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William J. Rusen

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Ithaca NY | Member Since 2014

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  • American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, William Doyle
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (311)

    At the time of his tragic death in February 2013, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most accomplished sniper in U.S. military history, was finishing a remarkable book that retold American history through the lens of a hand-selected list of firearms. Kyle masterfully argues that guns have played a fascinating, indispensable, and often under-appreciated role in our national story. He carefully chose ten guns to help tell his story, ranging from the American long rifle to the modern M-16, and uses these guns as a platform for exploring American history.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "History but not boring"
    "wish it was better"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made American Gun better?

    less street language which makes you wonder about the depth and seriousness of the research; more context about how it fits in US history and forming the American character


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Pruden?

    probably but not particularly high on the list; middle 5th of performers; Bryson, Herrmann are in the elite for me


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration about the language and the sense that it was a "gee whiz" sort of school report


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Miranda Carter
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Together, they presided over the last years of dynastic Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive war the world had ever seen, a war that set 20th-century Europe on course to be the most violent continent in the history of the world.

    D. Littman says: "interesting and entertaining work of history"
    "Well done!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent blend of history and deep psychological insight into three fascinating and tragic figures. A great single source to the understanding of the end of the Victorian age of empire and the beginning of the 20th century.


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

    The deep sadness and tragedy that was Wilhelm who never grew up and was forever a struggling & deeply flawed adolescent


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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