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  • Spymaster

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,848

Across Europe, a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Back in the United States, a foreign ally demands the identity of a highly placed covert asset. In the balance hang the ingredients for all-out war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thor’s on top

  • By David Ginaitis on 07-03-18

Russian Detante?

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

The story starts slow but takes off and all the twist and turns will grab your interest and make you wonder if it could possibly be happening.

  • The Supreme Commander

  • The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 32 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 342

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

A unique insight to General Eisenhower.

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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: 08-23-18

This book is a unique story of General Eisenhower's skills as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in World War II. As a military commander charged with winning the war he had to deal with politicians who had different agendas. Even the US had a different outlook on fighting the war than the British. Then he had to deal with his unique and skillful commanders (Patton ) who often had different ideas of how to fight the war. Field Marshall Montgomery was the darling of the British forces but frequently was far to cautious to lead an aggressive military campaign. The French never considered themselves as part of a allied army but was constantly thinking about its role in controlling post-war Europe. Then of course there were the Russians and Stalin who had an understandable dislike of the Germans with a single minded goal of capturing Berlin although it had no military value. General Eisenhower never lot sight of his mission: Defeat the German army. How Eisenhower juggled all these players and lead the Allied armies to victory is truly amazing and a great read/listen.

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,775

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

Difficult to follow without pictures

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

This book is designed to be read while being able to look at the paintings and art created by Leonardo. It is not a good book to listen to in the car or in bed or sitting on the beach because you have to be able to see the paintings being described. The book indicates there is a .pdf file that comes with the book but I haven't been able to find it to download. Nevertheless even if I had the download I would not be able to look at the paintings while listening to the book in the above mentioned situations. Walter Isaacson is an excellent author but I don't think he thought about people listening to the book in the audio version.

  • Brave Companions

  • Portraits in History
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

The best-selling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition. Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, "the little woman who made the big war”....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I USUALLY LOVE THIS GUY

  • By Randall on 01-28-19

Story of Lessor Known Heros

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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: 05-24-18

The one drawback of an audio book is that you can't look at the Index and see the names of each chapter. This book is made up of portraits of American heroes -- some known and some lesser known. The first chapter is of someone I had never heard of and I lost interest in the book. Then I picked it up to give it another try. I skipped ahead to the fourth chapter which is about Teddy Roosevelt and his exploits as a cowboy in North Dakota which shaped his interest in preserving our environment. Thanks to Teddy's background we have a national park system today. The fifth chapter is about Fred Remington, the well known western artist. My interest was enhanced and I started over with renewed interest. This is an interesting book about Americans who shaped our national being in unexpected ways.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Stillness at Appomattox

  • The Army of the Potomac, Volume 3
  • By: Bruce Catton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 233

the most spectacular conflicts between Grant and Lee and details the end of hope for the Confederacy. Utilizing various collections of unpublished letters written by soldiers, personal diaries of spouses and relatives, memoirs of soldiers and their families, and official war records, Catton follows Grant's campaigns from early 1864 to the end of the war, detailing many crucial battles along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-17

A bloodbath prevented by an honorable surrender

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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: 05-24-18

Bruce Catton's books are outstanding works about the Civil War. They should all be read. In this final work on the end of the war Catton describes how two civilized warriors brought an end to what was about to be a massive bloodbath. The Union forces outnumbered and surrounded the embattled Army of North Virginia and many of Lee's generals urged him to fight on. General Lee saw the futility of continuing the fight and General Grant gave him and his troops an honorable surrender. You can imagine the tension which must have been felt between the two armies as they faced off while their generals negotiated.

  • Clouds of Glory

  • The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 32 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times best-selling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly 20 years, bringing to life America's greatest and most iconic hero. Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a general and a devoted family man

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good But Not Great

  • By David Wardell on 05-12-15

The Civil War as viewed by a Southern General

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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: 05-24-18

This book is an excellent read after listening to "American Ulysses: A life of Ulysses S. Grant" and "William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life". These three generals, and many others, attended West Point and fought in the Mexican War. These experiences shaped their military careers and knowledge of other general officers with whom, and against whom, they would fight in the Civil War. While General Grant and General Sherman got out of the army and pursued a civilian career before the Civil War Robert E. Lee was a Colonel in the U.S. Army until he resigned to take command of the Army of Northern Virginia -- not the Confederate army. This book will give you a better understanding the difficulties facing General Lee as he defended his state of Virginia. A wonderful book.

  • Fierce Patriot

  • The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman
  • By: Robert O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

With a unique, witty, and conversational voice historian Robert O'Connell breaks down the often paradoxical, easily caricatured character of General William T. Sherman for the most well-rounded portrait of the man yet written. There were many Shermans, according to O'Connell. Most prominently was Sherman the military strategist (indeed, one of the greatest strategists of all time), who gained an appreciation of geography from early campaigns out west and applied it to his famed Civil War march.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By robert on 02-21-15

Wonderful biography of General Sherman

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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: 05-24-18

I read this book as a follow-up of American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant. This book completes the story of the Civil war from the perspective of the Union army's perspective. Both books describe the two general's background and experiences at West Point (they were two years apart), service in the Mexican War with many of the officers who were to become generals in the civil war (both north and south), their attempts to get out of the army and work in the civilian sector only to be called to their real natural skills of commanding troops in the Civil War. This is where they belonged. These two generals were very close and relied upon each other for advice and understanding. They fought together until the surrender of Vicksburg when Grant was promoted to command the forces of the Potomac and fight General Robert E. Lee while General Sherman was in charge on continuing the battle into the heartland of the south in his march to Atlanta and to the sea. This book fills in the gap of what was happening in the rest of the war while the nation's attention was focused on General Grant. An outstanding read.

  • Dangerously Funny

  • The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'
  • By: David Bianculli
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run---and the cultural impact that's still being felt today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great topic, well written, poorly narrated

  • By Sandra on 10-25-10

A Great Story but Poor Narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

I enjoyed the book because I "came of age" with the Smothers Brothers. Unfortunately I found it to be a very hard listening experience because the narrator has a raspy voice which makes it sound like he is speaking in a tunnel. This should have been an entertaining book and fun to listen to with it bringing back lots of memories of the Smothers Brothers wit and satire; however I had to listen so hard to understand the narration it took the joy out of the experience.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • China

  • A History
  • By: John Keay
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 25 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. Taking into account the country's unrivaled, voluminous tradition of history writing, John Keay has composed a vital and illuminating overview of the nation's complex and vivid past. Keay's authoritative history examines 5,000 years in China, from the time of the Three Dynasties through Chairman Mao and the current economic transformation of the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs new narrator

  • By John on 10-16-16

Reader difficult to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

What disappointed you about China?

The woman reading the book is difficult to hear and understand. She does not articulate the words clear and her voice is too soft.

Would you recommend China to your friends? Why or why not?

No, becuase it is difficult to understand the reader

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She is terrible. I quit listening to it because it is too difficult to understand. Her voice is too soft and she does not articulate the words well. I don't want to be labeled, but men voices are easier to hear and understand. This is the worst one I have ever had.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from China?

Get a new reader.

Any additional comments?

Get a new reader or screen the ones you use because the reader is terrible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Shot

  • An American Assassin Thriller
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,215

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Early days of Mitch Rapp better than a new series

  • By OldRetiredGuy on 02-10-12

Mitch Rapp is set up by someone in the CIA.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-12

Any additional comments?

A real thriller. Mitch is set up to be killed by someone in CIA but who can he trust?