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M. Stevens

Carlstadt, NJ, US | Member Since 2010


  • On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert M. Poole
    • Narrated By Robert M. Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    More than just a fascinating account of how Arlington came into being at the end of the Civil War, On Hallowed Ground also tells the story of America as reflected in her greatest national cemetery. The history of the land on which the cemetery is built is as varied as our nation's, evolving from its earliest days as Robert E. Lee's ancestral home to a Union headquarters, a haven for freedmen, and finally a burial ground.

    M. Stevens says: "Hauntingly Captivating..."
    "Hauntingly Captivating..."

    I started this book to prepare myself for an upcoming memorial service for a World War II sailor at Arlington. I found myself listening to it whenever I had a few moments, even sitting for a few minutes in my car after my commute to and from work. It gave me an understanding of the history and politics of this national treasure. Surprisingly, I found myself listening with such concentration, that at moments, I found myself tearing with emotion as if I was standing there with the families of our fallen soldiers. I found the voice of BlackJack the horse's handler describing JFK's funeral procession bringing me right back to that fateful week when I was a little boy watching everything on TV.

    The author really did his homework, which is evident all throughout this well organized book. He takes us from the very beginnings of the estate through the most recent events. It also served as a history of the United States from the Civil War to the present, with the author showing how Arlington was tied into many national events of the time. This detail really came through when I actually visited the cemetery and found myself having a much deeper understanding of the ceremony, the locations and people buried there.

    The author's narration was performed in a pleasant tone that would be proper for the subject at hand. The audio production was well done and did not notice the typical voice drop-ins that usually come with a book filled with many difficult pronunciations.

    Simply put, it gave me a very clear understanding of the sacrifice of our Armed Forces and why they are so proud of the men and women who rest there.

    I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

    Kent Valandra says: "The Best"
    "Highly recommended"

    I listened to this book after I watched the miniseries "the Pacific"

    It was well read, exciting and much better than the movie. There are haunting images that come time mind when listening to this.

    I wish I could thank all those brave men and women that served.

    If you are going to listen to just one... this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war.

    Sean says: "A classic narrative of the Pacific War"
    "Tough Listen"

    I listened to this immediately after listening to "With the Old Breed" and was disappointed. The narrator was pretty awful. Since I had seen the movie already I wanted to push through and compare how the book and movie differed.

    Eventually I got over the narrator and listened to a story that did keep my attention. I finished it in a few weeks of commuting in my car - I was a bit disappointed, but glad I listened to it nonetheless.

    The EB Sledge "With the Old Breed" was very detailed and in my opinion a better account of the Pacfic War. the narrator was more pleasant on the ears. If you have to pick, pick that one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Hugh Ambrose
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this companion to the HBO miniseries - executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman - Hugh Ambrose reveals the intertwined odysseys of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy carrier pilot during World War II. Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan.

    Howard says: "Big let down"
    "I am glad I did not read the reviews first"

    In a nutshell - I enjoyed it.

    I happened to hear about this book when I was looking for something to put on my ipod touch. I had not seen the miniseries yet.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narration. Yes it was long, but since I got in in 35 minute commute sessions, I found myself looking forward to the commute.

    It took me a month to listen to it, but I feel it was well worth the time and effort.

    If I read the reviews, I might not have listened. I am glad I did.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Big Russ and Me: Father and Son, Lessons of Life

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tim Russert
    • Narrated By Tim Russert

    Over the last two decades, Tim Russert has become one of the most trusted and admired figures in American television journalism. Throughout his career he has spent time with presidents and popes, world leaders and newsmakers, celebrities and sports heroes, but one person stands out from the rest in terms of his strength of character, modest grace, and simple decency: Russert's dad, Big Russ.

    Linda says: "The best I've read in a very long time!"
    "Big Russ - A model for an American Father"

    I picked up this audio book after I heard an excerpt from it when NBC NEWS was eulogizing Tim Russert upon him untimely death in June 2008.

    The book is a compelling listen and found myself identifying with many of the stories that Mr Russert related. The stories of Dad working two jobs, the high school choices for Tim and the long lines at the family bathroom were almost identical to my own life.

    I just wish that I could listen to it with my own dad to show him how similar life in America tracked in the 50s and 60s.

    Tim has a great narrator voice and keeps your interest with even the most mundane details of everyday life.

    If you plan to listen to this, make sure that you have nothing else to do. You will not want to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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