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PETER

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (1586)
    Story
    (1595)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Theresa says: "Amazing story, well written & well read"
    "Starkness and Fortitude is Riveting"
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    Entertaining and educational from beginning to end. Everyone would benefit from knowing about the stark harsh reality of the extremes of our planet, and what people have endured to explore and survive to tell about it. Amazing how man can adapt and overcome. A rewarding listen no matter what your genre. This one is worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3496)
    Performance
    (3131)
    Story
    (3160)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Interesting insight but more like a rote memoir"
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    More like a diary or chronology of events than a story. Could have been more dramatic in the storytelling even though it was true. My attention was kept more by the importance of the historical event than the drama, character development, or narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marco Polo

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Bergreen
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    As the most celebrated European to explore Asia, Marco Polo was the original global traveler and the earliest bridge between East and West. A universal icon of adventure and discovery, he has inspired six centuries of popular fascination and spurious mythology. Now, from acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen, comes the first fully authoritative biography of one of the most enchanting figures in world history.

    PETER says: "Educational and Entertaining but a bit repetitive"
    "Educational and Entertaining but a bit repetitive"
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    I enjoy any history book and probably ignore more than the average reader in story or performance shortcomings. This book contained a wealth of history and unique perspective, although I found it somewhat repetitive. The performance and production was good and easy to follow and listen to, but I don't think many non-history buffs would have stuck with it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3847)
    Performance
    (3426)
    Story
    (3445)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "This author shouldn't narrate"
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    Very entertaining and informative presentation of this period in history. Lots of interesting facts and relationships I learned about for the first time. The narration was at first annoying, but it either got better as the book went on or I ignored it because book was so interesting. Author/Narrator sounded like he does in his TV show, the factor, talking fast to get as much in as possible before the next commercial. Lacked cadence, timing, and properly placed pauses, and was difficult to listen to at first, until I got used to it. Listeners are not in a race to get through a book quickly; we want to have time to savor and digest the information or story, and to be entertained. Listening was not easy, but interesting look at inside history made up for it.

    Narration got a little better in the next book, Killing Kennedy, or maybe I just knew what to expect. But Kennedy book was just as informative as Killing Lincoln. Note to Author - next book, please hire a professional narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cain at Gettysburg

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ralph Peters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Two mighty armies blunder toward each other, one led by confident, beloved Robert E. Lee and the other by dour George Meade. They’ll meet in a Pennsylvania crossroads town where no one planned to fight. In this sweeping, savagely realistic novel, the greatest battle ever fought on American soil explodes into life at Gettysburg. As generals squabble, staffs err. Tragedy unfolds for immigrants in blue and barefoot Rebels alike. The fate of the nation will be decided in a few square miles of fields. There are no marble statues here, only men of flesh and blood, imperfect and courageous.

    Parusski says: "Historical fiction with a soul!"
    "Lacking some key elements, and MAPS please!"
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    Would you try another book from Ralph Peters and/or Peter Berkrot?

    Maybe, depending on the subject. Not just for author or narrator.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Billy Cobb, excellent character portrayal with surprising underlying intellectual component.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Seemed a little too quick and over dramatic.


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

    Not really. Too many already done.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless I missed it author almost entirely left out Picket's Charge. This is a book that definetely needs maps. Fortunately I was familiar with battlefield but still would be nice to have refresher on territory. Wish there was some way to get maps and photos that come with the printed or ebooks, along with the Audible version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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