If we are together nothing is impossible - those words from Winston Churchill sum up the war effort and are one of the choice quotes used to introduce this book. This extraordinarily well researched history traces the lives of three men but goes much further by exploring the intricacies of the relationships between the governments of England, United States and Russia. It explores the resistance of the American public to entering the war, the ruthlessness of FDR toward the British prior to the war with Lend/Lease, and the sheer desperation and aloneness the British felt. The three men identified, John Gilbert Winant (former governor of NH), Averell Harriman, and Edward Murrow (newsman) stayed in London throughout London's darkest times and seemed to the British people like the only Americans who understood their plight. They petitioned FDR for greater understanding for the British cause. Britain was the last country standing against Hitler and yet assistance was just not coming from the United States. This book is in 3 audio parts with a total of 17 hours of listening. If the author started out to write about the 3 men (Winant, Harriman, Murrow), she ended up writing an excellent history of the war from the perspective of the British and American relationship, including relationships between Churchil, FDR and Stalin, meetings in Tehran and Yalta. Plenty of detail about Eisenhower. While I believe I can detect the author's political persuasion I don't believe it interfered with the book to a great extent, with the possible exception of the introduction. Excellent narration.
I listen to all types of thrillers, but this one has to be about the most poky, boring and pointless of all the novels I've listened to. The narration isn't bad but the story line is just plain uninteresting and has plenty of the author's political opinions included. I listened to the complete first part and part of the second part but just couldn't bring myself to finish it. Glad I got it for $4.95!
Some audiobooks are hard to put down, and I zoom through them in no time. However, this one is meant to be listened to slowly as there are many thought provoking concepts presented. Should Americans allow their government so much control as to let those in charge strive for some form of American Utopia ? Or are free market principles and small central government the path we should take? Levin guides us through Plato, Thomas More, Hobbes, and Karl Marx and contrasts their ideals with the Locke, Montesquieu and de Tocqueville in an effort to make us all understand what we have and what could happen to what we have if we don't pay attention. A very enlightening read for all, one which I plan to pass along to my family and friends. A better reading gift could not be given.
I couldn't put this one down. What a great listen! From the very start to the very end I didn't want to stop listening even to go to sleep at night. Felt like my earbuds were going to become glued to my ears. Highly recommend this for anyone who likes action thrillers. The only disappointment is that this author doesn't seem to have any other audiobooks for me to buy. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this book. Better than Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Tom Clancy, other authors I've listened to.
This was a book I just couldn't put down, not too surprising considering the author was Nelson DeMille and the narrator was Scott Brick, a great combination! The plot centers on an isolated men's only club called the "Custer Hill Club". A retired FBI detective and his wife try to figure out what happened to another agent who had been doing surveillaince on the Custer Hill Club. They uncover the existence of a couple of "suitcase nukes" and eventually piece together an awful plot which they work very hard to stop. Do they or don't they? You'll have to listen to the book to its conclusion to find out. A great on-the-edge-of-your-seat listen that may keep you awake at night past your normal bedtime.
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