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John Thibodeau

South Pasadena, CA | Listener Since 2007

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  • 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
    (3400)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2454)

    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"
    "Riveting!"
    Overall

    Best book I've listened to on Audible so far! I listened to those pretty much every day on the way to and from work, and have taken many long walks, just so I could listen to it.

    Shirer describes Hitler's early life, how he joined a little known party, how he formed that party into the NAZI party the world came to fear, how he brought the party to power and installed himself as Chancellor, and then how he took Germany to dizzying heights, but ultimately destroyed her. This is not a military history. It is most definately a political/diplomatic history. Shirer spends a long time on the many diplomatic maneuvers and ploys engaged in by the NAZI's before the start of the war and then spends realitively little time on the actual battles. But if you understand this is not a miltary history, you won't be dissapointed.

    Shirer relies on mainly on primary sources, but this is not a dry scholarly account. What I love about Shirer, is that he tells like it sees it, and the way he sees things is very intersting, insightful, and often humorous. For example, he often uses the adjective "corpulent" when describing Goehring.

    To top it off, the narrator is amazing. Best narrator i've heard on Audible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (203)

    The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

    Robert says: "A knockout!"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Charles Dickens! His insight into human nature is remarkable, and his ability to create unique characters unmatched. So much has been said about Dickens, I don't need to add more here. As for the story, it was written early on in his career, and is consequently has a youthful swagger about it. It is most definitely a romance, all ends up well in the end. Not as good as some of his more mature writing, but better than Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend.

    Simon Vance is an amazing narrator. The amount of different voices he comes up with is remarkable. The only voice I didn't like was Smyke's, but that may have been intentional on his part. Amazing narrator, best one I've heard on Audible besides Grover Gardner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4460)
    Performance
    (2154)
    Story
    (2179)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "The White City"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book seemed like a great idea. Take two seemingly unrelated subjects, and weave their stories together. Unfortunately, this book is really only one story. The Devil part of the book is more like a footnote to the story of the fair, and the fair story can be fairly boring. I actually got through half the book, until I threw it in the waste basket (metophorically of course). Then I picked up the book six months later to try to finish it, and realized why I had destined it for the waste basket in the first place.

    I couldn't help feeling that Larson was inserting his own drama into the story, when the reality was much less exciting. Most the story is spent on Olmstead's (sp?) obsession with flowers and ferryboats (which by the way, is never resolved). There is a ton of drama built into the quest for the new Eifel tower, but when we finally get to the Ferris Wheel, Larson quickly changes to a different subject, and really never picks up that thread again.

    As an alternative I would recommend wikipedia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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