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James C. Delaney

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simsbury, ct USA | Member Since 2012

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  • South Pacific Destroyer: The Battle for the Solomons from Savo Island to Vella Gulf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Russell Sydnor Crenshaw
    • Narrated By Alan Bomar Jones
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Russell Crenshaw's riveting account of the savage night battle for the Solomon Islands in early 1943 offers listeners a unique insider's perspective from the decks of one of the destroyers that bore the brunt of the struggle.

    Bruce Kent says: "Great History - Hard Listen."
    "Good story-poor performance"
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    What did you like best about South Pacific Destroyer? What did you like least?

    I liked the realistice portrayal of life on a Destroyer in WWII. The performance was less than acceptable


    What didn’t you like about Alan Bomar Jones’s performance?

    He doesn't seem to be familiar with the terms in the story-mispronouncing many of them. Overall his performance seems choppy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3366)
    Performance
    (2414)
    Story
    (2420)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Mankind at its worst"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the definitive history of Nazi Germany written by one who witnessed most of the events. It is exhaustive in detail yet eminently readable (listenable?). The perfprmance makes it a pleasure to listen to (if pleasure is an appropriate word given the subject).


    What did you like best about this story?

    It helps to explain, to some degree, how a civilized nation could fall so easily to Barbarians.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adolf Hitler, Michael Ford (translator)
    • Narrated By James Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    For the first time in 65 years, a modern, easy to understand, truly complete and uncensored edition of Mein Kampf has been released which reveals more than any past translation. This is also the first translation available in an English language audio format. Older translations altered passages, omitted passages, mistranslated Hitler's words, and made some parts more sensational while concealing the true meaning in other parts of the book.

    Robert McKee says: "Story vs Hype"
    "Evil Personified"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adolf Hitler and Michael Ford (translator) again?

    No


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

    At times it made me sick. To think that this material was believed by a substantial number of well educated "civilized" people makes me despair for humanity. However, it is important for people to read and see how a dangerous mind works.


    Any additional comments?

    If only the Europeon powers had believed that Hitler meant what he said, humanity might have been spared much suffering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (263)

    It is the 20th century's unrivaled epic: At a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his best-selling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all - the titanic battle in Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the war's final campaign, and Atkinson's astonishingly fresh account of that enormous gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows.

    David I. Williams says: "Well Written Overview"
    "Five star finale"
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    What did you love best about The Guns at Last Light?

    Great end to the liberation trilogy


    What did you like best about this story?

    It combines discussions of grand strategy and the realities of the foxhole. It is a realistic (warts and all) story of the liberation of Western Europe. It illuminates the great heroism and wisdom, as well as the folly, of the victors. Many recent depictions of this familar story gloss over many instances of wate, foolishness and venality of the Western Allies. Making the Allies human does not diminish the heroism-it only enhances it.


    What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great read. He understands the subjec matter which shows in the reading.


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

    The many instances of the sheer (and unnecessary) waste of human life in all too many cases drove me to tears.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

    Thomas says: "Hornfischer does it again."
    "excellant listening"
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    Where does Neptune's Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    right up in the top 5


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

    South Pacific wasn't only a musical


    Any additional comments?

    The book itself was excellant-giving perspective not only from "flag country" but from below decks as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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