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  • World War II at Sea

  • A Global History
  • By: Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 189

World War II at Sea offers a global perspective, focusing on the major engagements and personalities and revealing both their scale and their interconnection: the U-boat attack on Scapa Flow and the Battle of the Atlantic; the "miracle" evacuation from Dunkirk and the pitched battles for control of Norway fjords; Mussolini's Regia Marina - at the start of the war the fourth-largest navy in the world - and the dominance of the Kidö Butai and Japanese naval power in the Pacific; Pearl Harbor then Midway; and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Ocean War: 30,000 feet to 600 feet below

  • By Nashville Cat on 12-31-18

Must-read naval history

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Most books that cover the naval history of World War II focus on the war in the Pacific, the Atlantic or the Mediterranean. Mr Symond’s narrative presents the whole arc of naval engagements from the 1930 London Naval Treaty to the 1945 Japanese Instrument of Surrender - from the Baltic Sea to the Gulf of Leyte; from the Bering Strait to the Bay of Bengal - a world at war at sea.

It is well researched, written and narrated (if you set the speed to 1.25)

One of the most compelling threads of this saga is the utter collapse, at every turn, of the British Navy and the amazing courage of the British sailors in the face of that onslaught. After 200 years, it is the final chapter of “Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!”

  • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

  • A True Story of Injustice in the American South
  • By: Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, John Grisham - foreword
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes and the legally condoned failures that allowed it to happen. Balko and Carrington will shine a light on the institutional and professional failures that allowed this tragic, astonishing story to happen, identify where it may have happened elsewhere, and show how to prevent it from happening again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book - sheds light on horrific injustice

  • By A. Mackenzie on 03-16-18

Mississippi - Again??

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Ignorant judges, ignorant prosecutors, ignorant defense attorneys, ignorant jurors, ignorant politicians, ignorant voters!

Mississippians deserve the level of injustice they have brought upon themselves.

  • The Truths We Hold

  • An American Journey
  • By: Kamala Harris
  • Narrated by: Kamala Harris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972

By reckoning with the big challenges we face together, drawing on the hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her, Kamala Harris offers in The Truths We Hold a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great content, read if possible

  • By TCamp72 on 03-07-19

Interesting insights

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Senator Harris has written a thoughtful memoir of her life in public service. First as a San Francisco District Attorney, then as the California Attorney General and finally her tenure in the United States Senate.

It is less an autobiography and more a polemic against the injustice she has witnessed in her life and fought to rectify. She narrates her own story with a sense of heart-felt honesty, which makes it a compelling listen.

One walks away from the book with a sense that this is a woman whose life is focused and centered on her job. She is a straight-forward and hard-nosed prosecutor that suffers no fools.

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  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,296

Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Modern Prometheus

  • By Anon on 07-23-18

Honestly? - The movie is better than the book

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Seldom does Hollywood do a better job of story telling than a book. However Boris Karloff, Colin Clive and Universal Studios in 1931 far surpassed the dense romanticism and gothic slog that is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It is the movie, rather than the book, that stands the test of time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,085
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,079

Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Oleg Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings listeners deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely riveting story

  • By Rosemary on 09-25-18

Beware of audio chapters not in sequence

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This is a great book on the Russian double agent Oleg Gordievsky; well researched, written and the narration is excellent.

However, be aware that the downloaded Audible chapters 2 through 10 are actually chapters 8 through 16 in the book. The Audible chapters 12 through 18 are actually chapters 1 through 7 in the book

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,973

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Excellent portrayal of the Achilles legend

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Each generation produces its own masterpiece of the story of Achilles and Madeline Miller has created a literary work of art for for our age. The story of Achilles still resonates after thousands of years.
if you are looking for a simplistic blood and guts Hollywood version of Achilles, watch Brad Pitt in the film “Troy”. If you want a complex, utterly captivating story of "desperate men and petty gods", then Song of Achilles is for you.

  • Transcription

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223

In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying two days!

  • By Frances on 09-30-18

My Best Listen for 2018

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

What a book! - fascinating story / intriguing characters / excellent narration. - best listen of the year!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold Summer

  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

On May 23, 1992, a roadside explosion killed the Palermo judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three police officers. A few weeks later judge Paolo Borsellino and five police officers were killed in the center of Palermo. These anti-mafia judges became heroes but the violence spread to the region of Bari in Puglia, where we meet a new, memorable character, Maresciallo Pietro Fenoglio, an officer of the Italian Carabinieri. Fenoglio, recently abandoned by his wife, must simultaneously deal with his personal crisis and the new gang wars raging around Bari. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Carofilio delivers a great story once again.

  • By janet on 12-31-18

Hopefully, the start of another great series!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

As usual, Gianrico Carofiglio has delivered a masterful slice of life in Bari, Italy - kidnapping / corruption / food. Sean Barrett’s amazing vocal range makes each character distinct and alive. Fans of Guido Gierrieri will love what I hope is the start of a new series.

  • Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

  • By: Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

Auntie Poldi, sassy, brassy, and 60, moves to Sicily for a quiet alcohol-fuelled retirement. A murder spoils her plans. This is the first novel in a charming new mystery series set in Sicily and laced with Italian sensuality and humor. It features an amateur sleuth, the sassy and foul-mouthed Auntie Poldi. Recently widowed Poldi moves to Sicily in order to quietly drink herself to death with a sea view, but fate intervenes. When she finds the corpse of a young man on the beach, his face blown off with a sawn-off shotgun, she becomes a potential suspect in his murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Auntie Poldi Rocks!

  • By Lynn on 04-01-18

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Murder / Food / Sicily - What's not to like? This is a wonderful book with delightful characters. The author has an interesting style of writing. He begins each chapter telling us (generally) what will happen and then tells the detailed story of how it happened. The story is revealed by Aunti Poldi's nephew (oddly un-named), so we hear the story mostly in third-person and well after the events occur. An excellent first book in a series. Highly recommended! (especially to Inspector Montalbano fans...)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Masaryk Station

  • A John Russell Thriller, Book 6
  • By: David Downing
  • Narrated by: Michael Healy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Berlin, early 1948: The city, still occupied by the four Allied powers, still largely in ruins, has become the cockpit of a new Cold War, and as spring unfolds its German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviets enforcing a Western withdrawal. Here, as elsewhere in Europe, the legacies of the War have become entangled in the new Soviet-American conflict, creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties, a paradise for spies. John Russell works for both Stalin’s NKVD and the newly-created CIA. He does as little for either as he can safely get away with.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a disappointment...and it's all the narrator

  • By Joyce on 07-16-13

Even with the poor narration, it is a great listen

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Those that have followed this series will miss the rich and diverse accents of Simon Prebble. Nevertheless, this is another fantastic “Station” novel and well worth the listen. If you put the narration speed to 1.25, it is tolerable.