LISTENER

R. Mikesell

  • 106
  • reviews
  • 14
  • helpful votes
  • 192
  • ratings
  • Gettysburg

  • By: Stephen Sears
  • Narrated by: Ed Sala
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

Best-selling author and acclaimed Civil War expert Stephen W. Sears, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “arguably the preeminent living historian of the war’s eastern theater,” crafts what will stand the test of time as the definitive history of the greatest battle ever fought on American soil. Drawing on years of research, Sears focuses on the big picture, capturing the entire essence of the momentous three day struggle while offering fresh insights that will surprise even the best versed Civil War buffs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Storyteller's Craft and the Scholar's Care

  • By John on 02-18-17

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

This is a rather long book, but it contains a great deal of detailed information about what happened at Gettysburg and how and why. Great research gives insights from the personal letters of the participants and military dispatches and reports of the officers. I have added all of Mr. Sears books to my wish list.

  • Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

  • The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat
  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Giles Milton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: Its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now his talents were put to more devious use: He built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler's favorite, Reinhard Heydrich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rip-Roarin' Tale of Devoted 'Cads'!

  • By Gillian on 02-08-17

Great book

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Outstanding presentation of little known segments of WW2 .I think it is most interesting and enlightening. well written and well presented.

  • The Safest Lies

  • By: Megan Miranda
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,775

Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of suspicion, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn't set foot outside their front door in 17 years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker's baby growing inside her - Kelsey. Kelsey knows she's supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescue by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced/Action Packed!

  • By Chanda Leigh Combs on 07-13-17

Very good dystopian novel

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

It was a very exciting action story in the spirit of Hunger Games. It is totally different subject matter and plot and place, but I think it has kind of the same spirit and flavor. I liked it very much.

  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A reflective adventure

  • By Tad Davis on 09-12-17

Radio Theater Presentation

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

It is a great story, and it was a great effort to put the dramatization together, but the book deserves a simple good narration rather than the dramatization. I felt like a lot was lost in turning it into this format.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,263

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true Time-machine

  • By Ramon on 12-27-10

Truly outstanding classic

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Lots of traditional adventure, excitement and enjoyment. Simply an outstanding read/listen in which you can let your mind take a temporary vacation.

  • Make Your Bed

  • Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
  • By: William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,043

On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the YouTube video

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Truly great motivational speech

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Outstanding presentation of how to make the most of your opportunities and your life through his experiences as a leader of Marines.

  • A Time for Trumpets

  • The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge
  • By: Charles B. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 28 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

On December 16, 1944, the vanguard of three German armies, totaling half a million men, attacked US forces in the Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg, achieving what had been considered impossible - total surprise. In the most abysmal failure of battlefield intelligence in the history of the US Army, 600,000 American soldiers found themselves facing Hitler's last desperate effort of the war. The brutal confrontation that ensued became known as the Battle of the Bulge, the greatest battle ever fought by the US Army - a triumph of American ingenuity and dedication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding history

  • By J. Norman Reid on 11-22-16

Detailed research

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

It was a very good book with a lot of high level details about what was planned and what actually happened. I sorely missed maps that would have helped me greatly to understand the strategies and troop movements through the various locations that were very unfamiliar and strange to me.

The book also told of the plights of a few individuals and mentioned the names and heroic actions of a number of individuals who deserve to be remembered. It is a very long book as it is and the individuals mentioned are, of necessity, only a small sample of those who deserve mention.

Some mention was made from time to time of the severe weather conditions but not enough to really give the reader a good grasp of how difficult life was for the soldiers with their boots on the ground. I guess that was another aspect that needs to be left to other books.

Overall it is an excellent story that does cover a lot of the important elements in almost tedious detail. Mr. MacDonald would have to have written several volumes to included a fuller picture. He did a great job of accomplishing his purpose in recording this aspect of the history.

  • The Worst Class Trip Ever

  • By: Dave Barry
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165

In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble - not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them - but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation's capital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The whole family loved it!

  • By Wilhelmina Burden on 06-21-16

Maybe OK for Juveniles

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

I could not get through it. I guess it may be OK for Juveniles, but it was far too dorky for me.

  • I, Claudius

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,907

Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance

  • By Chris on 06-09-09

I was a bit disappointed...

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I thought this would be a historical account of the first Ceasers from the standpoint of Emperor Claudius, but it turned out to just be a fictional story, and that not really evan good historical fiction. I guess it did depict the evil and violence and gave a flavor of the political intrigue that was so much a part of the reality of Roman empire, but overall I was disappointed.

  • Ghost in the Wires

  • My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • By: Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,707

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen for tech fans

  • By Mikeyxote on 06-01-12

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

It was not great literature, but it was just meant to be a documentary and it did serve that purpose well. One thing that bothered me was the fact that he spent his career deceiving people who trusted him ("social engineering") but he was upset when those he trusted turned against him.