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  • Three Days in Moscow

  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire
  • By: Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney
  • Narrated by: Bret Baier
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 214

In Three Days in Moscow, Baier explores the dramatic endgame of America’s long struggle with the Soviet Union and President Ronald Reagan’s central role in shaping the world we live in today. On May 31, 1988, Reagan stood on Russian soil and addressed a packed audience at Moscow State University, delivering a remarkable - yet now largely forgotten - speech that capped his first visit to the Soviet capital. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Brian W. Barton on 05-20-18

A great listen!!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Brett does a masterful job of narrating his masterfully written book. Although I was a close watcher of President Reagan, I didn’t remember a lot of what the book points out.

Just a great read which puts a smile on your face, especially during this tumultuous time!!!.

  • The Lost Airman

  • A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France
  • By: Seth Meyerowitz, Peter F. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165

Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in 1943. He was one of only two men on the B-24 Liberator known as Harmful Lil Armful who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story of the French Resistance in WW2

  • By Rebecca Lawton on 06-19-17

Great story, adequate performance

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

The story is inspirational and one our leaders should know. Very detailed and insightful. However, the reader mispronouncing names, places is annoying, and some of the story get a bit flowery. Worth the read though.

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  • Flyboys

  • A True Story of Courage
  • By: James Bradley
  • Narrated by: Author
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Flyboys is the true story of young American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima. Eight of these young men were captured by Japanese troops and taken prisoner. Another was rescued by an American submarine and went on to become president. The reality of what happened to the eight prisoners has remained a secret for almost 60 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Distubing, Shocking and True!

  • By GH on 07-21-12

Quite a story

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

The story is an in-depth look at the atrocities of the last year of the war. My only concern is that the amount of coverage re these atrocities is a bit overwhelming. I guess it needs to be told but I was hoping for more strategy than the book carries.

  • The Envoy

  • The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II
  • By: Alex Kershaw
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Hailed as “a master storyteller” ( Booklist), Alex Kershaw routinely climbs best-seller lists with his narrative histories. In the waning months of World War II, SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann sent over half a million Hungarians to their deaths at Auschwitz. But one Jewish ghetto remained, and only one man - a Swedish diplomat named Raoul Wallenberg - could stop Eichmann.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an amazing story

  • By Henry Rosenberg MD on 07-08-11

Fabulous book

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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: 04-13-17

This is the most interesting and detailed account of the Hungarian program I've ever read. Very well done from all accounts. I highly recommend for all

  • Courage & Defiance

  • Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark
  • By: Deborah Hopkinson
  • Narrated by: David de Vries, Deborah Hopkinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson traces the stories of the heroic young men and women who would not stand by as their country was occupied. Rather, they fought back. Some were spies passing tactical information to the British; some were saboteurs who aimed to hamper and impede Nazi operations in Denmark; and 95 percent of the Jewish population of Denmark were survivors, rescued by their fellow countrymen who had the courage and conscience that drove them to act.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but

  • By Pam Sullivan on 04-04-17

Interesting, but

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

There are interesting stories here, but the prose seemed to be aimed at a young, unsophisticated audience. Being told that there was no email or even fax machines in WWII was a bit unnerving. But, with modest expectations, it is an ok listen.

  • The Supreme Commander

  • The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 32 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 259

In this classic portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower the soldier, best-selling historian Stephen E. Ambrose examines the Allied commander's leadership during World War II. Ambrose brings Eisenhower's experience of the Second World War to life, showing in vivid detail how the general's skill as a diplomat and a military strategist contributed to Allied successes in North Africa and in Europe and established him as one of the greatest military leaders in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you love military history... this.

  • By officerdicky on 12-25-16

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

All encompassing to say the least. Classic Stephen Ambrose. I thought I knew a descent amount about WW II! I do now! Excellently written and narrated. Got bogged down in a few places but in retrospect, it made me appreciate all the bs Ike had to deal with that I had never heard about before.

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  • The Arsenal of Democracy

  • FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War
  • By: A. J. Baime
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059

The Arsenal of Democracy tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a “bomber an hour”. Critics scoffed: Ford didn’t make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his father’s resistance, Edsel charged ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edsel Ford, a tragic hero

  • By TG on 12-21-14

Great content

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

I knew very little about the accomplishments of the industrial complex during the war and knew nothing about the Ford Motor Car contribution specifically. This book tells it all, and it's riveting. (Pun intended).

Seeing how genius can lead to confusion and potential demise, sometimes it takes strong willed #2s to make things right. A GREAT read with only the reader a bit soft. I turned him up to 1.25 and the story read much better.

  • Good Vibrations

  • My Life as a Beach Boy
  • By: Mike Love, James S. Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Mike Love
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary 55 years, and counting, as the group's lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story - one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness - and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile for Beach Boy fans...narration awful

  • By jeffrey on 10-13-16

Really terrific!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-16

Mike Love does a great job reading The Beach Boys story (albeit on 1.25). I knew a little bit of the story and liked some of the music but am now a true fan! Mike has done what no other band has done, stay current with older songs. He's honest, the story is gripping and the lessons learned are way beyond the musical genius. BRavo Mike!!!!

  • From Sandlots to the Super Bowl

  • The National Football League, 1920-1967 (Sports & Popular Culture)
  • By: Craig R. Coenen
  • Narrated by: Troy Klein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In From Sandlots to the Super Bowl, Craig R. Coenen recounts the NFL's ascension from a cash-strapped laughingstock to a perennial autumn obsession for millions of sports fans. It offers an in-depth summary of the NFL's early years and its struggles to build an identity. This book approaches the history of the National Football League not only with stats and scores but with what happened beyond the gridiron.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great info poorly organized

  • By Christopher on 02-16-18

Great topic, poor story

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

This is written more about an accountants guide to the story, rather than a fan's guide. Too detailed about financials, and too little stories about the guys who were the personalities.

  • Betrayal in Dallas

  • LBJ, the Pearl Street Mafia, and the Murder of President Kennedy
  • By: Mark North
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Here's what we now know: John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas by Mafia contract killers hired by Louisiana mob boss Carlos Marcello. Kennedy was killed in that city because it was the only place in the country where a crime of that magnitude could be committed without fear of punishment. Long-time local district attorney Henry Wade, an LBJ crony who would have sole jurisdiction over the prosecution of those responsible, had been corrupted by the local Civello crime family. Lyndon B. Johnson, while a U.S. senator during the 1950s, had accepted bribes from the same mobsters so that they could avoid deportation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Gangland Point of View

  • By margot on 10-20-13

Great insight

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

The author does an excellent job of making his case with supporting, interwoven facts. However, he gets a little repetitive in the last third of the book when he calls out crooks for being dishonest. But, a valuable and enjoyable read.