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  • The Storm of Steel

  • By: Ernst Jünger
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

This classic war memoir, first published in 1920, is based on the author's extensive diaries describing hard combat experienced on the Western Front during World War I. It has been greatly admired by people as diverse as Bertolt Brecht and Andre Gide, and from every part of the political spectrum. Hypnotic, thrilling, and magnificent, The Storm of Steel is perhaps the most fascinating description of modern warfare ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • World War I from a German Viewpoint

  • By Charles Fred Smith on 08-11-10

All Quiet on the Western Front.............NOT!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Would you listen to The Storm of Steel again? Why?

No once is enough unless I have a specific need to do so. I feel that way about most books however.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ernst Junger the main character and author.

What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

He did a nice job of putting life in the story

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

No. Too long with too much detail and frankly some of it was dull.

Any additional comments?

Starts way too slow. But once engaged the action is fast and very furious. Very descriptive. Witten from a WW1 vet perspective not WW2. He is unburdened with the coming NAZI legacy and has none of the apologies. In fact his attitude is a portent of things to come with sentiments that enabled the NAZI movement. It's all there. The "stab in the back" from the homefront politicians., the withdrawal (not defeat) of the Germany army from France and the lack of understanding of the mass starvation and food riots in German cities because everything was being sent to the war. All in all a good glimpse back on warfare 100 years ago.

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  • The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe

  • The U.S. Army Air Forces Against Germany in World War II
  • By: Jay A. Stout
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

In this dramatic story of World War II, Jay A. Stout describes how the US built an air force of 2.3 million men after starting with 45,000 and defeated the world's best air force. In order to defeat Germany in World War II, the Allies needed to destroy the Third Reich's industry and invade its territory, but before they could effectively do either, they had to defeat the Luftwaffe, whose state-of-the-art aircraft and experienced pilots protected German industry and would batter any attempted invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for WWII buffs

  • By david on 07-27-17

Give them the gun!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Would you listen to The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe again? Why?

Yes probably so! Rich in details I am sure I missed the 1st time arouind,

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe?

Too many to count. Fantastic in detail, personalities, tactics,,,the works.

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

Inflection and emotion. He doesn't just read the story. He explains it and brings it to life.

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

NO!! Too much for 1 sitting. It must be savored.

Any additional comments?

What a cocky bunch of fighter jocks those men were. The best part is their legacy lives on in our current forces. Where do find men and women like this ? I am glad we can still grow them!

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  • Tigers in the Mud

  • The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius
  • By: Otto Carius
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

World War II began with a metallic roar as the German Blitzkrieg raced across Europe, spearheaded by the most dreaded weapon of the 20th century: the Panzer. No German tank better represents that thundering power than the infamous Tiger, and Otto Carius was one of the most successful commanders to ever take a Tiger into battle, destroying well over 150 enemy tanks during his incredible career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By ryan j diamond on 01-24-17

Sore Loser

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

If you could sum up Tigers in the Mud in three words, what would they be?

Factual, Emotionless. Unapologetic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tigers in the Mud?

When he met Himmler in person and received his combat award yet was not smitten with Himmler and recognized the man was FOS. He also realized Germany would be defeated but remained true to his oath and resisted as long as he had the means while chaos ruled.

What about Paul Woodson’s performance did you like?

He did a nice job of portraying the author,

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

No reaction. It was like listening to a stereo instruction booklet.

Any additional comments?

I give it good marks because it lacks emotion. It is a very cut and dry narrative that is written in a very black and white manner very true to the Germanic nature. He makes no excuses , apologies or repents. Rather, he takes full responsibility for his continued service in spite for the fact he thinks the high German command was delusional and unrealistic. He was main stream German Army not SS and has the attitude of a front line professional soldier not a propaganda sock puppet. I liked his matter-of-fact attitude

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  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

After being knocked unconscious by a crowbar, Hartford, Connecticut, man Hank Morgan awakens to find himself in the legendary realm of Camelot, 1,300 years in the past, at the point of a lance. Though the savages in this ancient land immediately see fit to imprison him, Hank learns to use his modern 19th-century knowledge to easily outwit everyone he comes across, including King Arthur himself. With only a little effort, he establishes himself as a powerful sorcerer, feared by all and known only as "The Boss".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Social Commentary Read Very Well

  • By Aaron Wagner on 11-21-15

Yea Hawww

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

What made the experience of listening to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court the most enjoyable?

Twain's dry humor and expressions. VERY similar to ones I hear from my grand parents who were of the same era. VERY American in expression and sentiment. Many of his thoughts and whimsies are as true today as then. Since this was written before WW1 and the fall of monarchs it is might be hard for non-students of history to relate to what he was expressing but it was almost prophetic, revolutionary and possibly heretical. American exceptionalism before it was know as such. Magnificent in every respect. Just take your time listening because it is so rich and complex.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sir Boss the main character. Again, his ability to be practical regardless of social convention.

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

Everything. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

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

Laugh, laugh, laugh

Any additional comments?

It is full of surprises. Like when Merlin supposedly disarms him and leaves him helplessly disarmed (or so one thinks) to be skewed on the end of Sir Sagamore's lance only to have Sir Boss unholster a Dragoon revolver an blow Sagamore out of hi saddle. A real Indiana Jones moment!! There are many, many more just like this.

  • The Roots of Obama’s Rage

  • By: Dinesh D’Souza
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

D’Souza explains that the reason Obama appears to be working to destroy America from within is found, as Obama himself admits, in The Dreams of My Father: a deeply hostile anticolonialism. Instilled in him by his father, this worldview has led President Obama to resent America and everything we stand for. D’Souza masterfully shows how Obama is working to weaken and punish America here and abroad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you want to understand Obama.

  • By Daryl on 02-05-15

Disturbingly Awesome

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Would you listen to The Roots of Obama’s Rage again? Why?

Possibly. But only to educate the unknowing. The whole affair is disheartening.

What other book might you compare The Roots of Obama’s Rage to and why?

Hating Whitey by Horowitz.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Everything. He is easy to listen to.

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

NO! Tooooo rich. Like trying to eat a whole cheese cake in 1 sitting.

Any additional comments?

Everything makes sense now. The cover that this grossly unqualified person was( and still is) given by the press is stupefying. Hilary should have blown his doors off and left him in the dust. She'd have been better off if she'd have written her current book about that primary rather than this past election.

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  • The Frozen Hours

  • A Novel of the Korean War
  • By: Jeff Shaara
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 20 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752

The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly educational insight into the Korean War

  • By Anke Smith on 08-28-17

typical Shaara

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

What made the experience of listening to The Frozen Hours the most enjoyable?

The precise detail of the milieu of the theater of operations. Everything from environment to weapons to personalities.

What did you like best about this story?

it is very consistent with historical documents . Bu most importantly it matches the stories of the men I knew who fought in this action

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to count BUT if I had to pick 1...it would be how the Marines sang their hymn as the marched out. battered, bruised but unbroken and unbowed. Marines are still that way today. Make no mistake about it. Marines are at their best when things are at their worst. I say all this as a US Navy man.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As much as I hate to admit it because communist atrocities were well known and abundant, the Chinese General seemed to have a code of honor that is admirable. Something we never hear about on this side of the pond. Other than him the Russian Major was very insightful and intelligent in his assessments Again, nothing we generally give them credit for displaying . BUT finally the big hero was O.P Smith to me, I was almost entirely unfamiliar with him because he is over shadowed by Puller and Lem Shepard. I think he is one of my top 3 US generals of all time. I put him in the same class as US Grant and Patton because he was a lot of each of them. He was a real Marine's, Marine and it must have been rewarding to have served under him. MacArthur was past his prime in this particular war and surrounded by boot lickers it seems. Truman was smart to fire him after all.

Any additional comments?

This is a MUST read for anyone interested what bonds fighting men and women together when natural impulse is to do otherwise.

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  • One Soldier's War

  • By: Arkady Babchenko, Nick Allen - translator
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an 18-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from naïve conscript to hardened soldier that took Babchenko from the front lines of the first Chechen War in 1995 to the second in 1999. He fought in major cities and tiny hamlets, from the bombed-out streets of Grozny to anonymous mountain villages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Real, Brutal, & Honest

  • By Patrick on 05-09-16

Alternates between depressing and boring.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

What would have made One Soldier's War better?

If it would have actually told a story instead on constant whining about the difficulties of life. I don't know how he didn't suck start an AK-47 if things were that dark and gloomy. But maybe that was his point. he makes the Russian military seem like a bunch of self serving bumbling goons rather that the world power that they are. I think he has deep seated personality problems. I waited all they way to the last chapter to see if it had any redeeming qualities. It didn't and I could not finish the book. I am returning it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Arkady Babchenko and Nick Allen - translator again?

Heck no

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

He did a good job of depressing me with the content.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

If you want entertained ....read danged near anything else. Including the phone book.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful