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Stephen

charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Modern Scholar: Cold War: On the Brink of Apocalypse

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Professor David Painter
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    The devastating US atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki not only brought World War II to an end, but effectively gave birth to the Cold War. The postwar world would thereafter be marked by the fragile relationship of two superpowers with opposing ideologies: the United States and the Soviet Union.

    Stephen says: "Decent history until the 80's"
    "Decent history until the 80's"
    Overall

    The professor is clearly anti-Reagan. His claim that the military build-up in the 80's prolonged the Cold War rings hollow. He seems to believe Gorbachev won the Cold War. Odd.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Crusade: The Untold Story of the Gulf War, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    During the 1991 Gulf War, the allied governments and the Pentagon combined to impose unprecedented restrictions on the media's access to the battlefield. As a result, the true story of that brief, brutal conflict has remained untold. Now, after two years of intensive research, Rick Atkinson has written what will surely come to be recognized as the definitive chronicle of the war.

    Boyd says: "A Great Story Worth Listening to More Than Once"
    "It's amazing we won."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Based on this history, the military leaders were sociopaths and the troops were hopped up on amphetamines or incompetent. Like Atkinson's works on WWII, he seems singularly focused on denigrating the military. If US armed forces were truly as inept as portrayed, I doubt they could have defeated a troop of Girl Scouts, much less win a conflict. It's a great listen if you ignore history.


    What could Rick Atkinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could try to be objective.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Narration was good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle for Tinian: Vital Stepping Stone in America’s War Against Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nathan Prefer
    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In July 1944, the 9,000-man Japanese garrison on the island of Tinian listened warily as the thunder of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, Army and Air Corps, descended on their neighboring island, Saipan, just three miles away. There were 20,000 Japanese troops on Saipan, but the US obliterated the opposition after a horrific all-arms campaign. The sudden silence only indicated it was now Tinian's turn.

    Stephen says: "Mispronouncing the title is a bad start"
    "Mispronouncing the title is a bad start"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Battle for Tinian in three words, what would they be?

    Bad narration


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Battle for Tinian?

    Very good overall history of the campaign.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kyle McCarley?

    Someone who can pronounce Tinian, posthumous, and several other words that escape my memory.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    The Last Stand of Fox Company is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the battle's survivors, and they narrate the story with the immediacy of such classic accounts of single battles as Guadalcanal Diary, Pork Chop Hill, and Black Hawk Down.

    Stephen says: "Outstanding story, poor narration"
    "Outstanding story, poor narration"
    Overall

    The number of mispronunciations was disappointing. I'm not talking about Korean names. I'm talking about the English language.
    Someone should have told the narrator that "X Corps" is "Tenth Corps", not "x corps".
    The story is still well worth listening to...

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Reagan Diaries: Extended Selections

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ronald Reagan
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    During his two terms as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Now, nearly two decades after he left office, this remarkable record, the only daily Presidential diary in American history, is available for the first time.

    Stephen says: "True American Hero"
    "True American Hero"
    Overall

    The diaries reflect the true Ronald Reagan as one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. Not the Reagan portrayed by journalists (alternately the most dangerous man in the world or a dottering old fool). His love for this country and his firm conviction of the failure of communism are clearly evident. His mission to defeat communism is clearly the focus of his efforts. Most touching and refreshing is the devotion he has to his wife Nancy. The diaries show his humanity, faith, compassion, strength and morality.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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