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  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,698

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

Authoritative Story of the Third Reich

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

Where does The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high

What did you like best about this story?

Most bios of Hiter or the Third Reich focus on the war or brutality of the Nazi regime. Shirer covers this too but he also covers Hitler's path the whole way and the point of view of the other countries involved.

  • A Thousand Miles to Freedom

  • My Escape from North Korea
  • By: Sebastien Falletti, Eunsun Kim
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944

Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child, Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the countrywide famine escalated. By the time she was 11 years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun too was in danger of starving. Finally her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Much New Here, but Courage and Hope to Spare

  • By Gillian on 03-25-16

Story of Courage in a Brutal Country

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, important to know about North Korea and it's a story of the human spirit

  • Accent Your Character - Irish

  • Dialect Training
  • By: Paul Meier
  • Narrated by: Paul Meier
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 52

Add some kick to your characters with some quick and simple dialect training. Paul Meier has been training actors for over 25 years and now offers his experience to the casual pretender in these entertaining presentations. You will find accent tips, colloquialisms, and charismatic character concepts that will add to your storytelling, roleplaying, or cosplay.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tourist only. It didn't help for acting

  • By george c. ellison on 08-10-16

Tourist only. It didn't help for acting

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Tourist only. It didn't help for acting. No clues for key sounds in the language

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,074
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858

Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beginning to a Delinquent Education

  • By Ark1836 on 06-18-15

Too scholarly and not enough genre specific

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Robert Greenberg?

Great Courses, yes. Professor Greenberg, no.

What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

The early chapters spent far too much time on very minor issues on music that didn't help one iota in learning different genres of music. When Professor started covering Pythagoras and his geometric theorem on a note I thought I'd run off the road out of boredom.

How could the performance have been better?

Give an overview in the beginning of what you intend to cover; tackle each major genre of music and don't worry about presenting a historical chronological story of how a note started to the 16 or so different pieces of a Mass. This reader wanted to learn about each genre of music, i.e. how to identify them and appreciate them. I didn't want to understand the history of how music started at a doctorate level.

What character would you cut from How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition?

Most of it.

Any additional comments?

I'd scrap it and start over.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The History of the Medieval World

  • From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade
  • By: Susan Wise Bauer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124

From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the T'ang Dynasty, from the birth of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The First Half of the Medieval World

  • By Troy on 08-11-14

Wars & Kings

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

Would you try another book from Susan Wise Bauer and/or John Lee?

No

What was most disappointing about Susan Wise Bauer’s story?

Too much emphasis on wars and kings and not enough emphasis on culture, religion, values, etc. Also, far too much emphasis on non-European countries such as China, India and Persia. The book should advertise this because when a Westerner reads a book on medieval history he expects European history.

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

Nice voice.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

  • The Foundations of Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas F. X. Noble, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. X. Noble
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

What is Western Civilization? According to Professor Noble, it is "much more than human and political geography," encompassing myriad forms of political and institutional structures - from monarchies to participatory republics - and its own traditions of political discourse. It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Mike Keith on 08-08-16

Great Review!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

If you could sum up The Foundations of Western Civilization in three words, what would they be?

Very very good.

What other book might you compare The Foundations of Western Civilization to and why?

The History of the Catholic Church primarily because they overlap quite a bit historically.

Which character – as performed by Professor Thomas F. X. Noble – was your favorite?

N/A

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

History Rocks!

Any additional comments?

The Professor did a great job. He was interesting, interested in his subject, kept his voice lively and made the history come alive.

  • Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion

  • By: Bill Messenger, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bill Messenger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Jazz is a uniquely American art form, one of America's great contributions to not only musical culture, but world culture, with each generation of musicians applying new levels of creativity that take the music in unexpected directions that defy definition, category, and stagnation. Now you can learn the basics and history of this intoxicating genre in an eight-lecture series that is as free-flowing and original as the art form itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good introduction, but serious omissions.

  • By MidwestGeek on 02-13-17

Not in depth enough

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Bill Messenger?

Probably not

What was one of the most memorable moments of Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion?

The origin of the Cakewalk was interesting but not really a smooth tie in to jazz

Did Professor Bill Messenger do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He did OK. His speaking tone is monotone. He really didn't spend a lot of time on jazz greats like Stan Getz and his covering of jazz from Getz to present was skimpy. He played the piano great and illustrated certain points well with his playing.

Did Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

Most people wanting to learn more about jazz would be interested in jazz that they know, i.e. from the 1940's to present. Professor Bill didn't spend enough time on that era and he spent too much time on the cakewalk times.