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  • Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,035
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,568

On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs - including the Death Star project - the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe my expectations were too high...

  • By Goggles on 08-29-18

Zahn’s Books Superior to Movies

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I have been reading all of Zahn’s Star Wars books since the Heir to the Empire series came out in the early 1990s. The universe created in these books has so much more depth and makes so much more sense than the garbage put out in the prequel movies and this latest disaster Disney has created. This is probably not my very favorite of his books but is a very interesting read as it revolves around the relationship between Aniken skywalker and Darth Vader with Thrawn. It Is interesting the way the book weaves the story lines from the clone wars in the empire. Well worth the read for any Star Wars fan.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Kelly Marie Tran
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 337

New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Wein ( Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire) journeys to a galaxy far, far away to bring listeners the harrowing story of the courageous bomber pilots and technicians of Cobalt Squadron!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Filler

  • By Pete on 01-04-18

Worst Star Wars Novel Ever

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I have read the vast majority of the Star Wars books over the last 45 years. this is among the worst. I really wanted to like it but it is boring, uncreative, and poorly written. Do yourself a favor and skip this one. I think it is time to depart the sinking ship that is Star Wars. I will stick with the older stuff from before the dark age brought about with the rise of the true evil empire-disney.

  • The Conquering Tide

  • War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944
  • By: Ian W. Toll
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 27 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

The devastation of Pearl Harbor and the American victory at Midway were prelude to a greater challenge: rolling back the vast Japanese Pacific empire island by island. This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War - the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944 - when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide", concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Researched and Perfectly Detailed History!

  • By Matthew on 10-07-15

Great history

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

This is a very comprehensive history of the Pacific war 1942 to 1944. It includes chapters on the homefront in America Australia and Japan as well. It is a very in-depth telling of the Pacific war. In my opinion at times it meanders away from the actual battles more than I would like but that is my personal preference.

  • Neptune's Inferno

  • The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
  • By: James D. Hornfischer
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

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 on 05-04-12

Interesting read.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I enjoyed this book. I think it was a little uneven at times but overall a very compelling read.

  • When the Church Was Young

  • Voices of the Early Fathers
  • By: Marcellino D'Ambrosio
  • Narrated by: Marcellino D'Ambrosio
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

Marcellino D'Ambrosio dusts off what might have been just dry theology to bring you the exciting stories of great heroes such as Ambrose, Augustine, Basil, Athanasius, John Chrysostom, and Jerome. These brilliant, embattled, and sometimes eccentric men defined the biblical canon, hammered out the Creed, and gave us our understanding of sacraments and salvation. It is they who preserved the rich legacy of the early Church for us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful summary of the early Church Fathers

  • By Mike C on 08-22-14

Every Christian should read this book

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

I have studied the church fathers in the past. This is the best single volume on the subject I have ever read. The author does a fantastic job of explaining the church fathers and their position in the church versus the many different heresies that infected the early church. I strongly strongly recommended. Although I would caution my Baptist friends they may not like what they find when they start to probe the way the early Christians worshiped and what they believed.

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  • D Day Through German Eyes Book 2

  • More Hidden Stories from June 6th 1944
  • By: Holger Eckhertz
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

The first book of D Day Through German Eyes has fascinated listeners around the world with its insight into the German experience of June 6, 1944. Now, book 2 contains a completely different set of astonishing German testimonies from the same archive. These newly translated eyewitness statements by German veterans show the defenders to be determined but psychologically insecure, often deluded in their thinking, and all too human in their shock at the onslaught they faced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome

  • By Clay McCreary on 08-03-16

German stories from D-Day

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

This is the second volume of interviews that were done in 1954 with German veterans of the D day. They are very interesting. The attitudes of the German veterans even 10 years after are also very interesting. Very few of them have any remorse about Germany's actions in World War II. It is an incredible historical piece. I would strongly recommend it.

  • D DAY Through German Eyes

  • The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
  • By: Holger Eckhertz
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118

Almost all accounts of D-Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6, 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A work of fiction

  • By John Lindsey on 05-22-16

Interesting stories from German perspective on the day.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

These are a collection of interviews done about two years after DA by a German correspondent i
It was a very interesting read. It gives a very different perspective on the battle.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • By: Alexander Freed
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate...and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the movie!

  • By Acts238preacher on 12-19-16

A Star Wars fan needs to listen to this to really understand rogue one.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

This audiobook contain so much more information than the movie. Without the audiobook I would've been lost for the first half of the movie. This is a great story but it's way too deep to try to show on the screen while introducing a plethora of new characters. The multiple information snippets in the story are also fantastic. Highly recommended and I have read over 50 Star Wars novels.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Christmas

  • The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ
  • By: Timothy Keller
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 265

Even people who are not professing Christians think they are familiar with the story of the Nativity. Every Christmas, displays of Jesus resting in a manger populate lawns and churchyards, and songs about shepherds and angels fill the air. Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture, how many of us have examined the hard edges of this biblical story? Timothy Keller takes listeners on an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the Nativity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite Christmas book

  • By Two Cats & A Dog Realtor on 12-02-16

Not bad not great.

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

This is based on a series of Christmas sermons. I found it a little disjointed. It was good but I did not find it particularly compelling.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful