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George

Converse, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Inside the Nazi War Machine: How Three Generals Unleashed Hitler's Blitzkrieg Upon the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bevin Alexander
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Under orders of the Fuhrer, the German General Staff reluctantly drew up a lackluster plan of invasion for France. Yet it was the audacious scheme of three of Hitler’s top generals that brought down France’s military force, Rather than simply move troops to engage the enemy, for the first time they would unleash the tank and drive straight into the heart of their foe.

    Anandasubramanian says: "So good. Need to listen to it again."
    "LOVE THIS BOOK"
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    If you could sum up Inside the Nazi War Machine in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, Clear and Concise....I personally love books like this as the military thought going into campaigns to me is interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Both French and German commanders are discussed as well as the processes they followed to either achieve their goals or fall short of them.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Great steady pace not too slow or too fast.


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

    The battle for Stonne was covered well.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly praise this book and encourage others to listen to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (141)

    A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

    Joseph Hayek says: "From a former tank commander"
    "An Outstanding Book"
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    Would you listen to Panzer Commander again? Why?

    The narration I thought excellent and I have read this book before so it was a pleasure


    What other book might you compare Panzer Commander to and why?

    Can't think of any


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

    I was really surprised at his narration he did a excellent


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

    No on either scale it was a good listen


    Any additional comments?

    none

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (184)

    From the acclaimed military historian, a new history of the outbreak of World War I - from the breakdown of diplomacy to the dramatic battlesthat occurred before the war bogged down in the trenches.

    Jean says: "outstanding"
    "An Outstanding Book covering the first year of war"
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    Would you listen to Catastrophe 1914 again? Why?

    Yes, narrator does a great job keeps you interested with what he is reading. Max Hastings mixes well the personal and historical prospectives to make a more well rounded story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nothing stands out the book itself was great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Max does a great job covering the BEF in the first year. Don't get me wrong he does a great job covering it all but the BEF comes through clearly to forefront with me.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Very worth it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Storm of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernst Jünger
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    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"
    "Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Storm of Steel?

    Everything, its a great account from the other side.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail of his experience you get the feeling of being there with the great description.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the final offensive of 1918


    Any additional comments?

    Never read or heard a WW1 account like this. Outstanding account and highly recommend

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Holger H. Herwig
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The long-term repercussions of the Marne were tragic: four more years of what the future German military historian Gerhard Ritter, a veteran of World War I, called the "monotonous mutual mass murder" of the trenches. During that time, Britain and the Empire sustained 3.5 million casualties, France 6 million and Germany 7 million. Without the Battle of the Marne, places such as Passchendaele, the Somme, Verdun, and Ypres would not resonate with us as they do.

    Dale H. Reeck says: "Strong Text"
    "NOT TOO BAD"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Marne, 1914 the most enjoyable?

    Its very thorough and does justice to the battle and those that fought it.


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

    No but I have to admit that by reading the footnotes breaks the rhythm of the story but it was good when French words were read the footnote gave it the explanation of what they were saying so for me it goes both ways.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Munich, 1938: Appeasement and World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Faber
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    On September 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain flew back to London from his meeting at Munich with the German chancellor Adolf Hitler and was greeted with a hero's welcome. As he paused on the aircraft steps, he held aloft the piece of paper, bearing both his and the Fuhrer's signatures, that contained the promise that Britain and Germany would never go to war with each other again.

    Dulce says: "Focused account of the diplomatic prelude to WWII"
    "OUTSTANDING"
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    What made the experience of listening to Munich, 1938 the most enjoyable?

    To someone who loves gaining an overall prospective and fan of Radio news from that period this was a joy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a full picture of the practice of appeasement and the damage it did to all nations of Europe save Germany.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Mosier
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (62)

    John Mosier presents a revisionist retelling of the war on the Eastern Front. The conventional wisdom is that Hitler was mad to think he could defeat the USSR, because of its vast size and population, and that the Battle of Stalingrad marked the turning point of the war. Neither statement is accurate, says Mosier; Hitler came very close to winning outright.

    Jonathan Gardner says: "Speaking the un-speakable"
    "Should be called STALIN DEATHRIDE"
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    If you could sum up Deathride in three words, what would they be?

    Soviet centered book with glances on Hitler.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deathride?

    Interesting views on Stalin and the Soviet Union, Author concentrates on debunking Soviet and Stalinist clams of victory and glory during the Second World War. Also covers before and after the war.


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

    Overall I did enjoy it this book as it covers things that happened on the other side of the Eastern Front.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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