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  • Neptune's Inferno

  • The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
  • By: James D. Hornfischer
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716

With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Desperate battles, well told

  • By Robert B. Hess on 05-04-12

Superbly done

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Mr Hornfischer's work makes a respectable narrative over something nearly forgotten to a post 9 11 world. War is the hardest task master, and the wages in treasure and blood can never be taken lightly. My own belief is a service has been rendered to all who listen because the history has been muddied. The Battle of Savo Island was a horrible disaster for the Allies. Hornfisher does it, and the whole Guadacanal campaign justice.

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,346
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,058
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,040

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

The Right Man For The Occasion

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Ron Chernow's latest is a strong addition to the Grant biographical library. Having gone through one audio book, and two separate biographical books, U S Grant is perhaps the quintessential American tale. I became invested with Grant because his story clarifies the Civil War and it's troubled aftermath like no other. To me, Chernow 's take on Grant does not get distracted by events. All the players are given time, but Grant is the filter through which the story is delivered. Hence, Lincoln is key to much of the wartime narrative, but little of the story is wasted on some of the matters that were detours to history. Grant had developed an elaborate plan to capture Richmond from the West before he went East, however he was advised to drop it largely because Lincoln had no interest in plans that ignored Lee and his Army. Chernow makes no mention of this, in part I believe as an active point to strengthen the narrative of what actually did happen. The Overland Campaign was deliberate, and costly, and a testament to Grant's mastery of warfare. It was also brutal to listen to. While the entire reading was well done, and the storytelling excellent, I was constantly filtering through the world that followed and today's world. All that being said, I felt encouraged by this tale. Also it does not need a musical.

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,799

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Unforgettable, and timely

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Even if every word is a lie, it's true.
Wolff neutralized horror with humor.
Yes, All the President's Men, it ain't.
I sincerely believe it is a deserved book.
Audio is fun, because Trump has a strange dialect.
Bannon is like a befuddled mad scientist.

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  • Unbelievable

  • My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
  • By: Katy Tur
  • Narrated by: Katy Tur
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914

The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I know Katy Tur now

  • By Nicole R. on 11-05-17

Believe

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-18

Twenty years from now people will marvel about life before the downfall. This book will show a need media elite commenting about her lifestyle, family history, and a presidential campaign like no other. Substance was lacking, but a punch drunk covered things nicely. People will wonder with things being so hard how she her all over the world. Some will miss the old United States. Wistfully they will wonder what were we thinking.

  • Democracy in Chains

  • The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
  • By: Nancy MacLean
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read if you believe in democracy

  • By H. L. Nelson on 10-11-17

To the barricades!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Informative. Explains a lot. Leaves me feeling the body politic has cancer. Please get the word out.

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  • Shattered

  • Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
  • By: Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,799

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign - the candidate herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing reading

  • By Jonathan Burg on 04-23-17

She in tatters, shattered, shattered.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-17

What did you love best about Shattered?

Perishable enough to need refreshing, fresh enough to sting. The narrative of HRC 2016 campaign played out last year, and I kept track enough because such things interest me. I followed the plot day in and out. Shattered provides great details sans the weight of twenty five years of national politics. I wanted to know about the campaign, and this was a relatively clear way to get to it. Also I wanted something that made Hillary human, without the lenses of political hysteria.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shattered?

1) Covering the optics of Bernie from within the Clinton campaign. She really could not catch a break. The authors did a good job explaining the delegate battle and why Sanders was racking up hollow victories.
2) Living in small town Pennsylvania I saw the lack of ground game for Hillary here, versus Trump. Robert Mook, her manager, was playing a numbers driven all or nothing campaign. It would cost her the election.

Which scene was your favorite?

The debate over the concession speech was authentic. It demonstrated the legitimate grace of Hillary at what had to be one of the lowest and most shocking points of her life.

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

The whole story was fairly balanced, I thought they handled the internal campaign decision making process well, and didn't get sunk in the details of the campaign.

Any additional comments?

Worth another listen, and they handled Donald Trump well. The story is not one of Monday morning quarterbacking, but more like on those FFA crash simulations. You get to see the plane, the storm, and the crash objectively.

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  • Six Days of War

  • June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • By: Michael B. Oren
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really 2 Books in One . . .

  • By Tim on 04-05-06

Harmonious Discord

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A fantastic primer that offers a single volume tour in of the most dynamic chapters of modern Middle-Eastern history. I was bought up in the nutshell takes of Israeli victory with very little background. This volume engages so many other critical aspects of the story. Bravo.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Comprehensive, maybe a bit too sweeping in scope. If you want to place this conflict into perspective with the 73 war, or invasion of Lebanon, you get a few sentences. In all fairness it's outside the scope of the story. My problem is the door is opened and I wanted more.

Which character – as performed by Robert Whitfield – was your favorite?

Actually, Nassar was handled very well, as were many of the Arabs. Because the story has been told solely from the Israeli side, I found the Arab side informative.

Could you see Six Days of War being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It probably deserves it, but I lack the vision of who. I mean Lyndon Baines Johnson is integral to the story, but I could almost see no name actors arguing about what the President wants without ever showing him.

Any additional comments?

It truly surprised me that Johnson was out office shortly after this was over. Nice job paying attention to Vietnam while this was happening. I wanted more military history, but the narrative did not my military geek side to be indulged. Worth another listen. Also I was getting drained by all the names towards the end. It is my shameful weakness that I turn off after a while. It still is a great story earning every star.

  • Nixonland

  • The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
  • By: Rick Perlstein
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 36 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

From one of America's most talented historians and winner of a LA Times Book Prize comes a brilliant new account of Richard Nixon that reveals the riveting backstory to the red state/blue state resentments that divide our nation today. Told with urgency and sharp political insight, Nixonland recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A 5-Star Book Injured by the Narrator

  • By Frank on 08-12-09

The Passion of the Nixon

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I recommend the time to listen, not only for finding out what happened then, but to understand where we are now. The story starts in 1965 in Watts and covers the riots. Get used to it, and Vietnam, and politics, and economics, and pop culture. Cap it off with the lens of Nixon and you have quite a tale. To his credit Mr. Perlstein , covers a veritable who's who of American politics. Darn, he blends urban planning in with race and culture to create a compelling epic. For what its worth.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nixon is the good, the bad and ugly, all in one. Although, I have read very compelling Nixon biographies, it is the broad vistas he portrays, that makes Nixon so fascinating. While I recall some newer narratives that cover Nixon as a loving father, that is easily left aside here. If you want to know conflicts with Kissinger, and the fall of the Kennedy's this is the story. While Nixon was the only one who could go to China, his focus, and compartmentalization would lead to his downfall. Blackboard, and dirty tricks in one, loathing in another, how will we get this legislation passed, how are the hard hats doing?

Have you listened to any of Stephen R. Thorne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He must have loved it, the narrative was unending. He played well never faking it. He reminded me of some professors who could deliver some pretty turgid material and just keep going.

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

Lots of them, Nixon as VP, and relation to Ike, the Hiss case, the Checkers speech, failed elections and comebacks, Ronald Reagan. LBJ, alone is his own epic, but with Nixon it's a political wrestling match that takes your breath away. The 68 Democratic National Convention is another complex narrative well told, and by 72 you can't help but wonder if there isn't a better way.

Any additional comments?

It's not perfect, some points a strained past credulity, but this a story of America through Nixon. I would give it another listen credulity be damned.

  • High Noon

  • The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic
  • By: Glenn Frankel
  • Narrated by: Allan Robertson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

It's one of the most revered movies of Hollywood's golden era. Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant film role, High Noon was shot on a lean budget over just 32 days but achieved instant box-office and critical success. It won four Academy Awards in 1953, including a best actor win for Cooper. And it became a cultural touchstone, often cited by politicians as a favourite film, celebrating moral fortitude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Blacklist

  • By Jean on 03-16-17

Not a simpler time.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-17

What did you love best about High Noon?

Unfolding of what the entertainment world was. As complicated, and strange as it is today, with strange rules and clear winners and losers, a great story well told.

What did you like best about this story?

Pulling the narrative of High Noon in with the Blacklist was brilliant.

Which scene was your favorite?

All of the details, but big fan of Michael Wilson, he makes an odd footnote.

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

How to say help while being entertained.

Any additional comments?

Could have been a clunker, man it shined.

  • Midnight in Siberia

  • A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia
  • By: David Greene
  • Narrated by: David Greene
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Through the stories of fellow travelers, Greene explores the challenges and opportunities facing the new Russia: a nation that boasts open elections and newfound prosperity yet still continues to endure oppression, corruption, and stark inequality. Set against the wintery landscape of Siberia, Greene’s lively travel narrative offers a glimpse into the soul of 20th century Russia: how its people remember their history and look forward to the future.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Long String of NPR Short Reports

  • By Sara on 04-13-15

It made me drink.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Would you listen to Midnight in Siberia again? Why?

Yes, David bought some real feel to Russia. I would like revisit his take on things, particularly where he went to. I was compelling.

What other book might you compare Midnight in Siberia to and why?

Odd, but I was thinking of Mark Twain, and a smidgeon of Woody Allen, but I could not think of any real titles, just some of the topicality.

Which scene was your favorite?

Drinking by the mothers grave in the Ukraine.

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

Mayo, horse sausage, and vodka. Also metal detectors that go off as you walk through them, but you keep on going .

Any additional comments?

None at the moment