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George

Denham Springs, Louisiana, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Weapons at War: Hitler's War Machine: Submarines

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By The History Channel
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    We look at the menacing power of the deadliest submarine force in history: Hitler's German U-boats. They were involved in a struggle in the Atlantic Ocean that became the longest battle in World War II.

    George says: "Standard History Channel"
    "Standard History Channel"
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    Where does Weapons at War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you watch The History Channel you may have heard - seen - this one before. Nothing new here.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    In 1944, the big top of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford caught fire during the middle of an afternoon performance. Nine thousand people were inside. In seconds, the big top was burning out of control. The toll of the fire, and its circumstances, haunt Hartford to the present day. But it is the intense, detailed narrative - before, after, and especially during the panic under the burning tent - that will remain with listeners long after they finish this book.

    P. M. Morris says: "Harrowing and brilliantly detailed"
    "A Powerful and Unforgettable Historical Account"
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    Any additional comments?

    Beyond doubt, this is a powerful and detailed account of an American tradegy. It was an experience I will not soon forget. Narrator, Dick Hill brings O'Nan's painstakingly researched story to vibrant life. Hill plays every character to perfection in an absolutely stellar performance. If you listen to books, you must listen to this one. Nothing on the printed page could convey the raw emotion as does this audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic That Became Medicine’s Greatest Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Molly Caldwell Crosby
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    In 1918, a world war raged, and a lethal strain of influenza circled the globe. In the midst of all this death, a bizarre disease appeared in Europe. Eventually known as encephalitis lethargica, or sleeping sickness, it spread worldwide, leaving millions dead or locked in institutions. Then, in 1927, it disappeared as suddenly as it had arrived. Asleep, set in 1920s and '30s New York, follows a group of neurologists through hospitals and asylums as they try to solve this epidemic and treat its victims - who learned the worst fate was not dying of it, but surviving it.

    Susie says: "Anatomy of an Epidemic"
    "A Fantastic and Bone Chilling Mystery"
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    What made the experience of listening to Asleep the most enjoyable?

    I can say without equivocation that Christian Rummel's performance brought this book to a brilliant life. In any audio book the story may be of the greatest interest, but if the narration is lacking, then something is lost from the beginning. Asleep is one book that has it all. We have a powerfully entertaining mystery of non-fiction - those that make you hold your hand to your mouth after an audible gasp. Asleep is difficult to bookmark because you are always anticipating what awaits beyond the next page.


    Any additional comments?

    Medical histories are not for everyone, but if you can put away any preconceived notions, you will walk away from this one with a new-found appreciation for the subject matter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marshall De Bruhl
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    On February 13 and 14, 1945, three successive waves of British and U.S. aircraft rained down thousands of tons of high explosive and incendiary bombs on the largely undefended German city of Dresden. Night and day, Dresden was engulfed in a vast sea of flame, a firestorm that generated 1,500-degree temperatures and hurricane-force winds. Thousands suffocated in underground shelters where they had fled to escape the inferno above.

    Randall says: "Thorough, interesting discussion"
    "A tragic story of wanton destruction."
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    What did you love best about Firestorm?

    What was best about the story was the Historical detail. It was very interesting to learn about the history and evolution to air power.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could find one criticism it would be that more time was spent on the history of air power and very little on the actual events that surrounded the bombing of Dresden. Dresden's history may have been pivotal but is also somewhat distracting from the main point of the narrative, which is, of course, the details of the bombing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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