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  • A Man Called Intrepid

  • The Incredible WWII Narrative of the Hero Whose Spy Network and Secret Diplomacy Changed the Course of History
  • By: William Stevenson
  • Narrated by: David McAlister
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

A Man Called Intrepid is the account of the world’s first integrated intelligence operation and of its master, William Stephenson. Codenamed INTREPID by Winston Churchill, Stephenson was charged with establishing and running a vast, worldwide intelligence network to challenge the terrifying force of Nazi Germany. Nothing less than the fate of Britain and the free world hung in the balance as INTREPID covertly set about stalling the Nazis by any means necessary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE most important works about WWII

  • By Michael Evans-Layng on 08-20-17

A Must Read for WW2 History Students

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This story shows once again that wars are fought and won or lost as in a chess match largely unknown to the mass of participants. If nothing else, this book shows that the greatest war in human history against the greatest evil could have been lost. My young dad lost his life in the struggle and joined so many others who allowed William Stephenson's remarkable exploits to succeed.

  • The Wrong Stuff

  • The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator
  • By: Truman Smith
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, suspense, and history

  • By Allan on 03-17-15

Smitty, We Miss You!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wrong Stuff to be better than the print version?

I would probably pick the audio version as performed by Mr. Killavey. I listened to it at 1.25 speed and the emphasis points were right on. Most enjoyable.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a really well written book! It's about as close to being in the cockpit of a working, combat bomber as you are likely to ever get. As an old guy, it really takes you back to your own tender age of 20...

Which character – as performed by James Killavey – was your favorite?

The author became alive in the reading...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

An hour at a time...like a prized bottle, laid away.

Any additional comments?

I only wish I had discoved this book earlier. I would have realy enjoyed meeting LTC Smith on my frequent trips past Ponca City, OK. I know his family misses him.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • If You Survive

  • From Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the End of World War II - One American Officer's Riveting True Story
  • By: George Wilson
  • Narrated by: Brian Keeler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

George Wilson has garnered much acclaim for this shattering and enlightening memoir. Detailing his odyssey from July, 1944 until the following summer, If You Survive is a startling first-person account of the final year of World War II. Wilson was the only man from his original company to finish the war. As a Second Lieutenant, he went ashore at Utah Beach after the D-Day invasion amidst burned vehicles, sunken landing craft, and broken fortifications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the best story of the war in Europe I've read

  • By David on 02-18-17

Extraordinary Leadership-

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

What made the experience of listening to If You Survive the most enjoyable?

The narrative flowed easily and Lt. Wilson's battle scene descriptions came to life.

What did you like best about this story?

Having listened to German Col. Hans von Luck's war diary, Lt. Wilson provides an American view of similar combat situations. The leadership and professionalism of both solders was outstanding. The somewhat "continental" European officer, complete with white Mercedes convertible in some campaigns, is a striking contrast to our Michigan farm boy who seemed to walk as much as he rode. I would think some of the situations and tactics employed to save his men should be required reading by infantry officers.

What does Brian Keeler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A very listenable and well paced voice. I frequently used 1.25-.50 and it was quite acceptable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of both. The sacrifices of Lt. Wilson and his men point to role of careful planning and precautions in combat. But then just "luck" --good or bad--comes along and changes the game completely. War remains the most useless endeavor we humans continue to practice

Any additional comments?

Lt. Wilson gives a brief personal view of the utter futility of war. Who is more deserving to have such an opinion? His views of maintaining an unbreakable, strong defense to prevent a war in the first place is an accurate view of history.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Panzer Commander

  • The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck
  • By: Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761

A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like Forrest Gump ( a fiction )

  • By Randall on 11-08-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

A story of a remarkable officer...fills in many missing pieces of the African, European , Russian and POW experience Remarkable
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0 of 4 people found this review helpful