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Christopher

Bloomington, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes: Incredible Real-Life Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robin Odell
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (66)

    A gripping collection of stories of human criminality at its most bizarre.

    These unusual, sensational murders recall not only gruesome historical crimes, but also touch on shocking and macabre modern murders. Included are details of groundbreaking advances in crime detection, law enforcement, and forensic science. This is the top-secret report on the most grisly, and unusual, criminal activity of our time.

    Sires says: "True Crime for the Beach or Vacation Reader"
    "Good to dip into..."
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    This is a good book for True Crime enthusiasts, while not in-depth (it makes no claims to be) it is a fascinating look at some bizarre well-known and not so well-known true crimes.

    On the whole I enjoyed it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Head On

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ian Botham
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Voted the greatest English cricketer of the 20th century by the fans, Sir Ian Botham is the English game’s one true living legend, and his story, both on and off the pitch, reads like a Boy’s Own rollercoaster ride. Born with a natural genius for the game, Botham began breaking records with bat and ball from a young age and soon became the man English cricket expected most from. After a troubled period as captain, Botham rose once again to become a national hero with his display in the Miracle Ashes of 1981.

    Christopher says: "Excellent autobiography"
    "Excellent autobiography"
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    Reading/Listening to a book about one of your sporting heroes is often a daunting task, but this one is very very good. It tells you a lot you knew about Both and a lot you may not have known.

    Typical of the man,he pulls no punches whatsoever in this book.

    An excellent warts-n-all look at a brilliant cricketer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hitler: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ian Kershaw
    • Narrated By Alan Robertson
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness. From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in the 20th century.

    Christopher says: "Superb, well crafted and well narrated."
    "Superb, well crafted and well narrated."
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    This is an excellent book on a difficult subject. With so many books on or about this subject it is always difficult to find one that covers it so comprehensively and especially as it is a truncated version of his two volume biography it certainly does not seem so.

    Excellent information on Hitler's early life and influences much of which I had not read about before all the way up to his last days in the bunker which is covered with good detail using sources close to the final days in the bunker.

    All in all a very good listen.

    Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Comebacks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Nigel Davenport
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Deception, blackmail, murder, revenge - these are themes of stories that move from London to the coast of Spain, from Mauritius to Dublin. Whether his subject is assassination by stealth, gun-smuggling or the cruel confidence trick Forsyth is never less than compulsive.Here are eight stories with the Forsyth touch - a brilliant and original collection by an incomparable craftsman of suspense.

    Christopher says: "Some excellent stories"
    "Some excellent stories"
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    Some excellent stories. However, this should really come into the Abridged section as having read the original physical book there are at 2 stories missing from the original book, There Are No Snakes in Ireland is one (in my opinion the best from the original book) and Duty. If these were included it would get 5 stars from me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3306)
    Performance
    (2360)
    Story
    (2368)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "An interesting personal account."
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    This is largely a personal account and a narrative and really needs to be looked at as such. There are some things that are glaringly omitted which would be in a general history and a lot that is personal opinion. To put it into perspective, William L Shirer was a journalist in Germany and Austria at the time of the rise of the Third Reich and sees from a unique personal perspective on the ground. He also bases a lot of this work on the official documents from Nazi Germany.

    The coverage of the rise of Nazi Germany is thoughtful,insightful and intriguing and covers more than half of the book. Not much is given over to what the Nazis did while they were in power but more attention is paid to the last few days of the war and the regime.

    Overall a very good piece on especially the origins of the Nazi Party and Hitler.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs)
    • By Tony Judt
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (315)

    Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world’s most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change—all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

    History says: "Great book, but not terrific listening"
    "A sweeping reflection on Postwar Europe."
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    This is one of the best historical books I have read/listened to. Tony Judt is one of the finest minds in his field of his generation and comprehensively covers many areas of Postwar Europe.

    It is superbly written and evidently exhaustively researched. Covers a lot of ground that I myself hadn't covered before and goes a long way in explaining the current Eastern European conflicts and the ground work for the EU and beyond. Whether you agree with Judt's conclusions or his standpoints is immaterial, there is no doubt in my mind that this book opens a lot of people's eyes on the Europe we had and why we have arrived at what we have now. I intend to read more of his books,

    The narration, by Ralph Cosham (who I believe has done a few other of Judt's works is clear and intelligible.

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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