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Tony

PORT ORCHARD, WA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Sears
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (64)

    The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: On this single day, the battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

    David says: "Excellent Book"
    "Very well researched, I learned a ton."
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    What did you love best about Landscape Turned Red?

    Well researched and organized. This book takes you through the battle and the men who fought it almost minute by minute. Great Historical detail and the story moves along like a thriller. If you are budding civil war buff, this is a must read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Authors detailed knowledge of the subject matter and many small details that come to light. Indepth examination of the men and the decisions made as the battle unfolded. You feel part of the experience.


    What about Barrett Whitener’s performance did you like?

    Perfect, his voice and cadence add urgency and seriousness to a very serious subject.


    Any additional comments?

    An important and serious subject handled with the importance it deserves. You will finish this book with a clear grasp of the battle and the players.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen Jimenez
    • Narrated By Paul Fleschner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Late on the night of October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a twenty-one-year-old gay college student, left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming with two alleged "strangers" Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. Eighteen hours later, Matthew was found tied to a log fence on the outskirts of town, unconscious and barely alive. Overnight, a politically expedient myth took the place of important facts. By the time Matthew died a few days later, his name was synonymous with anti-gay hate.

    G says: "Finding The Truth When Media Distorts Reality"
    "The truth honors Matt, The myth uses him."
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    If you could sum up The Book of Matt in three words, what would they be?

    Incredibly well researched.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The fact that the writer is gay; and that a gay publication endorses it.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Fleschner – was your favorite?

    Doc


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment it is revealed just how deep into the drug trade Mathew really was at the time of his death.


    Any additional comments?

    You can't take a tragedy, and twist the truth to further you own agenda. Very slimy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How Do You Kill Eleven Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    If the truth is what sets us free, what does it mean to live in a society where truth is absent? How do truth and lies in the past shape our destiny today? Through the lens of the Holocaust, best-selling author Andy Andrews examines the critical need for truth in our relationships, our communities, and our government.

    Ella says: "Quick and Powerful"
    "Simple point, well made."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Nothing earth shattering here; when a people accept everything their leaders tell them, bad things happen. Only 46 minutes, but the argument is well made.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Worm: The First Digital World War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (374)

    Worm: The First Digital World War tells the story of the Conficker worm, a potentially devastating piece of malware that has baffled experts and infected more than twelve million computers worldwide. When Conficker was unleashed in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, it grew at an astonishingly rapid rate, infecting millions of computers around the world within weeks.

    Julie says: "Clear, Concise Story of the Conficker Worm"
    "A complicated problem expertly explained."
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    What did you love best about Worm?

    Very well written, Bowden takes a complicated subject and not only explains it simply, but manages to keep it highly entertaining as well.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The subject could have been dull, but Bowden keeps it moving along without loosing his audience, This despite LOTs of complicated concepts and processes to explain.


    What about Christopher Lane???s performance did you like?

    He is a very competent and engaging orator.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great read, if you are at all interested in the subject, this book won't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Hampton Sides
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
    "Great book."
    Overall

    Completely engaging, fast paced, and well researched, this book is a must read. I was amazed at how little I actually knew about the King assassination. I am usually leery of books read by the author, and doubly so this time because the authors last book, Blood and Thunder,droned on like Ben Stine on downers.
    I am happy to say that the author does a great job reading it, and it kept me entertained throughout the entire read. If you feel that you should know a little more about the MLK assassination, you will not be disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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