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Dan Greene

CHATTANOOGA, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (430)

    Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

    Arthur says: "Beginners start here! This is the one you want!"
    "Wisdom lessons"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Story of Philosophy to be better than the print version?

    Grover Gardner is excellent -


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

    Grover Gardner is in synch with Will Durant. Grover Gardner (under the name Alexander Adams) narrated Will Durants Story of Civilization. The Story of Philosophy is sort of like Will Durants practice for his larger work on the history of human civilazation. Its a treasure.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audio book. Recommended to everyone. Its a delight to listent to the words of Will Durant and Grover Gardner is an awesome narrator!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Law of Success: From the Master Mind to the Golden Rule (in Sixteen Lessons)

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (251)

    Napoleon Hill, born into poverty in 1883, began writing as a reporter for small town newspapers while just a teenager. When industrialist Andrew Carnegie commissioned him in 1908 to interview over 500 successful men and women to help prove his theory that success could be distilled down to a clear-cut formula, Hill met with hundreds of the richest and most famous people of the time.

    morton says: "An Incredible Audio!"
    "Relevant today more than ever. Lessons to live by"
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    If you could sum up The Law of Success in three words, what would they be?

    Lessons for Success


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

    AWESOME narrator!!!


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

    I did - some might say this book is just common sense but it goes deep into the lessons so you understand on a profound level that character, discipline, and our inner attitude are key to living a successful and prosperous life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I would recommend for EVERY young person - it should be required reading in high school. I think it was written in hte 1920s and the writing style is mature yet direct and easy to understand - you really can tell that the mucky goopy psycho-babble we have today is so much B.S. Napolean Hill teaches with wisdom. This audio book is a gem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (993)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (919)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "A great story told excellently"
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    Where does A Higher Call rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty good


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    The reader did a fine job - no annoying habits - good job.


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

    I went through it fast. After the initial scenes of the story are set and explained you get pulled into a fascinating story of men and machines. The author takes us deep into the lives of Luftwaffe aces and reveals the lives of those pilots and the daunting task they were given.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like B-17s, WW2 aircraft and amazing stories of terror and courage in the skies over the Reich then here's one for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kevin R.C. Gutzman
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Instead of the system that the Constitution intended, judges have created a system in which bureaucrats and appointed officials make most of the important policies. While the government claims to be a representative republic, somehow hot-button topics from gay marriage to the allocation of Florida's presidential electors always seem to be decided by unelected judges. What gives them the right to decide such issues? The judges say it's the Constitution.

    Matthew Groom says: "The best PIG to date"
    "Black is white -takes you thru the looking glass"
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    Would you listen to The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution again? Why?

    Yes - its a must. A third go through will be instructive as well


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Eye opening -


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

    Dont know


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

    The Constitution explained - Beware of judges!!!


    Any additional comments?

    A dangerous piece of writing - sets down some pretty challenging precepts. Exciting stuff!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2704)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1843)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "A Delight"
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    What did you love best about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1?

    I read all these stories when I was about 18 and loved them then. They do a great job with the audio version. The story telling is great and the guy does Holmes and Watson very well. I enjoy listening to the vocabulary and the tone of their speaking - what gentlemen! Highly recommended.


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

    Yes I have - generally when I get an audio book and see that Charlton Griffin is readng then I am assured it will be a good listen.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 and why?

    Holmes and Watson of course


    Any additional comments?

    Great stories to listen with your spouse and family - great stuff to share on a long car ride with the family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Victor Sebestyen
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    For more than 40 years, communism held eight European nations in its iron fist. Yet by the end of 1989, all of these nations had thrown off communism, declared independence, and embarked on the road to democracy.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Unsurpassed"
    "Excellent - Everyone should know this stuff"
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    Would you listen to Revolution 1989 again? Why?

    I would and I am - I finished it and immediately started again.


    What about Paul Hecht’s performance did you like?

    Good pace, good pronunciation.


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

    Too long for one sitting - But I got through it very quickly. I was using Wikipedia to get more details and check out some maps as I progressed through the book. This is fascinating stuff!


    Any additional comments?

    Get this and listen. Even being aware of a lot of this stuff I still found tons of new insight and information. If you don't know much about the Revolutions of 1989 and how the Commies fell apart this is a GREAT resource. EVERYONE should know ALL about this stuff!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (263)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "Excellent: The classic bomber campaign of the 8th"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - great stories, good insight into the phases of the bomber campaign.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed the detailed look at the bomber campaign.Explores the details of the B-17s mainly and the roller coaster ride they had from 1942 to 1945. Details include targeting strategies, crew experience, Luftwaffe strategies and coverage of the Fw-190 vs B-17 war plus lots of other details and little known facets of the bomber experience. A must read for someone wanting a good understanding of the European Air War in WW2.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Anil Ananthaswamy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (118)

    In this deeply original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy sets out in search of the telescopes and detectors that promise to answer the biggest questions in modern cosmology. Why is the universe expanding at an ever faster rate? What is the nature of the "dark matter" that makes up almost a quarter of the universe? Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? Are there others besides our own?

    Michael says: "Physics ain't for wussies!"
    "Good information"
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    Any additional comments?

    An interesting look at the complex machines these physicist brainiacs build to observe and measure these crazy waves and particles. The author discusses the machines but also discusses the astronomy, the quantum stuff, and the overall theories on unification. I made progress in my slow investigation of this kind of material. It helped me to really begin to understand large energy machines and the dance between particles and wave and energy stuff. It amazed me when he was talking how these people are trying to catch tiny particles and using bended light to see around galaxies - it makes me realize people are way smart - there's no other animal that even begins to understand this stuff, yet humans have created machiens that measure and detect particles, waves, and phenomenon from billions of light years away and that reach beyond the sub-atomic scale - its amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storm of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernst Jünger
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    This classic war memoir, first published in 1920, is based on the author's extensive diaries describing hard combat experienced on the Western Front during World War I. It has been greatly admired by people as diverse as Bertolt Brecht and Andre Gide, and from every part of the political spectrum. Hypnotic, thrilling, and magnificent, The Storm of Steel is perhaps the most fascinating description of modern warfare ever written.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "World War I from a German Viewpoint"
    "Storm of steel is right!"
    Overall

    By the time you get through this the thought of 5 or 6 guys shooting rifles at you seems like no big deal - a bit annoying but no reason to jump in a shell hole or anything. I can't believe anyone survived this war at all- especially 4 years of it. Apparently 1914 to 1918 was no holds barred artillery pounding village leveling madness! And listening to Ernst tell his stories about this attack or that manuever or the hellish clatter of a machine gun is amazing. The whole world must have been making shells and bombs and bullets during this time - the scale of firepower is staggering.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Co. Aytch: The Classic Memoir of the Civil War by a Confederate Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sam R. Watkins
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Early in May 1861, 21-year-old Sam R. Watkins of Columbia, Tennessee, joined the First Tennessee Regiment. He fought in all of its major battles, from Shiloh to Nashville. Twenty years later, with a "house full of young 'rebels' clustering around my knees and bumping about my elbows," he wrote the remarkable account of "Co. Aytch," its common foot soldiers, its commanders, its Yankee enemies, its victories and defeats, and its ultimate surrender on April 26, 1865.

    Tucker says: "Must Have"
    "Good storytelling"
    Overall

    This is an interesting tour through the Western Theater of the War Between the States from the view of a 1st Tennesse infantryman. Apparently the author has a superior guardian angel because he is in the thick of it from start to finish. Assuming it's true it's an amazing accomplishment. When you hear the descriptions of the thick minie balls and the grape shot booming it makes you wonder what these people were doing. These people were CRAZY - all of them - blue coats and Johnny Reb. After awhile I began to gain a deeper understanding of the pace of the war, the automatation of the war machine of the Yankees, and the degree of "regimentation" that was instituted on both sides. I found the first hand accounts of the Confederate defense from Chattanooga to Atlanta very insightful. He got me doing some arm chair generaling and thinking of better ways to deal with the Blue Coat armies moving South out of Chattanooga. Personally I think the war was over in 1862 when the Federals took full control of the Mississippi - but revisiting these campaigns on such an "on the ground" view makes me ponder what may have been salvaged if handled a bit more dynamically. This narrative also helps to illuminate the "mass" nature of the Yankee hoarde; for me Cold Harbor is no longer some example of extreme slaughter but is what became the measure of what the North was willing to use up. Fredericksburg, Cold Harbor, the Bloody Angle, the Kennesaw campaigns saw the Blue Coats march over and over to their deaths in doomed or very expensive assaults. Now I am suspicious of the "offical" 600,000 killed in this war - I now believe it to be LOTS more. I may have to go look into how those numbers were established - I'm curious now.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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