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Colin

Aurora, ON, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Philip Bosco
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    It is spring 1916, and a stalemate on Europe's western front has descended into horror. France and Great Britain are on one side of the barbed wire, a fierce German army is on the other. Jeff Shaara opens a window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare, as seen through the eyes of a typical British soldier who experiences the bizarre and the horrible - a "Tommy" whose innocent youth is cast into the hell of a terrifying war.

    William says: "Shaara good as always"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I really enjpy the work, but the abridged version seemed, well, abridged. It lacked the flow and completness of his other books. Would wait for the full version or find another book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Commentaries

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julius Caesar
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.

    Murray says: "Great history of Rome, miltary strategy & tactics"
    "Good But Need a Map"
    Overall

    A good account of Ceaser, by himself. One cannot be help be amazed at what he did and how he did it. The intervention and expanding of the empire has lessons for today, perhaps, but without the assistance of a map found in books, it is easy to get "lost" so it is important to pay attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Stephen Tanner
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    For more than 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads not only for armies but also for clashes between civilizations. As a result of the United States' engaging in armed conflict with the Afghan regime, an understanding of the military history of that blood-soaked land has become essential to every American.

    Alana says: "Afghanistan: A Military History"
    "A Great Overview"
    Overall

    I listened to this just before I deployed to Afghanistan and was amazed at just how much of what was in the book is still relevant today. A great piece to put the conflict and hopes of Afghanistan today into perspective of the regions long history.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Afghan Campaign

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    In words that might have been ripped from today's combat dispatches, Steven Pressfield, the best-selling novelist of ancient warfare, returns with a riveting historical novel that re-creates Alexander the Great's invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C., a campaign that eerily foreshadows the tactics, terrors, and frustrations of contemporary conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    H. Connelly says: "Another Outstanding Story"
    "A Sense of What it May Have Been Like"
    Overall

    Classical Pressfield combining a great story with an interesting era of history in a region that we are now all too familar with. The story flows well. Surprisingly, or perhaps one shouldn't be, the names of the places from that era are still in the news today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Rebecca Burns
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Kipling, a Nobel Prize-winner, tells the story of two Englishmen, with 20 rifles and two donkeys, setting off from India into the wild unknown to win a kingdom. Added to the adventure is a surprise ending.

    Colin says: "Excellent Set of Stories"
    "Excellent Set of Stories"
    Overall

    Classical stories that have not lost the sense of thrill and interest. Well written and well read, the listener gets a sense of what it was like, and in many parts still is, in that part of the world that is so important today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thermopylae

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paul Cartledge
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    In 480 B.C., a huge Persian army, led by the inimitable King Xerxes, entered the mountain pass of Thermopylae to march on Greece, intending to conquer the land with little difficulty. But the Greeks, led by King Leonidas and a small army of Spartans, took the battle to the Persians at Thermopylae and halted their advance: almost. It is one of history's most acclaimed battles, one of civilization's greatest last stands.

    Euryleia says: "Requires full attention"
    "GO SPARTANS"
    Overall

    Not what I expected, but an interesting "read" that provides insight into the broader issues surrounding this infamous battle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3161)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (953)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Interesting Book"
    Overall

    An interesting twist on the entire Afghanistan issue. The book, like the movie, flows well though stalls in parts.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4719)
    Performance
    (1901)
    Story
    (1910)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Interesting and Entertaining"
    Overall

    An interesting way to get the "feel" of the events and the time. The style of the author combined with the narrative provides a good flow and a sense of some of the perhaps subtler issues of the storyline. While it may not be useful for the "true historian" it was entertaining for the part-time one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7042)
    Performance
    (1785)
    Story
    (1831)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "What Can I Say?"
    Overall

    I must have been one of the last persons in North America to read this book and it fully lived up to the hipe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thieves of Baghdad

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Matthew Bogdanos, William Patrick
    • Narrated By Matthew Bogdanos
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Thieves of Baghdad immerses the listener into the rich culture, the colorful characters, the double-dealing, and the derring-do, to sort out once and for all what actually happened during the chaos of the Baghdad invasion, exactly how the thefts took place, and how the most notable objects were retrieved. We hear Bogdanos and his team going on raids and negotiating recoveries, blowing open safes, and mingling in the marketplaces, often encountering an assortment of rogues and villains.

    Steve says: "Started well, went no where"
    "Excellent Insights"
    Overall

    A quick paced, interesting book with a number of twists and turns. The book provides some different insights to Operation Iraqi Freedom, while generally ignoring the rest of the war, the focus of the book reads like a good mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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