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  • Embers of War

  • The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
  • By: Fredrik Logevall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 32 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

In this landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam, author Fredrik Logevall taps newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations and traces the path that led two Western nations to tragically lose their way in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France’s final years in Indochina - and describes how, from an early point, a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in Every Way

  • By Mark J. Cavanagh on 11-22-18

I found this book very informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-19

I found this book informative. It filled in a lot of the background on why and how America got involved in VIETNAM.

  • Jesus Is Risen

  • By: David Limbaugh
  • Narrated by: Jim Denison
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

David Limbaugh has examined Jesus Christ's life, his divinity, and the prophecies that preceded him in the Old Testament. Now, the best-selling author picks up after the Gospels in a captivating study of Jesus Christ's legacy in the early church and the work of Saint Paul. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I want to enjoy. Need a second version.

  • By Smore on 10-02-18

I found the book interesting

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I found this book a good companion to the Bible study I was taking. My only gripe is all the citations disrupt the narrative flow

  • Road to Disaster

  • A New History of America’s Descent into Vietnam
  • By: Brian VanDeMark
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 23 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Many books have been written on the tragic decisions regarding Vietnam made by the stars of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Yet despite many words of analysis and reflection, no historian has been able to explain why such decent and previously successful men stumbled so badly. That changes with Road to Disaster. Historian Brian VanDeMark draws upon decades of archival research, his own interviews with many of those involved, and a wealth of previously unheard recordings by Robert McNamara and Clark Clifford, who served as Defense Secretaries for Kennedy and Johnson. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Incomplete study of the war

  • By cbspock on 12-28-18

Incomplete study of the war

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-18

The book does not cover the decisions made during the entire war. It stops once LBJ leaves office. The book also covers the early Kennedy administration and the wrong lessons it learned from the bay of Pigs to the Cuban missile crisis. All of which led to decisions that led to diving into Nam in incorrect assumptions. The book was interesting and you must have to work around the author’s bias since it feels like he is carrying water for certain players. You may not want to throw around adjectives like genius, smart, well intentioned to describe people who couldn’t get past their own egos and felt it better to just pour lives into the grist mill.

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  • Vietnam

  • An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Max Hastings
  • Length: 32 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 235

Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the US in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle. Here are the vivid realities of strife amid jungle and paddies that killed two million people. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A more nuanced view than Ken Burns' companion book

  • By Vu on 10-21-18

Excellent book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I found this book very informative. It covers all aspects of the war and it’s impact

  • Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump

  • By: Dan Bongino, D.C. McAllister, Matt Palumbo
  • Narrated by: Dan Bongino
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 606

The comprehensive story of how the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton campaign, and foreign entities tried to sabotage the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I [quote] Can't Take it [end quote]

  • By ScottG on 10-15-18

Lots of information to unpack

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Dan lays out the facts in an easy to understand way. It is sad to see how corrupt the government is. Under Obama he made sure to politicize everything and weaponized the government against American citizens

  • Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,937
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,386

On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs - including the Death Star project - the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe my expectations were too high...

  • By Goggles on 08-29-18

Dull

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-18

This was a dull story. Didn’t like the jumping around to different time periods . I’m done with Star Wars books

  • The Middle Ages

  • By: Morris Bishop
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

In this indispensable volume, one of America's ranking scholars combines a life's work of research and teaching with the art of lively narration. Both authoritative and beautifully told, The Middle Ages is the full story of the thousand years between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance - a time that saw the rise of kings and emperors, the flowering of knighthood, the development of Europe, the increasing power of the Catholic Church, and the advent of the middle class.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • "It's All left to the imagination."

  • By Dave Miller on 09-22-17

A good overview

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I was hoping for more detail but the book provides a good overview of the age

  • A Storm in Flanders

  • The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front
  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: David Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Novelist and prizewinning historian Winston Groom's gripping history of the four-year battle for Ypres in Belgian Flanders, the pivotal engagement of World War I that would forever change the way the world fought - and thought about - war. This is Groom's account of what would become the most dreaded place on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love, love, love this book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-16-16

A really great overview of the War using Flanders

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I really liked this booked. I learned about the Flanders battle, and in extension the combat in World War 1. I thought the content was really good, and the narration was well done

  • The Crusades

  • The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
  • By: Thomas Asbridge
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 25 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge - a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker) - covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, listenable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learned more from this than in the past 60 years.

  • By T. Anderson on 09-24-16

Lots of information

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I found the book interesting. There is a lot of detail in it. It took me a while to complete

  • Enigma Tales

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • By: Una McCormack
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Elim Garak has ascended to Castellan of the Cardassian Union...but despite his soaring popularity, the imminent publication of a report exposing his peoples' war crimes during the occupation on Bajor looks likely to set the military against him. Into this tense situation come Dr. Katherine Pulaski - visiting Cardassia Prime to accept an award on behalf of the team that solved the Andorian genetic crisis - and Dr. Peter Alden, formerly of Starfleet Intelligence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More DS9 please!

  • By Toffylights on 07-03-17

Really enjoyed the book

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-18

The vocal performance was really good and captured the voice of the characters. Una writes really well for Garak