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  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,419

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

Towering achievement

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

What did you like best about this story?

Never again will an historian have access to such a wealth of primary sources. Exhaustive and definitive, Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is an extraordinary achievement.

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

Grover Gardner's performance is, well, godlike. I'm in awe at how he navigates this dense text and engages the listener in Shirer's epic story. Like the book, this reading raises bar.

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  • America's War for the Greater Middle East

  • A Military History
  • By: Andrew J. Bacevich
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro, Andrew J. Bacevich
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country's most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise - now more than 30 years old and with no end in sight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Key to Understanding the US Need for Perp. War

  • By Darwin8u on 05-01-16

Indispensable

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

Andrew Bacevich thank you.

In the years since 9/11, it's been voices like your own that have provided me hope. Your book offers the nation's leaders insight as to why we find ourselves flailing around this desert then that.

I hold-out little hope that this generation of leaders will take heed, but I think that the next generation gets it.

It's my hope that "America's War for the Greater Middle East" will lay the groundwork for a safer, honorable future.

  • The Rights of the People

  • How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties
  • By: David K. Shipler
  • Narrated by: David K. Shipler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

How have our rights to privacy and justice been undermined? What exactly have we lost? Pulitzer Prize-winner David K. Shipler searches for the answers to these questions by examining the historical expansion and contraction of our fundamental rights and, most pointedly, the real-life stories of individual men and women who have suffered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's Not Politics, It's About Rights

  • By Ray on 07-27-11

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

Provides great insight into how far we have strayed from our founding principles. Also beautifully written. Highly recommended.

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