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Doug Reid

Roseville, CA | Member Since 2005

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  • 17 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 447 titles in library
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  • The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (385)

    The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A very interesting book with some shortcomings."
    "A Devastating global perspective"
    Overall

    Even though this is generally an overview it is comprehensive. With the level of detail provided...some of it from more recently released information...the narrative can't help but pull the reader into the stunning madness, via a mind boggling mountain of facts and figures that simply left me devastated. The primary angle of the book is British and at times is too much so. The narrator is excellent. Generally following the flow of the war each area of the world, service type, battles, leadership and so much more is examined and tied together in a digestable form that I have not read/heard before. I want to recommend it, and do, but be prepared to be appalled and perhaps depressed to learn of the vortex of madness of WWII. All of us living in the wake of this global event should listen and hopefully learn about what can happen beyond a tipping point.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Last of the Amazons

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Christine McMurdo Wallis, Alyssa Brensnahan, George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Steven Pressfield is the internationally best-selling author of Gates of Fire and Tides of War. An epic of love and war, Last of the Amazons is a gripping, imaginative novel of the ancient world filled with Pressfield’s trademark extraordinary attention to detail. In the time before Homer, the legendary Theseus, king of Athens, journeys to the nation of proud female warriors whom the Greeks called Amazons.

    Sean says: "Another good book from Pressfield"
    "Pressfield at his best! A Great Ancient Novel."
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    I believe that this book was written before his pinnacle work, The Gates of Fire, but Pressfield's take on the Amazons is one of the finest historical fiction novels I have read...and I have read quite a few. I wrote a long passionate review of this book but scrapped it to simply say that I am so pleased I got the audio version of this book even though I read it years ago. The level of detail on every subject brought up in the book makes this journey a truly fascinating, rewarding, deep-breathing and supremely rich read and experience. I have read all of his work and it is easy to understand why it would be very difficult to follow any of his work, from this book through to his Rommel book that could reach the heights he attains in this book. Obviously, this is my cup of literate tea.

    2 of 3 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
    (3549)
    Performance
    (2583)
    Story
    (2592)

    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"
    "Well known for good reason!"
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    There is no need to write a long review of this book as it it is already recognized for its brilliance...and for good reason. What you might not know is that the author was there during many of the momentous occasions making the narrative absolutely engaging and 100% authentic. It is long and comprehensive but the performance and the quality of the work is so outstanding that it is a highly recommended journey. As shocking and depressing as some of the material is, the intelligence and deft writing hand of the author carries us through. Upon its completion I was inspired to return to several other books on WWII (Storm of War) to put together the missing parts of the story that only this book could provide. Again, the narrator is among the best I have ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19043)
    Performance
    (14814)
    Story
    (14760)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "A stand up comedy routine that had to be written."
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    Tina 's reading of her own book makes it an enjoyable ride. It is a ride though and not much of a journey. The book ends up being rather thin regardless of its great start. Each sentence has a comedic aside that makes for fun listening but would be impossible as a stand-up routine. While I did not expect the story to be wider than her personal experiences the end suddenly arrives and you realize that Tina's claim to fame (according to her) and the book's highest moment is her 6 weeks of impersonating Sarah Palin. Then she justifies her being a working mom and then it ends on a weak note. I was not disappointed I listened to it but it was like a show that has great promise with a dense beginning but it eventually becomes less dense and eventually falls apart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1791)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Happily...A Good Go...Again!"
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    I have been tough on two of my favorite writers for their last few efforts. They really upset me with their seeming lack of care for their customers and fans...especially with the last two books. However, there were quite a few moments while reading this book that I noted I had to come clean and give them kudos again. They redeemed themselves in many ways.

    I do not need to go into detail as other reviewers will but suffice it to say that all of the characters in the series make an appearance, like a cast curtain call, many of them with their amazing stories completed. The primary story line, Pendergast's, is a satisfying roller-coaster ride with twists and turns that keep the pitch high. Exotic, interesting locales and a host of new, dark and interesting characters make it a satisfying journey.

    If you are a fan of these two authors you can be assured that this effort is among their better work...not their best...but highly recommendable, finely crafted, entertaining and a wild ride.

    The series narrator is above criticism and is among the best out there...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Selma Blair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (328)

    More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.

    Cynthianna says: "First review I've written - Had to write it"
    "I Finally Read It!!!...and have been given a gift."
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    In my ignorance I thought I knew this story without having read it. Even though I have read many books on WWII, I swept by this assuming it was what it seemed to be...people hiding from the Nazis. However, there is so much depth and humanity to this work that it truly deserves its recognition. How one young girl could give us all so much is testiment to its honesty and innocence. If you have not read it and said someday you would...now is the time. There is no reviewing it as it stands apart from any criticism. This is an experience and a human journey that will live with you well past closing the book...hopefully for the rest of your life.

    Selma's performance is fitting.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert H. Lustig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. To help us lose weight and recover our health, Robert Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation.

    ashley d kasper says: "Changed the Way I Eat"
    "Important...Mandatory...and Exhausting."
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    Dr. Lustig is the champion of the "sugar is poison" subject. His scientific message about the infiltration of sugar and processed food throughout the world and the growing list of harmful health effects should be mandatory reading for everyone...simply so one can make better choices.

    The first half of the book Dr. Lustig uses a wry, fresh sense of humor to keep us engaged but somewhere around half-way the sense of humor (and connection) goes away and the science and soapbox take over. This is an important work but it must be said that it is also his first book and a book is not a short form speech. I am surprised his editor did not guide him to a more balanced effort.

    Following his substantial scientific evidence, Dr. Lustig does offer examinations of nearly every recent diet plan to have come along in the last few decades...and even early man. He offers a host of solutions ranging from medical, political, economic, education and business to common sense. However, the message becomes its own burden...a weight of its own that does not empower or really inspire...

    I do recommend the book!!! I learned a great deal and have already had a lot of exposure to the subject. In an ironic twist though the title of the book says it all..."Fat Chance"...which to me means that we will not or cannot succeed in overcoming the acceptance of the harmful aspects of sugar and processed food into our world....and that was the cumulative feeling I had when finishing the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2403)
    Performance
    (2008)
    Story
    (1981)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "More Than Willpower - Far More"
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    I picked this up because we can all use more willpower. Everyone has a weakness...or many. I did not expect the scope of the subject to extend into society, economy, biology and history as well. Not only did I get great advice and endless, researched documented examples but it gave me psychological clues into other projects I am working on...like helping a school population eat better or WHY there is an obesity epidemic...
    While the narrator is more listenable on the second go-round (yes, this book deserves multiple listens) the tone and inflections of the narrator's voice was a difficult match with the material. It was soft and soothing but tedious...perhaps the reason is that the author is a female (I think) and the delivery is male. It does have a sense of humor about it that is refreshing. All in all, this is a valuable excursion that you will grow from. I have recommended it to many people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profession: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    In The Profession, Pressfield taps his considerable well of military knowledge to craft a piece of speculative fiction set in 2032. With corporate and private powers wielding their own military forces, an exiled American general plans to return to the U.S. and claim the presidency for his own. Only his closest confidant stands any chance of defeating him.

    Steve says: "Disappointing"
    "Not every book is great."
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    I am a true Pressfield fan...but what happened? I have proudly given his works on creativity away as Christmas gifts...voraciously consumed all of his masterful historical fiction, several times each. In his "Do the Work" he mentions a failed book that did not pan out as he had hoped and I think this must be it. Lovers of superfluous military detail will love this book because superfluous is just the beginning...detail that means nothing, pointless characters that are flatter than paper...a story that I can't believe you had anything to do with. I am sorry Steven...I hate writing this review but you deserve every word. I have listened to and read your inspirational and tough words on creativity but you did not live by any of it by releasing this work. I finished it out of respect hoping you would redeem yourself but you left me in the middle of a vast, dry careless desert. The trip was excruciating and so impossibly short of you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6825)
    Performance
    (2128)
    Story
    (2147)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Opening the World - One story at a time."
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    My headline says it all. I did not expect how much dimension and humility this book would add to my life. It is a journey filled with characters. values and social statement that will enrich your life. The movie was so, so pale compared to the book...though it was amazing anyone even tried it. The author is the narrator and the result is authenticity at it's best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (796)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "Great for Driving"
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    I am a fan of both Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston. Recently their work has been less than what they are capable of but this book did not disappoint. Here Lincoln steps up with a solid solo offering. The story and characters are all somewhat familiar with references to many other works of adventure. Miles rolled by effortlessly as the story, narrated very competently, did not hang-up and continually unfolded with interest and enough intrigue. No, it was not mind-bending but rather a comfortable exotic adventure tale mixed with science, supernatural, mystery and an interesting (but familiar) group of characters. I would recommend this book if you like these authors or if you care for an easy and engaging tale that is a friendly, quality distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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