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  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,538

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Worth reading if you're interested in the subject

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

(And I am.)

As my title says, and let's get this out of the way first, this is a very interesting story, mostly factual, according to the author, of Milan and the Italian Alps during WWII. Except for one bizarre episode (which does nothing to further the story, and requires a suspension of belief) it is believable and based in fact, or reminiscences decades later.
Unfortunately the writing is sophomoric, almost YA-type dialogue, which causes some serious eye-rolling. Even with the amateurish writing, it may have flowed better, with a different performance. He gets everything pronounced correctly, but a WWII spy-thriller narrated in a Mr. Rogers Neighborhood California accent just doesn't work, especially on the dialogue.

  • The Parting of the Sea

  • How Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Plagues Shaped the Story of Exodus
  • By: Barbara J. Sivertsen
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

For more than four decades, biblical experts have tried to place the story of Exodus into historical context - without success. What could explain the Nile turning into blood, insects swarming the land, and the sky falling to darkness? Integrating biblical accounts with substantive archaeological evidence, The Parting of the Sea looks at how natural phenomena shaped the stories of Exodus, the Sojourn in the Wilderness and the Israelite conquest of Canaan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chock-full of good info, but . . .

  • By john on 05-09-18

Chock-full of good info, but . . .

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

If this is a subject that interests you, by all means read it. I'm very interested, but would have been better off reading a hard-copy version. This is a reference book, and is filled with physical description, and ancient place-names, which were difficult (no, impossible) for me to absorb driving @ freeway speed, serve little to move the book forward.
If you are going to listen to it, I would read the last chapter first, to get an overview.

  • Rogue Heroes

  • The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

Britain's Special Air Service - or SAS - was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II's African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel's desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: Given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war matériel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Those Who Dared, Won!

  • By Matthew on 10-07-16

The SAS invented a new type of warfare

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Churchill created the SAS to attack the Nazi machine in ways un-thought-of previously. The result was small attack parties of a dozen or fewer commandos, delivered behind enemy lines, creating havoc, and disappearing into the mists. These men wrote the rules of engagement on the fly, having no "book" to guide them.They certainly were no angels, but we owe our souls to them.
This is their story, never told completely before.

  • A Man Called Intrepid

  • The Incredible WWII Narrative of the Hero Whose Spy Network and Secret Diplomacy Changed the Course of History
  • By: William Stevenson
  • Narrated by: David McAlister
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

A Man Called Intrepid is the account of the world’s first integrated intelligence operation and of its master, William Stephenson. Codenamed INTREPID by Winston Churchill, Stephenson was charged with establishing and running a vast, worldwide intelligence network to challenge the terrifying force of Nazi Germany. Nothing less than the fate of Britain and the free world hung in the balance as INTREPID covertly set about stalling the Nazis by any means necessary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for everyone interested in history

  • By Lasse on 06-24-14

The Basis for the Underwar of WWII

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Hidden from public scrutiny for over 3 decades, now comes this key for deciphering the clandestine warfare 1936-1945 (and beyond). Reads like fiction; is anything but. Intrepid was the key conduit between Churchill & FDR. J. Edgar Hoover is not a villain, but must be dealt with. Peter & Ian Fleming figure in, as well as Wm. Donovan, and other participants in the Great Deception, which would play an indispensable role in the victory of Democracy over Totalitarianism. One man, code-named Intrepid, is the key.

  • Night Trains

  • By: Barbara Wood, Wootton Gareth
  • Narrated by: Norman Gilligan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Occupied by the Germans, the strategically located town of Sofia, Poland, stands on the brink of annihilation in 1941. As every arrest and execution brings total obliteration closer to reality, two medical doctors devise an ingenious plan - to stage a typhus epidemic that will force the Nazis to evacuate. The locals and their enemy swiftly become enmeshed in what soon becomes the most daring act of resistance in World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm going to give all 5*

  • By john on 08-15-17

I'm going to give all 5*

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Gripping story. I'll go ahead and all-rate it, but I do wonder about the author/editor's loss of Jan's family throughout the book. We see them briefly, then one of them (spoiler alert) is murdered by the Nazis, and we don't hear of them again till a brief mention at the end? Really?
I'm guessing the book was cut down a bit . . .

  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,505

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

Good Canadian thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

Keeps you guessing until the end. I will look forward to another in this series.

  • Wicked Autumn

  • A Max Tudor Novel
  • By: G. M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 817

Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Cozy English Village Mystery

  • By Sara on 10-08-14

Parts are greater than the whole

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

OK, it's not the greatest mystery story ever written, but that may be over-looked because of the many witticisms, some slightly submerged. Performance is excellent, and Anglicans everywhere will enjoy the characterization and references to Shakespeare, the BCP, King James, and British history.

  • A Fatal Winter

  • Max Tudor, Book 2
  • By: G. M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 527

In A Fatal Winter, Max Tudor - Anglican priest, former MI5 agent, and village heartthrob - investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle. But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the recent arrival at Chedrow Castle of a raucous group of long-lost, greedy relatives, any one of whom has a motive for murder. With a cozy setting, intricate puzzles, and a handsome (non-celibate) priest doing the sleuthing, the books in this series are destined to become instant classics in the mystery world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reincarnation Christie updated to 21st century!!

  • By Byron on 01-07-13

Parts are greater than the whole

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

OK, it's not the greatest mystery story ever written, but that may be over-looked because of the many witticisms, some slightly submerged. Performance is excellent, and Anglicans everywhere will enjoy the characterization and references to Shakespeare, the BCP, King James, and British history.

  • The Girl from the Train

  • By: Irma Joubert
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks. As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They mean to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl's unscheduled train reaches the bomb first. Gretl is the only survivor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story covering the middle of the 20th C.

  • By john on 04-12-16

Excellent story covering the middle of the 20th C.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

OK, granted it's a "chick book," but an engaging one. As usual, the women can look deep into the eyes (which are discussed at length, as well as other parts of the facade) and tell everything they would wish to know about men. That said, it's an intriguing story and well worth the read. It gives much info about wartime Poland & South Africa of the post-war & cold war period.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The English German Girl

  • By: Jake Wallis Simons
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

In 1930s Berlin, choked by the tightening of Hitler's fist, the Klein family are gradually losing everything that is precious to them. Their 15-year-old daughter, Rosa, slips out of Germany on a Kindertransport train to begin a new life in England. Charged with the task of securing a safe passage for her family, she vows that she will not rest until they are safe. But as war breaks out and she loses contact with her parents, Rosa finds herself wondering if there are some vows that can't be kept....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must read

  • By Donna on 01-31-12

Not just another WWII/Nazi story

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

Not that there's anything wrong with that. A love story of a very unusual kind, intriguing to the last page.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful