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David

Valencia, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (168)

    General Dwight Eisenhower once again commands a diverse army that must find its single purpose in the destruction of Hitler's European fortress. His primary subordinates, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery, must prove that this unique blend of Allied armies can successfully confront the might of Adolf Hitler's forces, who have already conquered Western Europe.

    Richard says: "The Steel Wave"
    "Generals - Yes ... Average Soldiers - No"
    Overall


    Shaara does a great job with Generals and statesmen. But when the story jumps away to tell a soldiers story, it just doesn't have the same impact as the dialog the Generals speak. The soldier parts are almost forgettable, where the Generals seem to have better lines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Closing with the Enemy: How GIs Fought the War in Europe, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael D. Doubler
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Closing with the Enemy picks up where D-Day leaves off. From Normandy through the "breakout" in France to the German army's last gasp in the Battle of the Bulge, Michael D. Doubler deals with the deadly business of war - closing with the enemy, fighting and winning battles, taking and holding territory. His study provides a provocative reassessment of how American GIs accomplished these dangerous and costly tasks.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "Well Done Doubler"
    "Day to Day Combat on the Ground"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Finally a book which talks about how the army fought the war. But unlike most books which talk from 60,000 feet up, this book talks at ground level. It talks on combat strategy and how they adjusted their fighting approaches given the circumstances.

    The book deals with fighting in the bocage, city fighting, river crossings, bunkers, etc. How they fought and solved problems. How ground, artillery, armor and air power learned to work together and how the process evolved over time. The book explains in detail the challenges and the conflicts with old thinking taught in training manuals that had to be adjusted or tossed out completely

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Dunstan, Gerrard Williams
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    When Truman asked Stalin in 1945 whether Hitler was dead, Stalin replied bluntly, "No." As late as 1952, Eisenhower declared: "We have been unable to unearth one bit of tangible evidence of Hitler's death." What really happened? Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams have compiled extensive evidence - some recently declassified - that Hitler actually fled Berlin and took refuge in a remote Nazi enclave in Argentina.

    Shyam says: "A Very Bizarre Little Audiobook"
    "Good but not Great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While this book does a good job presenting a story based on many interviews. It is presented as a story. So one misses the research side of things, that is the story of their research process. And while names are mentioned, there wasn't enough time spent on the people they talked to. Also there was a lot of time spent on basic WW2 history, which wasn't really necessary for the book.

    It's worth listening to and they do make a compelling story.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, Edward 'Babe' Heffron, Robyn Post
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (273)

    William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army - members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. Arguably the bravest, most efficient, physically fit, and tight-knit group of soldiers the Army has ever produced, the unit was called upon for every high-risk operation of the war, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden.

    danny lawrence says: "An instant favorite"
    "Travel back with the characters"
    Overall

    This is why audio books are better than reading. Once you get into the first chapter and the "reader" goes into character, you will think this book is actually being read by Bill and Babe, back in time. If fact it sounds like they are telling you their story, and nothing is being read. The reader truly makes this book come alive!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle for the Rhine 1944: Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Campaign, 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robin Neillands
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The post-Normandy battles that the Allies fought as they struggled for seven months to advance from the Seine to the Rhine were complex and controversial. Even after 60 years, the questions remain of who was responsible for the failure at Nijmegen, the destruction of the British First Airborne Division at Arnhem, and the failure of Operation Market Garden. Could the war in Europe have been won in 1944 with better strategies?

    nancy says: "Biased view of D-Day and Battle of the Bulge"
    "Balanced and informative"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book. We've been spoon feed how Monty was the big bad buggy man for so long. This author gives a balanced look at things. But Monty is not the focal point of the book, like some of the other reviewers would make you think. There is much to take away. This book is basically a samplier pack of the major pushes after normandy.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (201)

    A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the 20th century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation's most poignant chronicle of World War II.

    C. McCoy says: "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    "Good but not Great"
    Overall

    I was hoping for a story about the soldier. While there is a dusting of storyline regarding their story. It is for the most part a Rommel, Patton, Ike, and Monty storyline. The reader is fantastic, he changes his voices to cover several German characters, several American, and several British.

    I found the story alive and interesting when it dealt with generals and above. The soldier parts were short and weak.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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