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  • Hitler: History in an Hour

  • By: Rupert Colley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

History for busy people. Hitler in an Hour is the concise biography of Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler.Covering Hitler’s early life, military service in World War I and eventual rise to power, first as the leader of the Nazi party and then to head of state, Hitler in an Hour covers all the key events the life of the 20th century’s most infamous dictator.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hitler

  • By Hamish Barrett on 09-09-18

Good Value

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

Reviewed: 12-13-12

Any additional comments?

I think that this might be the best of the "History in an Hour" series. It delivers a good amount of information in a short time, is well told and easy to follow. The narrator has a good voice and pace, so even if listened to in the background, one will not so easily lose track of the story line. For all of those who just want to refresh their knowledge on this subject or want some basic info, this is a good investment.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Witch Mania: The History of Witchcraft

  • By: Charles Mackay
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Published in 1841 it is a stylish and comprehensive dissection of the witch mania which beset much of Europe in the 16th and 17th century. In his easygoing journalistic style Mackay describes in some detail many celebrated outbreaks of this hysteria including the trials of Dr. Fian and Gellie Duncan in Scotland, the progress of Matthew Hopkins through East Anglia as the self-styled Witch-Finder General, and further episodes in New England, Wurzburg and Geneva. Herein are speeches made from the dock, the scaffold, from the foot of the ‘bonnie fire’ itself, gruesome accounts of the many tortures endured and several chilling spells and incantations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasant Surprise

  • By Slade on 12-13-12

A Pleasant Surprise

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

Reviewed: 12-13-12

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First of all I must say that the title can be somewhat misleading. I was expecting a history of witchcraft, but was served more of a history of witch hunting and trials. Since I am interested in both subjects though, this is not a big deal, but please have this in mind before purchasing this title hoping for descriptions of origins, rituals or evolution of the witches themselves. This book is more about human superstition and stupidity, and their effects on society and the individual, thus can be viewed rather as a work about politics and human rights than magic. It is quite scary to imagine what an uneducated mob is capable of when backed by authorities, and how genocidal people seem to be if not kept at bay. It is impossible not to think of WWII when hearing about what went down in the times of witches and wizards.

That being said, I must admit that it was a very interesting listen. The narration is solid and the story itself compelling enough to keep your attention throughout. I did learn a few new things and some parts of the book are really exciting. There might be better books out there, and this is by far no spectacular work, but I think the price is fair for the content provided. I would not force people to try it, but can recommend it to those curious enough about the on-goings in courts of countries that nowadays represent the pillars of rationality and civilization. Works as these point out how far we have come, despite all our flaws, but also how fragile society is if not maintained.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3

  • Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
  • By: William Manchester, Paul Reid
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
  • Length: 53 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503

Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy final volume in a great biography

  • By Mike From Mesa on 11-27-12

An Excellent Buy

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

If you could sum up The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 in three words, what would they be?

Addictive, interesting, informative.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3?

The whole work is excellent. Loved the switch from biographical part to general WWII history details.

Any additional comments?

A must have for history fans. It is quite a lengthy volume, but it is never dull and very well worth the time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful