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JURANDYR

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  • Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Martin Blumenson
    • Narrated By William Lavelle
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    (178)
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    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    This detailed and persuasive study by the author of The Patton Papers was described by Patton's daughter Ruth as "an extraordinary book". It is widely considered the best biography ever written of the General, an American hero as compelling as he was complex.

    Ann says: "Patton the man"
    "Dou you want to know Patton? This is the place."
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    What made the experience of listening to Patton the most enjoyable?

    The story itself. This is a hero at the fullest extention of the word, loaded with great deeds as well as deep downfalls. One might even think this to be a carefully crafeted work of fiction. Because it did hapen, Patton's life soars above any myth. He was a living myth.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Patton?

    His notes and letters, where he expressed his focused drive to become famous, his view on military tactics, and the role and attributes of a true leader.


    What about William Lavelle’s performance did you like?

    Clear voice, as well adequate emmotional rendering where applicable.


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

    Definitely!e


    Any additional comments?

    Some small parts of the recording are damaged. It would be great having them fixed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Night to Remember

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Lord
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    The "unsinkable” Titanic was four city blocks long, with a French “sidewalk café,” private promenade decks, and the latest, most ingenious safety devices… but only twenty lifeboats for the 2,207 passengers and crew on board.

    Gliding through a calm sea, disdainful of all obstacles, the Titanic brushed an iceberg. Two hours and forty minutes later, she upended and sank. Only 705 survivors were picked up from the half-filled boats of “the ship that God Himself couldn’t sink.”

    Tad Davis says: "Riveting story"
    "A Must for Those Captured by Titanic's Legend"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Night to Remember the most enjoyable?

    The story itself. It's a true tragedy of the highest proportions. It's dramatic. It's daunting. It's full of superlatives. Just amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The precise reconstruction of Titanic's timeline, particularly from the moment when the iceberg is seen until the Carpathia arrives at New York. Of course, as I mentioned before, the entire story is great.


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

    His rendering of this superb account does enhance the experience. I did enjoy listening to this narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I first heard of the Titanic as a child when I watched the first episode of the scifi TV series "The Time Tunnel". A couple of years ago I had the outstanding opportinity to touch an actual piece of Titanic's hull during my visitation to the itinerant "Titatinc the Exhibition", also a must for those who love this story (http://www.titanic.eu/). Of course I watched Jim Cameron's "Titanic", which I only enjoyed because of its perfect representation of that long-gone era. Now, "A Night to Remember" revealed to be a great addition to my knowledge base of this involving subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Roads to Hell

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Donald R. Burgett
    • Narrated By David Guion
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    This powerful, action-packed memoir puts us in the middle of the legendary fighting force known as the Screaming Eagles. Along the way, Donald R. Burgett, just 19 years old at the time of the battle, vividly captures some of the most horrific action of World War II. From point-blank tank assaults to hand-to-hand combat, Private Burgett and his cold, hungry, and wounded fellow paratroopers stood against an overwhelming enemy force - and won the battle that secured victory for the Allies in World War II.

    John says: "A Great Listen for the WWII History Buff."
    "Excessive Abridgement"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, spending time to listen to this book was worthwhile because the book, even though abridged, supplied extra information to what I know about the Battle of the Bulge.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I didn't realize the book was abridged until I started listening to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's such a sad story - as every war story is supposed to be - that it's difficlut to say that the book has a "favorite" scene. A very disturbing one, though, is that where a German soldier surrenders to the author but someone else shuts him in the belly, and someone else, possibly the author himself, shuts him in the head to end his agony.


    Do you think Seven Roads to Hell needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it doesn't, because it has a battle as its subject, battles have a start and an end, and the author covers its participation in the battle from start to end.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was excessively abridged, to the point where one loses almost all the context wherein the Battle of Bulge too place. Very little is said about the parties and actors involved. It could and should have been more enlightening. Other aspect to consider is that this is the kind of book whose story requires the use of maps so it can be properly followed and interpreted. This certainly applies to almost all war stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gene Kranz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (338)

    Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

    TM says: "Dry Insights in to the Space Program"
    "Wonderful experience!"
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    Would you listen to Failure Is Not an Option again? Why?

    Absolutely! This is a must for the space exploration history afficcionado!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tough question! But I'd had to say the author, Gene himself. He is the reason I bought the book in the first place


    Which character – as performed by Danny Campbell – was your favorite?

    All of them! I just loved the book. Danny delivered a great performance.


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

    Certainly!


    Any additional comments?

    It was a wonderful experience. Thanks a lot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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