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  • In the Hurricane's Eye

  • The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

In a narrative that moves from Washington's headquarters on the Hudson River, to the wooded hillside in North Carolina where Nathanael Greene fought Lord Cornwallis to a vicious draw, to Lafayette's brilliant series of maneuvers across Tidewater Virginia, author Nathaniel Philbrick details the epic and suspenseful year through to its triumphant conclusion. A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even-handed, yet dramatic!

  • By Eugene on 10-24-18

Textbook

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

This book concentrates on what the generals and admirals were doing. There is very little from the soldiers' or sailors' perspective. Therefore, it reminded me of a textbook on history, which was rather dry and boring. The reader was very good, however.

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,016

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

The Value of One Human Life

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

The message this book drove home for me was how priceless a single human life is. Through its exploration of the daily routine of a Polish family trying to avoid being murdered or imprisoned by the Nazis, and their deep love for one another, the author reveals how precious each human being truly is. Now multiply one precious human being by 6 million, and we can get some idea of how truly horrible the Nazi regime was. I have read many books and seen numerous films about the holocaust, but none pierced my heart the way this book did.

  • Masters of the Air

  • America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany
  • By: Donald L. Miller
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 25 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233

This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined

  • By Olaf on 01-05-12

More Than You Know

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I strongly recommend this book. As a WWII history buff, I thought I knew all there was to know about the air war. Wrong! This book is teeming with facts that I had never even thought about, like: Did any pilots end up in Switzerland? What was it really like in the German POW camps? Was there much difference between the pilots' experiences between 1942 and 1945? What about targeting? What about those German jet planes? Etc. For a history book, this book is never boring. Not for a second. The performance was fine.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,389

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Typical Dan Brown

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Meh. Some attempts at profundity couched in a fairly typical Dan Brown mystery. I found it to be entertaining, but it was longer than it needed to be. In the end, it seemed to drag on endlessly.

  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980

Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beginning to a Delinquent Education

  • By Ark1836 on 06-18-15

Long Slog, But Totally Worth It

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

It took quite a while to get through this series, but it was definitely worth it. I now understand and can recognize various classical music when I hear it. Not only that, but I am seeking it out more, and I know what I like. Professor Greenberg knows his stuff. He did a great job keeping his lectures interesting and understandable. I strongly recommend this series of lectures.

  • Where's the Next Shelter?

  • By: Gary Sizer
  • Narrated by: Gary Sizer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735

Where's the Next Shelter? is the true story of three travelers on the Appalachian Trail, a 2,000-mile hike that stretches from Georgia to Maine, told from the perspective of Gary Sizer, a seasoned backpacker and former marine who quickly finds himself humbled by the endeavor. If you long for the horizon or to sleep under the stars, then come along for the hike of a lifetime. All you have to do is take the first step.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If You Liked AWOL, You'll Like This

  • By Rebecca on 06-02-16

Best Ever Appalachian Trail Memoir

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

This is by far the best memoir of through-hiking the Appalachian Trail that I have read. There is an honesty and optimism throughout, though he does not really mention (much) the mice who inhabit the shelters along the trail. The AT is getting more crowded (the bubble), and climate change is bringing its own problems, but it is a lot of fun to experience the hike vicariously. The author is also the reader, and he did a fine job.

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  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,158

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

Same Old Same Old

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

I listened to this author's 5-book series "Extinction Cycle," and I loved it. Unfortunately, there is nothing new here. Also, the reader is not nearly as appealing. Sorry.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set

  • Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,545

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great twist on the zombie genre - Well worth it!

  • By Melissa and Josh on 04-11-17

Accurate, Addictive, and Compelling

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

This series of 5 books kept my attention throughout. The characters are believable, and the "science" portion added to the story's accuracy. Even better, as a retired Army officer, I often find military and battle sequences disturbingly inaccurate, but NOT in this series. With some few exceptions, the descriptions of weapons, radio chatter, and camaraderie among war-fighters all seemed very realistic. I am not good at suspending disbelief; thankfully, I rarely had to with this series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Omega Rising

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,505

Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night by what he first assumed was an aviation mishap. But when he investigates the crash, what he finds will yank him out of his self-imposed exile and thrust him into a world he could have never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Old-Fashioned Sci-Fi -- For a Change

  • By James on 12-21-14

Laughably Silly

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

It takes intelligence and a strong imagination to write good science fiction. I saw no trace of either in this juvenile story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pride Runs Deep

  • A Jack Tremain Submarine Thriller, Book 1
  • By: R. Cameron Cooke
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Shattered by the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. is rebuilding its fleet while the badly damaged Submarine Division Seven holds the line against the Japanese Navy. The loss of even one more submarine could be devastating - and every enemy ship that slips through means more lives lost. But Lieutenant Commander Jack Tremain is determined to whip into shape a boat that's returned from a hellish patrol and make the Japanese pay - even if this is his last mission ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Naval Fiction

  • By Jean on 03-14-17

Accurate and Believable

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

This was an exciting story with strong characters and believable battle scenes. The technical portions about batteries, diesel engines, torpedo ballistics, etc. only enhance the story. I recommend this book.