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Alexis

San Marcos, TX, USA

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  • The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Rick Atkinson
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (54)

    The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill, and their military advisers engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea. But once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizingly high price.

    Alexis says: "Breathtaking"
    "Breathtaking"
    Overall

    This is the brutal retelling of the Italian campaign. If you can stomach the vivid reality of war, this book will change your ideas about what WWII really was for the men fighting in Italy. Another marvelous piece of history and prose from Mr. Atkinson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6000)
    Performance
    (2583)
    Story
    (2619)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "Must listen"
    Overall

    This story's contrast of devastation and hope is best heard rather than read. McCarthy's style -- trochaic and brutally honest -- is easier to follow in this audio version than in the book. Probably his finest work to date, a life-changing novel.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Rick Atkinson
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    The first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, An Army at Dawn is history of the highest order - brilliantly researched, rich with new material and surprising insights, the deeply human story of a monumental battle for the future of civilization. "An absolute masterpiece," says Andrew Carroll, author of War Letters, "This book is storytelling - and history - at its most riveting."

    Jeremy says: "Abridging too far?"
    "Brilliantly Told Untold Story"
    Overall

    The African campaign comes to life in amazing detail with Atkinson's brutally honest retelling of the men and times that made the US Army. Brilliant even if you are not a WWII buff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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