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Christopher Velez

Roselle, NJ United States
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  • Igniting the American Revolution

  • 1773-1775
  • By: Derek W. Beck
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Few Americans know that the Revolutionary War did not begin with the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, but over a year earlier, in April 1775. Now historian Derek Beck draws on previously unpublished documents to tell the full story of the war before American independence - from both sides. Spanning the years 1773 to 1776, this audiobook sweeps listeners from the Boston Tea Party to the halls of Parliament - where Ben Franklin was almost run out of England for pleading on behalf of the colonies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very well researched and written

  • By Christopher Velez on 08-22-16

very well researched and written

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-16

loved it, well written and very comprehensive. this book was expertly researched and very well well-written, it pulled together information that you can find scattered in many other historical accounts into what I believe is the most accurate and comprehensive of all

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

  • By: Peter C. Mancall, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter C. Mancall
  • Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

The years between 1760 and 1800 rocked the Western world. These were the years when colonists on the eastern fringes of a continent converted the ideals of Enlightenment thought first into action, then into an actual form of government. Now you can learn why this happened and how the colonists did it-in a series of 48 insightful lectures from an award-winning teacher and author.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Teaching style and approach did not resonate with

  • By Tommy D'Angelo on 11-05-16

good speaker great subject

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-16

Excellent presentation excellent subject matter, sometimes a bit slow in making his point. A book that everyone should read to teach them about our nation's history.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • American Spring

  • Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution
  • By: Walter R. Borneman
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

When we look back on our nation's history, the American Revolution can feel almost like a foregone conclusion. In reality, the first weeks of the war were much more tenuous, and a fractured and ragtag group of colonial militias had to coalesce to have even the slimmest chance of toppling the mighty British Army. American Spring follows a fledgling nation from Paul Revere's little-known ride of December 1774 and the first shots fired on Lexington Green through the catastrophic Battle of Bunker Hill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific book, marginal delivery

  • By Brian McCreath on 08-18-14

nicely detailed

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Reviewed: 06-01-16

provides great detail about the initial battles of the American Revolution, well done and easily listened to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Washington

  • A Life
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,797

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

excellent detailed and thorough simply outstanging

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-16

This book was very thoroughly researched with innumerable references to the personal and official letters of our first President. I whole heartedly believe that this book should be read or listened to by every American. Many concerns raised by President Washington when the country was being founded are still major issues to this very day, especially politicians placing themselves and their parties before the Good of the Citizenry and the Country!

  • Victory at Yorktown

  • A Novel
  • By: Newt Gingrich, William R. Fortschen
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich's and William R. Forstchen's George Washington series continues - in a novel about faith, leadership, and the triumph of the American cause. It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British. The enemy position in New York City is too strong, all approaches blocked by the Royal Navy. But at last, two crucial reports reach Washington....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If only all Americans would find their way to this History

  • By michael on 12-30-15

outstanding story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-16

simply a great telling of what let up to Yorktown and the finale of the war. Expertly read and very well written!

  • To Try Men's Souls

  • A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom
  • By: Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: William Dufris, Callista Gingrich, Eric Conger
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail on the Revolutionary War. Their story follows three men with three very different roles to play in history: General George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington's army. The action focuses on one of the most iconic events in American history: Washington crossing the Delaware.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Sylvia on 05-26-11

great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-16

I'm very happy that I was able to take the time to listen to this book. It was simply well done. Well written, well read and very interesting while being educational and enjoyable.

  • George Washington on Leadership

  • By: Richard Brookhiser
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

With his trademark wit and precision, Brookhiser expertly examines the details of Washington's life that full-scale biographies sweep over, to instruct us in true leadership. He explains how Washington maximized his strengths and overcame his flaws, and inspires us to do likewise. It shows how one man's struggles and successes 200 years ago can be a model for leaders today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the Different Perspective

  • By Kathleen & Mark on 03-12-13

scholarly approach

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-16

Well written but not particularly well delivered, was read in a very scholarly manner rather than in a manner which draws you in to the information. However, very full of information!

  • Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift

  • By: Thomas E. Chavez
  • Narrated by: J. D. Rowlett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The role of Spain in the birth of the United States is a little known and little understood aspect of U.S. independence. Through actual fighting, provision of supplies, and money, Spain helped the young British colonies succeed in becoming an independent nation. Soldiers were recruited from all over the Spanish empire, from Spain itself and from throughout Spanish America. Based on primary research in the archives of Spain, this book is about United States history at its very inception, placing the war in its broadest international context.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, poor (really poor) performance

  • By Marco A. Frias on 01-17-18

very detailed, educational and enlightening. this

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-16

this book feels a lot of gaps in most people's memory of history of the United States in the foundation of the United States or formation of this great country it reminds us that Spain truly was involved in the creation of the independent nation of the United States of America and it also reminds us that United States has never truly paid a debt to Spain Mexico or the other Spanish colonies which it later took over.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,262

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

Read Just So You Understand The Basics of Survival

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-16

Excellent storyline! Well read. This scenario seems so likely and our nation is oblivious to its likelihood. I connected to the characters to such an extent that I cried in several places in the story.