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  • The Eastern Front 1914-1917

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Norman Stone
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    A groundbreaking historical study, Norman Stone's The Eastern Front 1914-1917 was the very first authoritative account of the Russian Front in the First World War to be published in the West. In this now-classic history he dispels the myths surrounding a still relatively little-known aspect of the war, showing how inefficiency rather than economic shortage led to Russia's desperate privations and eventual retreat.

    He also interprets the connection between the war and the chaos that followed, arguing that although fighting had almost ceased by the end of 1916, Russia was still in turmoil.

    Jean says: "A military history"
    "Very detailed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. It's very dry. It's well researched to be sure, but very statistical. He, like many history writers, uses French phrases without a translation. Parts are very good. I like the details about the battles. Especially the Romanian front, which has received very little coverage. I just think for the most part, it's far too general: "this division attacked this division at this place. The Russians had x amount of men, x amount of heavy guns, x amount of light guns.....etc" these are all important facts to be sure, but first hand accounts would go a long way to making a better story.


    What aspect of John Telfer’s performance would you have changed?

    He repeatedly says "thousand million" as opposed to "billion". He is British and perhaps that's the normal way there. If so, then it's fine, but it makes me cringe every time I hear it. Other than that- he's a fine narrator.


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

    I would love to see a documentary focusing on the eastern front in World War I


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Siege of Vienna: The Last Great Trial Between Cross & Crescent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Stoye
    • Narrated By Robert Feifar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The siege of Vienna in 1683 was one of the turning points in European history. So great was its impact that countries normally jealous and hostile sank their differences to throw back the armies of Islam and their savage Tartar allies.The consequences of defeat were momentous: The Ottomans lost half of their European territories, which led to the final collapse of their empire, and the Habsburgs turned their attention from France and the Rhine frontier to the rich pickings of the Balkans.

    breese johnson says: "Send in the CAVALRY!"
    "A partial review"
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    Would you try another book from John Stoye and/or Robert Feifar?

    I would.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator isn't bad, but for Gods sake, the man can't for the life of him say the word "cavalry". It sounds ridiculous I know, but he constantly says "calvary" and it started off ok, then I started to wince every time and now I just get mad. Why didn't anyone tell him? Other than that he's not a bad narrator at all and I would listen to more of his books so long as they don't involve cavalry...


    Could you see The Siege of Vienna being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It should be, but it won't.


    Any additional comments?

    The first half is very very dry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter the Great: His Life and World

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (268)

    This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

    Susan says: "detailed history"
    "Review"
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    Would you listen to Peter the Great again? Why?

    Yes. It's a cool story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Czar Peter. He was extraordinary.


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    He has a lisp that is difficult to get over.


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

    No- it's like 40+ hours long...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crusades

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Zoë Oldenbourg
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    With subtlety and exceptional sensitivity, historian Zoë Oldenbourg analyzes the complicated tangle of currents and ideas that motivated the Crusades. As Oldenbourg describes them, the Crusades were not simply a religious phenomenon, nor were they motivated by pure aggression. They were the result of a religious climate that led people of all walks of life to leave their homes and follow the unattainable ideal of heaven on earth.

    Lt. William Calley says: "She does justice to history"
    "Very detailed, but most of the time very dry"
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    Would you try another book from Zoë Oldenbourg and/or Nadia May?

    Depending on the subject matter


    Would you recommend The Crusades to your friends? Why or why not?

    Most of my friends aren't interested in history the way I am, but assuming I had some who were I would probably do so, but make sure to tell them that most of the book is very dry.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nadia May?

    Yeah, I guess.


    Did The Crusades inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very long which is good. It's very detailed. The descriptions of the battles are great. It could have been better. Maybe better imagery and a bit shorter. The last chapter went back over everything which isn't a bad idea, but just seemed to drag on. I'm glad I got it. It taught me a lot but for those who aren't really interested in this time, this isn't the book for you at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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