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Ian

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  • The Coming of the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (499)

    There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.

    Tad Davis says: "Compelling and depressing"
    "An important book dreadful narration"
    Overall

    This book is the first of a trilogy explaining how the Nazis gained power in Germany. It is an important, well written and accessible book. Unfortunately the alleged narrator (and I use that term lightly) manages to ruin it. He stumbles from word to word as though completely unaware that they are in any way connected to one another in things which we call 'sentences'. He manages to pause in all the wrong places as he drones his way through the book, systematically reducing it from fascinating information to monotonous drivel. Whatever this person does professionally he should return to it. Poor Richard Evans. Great writing, preposterous narration. The four stars go to the book with minus five black holes to the 'narrator'.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (417)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Patrick says: "Great overview of Middle East troubles"
    "Superbly narrated political and military history"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Six Days of War to be better than the print version?

    No. Each has its advantages. For example, maps in the printed version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Moshe Dayan - Minister of Defence, Israel. His complex and perplexing character and ability to make sudden changes in regard to the war in the West bank, the capture of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.


    What does Robert Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narrator. Pronounces Arab and Israeli names and places flawlessly


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a detailed political as well as military history of the events surrounding the Six Day War. It tries to present information from both the Arab and Israeli viewpoints,. It clearly demonstrates the divisions among the Arab nations and the resulting problems in carrying out coordinated military and political actions against a determined foe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scott and Amundsen: Their Race to the South Pole

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Huntford
    • Narrated By Tim Piggott-Smith
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    This is a brilliant dual biography charting British Robert Scott's and Norwegian Roald Amundsen's race to the South Pole during 1911-12. Huntuford's is the accepted, definitive account of the race and a reassessment of the two men. Thoroughly researched, revealing the adventures and misfortunes that befell them both, he describes the driving ambitions of the era, and the complex, often deeply flawed individuals who were charged with carrying them out.

    Pierre says: "Good but could have been great"
    "The Scott of the Antarctic myth destroyed."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes with recommendation that they read the full unabridged book entitled The Last Place on Earth


    What does Tim Piggott-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration.


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

    The destruction of the myth of Scott, His inept leadership. His lack of common sense. His pettiness and inability to lead. A bumbling amateur. The antithesis of Shackleton or Amundsen whose weakness resulted in the his own death and that of his commrades.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal: One Man Against Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (368)

    This is the breathtaking adventure of the great Carthaginian general who shook the foundations of Rome. In the world's first "global" conflict, Hannibal Barca marched up and down the Italian peninsula for 18 years, appearing well nigh invincible to a Rome which began to doubt itself for the first time in its history.

    Karen says: "Fascinating - not to be missed!"
    "A Florid Tale"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hannibal the most enjoyable?

    Hannibal's qualities as a leader are clearly shown.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hannibal?

    The sad ending of his life after all that he had achieved


    What didn’t you like about Charlton Griffin’s performance?

    Inanely pompous. So pretentious as to sound like a new language. For example, his pronounciation of the word officer as OH--fizzer throughout the entire book. I often found myself wondering what various words meant until i realized that they were everyday English words spoken through a pompous mouthful of marbles.


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

    At best a reasonable if familiar tale. At worst, the author frequently lapses into pseudo biblical prose for example, armies are 'beset' not attacked. Scenes are described in florid tones that would not have been out of place in a Victorian novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2248)
    Performance
    (1574)
    Story
    (1583)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Theresa says: "Amazing story, well written & well read"
    "Magnificent Story of Superb Leadership"
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    What made the experience of listening to Endurance the most enjoyable?

    A gripping true story of survival and incredible leadership by Shackleton. Excellent narration, wonderfully told Against incredible odds Shackleton brings back his entire crew without the loss of a single man.


    What other book might you compare Endurance to and why?

    I have not heard any other book in its league.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Very good


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

    When Shackleton finally makes it over the mountains of South Georgia and wanders into the whaling station but is so changed as to be unrecognizable


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a super example of true leadership in adversity. A testament to Shackleton's qualities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (608)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "An excellent introduction"
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    If you could sum up The Guns of August in three words, what would they be?

    A classic history


    What did you like best about this story?

    The myth busting about the BEF and the dreadful leadership of their commander Field Marshall French.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nadia May’s performances?

    No!


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

    The March of Folly


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator has a shrill almost migraine inducing voice that gets worse whenever she attempts to put on ludicrous accents for French, Russians, Germans etc. Her voice grates on the nerves making it difficult to listen for anything but short periods of time. I recommend Tylenol or Ibuprofen be take with this otherwise excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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