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  • Astroball

  • The New Way to Win It All
  • By: Ben Reiter
  • Narrated by: Ben Reiter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Astroball is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond the stats to find a new way to win. When new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top analyst, the former rocket scientist Sig Mejdal, arrived in Houston in 2011, they had already spent more than half a decade trying to understand how human instinct and expertise could be blended with hard numbers. Astroball is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog story and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More About the Story than the Process

  • By Boyd Tschaggeny on 07-16-18

I wish I went into the baseball business

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I kind of wish I went into the baseball business. Not playing (well, that would be cool too) but the “money ball’ side of things.

This book takes the money ball concept and goes much further. The main ‘players’ in this story attempt to quantify everything about a baseball player and use that algorithm to find the best for their building team. It takes a lot of patience and understanding as well as a huge dose of stinginess. However, not everything goes according to plan. So, we get to hear about many of the failures as well. We also learn that not everything can be quantified, thus making it harder to come up with a fully winning equation. I suppose as time goes on, we’ll figure out more and more ways to make qualitative data into quantitative data (like the influence of a veteran, all-star, bilingual, team leader and how their impact can completely re-shape a team and win a world series). I’m guessing another team will come up with another formula that will win-it-all and another money-ball-astro-ball-type book will come out again.

Baseball is a different sport than what it was 20 years ago! I enjoyed this book but being an Astros fan, I really liked it!

We get to hear good backstories on these baseball players that I enjoyed:
Carlos Correa
Jose Altuve
George Springer
Dallas Keuchel
Alex Bregman
Carlos Beltran
Justin Verlander
We also get to learn about Judge Roy Hofheinz (former Mayor of Houston and state rep of Texas) on how he created the Astros (originally the Colt .45s), the Astrodome, and all things related to that – which was fun and interesting. I learned that Houston is the most diverse city in America – but this is not really surprising. There are 145 different languages spoken there.

Some reviews mentioned that you don’t have to know baseball to enjoy this book, but I disagree. If I didn’t know many of the names that are constantly thrown out, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much. There are also tons of baseball terms (like stats) that are used many times that you must have some understanding of in order to gauge the flow of that particular story.

Towards the end of the book, the narrator pointed out a few charts and/or graphics, but the audiobook (from Audible) did not come with these.

Audiobook narrator Ben Reiter rating: 3 stars
Narrator was decent. I mean, there wasn’t much opportunity for dialogue or other emotional speeches. I liked that the author narrated his own work. It made it feel more real.

  • Ethan and the Key

  • By: Dennis Canfield
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Twelve-year-old Ethan Mason is focused on baseball, math tests, and staying out of Howard Russman's way. That is, until a mysterious puddle of green light appears in the upstairs hallway of his home. The light brings Ethan to the kingdom of Abentur, a beautiful world defended by a dragon against vicious invaders and Draykik, their brutal leader. Ethan can't tell his parents or friends or anyone else about the new world he's discovered, because he has no way to prove, even to himself, that it really exists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Audio Book for Young and Old

  • By Love2Read on 07-23-18

A great middle-grades tale involving dragons!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This was a great “middle grades” book that is fun for adults and children. It isn’t too long (about 5.5 hours on audio) and continues to be interesting throughout the book. Unlike some kids’ books, the ending is not as predictable as you would think!

Since part of the description of this book mentions that it is for ages 9 to 11, I put it to the ultimate test and had my nine-year-old son, Olsen, listen to it. He absolutely loved and gobbled it up! He kept on telling me how it was the best book and he did not want to stop listening to it. His review will follow this one.

Audiobook narrator Nick Podehl rating: 5 stars
As usual, Nick Podehl was terrific in reading this book. I am kind of surprised at the ability of Dennis Canfield to find such huge narrators for his books! (I have only read this one and Back to Christmas, which is narrated by Simon Vance).

Olsen’s rating: 5 stars
Olsen’s review:

I liked it. It was a fun and good book. It was cool how he just stepped through the light and he went to that new world. I liked the dragon. I like how the dragon and the horse raced. There was nothing I did not like about the book. I recommend this book to people who like action. I would like to know if there will be a sequel since it was such a good book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Trail to Crazy Man

  • L'Amour's Original Version
  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Rafe Caradec had been raised to a hard life in a hard land where death lurked behind every bush and in most men's eyes. Only his courage and his gun had sustained him. That and the unflinching honor that had earned him the respect of every man. Now, that honor was about to lead him into deadly danger against the greatest odds he had ever faced. For Rafe had given his word to a dying man and could not go back on it. The man had been murdered by a cabal of greedy ranchers who wanted his land, and Rafe had sworn to protect that land for the man's wife and infant daughter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new recording of a classic tale

  • By Adrian on 06-01-18

A new recording of a classic tale

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

I had been wanting to read a Louis L'Amour western for some time now and thought this would be a good opportunity. I did not enjoy it as much as I would have liked, unfortunately. There were a lot of characters and maybe a bit predictable at times. Throughout the story there were segments of fun and intrigue, but these were few and far in between.

One thing is for sure – it wasn’t easy living in the wild west! People got killed all the time with little remorse, apparently.

Audiobook narrator Randal Schaffer rating: 3 stars
I always appreciate a new recording of an old tale. There’s nothing worse than trying to listen to a classic book with a “classic” recording of the audio. Randal does a decent job of changing his voice for different characters, which is helpful during dialogue portions. Though, there are times when the consistency is just a little bit off. If this were improved some, it would be perfect! I know it’s hard to keep up with this kind of consistency when there are so many different characters.

  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 09-21-17

Silly and fun sci-fi novel. Great sequel!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

4.5 stars
Rob Dircks seems to always hit all the right things to make a great novel. Since this is a sequel to a novel that came out a couple of years ago, he perfectly addresses this by adding in a great little review. He doesn’t shy away from “breaking the fourth wall” and addresses the readers directly. I like this approach as it gives a nice personal touch to the book.

Just like the first book, Where the Hell is Tesla?, this was a fun and silly sci-fi novel that explores alternate dimensions with famous former scientists (Tesla and Einstein) that form a rag-tag team to solve/defeat a serious problem.
Warning: There is a fair amount of profanity in this book. While some may think it is unnecessary, it is partially what makes the character of Chip.

One thing I keep coming back to is how “personal” this book is. I am not sure how to best explain this. Chip starts to get really serious about his life and future life decisions and the book reflects this tone really well (especially the audio version). It’s not just that though. We really get a good idea of who these characters are with great character-building that makes this a complete novel and a fantastic sequel.

Audiobook narrator Rob Dircks rating: 4.5 stars
Rob is great at narrating books. I almost think he could quit his job as a writer and go full-time into the audio-narrator industry! You can tell he takes lots of time and care into making sure the audio production is very well done and the characters are living, breathing beings. His accents/voices for Tesla AND Einstein were terrific!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fight for the Kingdom

  • By: Victoria Schwimley
  • Narrated by: Vicky RIng
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

It's summer vacation and all Aiden can think about is the coming camping trip, where he is going to convince his dad he's mature enough to join the Adventure Scouts. Aiden gets plenty of opportunities to prove this when he and his brother, Trystan, follow a mysterious light behind a waterfall and step through to the other side, and into the Kingdom of Anka - where they must defend the kingdom from an angry dragon, who is intent on retrieving her stolen egg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fight for the Kingdom

  • By MEdy on 04-24-17

Fun book for kids 10 and younger

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

This was a fun book that my eight-year-old and I read together. It was cute, short, and had a nice adventure in it. My eight-year-old’s review will follow this one.

I would recommend this book for kids aged 10 and younger. I think because it was for such young kids that I did not fully get into it as much as I wanted to (being an adult). But Olsen, my eight-year-old, really enjoyed it.

One interesting thought I had was – the 11-year-old boy in the story appeared to really strive to earn his father’s affection and it seemed that he feared he would fall short. But, the story did not indicate why the father would not feel this affection toward his son. I know this is more of an adult-tone but I just found it a little interesting.

I feel like the author must have had some sort of scout-like experience or training since that is what the 11-year-old boy was striving for – becoming an adventure scout!

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it (for the younger kids).

Audiobook narrator Vicky Ring rating: 4.5 stars
The narrator of this audiobook was fantastic! She did a great job of changing her voice, especially for the little kids. She showed good emotion as well.

Olsen’s rating: 5 stars
Olsen’s review:

I liked the book because they had to get the dragon’s egg back to the dragon. I liked that there was a portal and the boys had to go through to get to the other world. It’s funny that Zachary can’t keep track of his foxes.
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I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Three Days Breathing

  • By: Mike Maguire
  • Narrated by: Brandon Hearnsberger
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Corim Colleran is born into a cold and sterile world. In tiny apartments, meager meals are delivered through chutes in the cupboards. In robot-run schools, sexual development is cultivated with clinical precision. No one can leave their corner of the city. No one can change the course of their predetermined days, or the length of their preset lifespans. The only real thing Corim can choose is the woman he loves, but the life he builds with her is torn apart by a violent encounter with one of society's elites.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more

  • By Monica Dee on 01-04-17

An interesting take on dystopian America

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

4.5 stars
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it others. I understand that this book has similar tones to books like Brave New World and now I want to read some of these classic dystopian books. To me, it somewhat felt like The Giver, but a little more ‘adult’.

The world created in this book is quite fascinating. Unlike most dystopian worlds I have read about, this one is a blend of certain freedoms for the common people and certain absolutes with no apparent way around these things. Most dystopian novels do not display this much freedom for the common people – I kind of like it!

What I would like to know is, will there be a follow-up book to this? Or will there be a series? I’m not quite sure how much I liked the ending but I am very curious on what will happen next! Either way, there is a somewhat definitive ending and I appreciate that (but, lots of room for expansion).

Audiobook narrator Brandon Hearnsberger rating: 3.5 stars
I wish the narrator could change his voice more for different characters and display more emotion into his words, especially during the really tense parts of the book. Though, he was very clear and easy to understand and it was mostly obvious when he was speaking for a different character. He was great during the court-room-scene.

Thanks, Mike, for the free audiobook!

  • Beyond Good Manners

  • How to Raise a Sophisticated Child
  • By: Tara Woods Turner, J. Blake Turner PhD
  • Narrated by: Madonna Lucey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Unlock the key to creating a cultivated life for your child with this precise parenting guide. You will learn how to raise an engaging, accomplished, and sophisticated child, one who gets noticed for all the right reasons. From fine dining, travel, and art appreciation to navigating social media with integrity - Beyond Good Manners: How to Raise a Sophisticated Child will show you how to take your child to the next level.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Covered key areas of child rearing

  • By PJ on 05-05-17

Sophisticate a child or even yourself!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

4.5 stars
I am always curious about self-help books, especially in terms of parenting. This book takes a little different approach into helping kids evolve into model citizens and not become d-bags (well, hopefully). Though, I still do not have the easiest time listening to a self-help book versus reading one. It helps to see lists and such. Because of this, I took a lot of notes while listening to book and will include them in this review.

I like how there are many considerations taken into account for this book (like what a parent is, and discussing genders). This book can easily apply to adults as well as children. It seems that one good rule-of-thumb for every section of this book is to just lead by example.

One thing that is not really addressed is what to do when the behavior is going in a complete opposite direction of good manners. Though, I know that this is not the purpose of this book and would likely require a different psychological approach.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.

Suggestions for the author: I think it might be helpful if the author had a blog or something that listed some “tips of the day” that come from the book related to having more sophisticated children. There are so many good one-liners that I feel would help a lot of people.

Audiobook narrator Madonna Lucey rating: 4 stars
The narrator did just fine for a non-fiction book. It’s hard for me to judge when there isn’t any opportunity to deliver dialogue, etc.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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I wrote down some notes for each chapter. I put them in a spoiler block (only works on Goodreads) so that they won’t take up too much room. I feel that I understand each chapter better when I take notes this way. This is a little long but, that’s my problem, not yours!


1. Manners have been important since ancient cultures were around. It’s good to introduce kids to etiquette.

2. It’s always important to introduce kids to other people so that they won’t be hesitant of this. Have them shake hands and look adults in the eye. Having them help greet people at parties helps. Greet in a certain order – male then female, older to younger. Be sure to thank afterwards.

3. Common courtesy goes a long way (please, thank you, excuse me, may I, will you, etc.). Be sure to apologize, not to be sorry; they can convey different meanings. Don’t finish sentences of others and be sure to actively listen to what others say.

4. Table manners (or dining etiquette) are pretty similar to other manners and etiquette. Basically, be on your best behavior while eating. If something needs to leave your mouth, make sure it comes out the way it came in (whether on a fork, spoon, or your hands). It is ok to stick around and have nice conversation with other people at the table.

5. I like the idea of getting a kid a stationary set in order for them to write good thank you notes. I agree that receiving hand written letters is a fun thing and more meaningful.

6. Let kids pick out what they want to wear then explain why this works or doesn’t work. Living near a big city is a good chance to go to a fashion show and/or check out different types of fashion. Give older kids a clothing allowance. Explain to kids about wearing ‘nice’ things. Make up is meant to enhance your looks, not change. Lead by example. Having appropriate clothes for each occasion is important. Kids shouldn’t wear diamond jewelry until older than 18.

7. Cultivate your kid’s palate. Expose them to all sorts of foods, especially ‘more sophisticated’ foods. Introduce new foods early and often. But, still let them have an opinion and eat what they will eat. Let kids help cook, they might like the food more. Mimic restaurants (lighting, music, etc.). Have a kid plan a picnic themselves. Go to cultural things like farmers’ markets and other cultural events.

8. Acknowledge success, be involved, be prepared, etc. Incorporate academic stuff here and there (using big words, asking thought provoking questions, showing practical examples, etc.).

9. Share art and cultural things with kids. Lead by example: share with them what you like and go from there. Accept the arts and music your kids are into and show how they relate to what you were into (the parent). Take kids to art exhibits and other cultural things. Expose them to literary classics.

10. Have the kid seriously take part in the planning of a party or event that you are managing. They can see what it takes to put something like this together. Especially, have the kid plan their own party from making unique invitations, to creatively delivering the food, etc.

11. Eating healthy is very important. Go over food labels with kids and explain why things are healthy. Exercise does so much more than ‘run off energy’. It helps develop and mold all sorts of the kid’s life. Competitive sports look great on college applications. Help bolster your child’s mental health by being supportive. This chapter has many great ideas on how to increase wellness in kids.

12. Use common sense when letting kids use the internet and social media. Have them build a website/blog for their family to get familiar with what is out there. For social media, never have the kid post anything that they would not say in front of the parent. Think before posting. Cyber bullying is something we all should look out for and be aware of.

13. Employ active listening when in the midst of a conflict. Calm down before jumping to actions/conclusions. Not all problems are solved overnight. Patience is extremely important. Treat kids with respect at all times. Give the kids the space they need. Hopefully, later, the kid will learn positive lessons from you and use these in their lives. The kids need to know to deal with the conflict and not just avoid it. Ask the kid what they think the proper solution is (let them take the lead). A little humor goes a long way and give the “once in a blue moon freebie” as well.

14. Travelling to different places really helps kids to see the world in a different way. This doesn’t have to be international (especially when it cannot be afforded), but the further away the better, it seems. Have the kid write a travel journal/blog/photolog, etc. to keep record of the places. Do some research beforehand to learn about the places. Don’t waste time on meaningless tourist stops. Even local state capitols and areas have historical museums and other such things that can really add value.

15. Be respectful of the surrounding community and all public places. Don’t climb on everything/run around/act like wild animals, etc. Respect people of all backgrounds. When the kid asks why is that person different, respond with I don’t know, and try to change the conversation (eventually explain that everyone is different – value the diversity). Take part in various cultural celebrations. Let the kids know who the mayor and other political leaders are. Having a kid volunteer in different events can show that we are not superior to others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Back to Christmas

  • By: Dennis Canfield
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

An Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award Winner! Twelve-year-old Amanda Krumwerth can't believe her eyes or her ears. She's come face-to-face with an elf from the North Pole. And not just any elf; he's Marmel, head of Santa's Department for Labeling Humans Naughty or Nice. Marmel just told Amanda there is not one good quality about anyone in her family, so they are all destined to go onto the Permanent Naughty List. With only two days before the sun sets on Christmas, how can Amanda prove Marmel wrong and save her family from their fate? Find out in this delightful new story about an unhappy elf, an unpleasant family and the true meaning of Christmas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Family Road Trip Book

  • By MissSusie66 on 12-15-16

Perfect length kid-friendly Christmas story

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

This is a great children’s Christmas story. It has just the right length (under 3 hours on audio) and is age appropriate for all. This story explores some fun Christmas concepts that I haven’t heard before like a “permanent naughty list” and a relative of Santa Claus living in the South Pole!

I suppose I did not particularly enjoy the parts involving the penguins adventure and whatever was going on with them. I tended to enjoy the family happenings better. In any case, this would make a perfect “Hallmark” type of movie (of course it has a ‘cheese’ factor, but it’s perfect for kids and families alike).

My eight-year-old son, Olsen, has read this and will post his review below (as long as I can get him to write anything, which is really hard these days).

The narration of this book was terrific. I really liked how versatile Simon Vance was and even incorporated different nationalities into his voices.

Olsen’s rating: 5 stars
Olsen’s review:
I liked the book. It was a good one. I liked when they almost got on the permanent naughty list. And that the penguins messed up the apartment. I liked Reverse Santa and his penguins. It was a perfect length. The narrator was good.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bird and the Sword

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Trina Nishimura
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn't speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky. My father wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free. But freedom will require escape, and I'm a prisoner of my mother's curse and my father's greed. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love...a bird?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, but not quite "epic"

  • By Leslie F. on 11-12-16

A great standalone fantasy book

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

My rating: 4.5 stars
Audiobook narrator [Trina Nishimura] rating: 4.5 stars

This was an interesting and well-written book. At first I was not getting into it and maybe got confused a little (be sure you don’t miss the beginning parts of this book!). But, as the book went on, I started enjoying it more and more. The story line builds very nicely and the character development is great. There are not too many characters which is good for a distracted reader like me.

I really appreciate this being a standalone book. Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed when everything (especially fantasy books) are in a series. It’s nice to have a book that is complete and has an ending.

This book is classified as a fantasy book (rightfully so) and as a romance book. While I don’t mind romance-type novels, I do not necessarily gravitate towards them. In any case, I didn’t get a lot out of the romance of this book, like it wasn’t developed enough. However, it was nice and maybe just the right amount.

While I really enjoyed this book, I felt like it was a little slow for me. It’s good as a ‘slower’ book, but maybe I could have used a little action and excitement.

I was a little uncertain of the narrator at first. I wanted her to throw her voice more for the different characters. Though, as the book went on, I started appreciating her subtle differences more and more. However, her emotion and tone are just terrific and make this book well-worth listening to on audio. I fully recommend it.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

22 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • A Ray of Light

  • Reinhard Heydrich, Lidice, and the North Staffordshire Miners
  • By: Russell Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anthony Howard
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Lidice was a peaceful and vibrant community in Czechoslovakia with a rich mining heritage. But an act of Nazi revenge saw this village wiped from existence in a horrifying chapter of European history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book that brings to light a tough time

  • By Daman on 10-28-16

A story to change your minds on small WWII towns

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

My rating: 4.5 stars
Audiobook narrator Anthony Howard|rating: 4 stars

Sometimes I feel like an ignorant American when I learn about so many little stories involving major conflicts and different parts of Europe. I know that many things have happened and it’s hard to know of everything that has happened, but for a story like this, I would have hoped that I learned of it before. Either way, I am very glad that I now know of this story.

It sounds like some sort of weird one-off WWII tangent-type story about some remote village you may or may not have ever heard of involving some German-Nazi dude. No, this is a very significant story that had made ripples across the world.

The cost of war is awful – especially when it involved parties like Nazis and Hitler. This is a story that will change your outlook on potentially-small-insignificant-towns in the middle of Europe during WWII. I don’t want to go into too much detail in this review since the story is quite short and you will learn a ton in just over an hour (on audio).

I really enjoyed this short story and think it would make for an interesting movie (a sad one, like most war movies, but still interesting) and would help bring light to places like Lidice. I kind of wished the story was longer!

The narrator did a good job narrating this book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.