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Anthony S. McComas

Captain Nemo

Newton, MA, United States | Listener Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 194 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nelson Johnson
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna, Terence Winter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (187)

    From its inception, Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck, and this wide-reachinghistory offers a riveting account of its past 100 year, from the city's heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era.

    Frances says: "I love stories steeped in History"
    ""Fat Tony" narrates the history of the mob in NJ!"
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    Joe Mantegna does an amazing job of narrating a very well written book about the history of the Mob in Atlantic City. This book takes you through the more seedy side of Atlantic City's history. The author really did his research and the book keeps you entertained and informed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Norman Polmar, Michael White
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Despite incredible political, military, and intelligence risks, and after six years of secret preparations, the CIA attempted to salvage the sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 from the depths of the North Pacific Ocean in early August 1974. This audacious effort was carried out under the cover of an undersea mining operation sponsored by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

    Boots says: "How did the Russians not know at the time?"
    "Its like something out of a Bond film!!!!!!!!"
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    Although the book is short, it is packed with information not previously accessible to the public. As a fan of Cold War history I had read much about Azorian or "Project Jennifer" as it was known prior to 2010. Never in my dreams had I thought that my kids would eventualy see pictures of K-129's wreckage, much less myself. Norman Polmar, whose books are the best you can read on submarine history is an amazing author and does not dissapoint in this book (or in any of his others). The narrative of the people who actualy developed the Glomar and the Barge also makes for anamazing insight of the project. All in all a great read on an amazing chapter of Cold War history and one of my favorite books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Descent into Darkness: Pearl Harbor, 1941, A Navy Diver's Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Edward C. Raymer
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
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    (9)

    On December 7, 1941, as the great battleships Arizona, Oklahoma, and Utah lie paralyzed and burning in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A crack team of U.S. Navy salvage divers headed by Edward C. Raymer are hurriedly flown to Oahu from the mainland. Their two-part orders are direct and straightforward: (1) rescue as many trapped sailors and Marines as possible, and (2) resurrect what remains of America's once mighty pacific fleet. Descent Into Darkness tells their story.

    Anthony S. McComas says: "Amazing History!"
    "Amazing History!"
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    I first read this book back in the summer of 1996. Since then, I had lost my copy and was very pleased to see that they have published more now. It is as fasinating and informative now as it was back then. As a naval history fan, this book is one that really filled in what happened after the bombs stopped falling. I cant imagine what it must have been like for the men who lived through the events Mr. Raymer writes about. He really conveys the experiences and makes you feel like you are there next to him trying to make your way through complete darkness knowing that the bodies of your fellow sailors surround you. Mr. Raymer is not only an outstanding man for the work he did during the war, but also as an author, who 72 years later still keeps history alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stalin

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Edvard Radzinsky
    • Narrated By David McCallum
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    The Kremlin intrigues, the private worlds of the Soviet Empire's ruling class, Radzinsky thrillingly brings them to life. And the riddle of that most cold-blooded of leaders, a man for whom nothing was sacred in his pursuit of absolute might, and perhaps the greatest mass murderer in Western history, is solved.

    William says: "A Great Book About a Great Tyrant"
    "Very good book for either new or old readers...."
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    Excelent overall biography on "'Ol Joe" and the people around him. Much of it is information that I had read about before but there is also a good amount that I had not known. This is very good for both readers new to the subject or for those of us who spend a lot of time reading up on Soviet History.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Wallace, Henry Robert Schelsinger
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (225)

    Now, in the first book ever written about this ultrasecretive department, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to give listeners an unprecedented look at the devices and operations deemed "inappropriate for public disclosure" by the CIA just two years ago.

    Richard says: "Unique, informative history of the CIA"
    "The real "Q Branch" from James Bond!!!"
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    This book is a must for anyone interested in Cold War Spy History. It is really the story of the men who designed the listening devices, cameras and cool gadgets that helped us gather the intelligence we wanted from our adversaries. It is also the story of the men crazy enough to go in to some of these places to install them. A bit dry at times, but the authors make everything come alive so that you can understand what they are talking about even when the topic is very technical. Mr. Wallace, Melton and Schelsinger have truly helped us peek inside one of the most amazing parts of our history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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