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William

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  • The Third Reich in Power

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war. This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of The Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A catalog of horrors"
    "Like listening to the dictionary!"
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    As a history buff I purchased all three of the books in this series at one time and looked forward to hours and hours of listening pleasure. This was not the case. If your ambitions in life include becoming a dictator of country, and needing to know every little nuance of how Hitler succeeded in doing it in order to formulate your game plan, then this book is for you. If all you want to do is learn about the Nazi's and their rise to power, there are other books that are far easier to listen to and much more entertaining. Even though it is a work of fiction, Herman Wouks "The Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance" have all of the historical facts correct while being wound into a very well written story. "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William L Shirer is the classic and also very well written and concise.

    In summary I respect the authors intent and the amount of research that went into these books, but as far as listening to them for entertainment purposes, they are like having somebody reading the dictionary to you. I find the narrators dead pan voice in my head so aggravating at times I start to scream! It is like someone is forcing me to listen to them as part of a prison sentence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amy Falls Down: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jincy Willett
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (187)

    Amy Gallup is an aging novelist and writing instructor living in Escondido, California, with her dog, Alphonse. Since recent unsettling events, she has made some progress. While she still has writer's block, she doesn't suffer from it. She's still a hermit, but she has allowed some of her class members into her life. She is no longer numb, angry, and sardonic: she is merely numb and bemused, which is as close to happy as she plans to get. Amy is calm. So, when on New Year's morning she shuffles out to her backyard garden to plant a Norfolk pine, she is wholly unprepared for what happens next. Amy falls down.

    William says: "Not contemporary fluff"
    "Not contemporary fluff"
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    The author has a superb tone and style--wonderful command of language. Intelligent but also very accessible. The story steps outside of the same old plot-driven grinders--not that I don't like the old plot driven grinders. I do. But, if you are looking for something refreshing, honest and generous, this will do the trick.

    This is not "chick lit." I'm sure this is a derogatory term... I'll rephrase: this is not a story of a twenty something girl living in Manhattan torn between a pair of lovers and a pair of shoes--nothing like that. I'm a man. I enjoyed this story. It's big on guts and skill.

    The narrator does a great job matching the humor and tone.

    Highly recommended.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1533)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1343)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "Great book - wonderful narration - LESS HARMONICA"
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    Love this book. The narrator was just great - perfectly suited to the story. Real art on both sides of the equation. Then... there's that the harmonica. Not that I have problem with harmonicas perse, but... not ramrodded into your brain in the dead of night... And! It's really good harmonica--but I need that harmonica in this recording like I need a toaster in my bathtub.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Reich at War

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (257)

    Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker.

    Karen says: "Masterful"
    "Better than the other two in the series"
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    This was the best of the three in the series but still not recommended.

    As a history buff I purchased all three of the books in this series at one time and looked forward to hours and hours of listening pleasure. This was not the case. If your ambitions in life include becoming a dictator of country, and needing to know every little nuance of how Hitler succeeded in doing it in order to formulate your game plan, then this book is for you. If all you want to do is learn about the Nazi's and their rise to power, there are other books that are far easier to listen to and much more entertaining. Even though it is a work of fiction, Herman Wouks "The Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance" have all of the historical facts correct while being wound into a very well written story. "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William L Shirer is the classic and also very well written and concise.

    In summary I respect the authors intent and the amount of research that went into these books, but as far as listening to them for entertainment purposes, they are like having somebody reading the dictionary to you. I find the narrators dead pan voice in my head so aggravating at times I start to scream! It is like someone is forcing me to listen to them as part of a prison sentence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (499)

    There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.

    Tad Davis says: "Compelling and depressing"
    "Like listening to the dictionary!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a history buff I purchased all three of the books in this series at one time and looked forward to hours and hours of listening pleasure. This was not the case. If your ambitions in life include becoming a dictator of country, and needing to know every little nuance of how Hitler succeeded in doing it in order to formulate your game plan, then this book is for you. If all you want to do is learn about the Nazi's and their rise to power, there are other books that are far easier to listen to and much more entertaining. Even though it is a work of fiction, Herman Wouks "The Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance" have all of the historical facts correct while being wound into a very well written story. "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William L Shirer is the classic and also very well written and concise.

    In summary I respect the authors intent and the amount of research that went into these books, but as far as listening to them for entertainment purposes, they are like having somebody reading the dictionary to you. I find the narrators dead pan voice in my head so aggravating at times I start to scream! It is like someone is forcing me to listen to them as part of a prison sentence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (718)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "Great writing, well performed, off the beaten path"
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    Really a great example of what a controlled, tight writer can do: imagination meets skill; next thing you know, you are wholly engaged and sympathetic to a minotaur line chef. Amazing. The narrator was excellent. Had a great tone. I'm definintely going back to the Neil Gaiman stuff again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Matt Dillon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West". As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty", the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

    Brian says: "nicely written, nicely read"
    "So surprisingly well done!"
    Overall

    Fantastic book. Still so contemporary--and Jesus Christ in a chicken basket, Matt Dillon did an AMAZING job with the reading. So well done! I have a new and much higher regard for him!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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