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  • Enemy at the Gates

  • The Battle for Stalingrad
  • By: William Craig
  • Narrated by: David Baker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

On August 5, 1942, giant pillars of dust rose over the Russian steppe, marking the advance of the 6th Army, an elite German combat unit dispatched by Hitler to capture the industrial city of Stalingrad and press on to the oil fields of Azerbaijan. The Germans were supremely confident; in three years, they had not suffered a single defeat. The Luftwaffe had already bombed the city into ruins. German soldiers hoped to complete their mission and be home in time for Christmas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great, but difficult to follow

  • By Ed on 03-19-16

A classic historical book

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

Though historians (I myself am one) know that Vasily Zaitsev never really had a duel with a Major Koenig or any other highly trained assassin sent to kill him specifically, the book does document the horror that was the eastern front well. Only one chapter is devoted to the sniper, and it wasn't until maybe 20-30 years after this book was written that the account was discredited as Russian propaganda. The rest is still factual as far as I can tell and is still quite detailed and informative. I would definitely recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chaos Theory

  • Zombie Theories Series, Book 1
  • By: Rich Restucci
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

The world has fallen to a relentless enemy beyond reason or mercy. With no remorse they rend the planet with tooth and nail. One man stands against the scourge of death that consumes all. Teamed with a genius survivalist and a teenage girl, he must flee the teeming dead, the evils of humans left unchecked, and those that would seek to use him. His best weapon to stave off the horrors of this new world? His wit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate Zombies. So this book was great.

  • By Steven on 11-13-16

Good but too much penis talk.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

The author talks about his penis way, way too much. When you read that, imagine a number of times you imagine as too many. Double that. Then double that number.

But once you get over rolling your eyes every time you hear a mention of the characters junk, there is actually some pretty good main character development and the book does avoid a lot of the cliches associated with zombie books (I didn't know this was a zombie book when I got it, had I known I might have passed). The supporting characters are stale, but initially interesting. The plot does keep moving and the main character is never some super well prepared individual, which is refreshing. The author didn't live out some tired fantasy of being the only guy who is prepared and ready for the zombie apocalypse.

The voice acting is superb and that is what kept me listening. Michael Kramer brought a 1940s radio play attitude to the narration and no matter what other flaws the book may have, he makes up for them.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Crusade: Zombie Crusade, Book 1

  • By: J.W. Vohs
  • Narrated by: J.W. Vohs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Former ranger Jack Smith watched an Army bio-warfare experiment go horribly wrong in an Afghan village in 2001, escaping only after he turned to a makeshift mace and bayonet to destroy the skulls of the infected creatures that bullets to the chest could not stop. With the traumatic experience seared into his mind, he earned his PhD, in ancient history and began developing medieval weapons-making skills after he left the service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Bad

  • By Liberty on 10-12-15

Great book, minor flaws.

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

This is an overall great book. The author indulges a bit over the top some times in his obsessions with halberds but if that doesn't bother you it is very well done. He has a few inaccuracies with military life which is weird because he claims to be a vet, but they're super minor in the grand scheme of things.