LISTENER

Joseph

Petaluma, CA, United States
  • 9
  • reviews
  • 24
  • helpful votes
  • 65
  • ratings
  • Disobeying Hitler

  • German Resistance After Valkyrie
  • By: Randall Hansen
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Most discussions of German resistance during World War II end here, with the failed July 20 plot and the subsequent execution of its leaders. And yet this was far from the last act of disobedience carried out against the Nazi regime, as Randall Hansen reveals in his fascinating new book.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Top Shelf Narrator

  • By Tim on 04-14-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

Well research and structured. Very interesting analysis of a part of the war not often detailed. And well read. I can recommend highly to any ww2 history enthusiast.

  • Beyond the Call

  • The True Story of One World War II Pilot's Covert Mission to Rescue POWs on the Eastern Front
  • By: Lee Trimble, Jeremy Dronfield
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Near the end of World War II, thousands of Allied ex-POWs were abandoned to wander the war-torn Eastern Front. With no food, shelter, or supplies, they were an army of dying men. The Red Army had pushed the Nazis out of Russia. As they advanced across Poland, the prison camps of the Third Reich were discovered and liberated. In defiance of humanity, the freed Allied prisoners were discarded without aid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of a real hero!

  • By E. Mathur on 05-06-15

Highly recommended.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

Thrilling journey into a little known part of the war. Well written and well read. Any fans of WW2 history will certainly enjoy.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Shallows

  • What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
  • By: Nicholas Carr
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 579

Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its true.

  • By Joseph on 05-26-14

Its true.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-14

I wanted to hate this book, and there is plenty of passionate negativity on the internet about it - mainly from those who haven't read it. The author brings an historical perspective to how technology has fundamentally changed how our minds operate. You wont like what he has to say, but you'll agree with his findings.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Storm of War

  • A New History of the Second World War
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 28 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661

The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very interesting book with some shortcomings.

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-24-11

A great companion to Rise & Fall

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

Reviewed: 05-26-14

Listen to Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, because that's the classic. As good now as when first published. But this is a great follow up. This is WWII for a modern audience. It gives a context, and a perspective, that Rise & Fall can't provide.

  • The Quest

  • Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
  • By: Daniel Yergin
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 29 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change. It is a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. From the jammed streets of Beijing to the shores of the Caspian Sea, from the conflicts in the Mideast to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, Yergin takes us into the decisions that are shaping our future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best nonfiction book of 2011

  • By Joshua Kim on 05-06-12

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 05-26-14

Yergin knows this subject masterfully. A journey through two centuries, and all around the world.

The Emperor of All Maladies audiobook cover art
  • The Emperor of All Maladies

  • A Biography of Cancer
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659

Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular!

  • By Paul on 11-25-10

Unrewarding. Frustrating. But superbly written.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

This is surely one of the most miserable subjects to write about. The history of cancer, as this book so vividly portrays, is a history of repeated ignorance, desperation and failure. Victories are rare.

The author is almost frustratingly good at presenting that world of pain and desperation by patients and doctors and scientists alike.

I could not say it was enjoyable, but a book on this subject was never going to be. It is a tough book, but one which provides a thorough understanding and perspective on this disease that will be with us for a long time yet.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hunting Eichmann

  • Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi
  • By: Neal Bascomb
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

Best-selling author Neal Bascomb has garnered critical acclaim for such riveting nonfiction as Higher and Red Mutiny. Based on extensive interviews and previously classified details, Hunting Eichmann is a compelling account of the relentless hunt for the nefarious Adolf Eichmann.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Story of Eichmann's Capture

  • By S. Perry on 03-15-09

Shockingly engaging

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

A masterful account of this man, his crimes, his victims and the stubborn men who never gave up on bringing him to justice. It reads like a thriller, but knowing it is all true makes it shockingly engaging.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red November

  • Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War
  • By: W. Craig Reed
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 384

Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blind Man's Bluff meets Cuban Missile Crisis

  • By SeaDuck on 08-10-10

Its no Blind Man's Bluff

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

Having been enthralled with Blind Man's Bluff from start to finish, I was hoping Red November would give more of the same. But it just doesnt measure up. This book recalls the facts, describes the event, but forgets to tell the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Illustrious Dead

  • Napoleon, Typhus, and the Dream of World Conquest
  • By: Stephan Talty
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times best-selling author Stephan Talty tells the story of a mighty ruler and a tiny microbe, antagonists whose struggle would shape the modern world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 02-24-12

A fascinating journey of science and history. I dont know how this author developed his expertise in both Napoleonic history and infectious disease, but the end result is a truly gripping book.

The narrator must also be given a mention for a fantastic performance. He reads as though he is really engaged by this story, delivering a level of emotion deserved by this book.

If you like the five minute preview then you wont be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful