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Greg

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  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943): The Liberation Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (256)

    The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern learner can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.

    Gene says: "It doesn't get any better than this."
    "A close up view of the campaign"
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    What did you love best about An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943)?

    the sense of awful waste is just heartbreaking.


    What other book might you compare An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943) to and why?

    I just finished Manchester's Churchill biography, and I suppose I was expecting this kind of high level view of the war. This is not that book.


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

    This performance is very good.


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

    I am in the early part of the book. The Americans seem to be going out of their way to waste their tank service and perhaps the infantry. The systemic stupidity is unbeleviable.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost stopped listening to this book because I felt it missed the high level strategic view. But I think that isn't the point- this is all at an individual level, even if the individual is Eisenhower.

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  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (361)

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    Saud says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
    "Sometimes the big picture really helps"
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    What did you love best about The Story of Human Language?

    I really loved the TC History of English and my first impressions of this lecture was that it was so removed from English that wasn't as applicable. The lecturer is great and makes even verb conjugations in click languages fun, but it wasn't until we got to pidgins and creoles that I was able to understand why English simplified the way it did.
    Likewise I was able to ignore the statements about how there isn't a "pure" English in the History of English lecture, but the overwhelming world wide examples from this course convinced me.
    I learned something.


    What other book might you compare The Story of Human Language to and why?

    History of English from the Teaching Company.


    Which character – as performed by Professor John McWhorter – was your favorite?

    The cat imitations were pretty funny.


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

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Prof McWhorter could probably make the phone book interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Manchester, Paul Reid
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (486)

    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
    "Sorry, not the same as volume I"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I suppose. I've only listened to vol I and I thought that did a wonderful job of making WSC the center of WWI. I didn't get the same sense from this book - it was interesting but not as clearly focused.


    What other book might you compare The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 to and why?

    WSC Vol I was a perfect biography- making the case that he was the most interesting character in this century.


    Have you listened to any of Clive Chafer and Paul Reid ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This performance was OK but not as good as volume I. I didn't get as strong a sense of WSC'c voice.


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

    I didn't actually finish this book, I got tired of listening to the end of the empire.


    Any additional comments?

    I think V3 is not as strong as V1 (didn't read V2). It doesn't center everything in WSC so I felt it turned into another history of WW2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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