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  • Midnight in the Pacific

  • Guadalcanal - The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War
  • By: Joseph Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Published on the 75th anniversary of the battle and utilizing vivid accounts written by the combatants at Guadalcanal, along with marine corps and army archives and oral histories, Midnight in the Pacific is both a sweeping narrative and a compelling drama of individual marines, soldiers, and sailors caught in the crosshairs of history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't start here or you'll be confused.

  • By Doctor Bob on 08-13-17

Lots of Repetition

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

The author repeats anecdotes and quotes so many times that it became very noticeable. At first, I wondered if I was repeating chapters, but then I realized that things were repeated three or four times.

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  • Extracted

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  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,712

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

Starts strong, but gets mired in mediocrity.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

The strongest part of this book is the premise. However, after a strong first third, the book gets veers into a case study on mental illness. While this might be fine in another novel, I find myself constantly wanting more of what I got at the beginning, but never being satisfied.

  • African Kaiser

  • General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918
  • By: Robert Gaudi
  • Narrated by: Paul Hodgson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 476

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the continent of Africa was a hotbed of international trade, colonialism, and political gamesmanship. So when World War I broke out, the European powers were forced to contend with each other not just in the bloody trenches - but in the treacherous jungle. And it was in that unforgiving land that General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck would make history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written, Well Read, Well Done!

  • By Matthew on 02-25-17

A First Class History Book

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

As the 100th anniversary of The Great War is upon us, I think it is especially important for us all to look back and remember the figures of that conflict. This book concisely but thoroughly illuminates a theater of World War 1 often lost amidst discussions of the European theater and the tides of historical revisionism and post-Imperial shame.

  • The Sleepwalkers

  • How Europe Went to War in 1914
  • By: Christopher Clark
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

The Sleepwalkers is historian Christopher Clark's riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I. Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reexamining the Causes of WWI

  • By Christoph L. on 07-13-15

Refreshing take on the origins of WW1

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

I've read several books about the start of World War 1, but all of them seem to take the view that the war was inevitable because of a myriad of factors. This is the only book that I have read that instead of facing on blame, takes a holistic look at all of the players involved and gives a neutral assessment of their actions.

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