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David

West Newton, MA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Sears
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (64)

    The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: On this single day, the battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

    David says: "Excellent Book"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    I have read Sears' Gettysburg book and wanted to try another - and was not disappointed. I have read various books as to the battle of Antietam but this is the most comprehensive. Sears has a nice way of providing some background information and detailing events leading up to the battle. Then the details of the ultimate battle make it seem as if you were in the middle of it.
    I recommend this for a wide varitey of audiences.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • D-Day

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Stephen E. Ambrose
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Focusing on the 24 hours of June 6, 1944 - D-Day brings to life the stories of the men and women who made history - from top Allied and Axis strategic commanders to the citizen soldiers whose heroic initiative saved the day.

    TomD says: "Great Lead into Band of Brothers"
    "As If You Were There"
    Overall

    Added bonus that the author - Stephen Ambrose - is also the narrator. great story that moves along at a good pace and deals with the first hours of the battle for the Atlantic Wall - an incredible set of stories of heroism and loss - of how individuals made the difference. Well worth the read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rebels of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    Edward Rutherfurd's stirring account of Irish history, the Dublin Saga, concludes in this magisterial work of historical fiction. Beginning where the first volume, The Princes of Ireland, left off, The Rebels of Ireland takes us into a world transformed by the English practice of "plantation", which represented the final step in the centuries-long British conquest of Ireland.

    David says: "A Wonderful Story"
    "A Wonderful Story"
    Overall

    This is an excellent follow-up to the first book - The Princes of Ireland. The introduction is Very helpful as it gives a brief review of the first book and refreshes the memory as to family names. The narrator is again Excellent and the stories unfold at a good pace -- most moving to me was the horrible description of death and disease from the Famine - very moving. One also comes to better understand the age-old religous problems that continue today. Even the last story - which moves a bit too quickly over the last 40 years of the book - has a very moving ending. Highly recommend - But read this after the first one

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Vietnam: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stanley Karnow
    • Narrated By Edward Holland
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Stanley Karnow's enthralling narrative is a comprehensive, fair-minded history that clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of America's war in Vietnam.

    David says: "Excellent detail"
    "Excellent detail"
    Overall

    I had read this book years ago and listened with great interest again. If you are looking for a description of the various military battles of the war then this won't be the book for you. But if you want detailed info on the political forces at work over this long struggle (the book starts at WWII) then this author had incredible access to All sides - then this Is for you. I thought it was great to hear not only the American perspective but the North Vietnam leaders as well. While the story is a long one the narrator moves it along at a good - interesting pace.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (229)

    From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

    John M says: "Fascinating book about a little-understood time"
    "More than a journey across the sea"
    Overall

    An interesting and detailed story of the Mayflower - but really much more about the first 40 years on this soil. Intersting descriptions of the first landing in Provincetown and then how the ship moved along the Cape shore untimately ending in Plymouth. But that is really only the first 1/3 of the book. Long descriptions of the relationship with native americans and frankly not always a very positive view of how the puritans treated the "indians" or of the numerous wars. The King Phillip War descriptions are lenghty - possibly too long. Worth the read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (198)

    They were called Easy Company, but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered huge casualties while liberating Europe in an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Dick Winters led them through the Battle of the Bulge, the attack on Foy, where Easy Company reached its breaking point, and finally into Germany, by which time each member had been wounded. Outside Munich, they liberated an S.S. death camp and captured Berchtesgaden, Hitler's alpine retreat.

    Tom says: "A decent listen"
    "Good - but repeats info"
    Overall

    Dick Winters is clearly one of the bravest and best combat officers to ever have been described in WWII. That being said -- if you saw the HBO series and/or read the Ambrose book - this will be a series of repeats. If you have not - then I think you will find it excellent.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Is Paris Burning?

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Few moments in history are as stirring as the Allied liberation of Paris. Yet few people are aware of how narrowly, and how miraculously, the city escaped Hitler's secret plan to reduce it to ashes. Is Paris Burning? reconstructs, in meticulous and riveting detail, the network of fateful events, day by day, moment by moment, that saved the City of Light.

    David says: "A Heartwarming Story"
    "A Heartwarming Story"
    Overall

    While I had seen the movie Many years ago - I had not read the book.
    Good pace to the story and the narrator does a decent job with the multitude of accents of the participants.
    Very moving when Paris is liberated and I found myself appreciative that there was some honor in the German officer corps.
    Sad though with all the personal stories of loss -soldiers who didn't live to see the end result - citizens sent off to concentration camps at the very end.
    All in all a great book

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Bob Woodward examines how the Bush administration avoided telling the truth about Iraq to the public, to the Congress, and often to themselves in State of Denial. Woodward's third book on President Bush is a sweeping narrative from the first days George W. Bush thought seriously about running for president, through the recruitment of his national security team, the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the struggle for political survival in the second term.

    Chris says: "Concerning and hard to put down"
    "No Real Surprises Here"
    Overall

    Why should we be surprised by any of this information. The story simply confirms what a great many Americans feel about the lead up to the Iraq war.
    The interesting perspectives for me were that (1) Bush is more disinterested and stubborn than a zealot (2) Rumsfeld and Chaney are the Real culprits (3) Powell didn't stand up to be counted when it was most needed and (4) Garner, it turns out, Did know what he was doing.
    After finishing the book it is indeed sad that Bush gave Bremmer and Tenant the medal of freedom

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Korean War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle. Max Hastings, preeminent military historian, takes us back to the bloody, bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950.

    David says: "Well worth it"
    "Well worth it"
    Overall

    I have read a great deal of military history over the years, but despite the fact that my father fought for a year in Korea, I knew little of the overall situation.
    The author does a very nice job - well paced - of moving thru the three years of the war (aka conflict). Near the end there are good detailed parts dealing with prisoners for example.
    A very effective summary of a miserable conflict from all parties perspectives.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Lee: The Last Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Bracelen Flood
    • Narrated By Michael Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Robert E. Lee, one of the most famous figures in American history, vanished after his dramatic surrender at Appomattox. In fact, he lived only another five years, during which time he did more than any other American to heal the wounds between North and South during the tempestuous postwar period.

    David says: "An incredible leader"
    "An incredible leader"
    Overall

    As an avid reader of Civil War history I found this book to be extremely interesting in that it details Lee After the war's end. While he did not live a long life after 1865 he made incredible contributions to "the South" in providing stability where others might have maintained the fight.
    His leadership at Washington College (Washington & Lee) was amazing as was how he created and led a piece of post-war higher education in the South.
    Highly recommend

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (363)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "Another Good Listen"
    Overall

    David McCullough has done it, yet again. A great story of this significnat tragedy told in a compelling manner. Hermann does his usual good job in keeping the story moving along. I was interested particularly with the post-flood stories and also of the many myths that came from the flood in later years.
    Highly recommend

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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