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M. Angelo

Juneau, Alaska USA

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  • Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (171)

    Step into the real world of the spy with this detailed and unforgettable tour of the millennia-long history and enduring legacy of espionage and covert operations. While most of us associate this top-secret subject with popular fiction and film, its true story is more fascinating, surprising, and important than you could possibly imagine. These 24 thrilling lectures survey how world powers have attempted to work in the shadows to gain secret information or subvert enemies behind the scenes.

    Christopher says: "Learn About the History of Spying."
    "Interesting & well researched history."
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    Where does Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the most interesting audiobook I've listened to so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History?

    The true story & details about the Trojan Horse.


    What does Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration gives life to the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    True dirt!


    Any additional comments?

    I found the narration to be well performed and gave emphasis where needed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (115)

    Nothing Like It in the World is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad. In Ambrose's hands, this enterprise comes to life. The U.S. government pitted two companies - the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads - against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. As its peak the work force approached the size of Civil War armies, with as many as 15,000 workers on each line. The surveyors, the men who picked the route, lived off buffalo, deer, and antelope.

    Judd Bagley says: "I really wanted to like this book."
    "Perfect for history & rail fans!"
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    What did you love best about Nothing Like It in the World?

    The story brings life to the building of the transcontinental railroad. Very well researched and presented. I recommend readers visit the UP displays in North Platte, NE and Cheyenne, WY and the California Railroad Museum in Old Town Sacramento, CA.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Dodge, who first piqued Abe Lincoln's interest in the railroad, fought for it at the highest levels, surveyed most of the UP route personally and supervised much of the construction.


    Have you listened to any of Jeffrey DeMunn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to others.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The problems and solutions involved in getting the CP over the Sierra range, and the fraud involved in the UP.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for those interested in history and/or railroading. I've traveled the entire route both by car and rail - having been there adds a lot to the story - I would recommend listeners try to drive I-80 or take Amtrak's California Zephyr as they both run close to the original route (except for the Zephyr thru the Colorado Rockies rather than the original route through southern Wyoming). I only gave 4 stars to the story as there are some repetitive moments in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life of Elizabeth I

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (310)

    The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.

    R. Campbell says: "Masterful Historical Narrative"
    "An extraordinary woman in extraordinary times."
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    What did you love best about The Life of Elizabeth I?

    The book is extraordinarily well researched, written and read. Despite the sometimes overwhelming detail I was never bored with the writing or the performance. Well done everyone!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (813)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "Details made enjoyable!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Guns of August the most enjoyable?

    Guns of August is extraordinarily researched and detailed. It amazed me how so much information could be written in such a way that it is more like a complex and well told story. Despite the minute details, this is probably the most impressive compendium explaining why the war that nobody wanted became the war that everyone fought.


    Which character – as performed by Nadia May – was your favorite?

    Nadia May did a wonderful job of presenting this work audibly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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