Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.
I tried to read this one in college, & shrugged off my dropping it to other course workloads... while an important view of a classic war, reading was too dry... I can report that listening to this long classic (go unabridged!) is much more doable... a classic I knew I had to understand, audio made this long one very much more simple to engage.
No single sea battle has had more far-reaching consequences than the one fought in the harbor at Hampton Roads, Virginia, in March 1862. The Confederacy, with no fleet of its own, built an iron fort containing 10 heavy guns on the hull of a captured Union frigate named the Merrimack. The North got word of the project when it was already well along, and, in desperation, commissioned an eccentric inventor named John Ericsson to build the Monitor, an entirely revolutionary iron warship.
While the various stories of the two ironclads have many books.... this was a good overview of both sides efforts to develop new weapons & overcome multitudes of challenges... until almost by chance, both contenders meet one morning... a worthwhile listen/read.
It's 1940, and musician Katy Green finds out how tough the road can be when she joins the Ultra Belles, a female swing band on tour in California. From the moment the band kicks off the set, you're caught in the rhythm of the music, and murder on the move.
I loved the written book.... I found them on Audible & am excited with the well acted cast & sound effects (vice the usual book's sole reader).... I hope they will produce the whole Glatzer series this way... I love them, a rare treat that I recommend to everyone.
For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America's most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles among some two to three hundred known to us by name.
A dedicated student of the Civil War, I was fascinated & intrigued by Keegan's different view of the many events I've read & studied... hearing a different set of questions & discussions about a "known event" was amazing... yes, I listened to it 3 times in a row to scratch my head & research to points he discusses & I overlooked.. Wish I found it sooner!!
On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey! Here is the famous panic-inducing broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.
Loved it when I heard an album version as a kid, listen intently & chuckle along every time I listen to the classic tales of rural New Jersey & New York City.... The fact these sound effects were so great in the 1930's still fascinates me as I listen to them today!!
Among the many wars which took place between different nations or countries, there is the one which one can never really get off their mind. This is none other than World War, which actually took place twice and in the 20th century. It's been quite a number of years now since this tragedy took place, and now, after so many years, all one can look for is a fear among people about World War III taking place, which can actually turn out to be more dangerous than the previous two.
Incredibly badly spoken & produced, the writing just is poor, poor, poor... but who ever they chose to read it has a bad education in basic vernacular English.... probably fine credentials from some school, but mispronounces a dizzying volume of common words to make one wonder over the purpose of the production. Save your money!
Team Yankee, the New York Times best-seller by Harold Coyle, presents a glimpse of what it would have been like for the soldiers who would have had to meet the relentless onslaught of Soviet and Warsaw Pact divisions. Using the geo-political and military scenarios described by General Sir John Hackett, former NORTHAG commander and author of World War Three; August 1985, Team Yankee follows the war as seen from the turret of Captain Sean Bannon's tank.
I read this as a young Lieutenant as a description of the Cold war battles across the Fulda gap we prepared & rehearsed for... a couple years later after leading a cavalry Troop in the First Gulf War I re-read it, laughing at all the details Harold Coyle had embedded in a fictional tale hat were so much the remembrances of a real war.... with it on audio I again chuckled & hung me head at the parts of his fictional account that so clearly captured stark realistic memories.... highly recommended, despite the "dated" status of H-series TOE's (Army organizational structures).
At 01:23:40 on April 26th 1986, Alexander Akimov pressed the emergency shutdown button at Chernobyl's fourth nuclear reactor. It was an act that forced the permanent evacuation of a city, killed thousands, and crippled the Soviet Union. The event spawned decades of conflicting, exaggerated, and inaccurate stories.
Well researched, a little too much like a travelogue at times, but captivating. An important topic for us to understand when... "it goes amiss".
For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.
A well researched narrative of a months long campaign across some of the world's hardest terrain! Fighting a war thru that was a test of human wills against two radically different civilizations.... both in a brutal jungle, sworn to destroy the other.
Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the History network, History Decoded explores many fascinating and unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? What's the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?
So a review of the author's Top 10 Conspiracy Theory events... lots of old info, but a few new aspects, so worth listening to... of course, there is the usual artificial drama factors added in, so don't be surprised it's generally a TV Show clone book.