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Peter

Martinez, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer, Jefferson Chase (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sonke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs that had been covertly recorded and recently declassified. Neitzel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in Washington, D.C. These were discoveries that would provide a unique and profoundly important window into the true mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general - almost all of whom had insisted on their own honorable behavior during the war.

    Scott says: "Banality of evil"
    "Scholarly Work"
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    A good listen if you are a history wonk maybe not as interesting for those looking for pure entertainment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Roy E. Appleman
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Roy Appleman's East of Chosin, first published in 1987, won acclaim from reviewers, readers, and veterans and their families. For the first time, there was one complete and accessible record of what happened to the army troops trapped east of the Chosin Reservoir during the first wintry blast of the Korean War. Based heavily on the author's interviews and correspondence with the survivors, East of Chosin provided some of those men with their first clue to the fate of fellow soldiers.

    Peter says: "Apologist for MacArthur and Ned Almond"
    "Apologist for MacArthur and Ned Almond"
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    I have read many books about a the Korean War and the break out from the Chosin Res. but I have never read that O. P. Smith was to blame for the debacle. O. P. Smith saved the 1st Marine Division and in any case the 1st had a hard enough time saving itself. Poor dithering Leadership, poor training and discipline and poor communications exacerbated the Army's problems but MacArthur and Almond pushed the troops into untenable positions while refusing to believe intelligence being gathered in the field. A real thumbs down on this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Foxholes and Flashbacks: One Boy's Battle to Survive the Hell of War

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Avery
    • Narrated By Andy Holten
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    He yanked the slide of his rifle and clicked the safety on. A condom was stretched over the rifle barrel to keep out salt water. As the beach grew closer, Japanese mortar shells began to fall. They exploded all around the small craft. The anxiety was growing ten-fold with each explosion. West gripped his rifle tighter and tighter.

    Amongst the torrents of the greatest conflict ever fought, World War II, 18-year-old soldier Peter West must overcome his fears and summon his courage to fight the Japanese in 1942.

    Peter says: "Ugh!"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall

    This piece of crap should never have gotten past the audible.com editors. It is a piece of fiction so full of inaccuracies inconsistency plagiarism and bull crap. Anybody who has actually been in combat will turn this off in disgust. I would give it a minus 5 black stars.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnie-Sue

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Marion F. Sturkey
    • Narrated By Dennis McKee
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Sturkey, a former Marine "Bonnie-Sue" HMM-265 helicopter pilot, combines fascinating detail with grim realism in this eloquent saga of Marines at war. Weaving actual military records with personal accounts from the helicopter crews, he breathes life into the daily struggle of the soldier.

    Peter says: "Bonnie-Sue (Unabridged)"
    "Bonnie-Sue (Unabridged)"
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    I am a Marine Recon Veteran familiar with the areas of operation written about and the units involved. The narrative is so well crafted that I could smell the jet fuel, feel the vibrations and the deafening sound inside the 46s. After visiting the Bonnie-Sue website I could also see the faces of the men involved. I especially appreciated the after action reports as they described the action in the dry terse terms of Marine Corps History.
    Semper Fi

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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