to be less political thriller and more Indiana Jones to the extreme. An archaeology expedition amidst dangers and villains is exciting, but I didn't feel that this book was quite as well written as the previous three.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ezekiel Option: Political Thrillers Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (208)

    With Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat out of the way, a dazzling era of security and prosperity seems to have come to the Middle East. With the help of an American president trying to spread freedom and democracy, the Israelis and the Palestinians have signed a historic peace agreement. Violence is down. Their economies are booming. But a new evil looms on the horizon.

    Cheryl says: "Great Series!"
    "Exciting From Start to Finish"
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    This is an excellent series, especially if the prominent role of Biblical prophecy doesn't offend you. This book was as good as any in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days: Political Thrillers Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (225)

    Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is buried. Baghdad lies in ruins. Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as Jon Bennett - a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor - his beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy, and the U.S. Secretary of State arrive in the Middle East to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

    C. Haas says: "An excellent listen"
    "Just Finished and Ready To Order Third Book"
    Overall
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    Another page turner from Rosenberg. You feel that you are in the middle of a gripping tale from the first few pages. Part three, here I come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Jihad: Political Thrillers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (411)

    Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh...and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played.

    Joseph says: "Great book ... worth the listening to"
    "A Real Page Turner"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This one will grab your interest from the beginning and hold it throughout. The characters are well developed for the most part. Narration is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • QB VII

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Leon Uris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    In Queen's Bench Courtroom Number Seven, famous author Abraham Cady stands trial. In his book The Holocaust - born of the terrible revelation that the Jadwiga Concentration camp was the site of his family's extermination - Cady shook the consciousness of the human race. He also named eminent surgeon Sir Adam Kelno as one of Jadwiga's most sadistic inmate/doctors. Kelno has denied this and brought furious charges. Now unfolds Leon Uris' riveting courtroom drama - one of the great fictional trials of the century.

    Craig says: "An Important Revisit to a Dark Era"
    "Good Courtroom Drama. Too Much Propaganda"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration was superb with the exception of Abe's whiny Jewish voice.
    The story was well set up with the life of the plaintiff and of the defendant up to the trial. The trial itself came across as over-the-top Jewish propaganda. I usually like Uris's writing, especially in Exodus. This one is set up in its entirety to show how anti-Semitic views in even the most otherwise-noble person turn that person into an indescribably monster. I agree that the concentration camps were indescribably horrible and that the Jewish people were wronged as a race. However, this book is so one-sided in its defense of the Jews and its condemnation of others that it looses credibility. With that caveat, it is a story that will hold your interest (with the exception of the repetitive courtroom description of atrocities.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy: Victor the Assassin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (521)

    Victor, a former assassin-for-hire, has joined forces with a CIA special unit. His first assignment: Three strangers. Three hits. Fast and clean. Victor's a natural for this.It should have been simple. But with each hit Victor is plunged deeper into an unimaginable conspiracy where no one, least of all the people he knows, can be trusted.With the stakes growing higher by the minute, Victor realizes he's been forced into playing a game he never expected. Because he's the next target. And there's no way out.

    David says: "I want to be killed by Victor!"
    "3.8 Stars"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was almost as good as The Killer, the first book in the series. The plot held my interest, but I had to suspend my disbelief a bit more this time. Getting out of three impossible situations within a couple of hours seems beyond the realm of possibility.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (771)

    Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer. Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life.

    Anthony says: "You Can't Help Pulling for the "Bad Guy""
    "Exciting Read. A Little Too Much Shooting."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book held my attention throughout. I did enjoy it, but I would have preferred a little less shooting and a little more character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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