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George

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  • The Coming of the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (525)

    There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.

    Tad Davis says: "Compelling and depressing"
    "Why did World War 2 Occur?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book, and the other two in the trilogy. This first book provides details, in a definitive and entertaining way, illustrating how economic, social, military, political and cultural issues created the environment which allowed the Third Reich to come into existence and metastasize. I probably shouldn't use the medical term which conveys an emotional tone since the author's position is that the information should be presented objectively. He does present the information objectively and I agree that is the correct way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It shows how arguably the most civilized society on the planet was transformed into one of the most uncivilized. It is hard to overstate the need for understanding this period in history and I believe this book goes a long way in providing that understanding. The extreme hardships and social turmoil in Germany which provided the incubator for the Nazi philosophy may not be unique. We should always remember that Hitler came to power in a democracy.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    I liked them all.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spillover

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Quammen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (144)

    The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia - but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world.

    Lillian says: "Fascinating, but not Riveting"
    "Great Book"
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    Would you listen to Spillover again? Why?

    Not only would listen to Spillover again but I plan to do so within the next week. The reason I will listen again is that it contains excellent scientific information encapsulated in a very entertaining story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spillover?

    I frequently hike and hunt and I am concerned about Lyme Disease. I have read numerous explanations and discussions about the disease but nowhere did I find a description as clear and succinct as the information in this book. In fact the book completely changed my understanding of Lyme Disease.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The AIDS epidemic's beginning in the early 20th century. Especially the theory that early attempts to improve African population resistance to known diseases using hypodermic needle injection without modern sterilization may have been a key factor in accelerating the epidemic. The attempt to do something good may have had a bad outcome.


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

    Yes but it a little too long for that!


    Any additional comments?

    I especially liked the way this book is organized. I frequently go back and listen to specific topics and this book is beautifully organized with many chapters which correspond to specific discussions making it easy to go back.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Arthur Herman
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
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    (47)

    The Cave and the Light reveals how two Greek philosophers became the twin fountainheads of Western culture, and how their rivalry gave Western civilization its unique dynamism down to the present.

    Gary says: "This is a great book"
    "Outstanding Book"
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    Where does The Cave and the Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top 10%.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The flow of historical events since 300 BC and how they relate to the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. Really excellent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The siege of Syracuse.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Michelangelo's letter to a friend regarding the Sistine Chapel, " I'm not in a good place and I'm no painter".


    Any additional comments?

    The very most interesting part of the book was William of Ockham. I had heard about Occam's razor. However, I was completely unaware of the global impact this idea had on the development of philosophy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Horseman: Climate Change and the Great Famine of the 14th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By William Rosen
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In May 1315 it started to rain. It didn't stop anywhere in north Europe until August. Next came the four coldest winters in a millennium. Two separate animal epidemics killed nearly 80 percent of northern Europe's livestock. Wars between Scotland and England, France and Flanders, and two rival claimants to the Holy Roman Empire destroyed all remaining farmland. After seven years, the combination of lost harvests, warfare, and pestilence would claim six million lives - one eighth of Europe's total population.

    George says: "Not About Famine or Climate"
    "Not About Famine or Climate"
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    If you could sum up The Third Horseman in three words, what would they be?

    Climate, Famine not


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Rosen? Why or why not?

    Don't think so. Considering the title I expected this book to be about the 14th century famine and how climate caused it. However, the book is actually about the convoluted machinations of kings and nobles during this period and has almost nothing about the famine or climate. I expect the current heated discussions about climate change contributed to the selection of the title.


    Which character – as performed by William Hughes – was your favorite?

    The narration was good.


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

    Kings and Nobles


    Any additional comments?

    If someone is interested in details of kings and nobles, primarily in England and Scotland, during this period the book may be worthwhile.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1669)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1534)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "A Truly Great Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant Whisperer to be better than the print version?

    I did not yet read the print version; however, the audio version is really excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book represents a unique combination of adventure, wildlife lore, insight into animal behavior and general storytelling that is absolutely great. I kept thinking it would drop off in interest and intensity, as many books do, but it did not. It is one of the best books I have ever read - listened to. And all the books I have read would fill a really large room top to bottom.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Excellent! He conveys the spirit of the story in a compelling voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The rescue of the baby elephant and the attempt to help it recover.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased a Kindle copy of this book for my 13 year old granddaughter today and I will recommend it to everyone I know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (923)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "A Candid and Timely View of Our Government"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely yes. It explains how our government works in a way I have not found elsewhere. It elucidates the interaction of Congress, the Administration and Foreign Governments, especially on military issues. That the book is written now, as opposed to 5 years from now, greatly enhances its value to the public.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The candid narrative from a person who was Secretary of Defense for two administrations Republican and Democratic. I believe Secretary Gates does his best to provide a true representation of the events described in the book. On several occasions he includes issues where he admits that he was wrong.


    What does George Newbern and Robert M. Gates bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A sense of the emotional context.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I was very surprised by the high level of influence that foreign governments have on military decisions made by our government.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • American Rifle: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alexander Rose
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    George Washington insisted that his portrait be painted with one. Daniel Boone created a legend with one. Abraham Lincoln shot them on the White House lawn. And Teddy Roosevelt had his specially customized. Now, in this first-of-its-kind audiobook, historian Alexander Rose delivers a colorful, engrossing biography of an American icon: the rifle.

    Nick says: "Sighting in American history through its firearms."
    "AR15 Changes to create M16"
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    If you could sum up American Rifle in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent Book, almost


    What other book might you compare American Rifle to and why?

    A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam. Both illustrate how politics, career advancement and Not Invented Here philosophy have adversely impacted military decisions.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Abraham Lincoln.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment when Ordnance changed the number of rifle twists and powder in AR15, apparently without consulting the designer, Eugene Stoner.


    Any additional comments?

    The author discusses the changes made by Ordnance to Stoner's original design and powder. These changes resulted in rifle fouling and subsequent deaths of American soldiers. The author then dismisses the incident as a normal consequence of introducing new technology. This subject is also discussed in the book National Defense by James Fallows. Unfortunately National Defense is not available in audio format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2689)
    Performance
    (1986)
    Story
    (1994)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "Outstanding, unbelievable tale of human endurance"
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    What did you love best about Endurance?

    An excellent narrative for a compelling historical event.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall story and performance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Shackleton gave the order for him and his two companions to slide down the snow mountain, even though he had no idea what they would encounter as they went down. He simply knew that if they continued their slow pace, or stayed where they were, they would perish from the cold. And consequently, so would all the other team members who were depending on them to get through.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    An outstanding audio book.

    0 of 0 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
    (1127)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1040)

    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 truly great book."
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    Where does A Higher Call rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    What other book might you compare A Higher Call to and why?

    No Simple Victory. They both give an unconventional view of World War II. Most books in English focus, understandably, on the USA and Britain. However, these two books provide a different view.


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

    An enhanced emotional appeal.


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

    I found it very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I have purchased. I very highly recommend it to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (411)

    This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

    Kent Valandra says: "The Best"
    "Excellent"
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    Where does With the Old Breed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of With the Old Breed?

    The overall book was memorable. I have recommended it to many friends.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jerusalem: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice - in heaven and on earth.

    Ethan M. says: "In-depth and gripping history of 3,000 years"
    "Very Dissapointed"
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    What disappointed you about Jerusalem?

    It is very disjointed; just a paste of notes. I had listened to Young Stalin by this author and anticipated a great book, which makes it even more disappointing.


    Has Jerusalem turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What three words best describe John Lee’s voice?

    Good


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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