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Charles

Vero Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (992)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Shangri-la Visited"
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    Performance
    Story

    Interesting story but it could be told in an hour, rather than 7 hours.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    • Narrated By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance, but by infighting and incompetence within the American government: a war cabinet arrested by vicious bickering among top national security aides; diplomats and aid workers who failed to deliver on their grand promises; and generals who dispatched troops to the wrong places.

    Rui says: "Excellent book, excellent narration"
    "Very Thorough"
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    Performance
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    This is interesting and has considerable detail. It has been well researched. For me however the big picture was lacking. Apparently this was not the objective of the writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1772)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Garfield and 19th century medicine"
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    Excellent story about a person and subject I knew little about. It is tragic that this happened to this good man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (489)

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book came as a complete surprise to me. Because of its length I expected it to have boring sections, but this was not the case. It was fascinating through out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbus: The Four Voyages

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laurence Bergreen
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (40)

    From the author of the Magellan biography, Over the Edge of the World, a mesmerizing new account of the great explorer. Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history.

    David says: "Does exactly what you want"
    "God and interesting read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Book is extremely interesting, although it wanders at times. I learned a lot. Narrator is very good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laurence Bergreen
    • Narrated By Laurence Bergreen
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    This is the first full account in nearly half a century of this voyage into history: a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance; a startling anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans; and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power.

    Michael says: "A good listen"
    "Magellan's Trip"
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    This is a fascinating story and well told. it answered a number of questions for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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