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Richard

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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (232)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "From Start to Finish in Europe"
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    This is a great day to day complete story of the air war in Europe. A chronicle of the behind the scenes politics and maneuverings. The double strategies the Allies fought, The crews life and death struggle, that broke some, and tested all.
    London and the fly boys. A good description of the British thoughts of the American fly boys, and the Americans experiences with the British people.
    A great book that puts you in the ERA along with all the peoples involved. Even the enemies.
    I listened night after night. Happily, it's a long book. I highly recommend "MASTERS of the AIR" to WW ll buffs or anyone who like to read books of life in the 1940's.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John C. McManus
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    In September Hope, acclaimed historian John C. McManus explores World War II’s most ambitious invasion, an immense, daring offensive to defeat Nazi Germany before the end of 1944. Operation Market-Garden is one of the war’s most famous, but least understood, battles, and McManus tells the story of the American contribution to this crucial phase of the war in Europe.

    Dan McGrew says: "Good Story no so great Narrator"
    "A new view of market garden!"
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    Market Garden was not an messy loss. The soldiers of the US fought as if it was their own hometown being fought over. After reading this book I was proud of our troops performance. At times the British held back waiting for orders when a little iniative could have made all the difference in reaching Arnham!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escape From the Deep: The Epic Story of a Legenday Submarine and Her Courageous Crew

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    In the harrowing war saga Escape from the Deep, he recounts the incredible exploits of the U.S. Navy's deadliest World War II submarine, U.S.S. Tang. From one end of the Pacific theater to the other - dodging mines and depth charges from hundreds of enemy vessels along the way - the 80 men of the Tang became legends.

    Thomas W. Merrick says: "Gripping Story of Survival from WW2 Submarine Sink"
    "Life or Death in a WWll Submarine"
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    A interesting true story that would have made a good movie. The drama and courage, the loss of strength and will to live decide who will survive the strange sinking. The survivers who have gone to the depth of human endurance find they are only starting the ordeal.
    A page turner. another example of the greatest Generation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (1237)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (953)

    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"
    "A surprize Winner"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a well told story of a WWll Downing of a transport plane. It's hard for me to tell you more without spoiling the book.


    What other book might you compare Lost in Shangri-La to and why?

    I can't put my finger on any single book that it reminds me of. It's a true story that I had never heard of before. Very interesting. Unexpected WWll adventure!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the area that the book takes place. All the different peoples involved.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I didn't laugh or cry but was surprised I hadn't heard something about the event. It was in some ways an historical event. There were some sad parts and some heroic events. The book reinforces the peoples actions and spirit of the times and more. You have to read the book to understand that sentence.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book would make an excellent movie. It's not a battle, tho it takes place behind Japanese lines.I highly recommend this book. The fact that it's a true story kept me glued to the listen. I got the audio book.Do yourself a favor read or lisen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific - Saipan to Guam, June to August 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Victor Brooks
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    June 14, 1944, just nine days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own D-Day landing. A huge U.S. flotilla of 800 ships carrying 162,000 men was about to attempt to smash into the outer defenses of the Japanese Empire.

    John says: "Great story of an important battle"
    "Glad I wasn't there..."
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    What did you love best about Hell Is Upon Us?

    You could feel the stress.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell Is Upon Us?

    The descriptions of conditions, and sites,smell, and mind set.


    What about Peter Ganim’s performance did you like?

    A good story teller with a 40's kind of way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I like to strech it out over a couple days. I look forward to sitting back closing my eyes and let my ears fill my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a movie

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finish Forty and Home: The Untold World War II Story of B-24s in the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Phil Scearce
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    During the early years of World War II in the Pacific theatre, against overwhelming odds, young American airmen flew the longest and most perilous bombing missions of the war. They faced determined Japanese fighters without fighter escort, relentless anti-aircraft fire with no deviations from target, and thousands of miles of over-water flying with no alternative landing sites.

    Douglas says: "Compelling History of the Pacific Air War"
    "A GOOD Listen"
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    If you could sum up Finish Forty and Home in three words, what would they be?

    You are there!


    What about Danny Campbell’s performance did you like?

    He is a good story teller.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A couple of chuckles, and some empty heart losses.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (263)

    On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

    BB says: "Superb narrative history"
    "Pacific Crucible Came though as hoped"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pacific Crucible the most enjoyable?

    Good details well spoken. Facts meshed with other books I've read, including a raid by Japanese raiders in responce to an earlier raid by USAAF to their island. The discriptions where fasinating because they where from two different people, at different places on the same Island. Alot of the damages where discribed from different points of view but the damage and intensity were so similar you could tell it was the same raid being discribed in two seperate books. One man was on the earlier raid and realized what it must have been like on the ground in his raid. The other was surprized at the tacticts of low repeated passes at night with much better affect then the higher altitude run he had been on, even tho his raid was very sucussful it took many more bombers, and in day light, which made his raid far more dangerous by Zeros and AA fire. Tonights raid, the enemy was almost invisable because you could only see them on their pass, hear them after that. hard to fire on sounds only. The book has a lot of back round information to the historical facts as I know them. A good insiders look at the beginnings of the Pacific War.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't pick a scene. The book covers so many aspects of that time period. The the whole coming and going on raids was more physical action then other parts but the whole Crucible is the point. So putting in contect everything going on and how many, indivigual stories you'll nerver hear. Is always in your mind. So many many people in the entire theater makes you realize why it's the Pacific Crucible


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I like to strech it out over a couple nights. Something to look forward to.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended hightly!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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