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  • Young Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    Young Stalin tells the story of an exceptional, charismatic, darkly turbulent young man born into obscurity, fancying himself a poet and a priest, and finally embracing revolutionary idealism as his Messianic mission in life. Equal parts scholar and terrorist, a mastermind of bank robberies, extortion, piracy, and murder, he was so impressive in his brutality that Lenin made him, along with Trotsky, his chief henchman.

    Jim says: "Really Good Read/Listen"
    "Stalin's life before He came to power now revealed"
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    Would you listen to Young Stalin again? Why?

    I might to catch up on chatpers I might have missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Knowing who was who in Stalin's life.


    What about James Adams’s performance did you like?

    I liked the whole thing honestly.


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

    NOt really, but I had no idea Joseph was such a womanizer.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for any history fan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Front: The Great War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Hugo Award winner Harry Turtledove is the master of alternate history. In American Front he envisions World War I as it may have been if fought on American soil. The United States and Germany clash with the Confederacy, France, and Britain as the machines of modern warfare litter the landscape with carnage. Meanwhile, oppressed southern blacks head toward a fateful confrontation.

    brian says: "Turtledove does it again, Guidall as well."
    "Turtledove does it again, Guidall as well."
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    Would you listen to American Front again? Why?

    I would. It's an impressive book.


    What other book might you compare American Front to and why?

    It's just as good as How Few Remain, and also better in some ways.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The introduction to Jake Featherston.


    Who was the most memorable character of American Front and why?

    Featherston. We get some background on him. Custer too, but to me, he was annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any alternate history or Harry Turtledove fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Few Remain: A Novel of the Second War Between the States

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    A generation after the South wins the Civil War, it annexes critical territory in Mexico. Outraged, the United States declares total war. This time the American army faces danger on all sides--Confederates, outlaws, Apaches, French, and even the British. George Custer and Teddy Roosevelt fight hard and give the Americans hope. But to win, they need a commander as brilliant as Stonewall Jackson, and they must stop Jeb Stuart’s glorious cavalry.

    Michael says: "A Civil War Alternate History Classic! Fantastic!"
    "My first foray into alternate history."
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    What did you love best about How Few Remain?

    The plotline and narration. Guidall's great with accents, without overdoing them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Afraid I can't pick one. All were excellent.


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

    I have. All of his narrations are quite good. This is his best so far I believe.


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

    Afraid I can't think of one.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have I feel for any alternate history fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the Sith: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (192)

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice Darth Vader find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Power of the Dark Side"
    "Piece is a lie."
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    What did you love best about Lords of the Sith: Star Wars?

    The battle scenes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall storyline.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narration was quite good. The only thing I didn't like, was that Jonathon Davis isn't good with accents, not even French ones for the Twi'leks.


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

    I thought the lazy woman moff was funny when I first heard of her,a nd got her description.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stanley I. Kutler
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, David Dukes, William Window
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Richard Nixon said he wanted administration to be "the best chronicled in history". But when Alexander Butterfield disclosed the existence of a voice-activated tapind system to a Senate committee in July 1973, Nixon's White House and its recordings quickly became the most infamous in American history. Only 60 hours were actually made public in the 1970s. Many thousands of hours remained secret and Nixon's hands, and he fought fiercely to keep them that way right up to his death.

    WriterGirl says: "Good cast of characters for this reenactment"
    "We see more of the man Nixon was."
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    Where does Abuse of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rather good, but not in my top ten.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nixon. The actor does a good job portraying him.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The actor who played Nixon and Kissinger. Both are great with accents.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for history and Watergate fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tarkin: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (784)

    He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly…. and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

    kalei says: "Solid, but not earth-shattering"
    "We find out how the Death Star's commander came to"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tarkin: Star Wars to be better than the print version?

    I would somewhat, accept for what I feel is bad narration. I would've prefered Marc Thompson.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall plot.


    What didn’t you like about Euan Morton’s performance?

    He can't do squat with different voices or accents.


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for Star Wars or Luceno fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Taylor Branch
    • Narrated By Taylor Branch
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    A groundbreaking book about the modern presidency, The Clinton Tapes invites readers into private dialogue with a gifted, tormented, resilient President of the United States. Here is what President Clinton thought and felt but could not say in public. This book rests upon a secret project, initiated by Clinton, to preserve for future historians an unfiltered record of presidential experience.

    Capt. says: "The Clinton Tapes"
    "Conversations with a post-Cold War President."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Clinton Tapes to be better than the print version?

    It was good, but pitty it was the abridged version.


    What other book might you compare The Clinton Tapes to and why?

    Afraid I can't think of any book to compare it to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not quite sure to be honest.


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

    I didn't know Bill Clinton often smoked cigars, let alone played cards.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reagan in His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ronald Reagan
    • Narrated By Ronald Reagan
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    From 1975 to 1979 Ronald Reagan gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, the great majority of which he wrote himself. These addresses transform our image of Reagan, and enhance and revise our understanding of the late 1970s - a time when Reagan held no political office, but was nonetheless mapping out a strategy to transform the economy, end the Cold War, and create a vision of America that would propel him to the presidency.

    Michael says: "I LOVED this -common sense in Reagan's own voice"
    "A look back at a future President."
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    Where does Reagan in His Own Voice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rather good.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I was unaware that Reagan did these sorts of things after leaving the California Governor's office.


    Which character – as performed by Ronald Reagan – was your favorite?

    Reagan of course, and the lead ins by his former advisers and wife were a nice touch.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any history, politics, or Reagan buffs or fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kate Andersen Brower
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    America's first families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the president and first family.

    Sara says: "The White House Explored & Exposed"
    "A look at life inside the White House"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Emotion and she's very good with different accents.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Residence?

    The prologue, showing the dorrman of Kennedy's time reacting to his bosses assassination.


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

    Excellent narration.


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

    One funny passage is about LBJ and how obsessed he was with his shower.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for people wanting to know more about the White House and the people who work there.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1788)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1012)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "One of the best spy novels I've heard."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would because of the interesting storyline and characters


    What other book might you compare The Charm School to and why?

    One of Tom Clancy's novels. Just as good as one of the late authors books.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    All of them, but Burov in particular. Brick's excellent at different accents.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Blaine Harden
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    In The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times best-selling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high-risk game of deception - and escape.

    Destiny says: "Wonderful written book"
    "The First Known North Korean Defector."
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    If you could sum up The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot in three words, what would they be?

    The overall story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    North Korea's fascinated me a lot. There's so much we in the West don't know about that country.


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

    He does in a very detailed way, letting us know who's who.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for people wishing to learn more about North Korea's early years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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