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GEORGE

Hobby- Military History Occupation- Retired Commander USN; Retired Director of Quality Assurance; Graduate Liberty University, Lynchburg VA; Residence-Waverly Ohio

Waverly, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Frozen Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
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    (436)
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    (442)

    NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat arrives at her latest crime scene to find an unidentified woman stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left on a Manhattan street. Nikki is in for a big shock when this new homicide connects to the unsolved murder of her own mother. Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner, top journalist Jameson Rook, Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she is forced to confront unexplored areas of her mother's background.

    GEORGE says: "Almost Impossible to Put Down/Turn Off This Book!"
    "Almost Impossible to Put Down/Turn Off This Book!"
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    This is the first collection of fiction books, that I checked daily after the listed release date to purchase. the next book of the series. I am an avid reader/listener of both fiction and nonfiction books.and consume nonfiction books primarily. Once I purchase the first book of this collection; I was hooked and quickly listened to the other three books released to date. I struggled to leave the book once started, as I became more and more engrossed in the story. I have read mystery books for over 50 years, and this is first collection of books in many years that surprised me in the end. I can say I never foresaw the ending in any of these 4 books. For all of the snobs out there I will admit I am also a fan of the Television series and I found that the knowledge of that series helpful in understanding some of the happenings of the books. I read/listen to nonfiction books to enhance my knowledge of a subject and fiction books for pure entertainment. This collection of books fulfilled that purpose. I recommend this book for fans and nonfans of the "Castle" TV series.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Stewart Cameron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
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    (48)

    With an introduction read by Max Hastings. A companion volume to his best-selling ‘Armageddon’, Max Hastings’ account of the battle for Japan is a masterful military history. Featuring the most remarkable cast of commanders the world has ever seen, the dramatic battle for Japan of 1944-45 was acted out across the vast stage of Asia: Imphal and Kohima, Leyte Gulf and Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Soviet assault on Manchuria.

    GEORGE says: "Great Book; Very Poor Presentation!!"
    "Great Book; Very Poor Presentation!!"
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    I do not understand how any audible book producer, can allow the reader to mispronounce so many names and locations. I found the subject matter and the manner presented by the books author interesting and I think, if I had read, rather than listened to the book, I would found the experience more enlightening. In listening to the book, I found my self cringing every time a name was butchered. For example, the narrators referring to the last Japanese Battle Ship "Yamato" as "Yama-Toes" and then listening to the narrator mispronounce the ships name many-many time during the discussion of April 1945 action, almost caused me to send this book to the cyber trash can.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1251)
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    (1118)
    Story
    (1128)

    Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

    Patricia says: "Was she in a hurry?"
    "Need a negative rating scale"
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    Terrible is the best thing I can say about this Book! This is only the second book out of over 300 in the last 4 years that I found just to poor to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of the Supreme Court

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Peter Irons
    • Narrated By Professor Peter Irons
    Overall
    (24)
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    (24)
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    (23)

    For more than two centuries, the Supreme Court has exerted extraordinary influence over the way we live our daily lives. This series of 36 clear and insightful lectures - delivered by an award-winning teacher and widely respected authority on the Supreme Court - answers many questions about the Court as it traces the development of the Court from a body having little power or prestige to its current status as "the most powerful and prestigious judicial institution in the world."

    GEORGE says: "Great Lecture Series !"
    "Great Lecture Series !"
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    I stumbled upon this collection of lectures while reading a book about Roosevelt's court packing plan. In my opinion this is a very good series of lectures for use by a layman that is looking to increase his/her knowledge of Supreme Court History. While watching confirmation hearings for Court Justices in the past, I found my lack of knowledge pertaining to major decisions rendered by the Court in the last 100 years bothersome. These lectures helped me address that weakness. The material is presented in a manner that allows an individual a laymen to gain a general understanding of the workings of the Court, and the basis for many of the major decisions in recent history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a Pale Horse: Sherlock Holmes on Her Majesty's Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Donald Thomas
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
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    (17)
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    In a momentous period of British history, Donald Thomas' latest Sherlock Holmes adventure pits the great detective and his faithful biographer, Dr. John Watson, against an international conspiracy led by a disgraced English officer. Colonel Hunter Moran bears upon him the "Mark of the Beast"; his satanic ingenuity leaves a spectacular trail of devastation. It runs from the annihilation of a British armored column by Zulu tribesmen - armed only with shields and spears - to a life-and-death struggle on the sinking passenger steamer Comtesse de Flandre.

    GEORGE says: "Captivating Sttle and Story Line !"
    "Captivating Sttle and Story Line !"
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    I seldomly read fiction books ; However, I stumbled upon one of the Author's books of Holmes short stories, that were very well done, so I decided to read one of the new full lenght novels. After completing the reading of this book, I knew that I had made a good decision. After starting the book, I found it nearly impossible to stop listening and go off to other things. This book allows Dr. Watson to have a role in the story, other than being Holmes story teller , companion, and water carrier. Holmes comes across in a more human role, while maintaining his feeling of superiority and demonstrating the arrogance he has always possessed. I am going to purchase the Other holmes books written by this author as an addition for my library.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition: Everything You Need to Know about American History but Never Learned

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, Kenneth C. Davis, Zach McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (53)
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    (57)

    Here, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its debut as a New York Times best seller, is the revised, updated, and expanded edition of the classic anti-textbook that changed the way we look at history. First published two decades ago, when the “closing of the American mind” was in the headlines, Don’t Know Much About® History proved Americans don’t hate history—just the dull version that was dished out in school.

    Courtney A. Stevens says: "Biased overview; Confusing chronology."
    "NOTHING LEARNED BY READING THIS BOOK EITHER"
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    Based on the title of this book, I looked foward to reading this book; However, about 1/2 way through the book, it became clear to me that this book only rehashed key events, most of which have been discussed much more in-depth in a significant other book. I do not feel like I learned a single thing as a result of buying and listening to this book. I was going to complete the book;However when the author spent more time explaing why we were wrong to drop the A-Bomb on Japan, than he did on subjects like the depression era, or the 2nd half of the 19th century. I dedided to trash this book!!!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David M. Kennedy
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (200)
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    (127)
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    (124)

    Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. This Pulitzer Prize–winning history tells the story of how Americans endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities. The Depression was both a disaster and an opportunity. As David Kennedy vividly demonstrates, the economic crisis of the 1930s was far more than a simple reaction to the alleged excesses of the 1920s.

    Ray says: "Good summary of a pivotal time."
    "A Wide Ranging Summary for Specified Timeframe"
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    I found this book very disappointing. As I just turned my interest to the happenings of this time frame I figured I could gain some insight into the causes of the problems that led to the depression, the actions taken and results of the actions. Rather I found a book that I would describe as covering subjects one mile wide and one inch deep. If you are just starting to take an interest into the events of the first half of the 20th century this may be a good book as it is in my opinion a good summary of the events including American involvement in WW2.

    If you are looking for more than a just summary, I would recommend that you plan on reading a number of additional book for a clear understanding of this timeframe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (252)
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    (253)

    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

    BB says: "A rich and entertaining history"
    "Best Read of 2012"
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    I found this book enlightening from the standpoint of the different standards applied to our elected officials in the past compared to the standards of today! If the President and First Lady had extramartial affairs as discussed or alleged in this book, in the White House the press and television networks would make it impossible to keep from the public. Notwithstanding their private affairs, this book shows that the actions of Mrs. Roosevelt were significantly underrated and that failure to recognize her as one of the individuals responsible for major social improvements in the 20th century was an justice to the Women.

    I recommend this book to anyone interested in the time following the depression of the early 20th century and the actions taken by the government leading up to and during the 2nd world war.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Alan Taylor
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
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    (60)
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    (59)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America. In a world of double identities, slippery allegiances, and porous borders, the leaders of the American Republic and the British Empire struggled to control their own diverse peoples. Taylor’s vivid narrative of an often brutal—sometimes farcical—war reveals much about the tangled origins of the United States and Canada.

    margot says: "A proper history of an obscure epoch"
    "Must Read"
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    Although I have been reading books on American History for the past 40 years, this book showed me how little I knew about the war of 1812. Once I started listening to material presented, I found it hard to stop listening and put the book away. The author presents the material such that their is nothing booring or dry about this book. I found the intertwinning of historial facts and stories about the people and things being discussed enlightening. In my opinion, if you intersted in more than the "Burning of Washington" and the "Battle of New Orleans", this is a good book to read to follow the events of the other 3 years of war in North American.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric A. Johnson
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    Overall
    (32)
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    (22)
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    (22)

    Who were the Gestapo officers? Were they merely banal paper shufflers, or were they recognizably evil? Were they motivated by an eliminationist anti-Semitism? Did the average German know about the mass murder of Jews and other undesirables while they were happening? Exactly how was Nazi terror applied in the daily lives of ordinary Jews and Germans? Eric A. Johnson answers these questions as he explores the roles of the individual and of society in making terror work.

    Christian says: "Not very good"
    "Answered Some Questions For Me"
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    I first learned about the terrible crimes committed by the Nazis when the story of the of the death camps was shown on broadcast television in the late 1950s. I could not then, and still do not understand how the so many people stood around and let this happen, much less assist in the exterminitation of the Jewish and Polish people. Ths book provided some insight and answered many of my quations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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