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Margo

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  • Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Zucchino
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Called “the best account of combat since Black Hawk Down” by Men’s Journal, Thunder Run is a no-holds-barred look at the sweep of Baghdad, Iraq in 2003 by U.S. armed forces. One of the boldest gambles in modern military history, the surprise attack on Baghdad by three battalions of tanks and APCs and less than 1,000 men total was the single stroke that is credited for ending the Iraqi war.

    Dr. Jonathan Newman says: "Good reporting, but not a great book"
    "Better them than me"
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    This is a fascinating story about war in the 21st century. True stories about actual people makes for gripping reading. However, the book sort of peters out, rather than concluding. No more than a superficial account of the aftermath, for either the participants or Iraq, is included. I would rather have had more discussion of the place of this battle in its historical setting. Perhaps the author believed, and it may be true, that such discussions would detract from the drama of the events. Nevertheless, a worthwhile read/listen for those interested in current history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period.

    Cynthia Franks says: "Twain's Hidden Gem"
    "Hilarious even now"
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    This is a travelogue, pure and simple. However, Twain uses it as a vehicle to display his sardonic wit at its best. It is amazing that after 150 years, much of the interaction with traveling companions has changed not one bit. Any international traveler will immediately sympathize with the petty annoyances Twain describes, and realize current experience is not really much changed. Now, the speed of transport has certainly increased, and no one nowadays can take the leisurely six months off described here, but the bureaucrats Twain tangles with, and the multitude of demands for "bakshish" will be familiar to anyone.

    The performer did not do justice to Twain's style; in my opinion, Twain is more like Andy Rooney, which the narrator did not seem to appreciate. Still, great to listen to in the car when you are traveling anywhere.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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