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Leigh W. Barrett

Topeka, Kansas USA | Member Since 2008

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  • A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert J. Mrazek
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    One of the great untold stories of World War II finally comes to light in this thrilling account of the members of Torpedo Squadron Eight and their heroic efforts in helping an outmatched U.S. fleet win critical victories at Midway and Guadalcanal. These 35 American men - many flying outmoded aircraft - changed the course of history, going on to become the war's most decorated naval air squadron, while suffering the heaviest losses in U.S. naval aviation history.

    Kismet says: "Excellent story well told"
    "Good Book Not so good narrator"
    Overall

    This is anexcellent work that gives voice to what happened to the surviving members of Torpedo 8 after the losses suffered at the Battle of Midway.
    The narrator is another story. Mr. Hill apparently dosen't change his reading style from book to book. I'ne listened to several of the Jack Reacher novels and his delivery here is unchaned and just as snarky. Again, really good book, not so great narration. Fours stars would have been five but for the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mitsuo Fuchida, Masatake Okumiya
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    This landmark study was first published in English by the Naval Institute in 1955. Widely acknowledged for its valuable Japanese insights into the battle that turned the tide of war in the Pacific, the book has made a great impact on American readers over the years. Two Japanese naval aviators who participated in the operation provide an unsparing analysis of what caused Japan's staggering defeat.

    Amazon Customer says: "Edge of your seat history"
    "Nothing New here"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Addition of information about the average Japanese sailor and more about the reaction of the military, the Emperor, and the Japanese people to the first major defeat of World War II.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Already knew what happened, so no surprises here.


    What does Terence Aselford bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Well done narration of a less than exciting version of a well-known story.


    Could you see Midway being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Already been done. But it would be good if it were done in the same manner as:
    Tora, Tora, Tora.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joseph H. Alexander
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    On November 20, 1943, in the first trial by fire of America’s fledgling amphibious assault doctrine, 5,000 men stormed the beaches of Tarawa, a seemingly invincible Japanese island fortress barely the size of the 300-acre Pentagon parking lots. Before the first day ended, one-third of the marines who had crossed Tarawa’s deadly reef under murderous fire were killed, wounded, or missing. In three days of fighting, four Americans would win the Medal of Honor and six thousand combatants would die.

    Iain says: "The Definitive Battle History of Tarawa"
    "Not what at all it advertises"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone unfamiliar with the battle for Tarawa may gain some knowledge.


    What could Joseph H. Alexander have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If this book had truly contained the kind of information available only to those who were there on the ground and what they experienced and saw the book miight have been great. Instead it was primarily a rehash of what the major players (e.g., generals, colonels, majors admirals, etc.) did and said. I stopped reading about 2/3s of the way through due the lack of individual marine or soldiers reports.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was well written as a command report.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David King
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (237)

    Death in the City of Light is the gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and other shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld. The main suspect was Dr. Marcel Petiot, a handsome, charming physician with remarkable charisma.

    Caitanya says: "Too many facts too little story"
    "Too much detail in some areas not enough in others"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not as compelling as I thought it would be.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Added more information about the victims and more specific detail about the investigation and how investigators were effected by the grisly nature of the case. Possibly more detail about Petiot's imprisonment. If I wanted to know that much about the liberation of Paris I would read


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure I had one. Everything was written so matter of factly that there was little that truly stood out.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not if it followed the book. It would be so long and so wordy as to make a movie hours long with little if any real sense of story.


    Any additional comments?

    Really Disappointing book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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