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Jeff

Jeff

Fayetteville, AR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Keith Lowe
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    The end of the Second World War in Europe is one of the 20th century's most iconic moments. It is fondly remembered as a time when cheering crowds filled the streets, danced, drank and made love until the small hours. These images of victory and celebration are so strong in our minds that the period of anarchy and civil war that followed has been forgotten. Across Europe, landscapes had been ravaged, entire cities razed and more than thirty million people had been killed in the war.

    Rodney says: "Better in print?"
    "Excellent"
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    Where does Savage Continent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lowe ties together the reality that World War II is what we have called the struggle that really involved a lot more than that in Europe and continued well after VE day. Very good book and a good starter for post WWII European studies. Be prepared to have some paradigms of history tested.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kai Bird
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history - a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West. On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America’s most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East - CIA operative Robert Ames.

    Yehuda Gilead says: "A solid research and a great storytelling ..."
    "Really well done"
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    Any additional comments?

    Very well done. It was not political but historical which is hard to find on these kinds of topics. Very respectful of various sides of issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel Gordis
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Reviled as a fascist by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel’s underclass, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a proud Jew but not a conventionally religious one, Menachem Begin was both complex and controversial. Born in Poland in 1913, Begin was a youthful admirer of the Revisionist Zionist Ze’ev Jabotinsky and soon became a leader within Jabotinsky’s Betar movement.

    Jean says: "Thought-provoking"
    "Difficult to find a book that praises Begin"
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    This was good. The author was definitely a Begin apologist and that got a little annoying after a while but it was interesting to see the apologist side of issues such as the terrorism of the 30s and 40s and Lebanon in the 80s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gordon Thomas
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    despinne says: "Hatchet Job?"
    "Good...wish it was longer"
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    Any additional comments?

    Good book and the writer seemed credible. I wish he would have taken more time and covered more on the topic. It seemed like an overview.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Ops: The Rise of Special Forces in the C.I.A., The S.A.S., and Mossad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tony Geraghty
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    After eight challenging years in Afghanistan, the new U.S. strategy, aimed at winning hearts and minds rather than search-and-destroy, refocuses the conflict on Special Forces: unorthodox soldiers who work outside of traditional military forces to combine secret military operations with nation building.

    James A. says: "Dry BUT informative"
    "Ok"
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    It was a bit too broad in the material it tried to cover. Just as I started getting interested in a part of the story it would change to something new and lose my interest again. The narrator was bad but put it at 1.25 speed and it is not as bad as a lot of the other reviews have suggested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mark Stein
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    In American Panic, New York Times bestselling author Mark Stein traces the history and consequences of American political panics through the years. Virtually every American, on one level or another, falls victim to the hype, intensity, and propaganda that accompany political panic, regardless of their own personal affiliations.

    Jeff says: "Good title and idea...never really takes off"
    "Good title and idea...never really takes off"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Stein and/or David Drummond?

    David Drummond yes, Mark Stein probably not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Stein again?

    nope


    Did David Drummond do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a really good idea that the author did not seem ready for. The book wanders in topics and does a poor job of building bridges between the different historical accounts yet the author keeps discussing the history as though it is all related and has similar aspects. The parallels of history might be there but they are not found in this book. It is a shame. This could have been really good.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Matt Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Seth Michael Donsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    The 1989 Ironman World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. In a spectacular duel that became known as the Iron War, the world's two strongest athletes raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles. Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman’s 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record - and cross the finish line a mere 58 seconds apart.

    Gabriel says: "Fine Story....But the Narration!!!!"
    "couldn't do more than an hour"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Narrator sounds like the preacher actor on the movie There Will Be Blood. Literally the most annoying narration I have heard. Story was awful as were the characters. When one of our heroes has a downs syndrome he puts him in an institution to live. If you have enough time to train for an ironman then you have enough time to be a father. Turned it off not too long after that. Couldn't bare anymore.


    What was most disappointing about Matt Fitzgerald’s story?

    Narrator sounds like the preacher actor on the movie There Will Be Blood. Literally the most annoying narration I have heard. Story was awful as were the characters. When one of our heroes has a downs syndrome he puts him in an institution to live. If you have enough time to train for an ironman then you have enough time to be a father. Turned it off not too long after that. Couldn't bare anymore.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator sounds like the preacher actor on the movie There Will Be Blood. Literally the most annoying narration I have heard. Story was awful as were the characters. When one of our heroes has a downs syndrome he puts him in an institution to live. If you have enough time to train for an ironman then you have enough time to be a father. Turned it off not too long after that. Couldn't bare anymore.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Narrator sounds like the preacher actor on the movie There Will Be Blood. Literally the most annoying narration I have heard. Story was awful as were the characters. When one of our heroes has a downs syndrome he puts him in an institution to live. If you have enough time to train for an ironman then you have enough time to be a father. Turned it off not too long after that. Couldn't bare anymore.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator sounds like the preacher actor on the movie There Will Be Blood. Literally the most annoying narration I have heard. Story was awful as were the characters. When one of our heroes has a downs syndrome he puts him in an institution to live. If you have enough time to train for an ironman then you have enough time to be a father. Turned it off not too long after that. Couldn't bare anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Adam Hochschild
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (182)

    World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain's leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper.

    Tad Davis says: "A story of personalities"
    "Fascinating"
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    Where does To End All Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great look at the absurdity of this war. Anything written by Hochschild is well researched, well written and well thought out. Highly recommend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gandhi & Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Arthur Herman
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (229)

    In this fast-paced epic, best-selling historian and master storyteller Arthur Herman spotlights two giants of the 20th century. Gandhi & Churchill shows how their 40-year rivalry revolutionized India and the British Empire, paving the way for a new era. Gandhi championed India's independence, Churchill the British Empire.

    David says: "A motif that works well"
    "Really Well Doneeeee"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gandhi & Churchill to be better than the print version?

    This is a good book that provides an interesting perspective of the bio of each man and how their lives related to one another as well as to the story of Indian independence. highly recommend!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terrorism on American Soil: Plots and Perpetrators from the Famous to the Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joseph T. McCann
    • Narrated By Joseph T. McCann
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, led most American citizens to feel that we are no longer safe and secure in our communities. However, terrorism is not a new phenomenon in the United States. This book chronicles 37 such assaults on American soil from the end of the Civil War to the present day. Not only are the most infamous attacks discussed; events that are obscure and relatively unknown - but fascinating nonetheless - are detailed as well.

    Kent says: "Solid Information - Poor Audio"
    "More of a Reference Book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This one is not bad but it is not great. It reads more like an encyclopedia or dictionary of terrorism in America.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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