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Tish

AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Nuremberg Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Tusa, John Tusa
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goering, each participant is vividly drawn.

    Sandy says: "A really interesting listen"
    "Rather biased, but informative nonetheless."
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    What did you love best about The Nuremberg Trial?

    The interactions between the judges, the prosecution team, the defense team, and the defendants themselves are revealing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ann Tusa and John Tusa ? Why or why not?

    The Nuremberg Trial is yet another book about events in Nazi Germany that feels it has to work very hard to convince you that the authors hate Nazis. It's both understandable, given the ever-insecure state of scholarship on the subject, and irritating because it feels a bit like being treated like a child. I enjoyed the book, but would have found myself far less critical of it, if it weren't full of hyperbolic mock-horror and disgust at the acts of the defendants. I'd be concerned that their other books are also wasting far too much time on overbearing, moralistic CYA.


    Any additional comments?

    Great reading. I would have liked more specifics about the cross-examinations.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By E. Fuller Torrey
    • Narrated By Stephen McLaughlin
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    E. Fuller Torrey's audiobook provides an inside perspective on the birth of the federal mental health program. On staff at the National Institute of Mental Health when the program was being developed and implemented, Torrey draws on his own first-hand account of the creation and launch of the program, extensive research, one-on-one interviews with people involved, and recently unearthed audiotapes of interviews with major figures involved in the legislation. As such, this book provides historical material previously unavailable to the public.

    Kevin says: "Devastating analysis on US mental health policy!"
    "The narration is quite poor."
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    I mean, maybe this is a good book, but it's not a good audiobook. The narration is halting and unprofessional. Narrators often over-act, which is irritating, but here there is no intonation at all. Couldn't make myself listen through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (371)

    On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

    Thomas says: "awesome"
    "Narrator got lost on the way to a b-grade thriller"
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    The book does manage to be informative and interesting, but seemingly in spite of itself. The narration makes the worst of purple prose by reading it off like a movie trailer. The try-hard prose would've been unfortunate enough if read normally, but the dramatic reading veers into outright irritating. Ending chapters with "sinister climax! Suspense!" sound bites is just insult added to injury. The subject matter is interesting enough on its own; the flair actively detracts.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fatherland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (217)

    Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Gripping from start to finish"
    "Predictable."
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    This could have been good! It would be hard to argue that "What if Hitler won?" is not an interesting premise. Unfortunately, both the plot and characters are so predictable, that they may as well have come out of a can. You want your hardboiled, cigarette-smoking, divorced detective who goes against the grain? Here you go. Plucky girl reporter, "unlike any woman he's ever met?" Here you go.

    Unfortunately, recycling characters doesn't seem to have given the author extra time to flesh out the setting, either - of course he talks about it at length, but little of it is particularly creative, or thought-provoking. I did, however, find the idea that Holocaust studies still existed in a form very similar in character and scope - just about Stalin's purges, instead of the Final Solution - intriguing. Too bad that's just about the only thing that stood out, and only for a sentence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Denise Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (150)

    At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

    CBlox says: "Important story of this secret city"
    "Irritating "acting" and inflection"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Less purple prose might be nice - human interest it may be, but the author still overdoes it in places. The narration is what affected my enjoyment of the book most. I wish narrators didn't have this idea that they need to imitate accents. This isn't voice acting.


    Would you recommend The Girls of Atomic City to your friends? Why or why not?

    I might recommend the print version because the underlying personal histories are interesting, but I would not recommend the audiobook.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cassandra Campbell’s performances?

    I'd rather not.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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