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  • Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949
  • By: Siegfried Knappe, Ted Brusaw
  • Narrated by: John Wray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible true story

  • By Erik on 09-02-13

Interesting Read

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Let me start off by saying that much of this book is complete self-serving BS. I find it laughable that a high-ranking officer on the general staff knew absolutely nothing about the Holocaust or the atrocities committed by the Germans on the Eastern Front. Some of them he outright denies and claims they are Soviet propaganda. So, from that point of view, this book is detestable. However, it is an interesting and valuable glimpse into the mind of a German soldier and the every day world of the Wehrmacht heading into and during WWII.

  • The Stone Sky

  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,438
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,009

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter, Nassun, and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This review is for the entire series

  • By Jesslyn H on 09-05-17

Easily the weakest book of the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

This trilogy is interesting and original enough, if a bit slow and meandering. The last book in the trilogy, and the ending in general are both pretty weak. I basically forced myself to finish this since I mostly enjoyed the first two books.

  • Gateway

  • By: Frederik Pohl
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,610

When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A human-focused SF classic

  • By Ryan on 12-05-13

Great Story, Well Written

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I tend to avoid phsycho-babble books. The summary certainly suggests this is one of those books. However, the stuff was mostly unobtrusive to the great story. Highly recommend.

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,329

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

A fun read, with a bit of a let down at the end

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

This book is tons of fun. Great 80s/90s-type characters and action. The ending is where the wheels fall off. Still, worth a read, for sure.

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,422
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,272

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Nothing Earth-Shattering Here

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

A fine, quick read. However, nothing that original or particularly interesting. For more or less a hard sci-fi book some of the physics are a bit off and distracting.

  • Forever Peace

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 462

War in the 21st century is fought by "soldierboys". Remote-controlled mechanical monsters, they are run by human soldiers who hard-wire their brains together to form each unit. Julian is one of these dedicated soldiers, until he inadvertently kills a young boy. Now he struggles to understand how this has changed his mind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not as good as The Forever War

  • By Noah on 08-25-10

Lazy in conception and execution

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I'm a huge fan of Forever War. Knowing that the two books have nothing in common but the author and the word "forever" in the title, it took me quite a long time to get around to reading Forever Peace. Unlike Forever War, this story simply does not work. The main character is borderline interesting, but the premise of the book is extremely weak and poorly thought out: a universe ending plot device and crazy plan to prevent the destruction of the universe that makes no sense, what-so-ever. There are also seemingly random switches between 1st and 3rd person narrative. Those might work fine enough when reading the text, but wind up being confusing in an audiobook.

I can't believe this book won so many awards - while you can agree or disagree with the point the author is trying to make (nothing new, btw), it simply doesn't work as a story.

  • American Lion

  • Andrew Jackson in the White House
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 764

Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • When the time for action has come, stop thinking.

  • By Darwin8u on 05-21-18

Well written, but focused on court intrigue

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Very well written book. If you enjoy reading about things like who was accused of sleeping with whom, you’ll really enjoy this book. I found myself wishing the book was more focused on Jackson’s policies and impact on the world at that time.

  • Flowers for Algernon

  • By: Daniel Keyes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,695

Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Classic

  • By FanB14 on 03-22-13

Starts off strong...

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

The starts off strong. Unfortunately loses steam by the middle and devolves into a typical 50s/early 60's love affair with women who "need" to be handled roughly and cry every chance they get, but show their virtue by sticking around no matter how poorly they are treated. Also, I don't buy the psycho babble. Overall, the book has its strengths, but feels incredibly dated and doesn't hold up.

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