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  • The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith

    From America's preeminent military historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, comes a brilliant telling of the war in Europe, from D-Day, June 6, 1944, to the end; 11 months later, on May 7, 1945. To create this astonishing narrative, Ambrose draws from his 5 acclaimed works about that conflict, particularly from the definitive and comprehensive D-Day and Citizen Soldiers.

    K. Mckenna says: "The Stephen Ambrose highlight reel"
    "The Stephen Ambrose highlight reel"

    Not a whole lot new here if you read Stephen Ambrose books. Stephen Ambrose seems to use passages from other books he's written constantly. I have read 5 of his books and all have whole paragrphs ripped from one or another of his other books.

    I sort of feel cheated actually.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown: The Fall of the Mafia Empire

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rick Cowan, Douglas Century
    • Narrated By Christopher Meloni

    Seldom has the netherworld of the Mafia been revealed with such fascinating detail and sheer suspense. Featuring eccentric, larger-than-life New York characters and an undercover cop on the brink of being discovered - and murdered - at every step, Takedown is a riveting real-life procedural and one of the most important investigative books of its time.

    Robert says: "Gripping"
    "Inside the New York mafia's golden egg...garbage!"
    Where does Takedown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rate Takedown in my top 20 of over 500 audiobooks listened to.

    Any additional comments?

    The story is so absorbing, it's impossible to stop listening. Christopher Merloni nails the NYC dialect of the characters while keeping the narrative clear and understandable.
    The perspective of an undercover cop who has to live 3 separate lives while keeping up his cover is like a tightrope act.
    Incredibly intense story and I found it more entertaining than Donnie Brasco, which took place around the same time period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Adventures of Mixerman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mixerman
    • Narrated By Mixerman

    Mixerman is a recording engineer working with a famous producer on the debut album of an unknown band with a giant recording budget. Mixerman is supposed to be writing about recording techniques, but somehow, through that prism, he has hit upon a gripping story. Like all great narratives, Mixerman's diary has many anti-heroes for whom we, the readers, can have nothing but contempt. The band consists of the four most dislikable human beings you can imagine.

    Mixerman says: "A message from Mixerman"
    "Good for those in the business, useless for the re"
    Would you try another book from Mixerman and/or Mixerman?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mixerman again?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?


    Do you think The Daily Adventures of Mixerman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?


    Any additional comments?

    If you've been in a recording studio and sat through a session, all of these stories sound familiar. They are the daily musings of every studio staff member, ever in history. In other words, it gets old real quick.
    If you don't know anything about music recording and have never been in a studio, don't bother, this is strictly a niche book made for 1 tiny set of people.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman

    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
    "Look! It's Mitt Romney's policy 3D!"
    Which character ??? as performed by the narrators ??? was your favorite?

    Colbert is a Genius!

    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    Even though it's satire, Colbert nails the GOP on some it's most insane platform stances and their absurd logic in defending those views.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From Mark Bowden, internationally best-selling and acclaimed author of Black Hawk Down and the preeminent chronicler of the actions of our military and special forces writing today, comes an intensely gripping account of the hunt for and elimination of Osama bin Laden. With unprecedented access to key sources and his great gift for storytelling, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.

    W. Goodman says: "Bowden is great as usual, but the narrator sucks"
    "Speak up please..."
    What did you love best about The Finish?

    Another excellent book from Mark Bowden. Gripping and fully of suspense.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The inside stories from the actual players at White House, Special Ops and CIA

    What aspect of James Lurie???s performance would you have changed?

    He spoke like he was telling a secret. The entire performance was practically whispered.

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


    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "One of the best military books I have ever read"

    So rarely does a book about special forces have a broader view of their world. It's refreshing to see a member of our elite forces give a POV that is not arrogant and gung ho, but is thoughtful and positive.
    Eric Greitens is truly a warrior in the classic sense. A man with with a firm moral compass, a beautiful strong heart, and a sense of compassion that is almost non-existent in today's military.

    I sincerely hope that this book becomes the unofficial handbook of every member of the military. It's a great reminder of who we are, as Americans, and as humans.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "Not his best work"

    McCullough writes very in depth about his characters but frankly, the people in this book are surprisingly boring and the story is really dragged down because of it.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "Somewhat interesting but it goes adrift"

    Interesting history on Area 51 but the story tending to move away from it's subject for long periods to follow tangents. Pretty good research though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"

    Erik Larson has set the bar very high for himself. Devil InThe White City and Thunderstruck were wonderful reads as was Isaac's Storm to a lesser extent. In The Garden of Beasts is not very engaging and it's characters are relatively uninteresting. The topic is also very tired.
    I would recommend any of his other books over this one. It's really not worth the read.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

    Eileen C says: "You must buy this audio only if..."
    "The most disturbing book I have ever read"

    This audiobook is very, very graphic. It's a story that, as a father, I found to be so brutal that I may not ever listen to it again.
    I shakes me deeply that a person like Richard Kuklinski ever walked this earth. His story is filled with such violence from the moment he entered this world that it was probably his destiny to be a merciless butcher.
    The book is well written and narrated but you have been warned, it is utterly bleak and as close as you may ever want to come to staring in the face of souless killer.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bit of a Blur

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alex James
    • Narrated By Alex James

    Success catapulted Alex James from a slug-infested squat in Camberwell to a world of private jets and world-class restaurants. As "the second drunkest member of the world's drunkest band" life was always chaotic, but Alex James retained a boundless enthusiasm and curiosity at odds with his hedonistic lifestyle. In Bit of a Blur he recounts his experiences living through the madness of Britpop, detailing both the pleasures and perils of fame.

    K. Mckenna says: "Good stuff"
    "Good stuff"

    Very funny perspective from a guy too smart for the music business but just drunk enough to indulge anyway.
    Captures a weird and wonderful time in British music when every band proclaimed themselves to be ordained by God as the greatest....and some of them were pretty close.
    Great cast of famous characters in precarious situations...I'm sure the author made lots of enemies with this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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