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Cort Mcmurray

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  • The Great Halifax Explosion

  • A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism
  • By: John U. Bacon
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

From best-selling author John U. Bacon, a gripping narrative history of the largest manmade detonation prior to Hiroshima. On Monday, December 3, 1917, the French freighter SS Mont-Blanc set sail from Brooklyn carrying the largest cache of explosives ever loaded onto a ship, including 2,300 tons of picric acid, an unstable, poisonous chemical more powerful than TNT.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a story!

  • By Samuel Shurtleff on 12-11-18

Lessons from Halifax

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I grew up on the Canadian border, and though I’d heard of the Halifax explosion, I had no idea of the scope of its devastation. Bacon humanizes the victims and survivors, meticulously details the events leading up to the disaster, and creates a compelling narrative. Heller’s narration perfectly fits the story.

Heartbreaking, compelling, inspiring, and highly recommended.

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,996
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,493
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,461

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow reveals in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

A revelatory biography

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

What I knew of Grant priot to listening to Chernow’s magnificent book - that he was a drunk, an anti-Semite, A bumbling leader, guilty of butchery on the battlefield and chicanery in the White House - was completely wrong.

Grant is skilled leader, a humble man who battled demons, and mostly managed to overcome them. His enlightened approach to race relations is decades ahead of his time. Grant is more than a hero: he may be the most significant figure of 19th century America, and I’m including Abraham Lincoln.

Mark Bramhall’s narration is engaging and altogether superb.

Highly, highly recommend