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  • Hitler's Soldiers

  • The German Army in the Third Reich
  • By: Ben H. Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 26 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is examined throughout the Second World War, across all combat theaters and occupied regions, and from multiple perspectives: its battle performance, social composition, relationship with the Nazi state, and involvement in war crimes and occupation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough and scholarly

  • By Mary A. on 03-23-18

Not much new here

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

This book feels at times like it was written by 1960s Soviet propagandists. And while absolutely appropriate (we DID defeat Nazi Germany, so we DO get to write the history), the author reads quotes from solders letters, but doesn’t really enlighten us with new material of consequence. Time after time, the book intones the common solder should have questioned or even disobeyed orders to commit historically well-established atrocities. This got really old, really fast. REAL people know it’s a fantasy to think the Sergeants and Privates could rebel against the Colonels, Generals, etc in the Wehrmacht of the 1930s and 1940s. There were a few nuggets here and there, like providing an overview of occupation forces and organization in conquered territories, but even these topics were covered quickly so the author could get back to the “German Army Bad! German Soldiers Bad! German Soldiers should have all rebelled!” tone of the book. Overall, I wasn’t impressed.

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  • The Reformation

  • A History
  • By: Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 36 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

At a time when men and women were prepared to kill - and be killed - for their faith, the Protestant Reformation tore the Western world apart. Acclaimed as the definitive account of these epochal events, Diarmaid MacCulloch's award-winning history brilliantly recreates the religious battles of priests, monarchs, scholars, and politicians - from the zealous Martin Luther and his 95 Theses to the polemical John Calvin to the radical Igantius Loyola, from the tortured Thomas Cranmer to the ambitious Philip II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Eli Shem Tov on 05-15-17

Good history from an academic 'Christian'

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I found this to be a very good listen, but also a very academic accounting of the reformation. The book contains many details, names, and dates, backed up by apparently solid research. It also aligns well with other materials I’ve read on this subject, and provides an in-depth window into events I’ve only studied at very high levels. Given the authors impeccable academic resume, the material is exactly what I would expect from someone who is long on Christian history but short on Christian sympathies or understanding.

If this topic interests you, and you don’t mind listening to a 37+ hours of a [very well done] classroom style lecture, you will enjoy this book. However, be aware that the author is a high minded academic, and so stays politically correct throughout the work. References to Judea in the time of Jesus as ‘palestine’, and other such language signals the author’s true Christian sympathies…or lack thereof. However, while the reader can smell them, the author does a fair job of keeping his personal political views out of a book that isn’t supposed to be political.

  • Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation

  • By: Adolf Hitler, Michael Ford (translator)
  • Narrated by: James Smith
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 805

For the first time in 65 years, a modern, easy to understand, truly complete and uncensored edition of Mein Kampf has been released which reveals more than any past translation. This is also the first translation available in an English language audio format. Older translations altered passages, omitted passages, mistranslated Hitler's words, and made some parts more sensational while concealing the true meaning in other parts of the book.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying Pop-Ups

  • By margot on 10-20-13

More difficult to get through than anticipated

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

I’ll admit that while I’ve wanted to read this for years, when I finally got to it on Audible, I found Hitler more disturbing than I anticipated. However, I’m glad I got through it, because I still believe he’s one of the most, if not THE most influential international figure of the 20th century and so far...the 21st century. Be ready for rambling, flawed logic, race baiting, and…surprise…some truths regarding his outrage at the post-war treatment of Germany after Versailles. Students of history, and especially students of WWI and WWII, should add this to their list of required reading, despite this being a moderately hard read that requires the reader/listener to put on their thinking caps. Peeking into the mind this villainous human being is peeking into the mind of so many other villains before and after him, dead and still alive.

Having a different narrator break in and explain some of Hitler’s phrases and what he was trying to get at was annoying at first, but ultimately very helpful. Without that sort of help, it would have been impossible for me to understand the nuances of what Hitler intended his reader to understand.

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  • To Rule the Waves

  • How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World
  • By: Arthur Herman
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy - of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining though slightly biased

  • By Ernst ten Bosch on 09-21-17

Excellent Overview of the British Navy

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

This story is well written, clear, and easy to follow most of the time. This book makes a strong case for the positive effects the British Empire had on the world, and the great debt the world owes the British Navy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Forgotten Soldier

  • By: Guy Sajer
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 21 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466

When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue, and constant deprivation. Posted to the elite Grosse Deutschland division, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautifully Written Heartrending Tragedy

  • By Gillian on 03-31-17

Good Story

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

This was well narrated and a great story. An excellent reminder that while wars are necessary evils, those fighting on the side of the evil-doers are often pawns in a larger selfish folly.

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  • The Miracle of Freedom

  • 7 Tipping Points That Saved the World
  • By: Chris Stewart, Ted Stewart
  • Narrated by: Mark Van Wagoner, Art Allen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

>"How unusual is it, really, in the history of all known human experience, to enjoy the blessing of living free?" The answer may surprise you. In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a strong case that fewer than five percent of all people who have ever lived on the Earth have lived under conditions that we could consider "free". So where did freedom come from, and how are we fortunate enough to experience it in our day?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • should be an essential read in every school

  • By khemingway on 03-28-14

Good read, but a bit flabby

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

What did you like best about The Miracle of Freedom? What did you like least?

Best: Good solid conclusions. Least: 90,000 foot view of events with lack of details

What did you like best about this story?

What details there were of each highlighted event

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was a bit hokey. Didn't care for one author reading the facts, and another author reading the fiction.

Do you think The Miracle of Freedom needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I enjoyed this because one doesn’t hear the point of view I like to call “Western Exceptionally” much these days. But since everyone needs to regularly check out of modern intellectual atheistic elitism to get their bearings and take in some air, I was overall pleased with this book. However, the view was SO high level and left out SO many important details about each of the highlighted events, that some parts left me wanting more. Each of the highlighted events begins with a “story” from someone who lived in that particular era, but of course the “story” appears to me to be fiction. After the first half of the story, the author then moves to the meat of the event, then concludes the short fictional story. It’s an interesting style, but I’m just not used this type of writing from more detailed histories I tend to read. Overall the author’s conclusions were solid, and if you have not already done lots of reading on each of the highlighted events, this is will be a good read/listen for you.

  • The Birth of Britain

  • A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume I
  • By: Sir Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617

The English-speaking peoples comprise perhaps the greatest number of human beings sharing a common language in the world today. These people also share a common heritage. For his four-volume work, Sir Winston Churchill took as his subject these great elements in world history. Volume 1 commences in 55BC, when Julius Caesar famously "turned his gaze upon Britain" and concludes with the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Birth of Britain

  • By Terry Pettengill on 02-11-07

Wonderfully Classic Western Thinking

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

Churchill has a worldview that remains true and is sorely missed. This book is a wonderful and recharging "read".

  • The Second World War: Alone

  • By: Sir Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

"After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the rest of the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-13-08

Classic Churchill

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Great reading of a great writer. I love Churchill's writing style, and while I've read many works about the Second World War, so much ink put on so much paper comes from this very source in one way or another.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful