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kas7946

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3761)
    Performance
    (2081)
    Story
    (2133)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Good Classic Tale"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    It gave a great deal of insight into the period.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Count of Monte Cristo?

    Undoubtedly the 14 years in prison.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    The Count of Monte Cristo


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

    That would have required missing a great deal of sleep. It was much more compelling toward the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader, Alexandre Dumas, made it much easier to get through a book of this length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jon Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    In this staple of classic literature, Charles Dickens tells the tale of fueding classes set at the inception and escalation of the French Revolution. Amidst the upheaval, righteous former aristocrat Charles Darnay becomes wrongly tangled in unfortunate events, endangering his freedom and family. Sidney Carton, a cynical lawyer who squandered his life away, seeks to redress his unhappiness through Darnay's beautiful wife, Lucie.

    Linda says: "A Great Classic Performed With Perfection"
    "Good performance, choppy editing"
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    Would you try another book from Charles Dickens and/or Jon Smith?

    Jon Smith does a good job on an excellent story but the editing is so choppy it makes it difficult to follow. Dickens and Smith are great but it needs better editing.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (475)

    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
    "Outstanding!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was so good it made me wish I had majored in chemistry. When my 10 year old grandson is a little older I hope to inspire him with it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Haber and Bosch were equally impressive.


    Which character – as performed by Adam Verner – was your favorite?

    Same as above.


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

    Definitely!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (450)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "Interesting story but very biased perspective."
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    What did you like best about The Big Burn? What did you like least?

    The story of the fire and the beginnings of the Forest Service were interesting. The biased political portrayals could have been written by the DNC with assistance from the Sierra Club.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It should have been a much more objective history.


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

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3305)
    Performance
    (2359)
    Story
    (2367)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "A story that needs to be read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Although it is a painful chapter in history, it is one that we need to learn from. All voters should be familiar with this era.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are many lessons here to be learned. Unfortunately, history is barely taught in schools these days and the history that is taught is molded to fit a particular political view. This book gives you the facts and leaves it to you to decide what could have been differently. Churchill called WWII the "unnecessary war". Had the world only listened to him millions of lives could have been saved.


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

    No.


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

    Never let it happen again!


    Any additional comments?

    WWII was the worst war in the world's history and it could have been avoided. Everyone should read this book and others like it to understand how.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conquests and Cultures: An International History

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    This book is the culmination of fifteen years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over the centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations.

    Mark says: "Time very well spent"
    "Well worth the listen."
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    Where does Conquests and Cultures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average. It is so good to get a macro perspective on history. We spend so much time looking at history through a microscope and making judgments as to the right or wrong of each situation that we completely miss the good or bad of the results on society as a whole.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Conquests and Cultures?

    There were many of them relating to the long term benefits of conquests of various peoples even though the immediate effect on the conquered may have been terrible.


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

    He reads much better than I do but beyond that, he frees the mind to think about what is being said.


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

    It greatly broadened my perspective on history.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to other Thomas Sowell books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Timothy Snyder
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (212)

    Americans think of World War II as “The Good War”, a moment when the forces of good resoundingly triumphed over evil. Yet the war was not decided by D-day. It was decided in the East, by the Red Army and Joseph Stalin. While conventional wisdom locates the horrors of World War II in the six million Jews killed in German concentration camps, the reality is even grimmer. In 13 years, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed 13 million people in the lands between Germany and Russia.

    Joseph says: "Stuck between mad men"
    "Information everyone should be aware of."
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    What made the experience of listening to Bloodlands the most enjoyable?

    We're all aware of the Holocaust to some degree. This book takes you much farther than common knowledge. It goes into painful detail on the sins of both Hitler and Stalin. This is not the kind of book you listen to for enjoyment. It is for information.


    What other book might you compare Bloodlands to and why?

    I have never read a book like it.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Good perfomance though maybe a bit monotone.


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

    Startling!


    Any additional comments?

    You should read this book to comprehend the evil of Stalin and Hitler.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (495)

    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    Andrew Pilecki says: "Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War"
    "Excellant summary of WWI"
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    What made the experience of listening to A World Undone the most enjoyable?

    I have read many books about WWII but have long thought I needed a better understanding of WWI and how it led to WWII. This book fills that gap and then some.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really appreciated the way the author did "background" on the various cultures and participants. This greatly increased my knowledge of Europe and the eastern empires.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    As a history book there were no character performances but he did a great job in reading it.


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

    The length of the book would prohibit that but it would have been great to have the time to listen to larger segments at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had listened to this book before reading anything of WWII. If I had, all my reading of WWII would have been more meaningful.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (324)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "Interesting History"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Johnstown Flood to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Johnstown Flood?

    The fire at the bridge after all the other chaos was heart breaking.


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

    no


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

    You would have to be heartless not to be touched by this tragedy.


    Any additional comments?

    It is good to read about weather events in history to put current weather anomolies in perspective. There have always been strange weather events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David M. Kennedy
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (117)

    Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. This Pulitzer Prize–winning history tells the story of how Americans endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities. The Depression was both a disaster and an opportunity. As David Kennedy vividly demonstrates, the economic crisis of the 1930s was far more than a simple reaction to the alleged excesses of the 1920s.

    Ray says: "Good summary of a pivotal time."
    "Well Worth the Listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Freedom from Fear the most enjoyable?

    A well written, well read, unbiased, unvarnished history of the period.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am currently interested in the WWII era and this book covers it well.


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

    He doesn't just read the book he adds the necessary emphasis without adding a bias.


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

    The ruthlessness of the Japanese was particularly interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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