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Norvin

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  • 1356: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (352)

    On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Classic Story Comes To Life"
    "Great listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 1356 to be better than the print version?

    the performance by Hawkins is well received


    What did you like best about this story?

    the period in which it takes place and the historical relevance of the time


    Have you listened to any of Jack Hawkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this is my first, but not the last


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

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

    Robert says: "As raw as it gets"
    "very sobering view of what happened in fallujah"
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    What made the experience of listening to House to House the most enjoyable?

    not so much enjoyable but eye-opening. If you had read the papers or watched the television news only the marines were in that battle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way SSgt Bellavia talk about his men.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are no favorite scene's only horror upon horror


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

    Being a VietNam vet it was very emotional at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackhorse Riders: A Desperate Last Stand, an Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Philip Keith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    This is the incredible true story of a brave military unit in Vietnam that risked everything to rescue an outnumbered troop under heavy fire-and the 39-year odyssey to recognize their bravery.

    Norvin says: "Great listen"
    "Great listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Blackhorse Riders the most enjoyable?

    having been in that particular nasty place I can understand what they were involved in


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that we smoked the NVA.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The harrowing tale of being in the bunker areas that were so well hidden until you were upon them without the knowledge of them being there until the air was ripped by the sound of automatic weapons fire.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    hero's all


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Halberstam
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures.

    Doug says: "Almost as good as The Best and the Brightest"
    "Halberstam at his best"
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    Where does The Coldest Winter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    too many people to narrow it down to 1


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The bitterly cold winter


    Any additional comments?

    Halberstam will be missed in the writing world. He new how to define moments in our history. And did not try to rewrite that same history, that cannot be said for many of our lessor authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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