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Jonathan

Franklin, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (555)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "I have 2 new heros!"
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    I can now add William Manchester and Frederick Davidson to Winston Churchill's name on my short list of heros. This biography brings not only Churchill, but all of his friends, enemies and influencers to life. The author's attention to all the players in this lifelong drama transforms the course of history into a compelling drama that held my attention through 41 hours of excellent narration. Frederick Davidson does an outstanding job with all the characters' voices and personalities. It was an absolutely spellbinding history lesson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Shorto
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (367)

    Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

    Steven says: "Wealth of Information, but Continual Repitition"
    "Early American History - I Had No Idea!"
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    A facinating telling of the founding and growth of the dutch colony on Manhattan in the 1600's. The personalities and twists of fate and timing were woven into a thoroughly engrossing story. The author does get a little longwinded at the end describing how these settlements had a lasting impact on the development of America, as well as american culture and policy. Having grown up in New York, I didn't need that much convincing. Overall, a compelling story and an excellent history lesson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9822)
    Performance
    (7819)
    Story
    (7856)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "A beautiful story masterfully narrated."
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    I just finished listening to Manchester's 3rd volume on Winston Churchill, "The Last Lion". So I was well aware of the timeline of the events of WW II from the allies' perspective. This is a unique and compelling story about the lives of average German citizens during the war years 1940-45. The main character is a 10 year old girl sent to live with a foster family in 1940 in a Munich suburb. It is a story of her new family, her new friends, and the challenges they face as the war comes home to Germany. Narrated so that each character comes to life. You feel their pain and their joy. I didn't want the story to end, and I'm sure I will listen again in the years to come. Bravo!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (703)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Simone says: "I wish there were more books like this."
    "Outstanding Story and Flawless Narration"
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    I read this book many years ago as an introduction to the civil war and my family's place in it. I bought the audio book this summer because I didn't have time to read the book again before my family travelled to Gettysburg for the first time. I was enthralled with the story and the performance by Stephen Hoye. He simply and perfectly brought the book to life. After our tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield, I sat on Little Round Top, listened again to the story of the second day at Gettysburg and wept. What more could I have asked for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise to Rebellion: A Novel of the American Revolution

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Victor Garber
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    In 1770, the fuse of revolution is lit by a fateful command - "Fire!" - as England's peace keeping mission ignites into the Boston Massacre. The senseless killing of civilians leads to a tumultuous trial in which lawyer John Adams must defend the very enemy who has assaulted and abused the laws he holds sacred. Shaara's most impressive achievement yet, Rise to Rebellion reveals with new immediacy how a scattered group of colonies became the United States of America.

    Michael says: "Great book hurt greatly as abridged"
    "I wanted more"
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    The story was well done and the performance was excellent. It did a great job of capturing the important characters and events that lead to the Declaration of Independence. Thirteen very different colonies joined together to declare their freedom from the most powerful nation and military on earth. Now I understand why and how it happened. Being a Jeff Shaara fan, however, I was left wanting more. This is the first abridged title I have purchased, and I have no idea what I missed from the original work. I think I'll stick with unabridged performances from now on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (488)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy Judge says: "A great audio book"
    "History brought to life."
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    Excellent historical novel on the first opium war and the founding of Hong Kong. John Lee does an amazing job bringing the characters and story to life. You just wish it wouldn't end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (779)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    Lorrie says: "A question about further Clavell books."
    "Awesome story very well read"
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    As expected, the Shogun story is excellent. The character development is superb and the chess game of life in feudal Japan is exquisitely described and expertly played. The reader does an excellent job of giving voice to the various characters and their moods. From a dying elderly Japanese woman to an angry Dutch merchant, he brings the nuances of the characters to life. Well done! Now, I can't wait to listen to Noble House!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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