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  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 54 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,379

Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Mousy Little Man From Missouri Revisited

  • By Sara on 07-23-15

Most underrated president of all time.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

The book was way too long. it probably could have been cut in half. The author goes into so many unnecessary details that I would start to lose focus. Oddly enough, for being over 50 hours long, the book barely went into the details behind huge events like world war II, the nuclear bomb, and most importantly, the israel-palestine question. there were plenty of details about what he had for breakfast, and what his wife commented about his breakfast, and how much he loved eating breakfast.

  • The Russian Revolution

  • A New History
  • By: Sean McMeekin
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Historian Sean McMeekin traces the events that ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power, and introduced communism to the world. Between 1917 and 1922, Russia underwent a complete and irreversible transformation. Taking advantage of the collapse of the Tsarist regime in the middle of World War I, the Bolsheviks staged a hostile takeover of the Russian Imperial Army, promoting mutinies and mass desertions of men in order to fulfill Lenin's program of turning the "imperialist war" into civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book on the Russian Revolution

  • By IRP on 09-02-17

It was OK at best.

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

the narrator wasn't terrible, though he always had a hint of smug condescension in his voice. the story was very thorough, just not told in an interesting way. that's just my opinion, as everyone holds different standards to what is and isn't interesting. An example would be how little attention that was given to the murders of the royal family. All and all, it was simply "ok" at best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Musashi

  • By: Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles S. Terry - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 53 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 519

The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Miyamoto Musashi becomes a reluctant hero to a host of people whose lives he has touched and by whom he has been touched. Inevitably, he has to pit his skill against the naked blade of his greatest rival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great narrator

  • By Garrett J. A. Flowers on 11-10-18

Great story! Much of it is fact based too.

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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: 12-06-18

I understand much of this story is based on actual people and events, I just don't know how much. I wish the ending was different. I won't say what or why so as to not give it away.

  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,653

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.

  • By Charles on 07-22-13

Game changer

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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: 10-22-18

This book was an eye opener for me. I found the most interesting part to be around the feud between Paul and James the just. Oddly enough, that's one of the last chapters.

  • Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation

  • By: Adolf Hitler, Michael Ford (translator)
  • Narrated by: James Smith
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 848

For the first time in 65 years, a modern, easy to understand, truly complete and uncensored edition of Mein Kampf has been released which reveals more than any past translation. This is also the first translation available in an English language audio format. Older translations altered passages, omitted passages, mistranslated Hitler's words, and made some parts more sensational while concealing the true meaning in other parts of the book.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying Pop-Ups

  • By margot on 10-20-13

The most important book you could read

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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: 09-23-18

There are so many misconceptions about Hitler and the German Reich. This book does miracles to dispel the myth and clearly lay out what they were really about. There are so many parallels between Germany of then compared with America of now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Saxons, Vikings, and Celts

  • The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland
  • By: Bryan Sykes
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 247

WASPs finally get their due in this stimulating history by one of the world's leading geneticists. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts is the most illuminating book yet to be written about the genetic history of Britain and Ireland. Through a systematic, ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, Bryan Sykes has traced the true genetic makeup of British Islanders and their descendants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Makes history and myth come alive

  • By Gary on 04-02-13

Anti-white reverse racism

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

if self-hating racism is your thing, this book is for you. If you consider anything pro-white to be a myth, this book is for you. if you like narrators who add dramatic Flair for the sake of dramatic Flair, this book is for you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Flashpoints

  • The Emerging Crisis in Europe
  • By: George Friedman
  • Narrated by: Bruce Turk, George Friedman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends (politics, technology, population, and culture) of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for 500 years, been the cultural hotbed of the world - Europe - and examines the most basic and fascinating building block of the region: culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important Reading: Old Grievances Do Not Go Away

  • By John on 02-21-15

Propaganda for those who love propaganda

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

This book is one long diatribe about innocent victimized Jews and the big bad mean world who just want to persecute them for no good reason at all. Especially those pesky Germans. This book goes so far as to praise the Rothschild's for creating such a wonderfully successful banking system. I kid you not.

  • Hitler

  • Ascent 1889-1939
  • By: Volker Ullrich
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

For all the literature about Adolf Hitler, there have been just four seminal biographies; this is the fifth, a landmark work that sheds important new light on Hitler himself. Drawing on previously unseen papers and a wealth of recent scholarly research, Volker Ullrich reveals the man behind the public persona, from Hitler's childhood, to his failures as a young man in Vienna, to his experiences during the First World War, to his rise as a far-right party leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new view of the man.

  • By Paul on 12-05-16

Not the best Hitler biography

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

There are 2 types of people when it comes to reading Hitler biographies. Those who want to confirm the beliefs they hold dear. And those looking for historically accurate accounts, free from all the mythology of Hitler as the boogey man. This book is geared towards the former. While it does contain some interesting information that was new to me, I found the author to speak out of both sides of his mouth throughout. On one hand, detailing some of the miraculous things Hitler achieved, but quickly condemning him so as to remind you what an evil boogey man he was. I would classify this book as being intermediate propaganda. Not dumbed down enough for the masses, and certainly not an unbiased historical account of a man, like any other real biography should be if it is to be considered as historical research. If you want confirmation that a boogey existed and was the embodiment of pure evil, this book is for you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Goliath

  • Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
  • By: Max Blumenthal
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

In Goliath, New York Times best-selling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens. Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel's war on Gaza in 2008/9, which brought into power the country's most right-wing government to date, Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The truth is rarely pretty

  • By William on 10-15-13

One of the few TRUE accounts of Israeli occupation

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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: 07-22-18

Anyone who is interested in the Israeli occupation of Palestine, or the apartheid, or the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, (or whatever term you choose to use), should add this book to their collection. Towards the end I felt like it droned on a little too long, more or less just reenforcing the message well after the point had been made. But at the same time, it was interesting to hear the multiple accounts from different sources the writer spent time with. If you have spent any time or effort looking into the Israel story, (post 1945), the. you have no doubt learned that nearly every mainstream book, article, or documentary, is completely one sided to the dogmatic narrative that the Jews were victims of Nazi aggression, and they "just want to exist." The reality is they forced themselves onto the Palestinians with promises that they will play nice and keep to their territories. What this book demonstrates is that the Israeli occupation is not only the most fundamentally racist, sexist, and religiously descriminatory regime on Earth, (surpassing the normal evil villains we hear of such as North Korea, Iran, Russia, etc), but are also the the most sadistic. A strong arguement can be made that they are in fact, the most sadistic regime in any written history.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Life and Work

  • By: Henry Ford, Samuel Crowther
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

The book that has inspired entrepreneurs for generations, not only is My Life and Work by Henry Ford a memoir of an American icon but it also shows the spirit that built America. Written in 1922, this work provides a unique insight into the observations, ideas, and problem-solving skills of this remarkable man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising. The man is incapable of fluff.

  • By Billy Buckley on 02-28-19

This should be required reading for everyone!

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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: 07-11-18

At first I wasn't sure if I made a good choice in a book. I'm glad I stuck it out because one really needs to understand Ford's theories in their entirety, and in their context. He shares his thoughts, beliefs, and principles about everything from work, family, values, morals, drive, efficiency, the bankers, war, peace, the Jews, the federal reserve, the past, the present, and the future. One of the best books I can remember reading in a very long time.