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W. Sid Vogel

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  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

    Amazon Customer says: "So much truth, much of it scary."
    "the work of a genius!"
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    Where does The Screwtape Letters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What more can be said about C.S. Lewis,and particularly the Screw Tape Letters. This is smart, interesting, compelling, and useful to every individual.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is important, and humorous at the same time. Genius.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great reading of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Look out! The Devil is everywhere.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not miss this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Persian Expedition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Xenophon
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (19)
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    Xenophon, after being exiled from Athens, spent the last years of his life hunting, writing, and recalling in his books the great days of the Persian expedition. This record of one of the most famous marches in history contains an account of the day-to-day life of ordinary men and soldiers. Translated by Rex Warner.

    W. Sid Vogel says: "Better know something about the history first"
    "Better know something about the history first"
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    What did you like best about The Persian Expedition? What did you like least?

    very detailed account of the wars and societies


    What other book might you compare The Persian Expedition to and why?


    Any additional comments?

    Sort of tough lister due to the many Greek names that made it difficult to sort through

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aeneid

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert Fitzgerald (translator), Virgil
    • Narrated By Christopher Ravenscroft
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    (24)
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    Profoundly poetic yet gloriously accessible, this is the best way to experience a work that has remained a centerpiece of Western civilization for 2,000 years. Fitzgerald's rendering speaks directly to the modern listener, inviting us to share the excitement, adventure, and human tears as Aeneas, the warrior hero, escapes from the burning city of Troy, embarks on a long and perilous journey, and eventually, triumphantly establishes a new nation: Rome.

    Kodiak1221 says: "Strange Narration"
    "The Roman Oddesy"
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    Would you listen to The Aeneid again? Why?

    I wanted to listen to this Poem because it is a key part of the fabric of Western Civilization's world view. Along with Homer's epic tales and the Bible, perhaps this is one of the foundational pieces of literature that defines Rome, it's view of itself, the basis of Roman society, law, honor, civic duty, and patriotism. It is all a story, well told, but it helps us understand the Roman thought process that was spread through out the Western World. It was entertaining, and given time, i would listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Shocking detail at how it accounted for the known history of the world at the time it was written and included the heroes and gods of the Greek legends.


    What about Christopher Ravenscroft’s performance did you like?

    Clear, steady pace. Nice voice, easy to listen to.


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

    No, not possible


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to understand the foundations of Western Civilization, and why we think the way we do, this is one of the important pieces of literature you should read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bolivar: American Liberator

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marie Arana
    • Narrated By David Crommett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
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    (78)
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    It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

    Jean says: "Absolutely fantastic book!"
    "EXCELLENT BIOGRAPHY AND HISTORY!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bolivar the most enjoyable?

    I am a student of Latin American history, and I have never read a better history of Bolivar, the man, his times and the events of the 20 year struggle for independence from Spain and trying to bring democratic order out of the chaos that resulted from the defeat of Spanish forces.


    What other book might you compare Bolivar to and why?

    Samuel E Morison's "Admiral of the Ocean Seas" about the life of Columbus is the very best biography I have ever read, and it won a Pulitzer. This history and biography of Bolivar was almost on par with that great biography. The author lets us understand the times, the life, the events, and the results of Bolivar's astonishing efforts. Great read, great book.


    Have you listened to any of David Crommett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was a great listen. Easy to listen to and to understand. it is a great story well told.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The amazing life of Bolivar.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand modern day Latin America. No one can understand the current conditions of Latin America without understanding its history, Bolivar was a big piece of the history of the land and its people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days of the Incas

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kim MacQuarrie
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
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    In 1532, the 54-year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a force of 167 men, including his four brothers, to the shores of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had just fought a bloody civil war in which the emperor Atahualpa had defeated his brother, Huascar. Pizarro and his men soon clashed with Atahualpa and a huge force of Inca warriors at the Battle of Cajamarca.

    David says: "Quit while you are ahead"
    "Best history of the Conquest of the Inca Nation!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absoltely, and i have. This is the most detailed, interesting, and comprehensive history of the conquest of the Inca's I have ever read. I have been studying Latin America History for 30 years, and this is the best treatment of the subject i have found. Congratulations to the author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The level of detail concerning both the Europeans and the Indian lives at the time of the Conquest was simply amazing. The author covers every important detail of political concerns for both sides, geography, economics, religious, and social factors that played in this amazing feat of conquest.


    Have you listened to any of Norman Dietz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard this man before, but this was first class.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. How did 163 Spanish defeat the 80,000 Inca warriors in Caljamarca and capture the Inca? Simply, bold audacity. The Spanish were trapped, they could not go back, the only way forward was to attack the Inca and his guard and catch them off balance. Pizarro gave the order, the spanish attacked, and the rest is history.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic story well told. Everyone interested in human behavior should read this book, as well as those interested in the period or Latin American history. This is a book that is entertaining for everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Buddy Levy
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    It was a moment unique in human history: the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish empire but to convert the natives to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story.

    Victor says: "A Great Book"
    "Excellent description of the Conquest of Mexico!"
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    Where does Conquistador rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really, this is one of the very best history books of the Mexican Conquest i have found. If you want to know the details of the amazing conquest of Meso America by the lawyer, Cortez, listen to this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amazing detail of the lives of the key players, both European and Indian, the detail of the strategy, the detail of the nature of the Indian lives and how quickly so many accepted the Spanish as the superior tribe. Also, the detail of the politics, Spanish, and Indian, that Cortez had to contend with and manage.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The telling of the story is so rich. it gives a 3D feel to the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My extreme reaction is: OMG these men were men! They truly were conquistatores, and yet they lived according to the laws of the times. I do not know anyone that could have done what they did, the living with constant expectation of death or mutilation, the constant physical and mental hardships, the hope of riches ( that did not happen for most of them) and the sense of adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in Mexican or Central American, or Spanish history, buy the book. If you are interested in the class of civilizations, buy the book. If you are interested in the nature of human behavior, buy the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 2: Captain Cook and the Scientific Explorations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Paul Herrmann
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
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    As the 18th century approached its midpoint, commercial and military competition between the European states became fierce. And whoever obtained accurate information about distant lands would hold an advantage. Were there continental landmasses in the Pacific? Was there a Northwest Passage to Japan and China? What lay in the interior of Africa? Was it possible to cross the Sahara? Where did the rivers Nile and Congo originate?

    Aaron says: "Entertaining and moving"
    "The history of discovery in the Pacific and Africa"
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    Where does The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the very best history books i have ever listened to. I knew very little about the discoveries that happened in the Pacific and Africa, and Hermann give it all to us in vivid detail.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 2?

    The descriptions of the European explorers of the African Continent were amazing to me because i had never read anything about them before. What bravery, strength, determination these men had. There are none like them on the earth today.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Stanley going down the upper regions of the Congo surrounded on both sides of river by man eating savages playing drums, shooting poisonous arrows, shouting that they promise to eat the white men soon! Can you imagine!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Courage beyond belief!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, thank you for providing it to us in the audio format.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 1: Columbus, Magellan, and the Early Explorations

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Paul Herrmann
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    (180)
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    In the space of 400 years, Western man methodically set out to explore and map the entire earth. During some of the most dangerous expeditions ever mounted, an extraordinary group of determined men forced passages through vast oceans, dark jungles, and withering deserts. Never has their like been seen since. What drove these soldiers, sailors, and civilians to leave the comforts of civilized life and face the horrors of shipwreck, starvation, cannibals, and disease?

    Howard says: "Discover this Book"
    "The Amazing, Heroic, Explorers... What a story!"
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    If you could sum up The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    This is really the story of the great navigators: The Spaniards, the Portuguese, the Italians, and the English who set out across the Oceans to break the monopoly of the Turks and Arabs on the trade from the Orient and to spread the Christian Religion after 800 years of battle to retake Europe from the Muslims.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 1?

    The clear descriptions of the details of the discoveries of the new civilizations. It is amazing how curious everyone was, Indian and European alike, to know and communicate with each other, to trade, to eat together, and to share or kill as the case determined. Who know that there were so many cannibals in the New World? Who know the Indians not only warred with each other, killed and ate each other, but also stole each other's people and enslaved each other.


    Which character – as performed by Charlton Griffin – was your favorite?

    Columbus was the greatest adventurer of all time. Not even fictional characters can live up to the life he lived.


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

    Yes, but obviously you can not. As long as it is, i was disappointed when it was over. It is wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, great story, well told, very educational, and just what i was looking for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Code Red: How to Protect Your Savings from the Coming Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Mauldin, Jonathan Tepper
    • Narrated By Jack Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Written by the New York Times best-selling author team of John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper, Code Red spills the beans on the central banks in the U.S., U.K., E.U., and Japan and how they've rigged the game against the average saver and investor. More importantly, it shows you how to protect your hard-earned cash from the bankers' disastrous monetary policies and how to come out a winner in the irresponsible game of chicken they're playing with the global financial system.

    Glen Doki says: "Good financial book, but maybe not on audio"
    "Theoretical and practical aids to understanding!"
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    Would you listen to Code Red again? Why?

    I have decided to buy the book after listening to it. Lots of good stuff there that I want to have available as reference material.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Code Red?

    Clear understanding of the Great Experiment that Central Bankers are playing out on the world's stage! They are experimenting with the lives of billions of people!


    Have you listened to any of Jack Marshall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good listen, I have not heard him before, but liked the reading.


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

    Not really, this is a very smart book, it made be stop do some research, check some of the facts and claims and then go back for more. This is a useful book for layman or expert.


    Any additional comments?

    Forewarned is forearmed!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Explorers: The European Discovery of America

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Samuel Eliot Morison
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    The great voyages of discovery to the New World are here brought to life by one of the 20th century's most eminent historians, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Samuel Morison. A master seaman himself, Morison personally retraced the voyages of the early explorers, charting his travels in maps and photographs and comparing these to the maps and travelogues of the early sailors.

    W. Sid Vogel says: "Most Outstanding History of the Age of Discovery"
    "Most Outstanding History of the Age of Discovery"
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    If you could sum up The Great Explorers in three words, what would they be?

    This is the finest history of the discoverers in one volume I have ever seen! I have been studying, living in and teaching about Latin America for 3 decades, and to my misfortune, i am only now getting around to this master piece of historical description (and some analysis where necessary to deduce facts as left out of the written record, but always very carefully and with great effort to be true to the actual history and culture of the age). I listened to this book, and I wish i had bought the book so that i could see the pictures and used it as a reference book in the future. I will recommend its purchase for the local library.

    If you are at all interested in the truth about these corageous, smart, tough, driven men and their age, read this book!


    What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    At first i was a little distracted by his accent, but that quickly passed and i grew to anxiously look forward to hearing him tell me more and more of the story. He was just right.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was "there has never been braver, tougher, smarter, nor more religious men who changed the world ever! Also, i was reminded that virtually all of the great explorers did not live to enjoy the riches of their conquests, except Cortez who is not a subject of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Forget everything you think you know about the age of discovery and their great captains, and read this book, it will give you a very interesting education!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
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    (90)
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    The American military is a tightly sealed community, and few outsiders have reason to know that a great many senior officers view the Iraq war with incredulity and dismay. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in Fiasco, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster.

    Scott says: "History not Politics"
    "The complexity of modern combat"
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    What did you love best about Fiasco?

    This book is very ambitious, trying to show the complexity of the problems facing America in Iraq from the beginning to the end (?) of the conflict and from the lowest private to the President. No book can capture it all, but in the age of unlimited television and press, and the familiarity we all have with our military adventures throughout the world, this book helps to flesh out just how complicated it all is, and how deadly it can be. I am not sure what the author's actual purpose was, but in my mind he bolstered George Washington's advice to the young nation as he was departing when he stated we should stay out of foreign intrigues and wars! His advice could not be more correct for us today.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail of description was outstanding. As a former soldier and staffer at the 4 star level and witnessing first hand American invasions and the aftermath, I can assure one and all these are very complex operations that would be hopeless failures with out the outstanding people from top to bottom of our military. Unfortunately, we need some military officers willing to fall on their swords to keep incompetent orders from being published and followed on occasion. We need a few Macarthur's out there.


    Have you listened to any of James Lurie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent reading of the work.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I had not read a good description of the transition of forces and the battle for Fallujah. There were excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    As screwed up as this thing got, it is actually less screwed up than:
    1). The Revolutionary War, 2). The War of 1812; 3). The Civil War; 4). The Mexican American War; 5). The Vietnam War; and even WWII! War is hell! It never goes right, and once the dogs of war are unleashed, no one can predict with certainty the outcome. American's need to restrict the use of American forces to only those situations where clearly our National Security is at risk. As the Author has clearly shown, that was not the case in Iraq. Iraq was an experiment at culture change in the Mid East, only time will tell if it was successful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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