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  • The Unknown American Revolution

  • The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America
  • By: Gary B. Nash
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In this audacious recasting of the American Revolution, distinguished historian Gary Nash offers a profound new way of thinking about the struggle to create this country, introducing listeners to a coalition of patriots from all classes and races of American society. From millennialist preachers to enslaved Africans and disgruntled women to aggrieved Indians, the people so vividly portrayed in this book laid down ideas that have become part of our inheritance and ideals toward which we still strive today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Look at the American Revolution

  • By Arjay on 07-01-19

A Realistic Look at the American Revolution

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

I have waited a long time for a non-fiction book like this. It is a warts-and-all look at the revolution. It avoids most of the cliches in other such histories. It does show some of the flaws, or personal interests, in the prominent actors. It also shows that much of the "gentry" who supported the revolution did not do this because of democracy, but in spite of it. It seems as if they were merely after a change in management, from England to themselves. It also shows that much of the progress during and after the revolution was due to the persistence of the common man. I don't know if all of that was Mr. Nash's aim, but that is what I took from the book. I really liked it and will read it again. It is a lot to take in during one reading.

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  • Samurai!

  • By: Martin Caidin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Waites
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Saburo Sakai became a living legend in Japan during World War II. Pilots everywhere spoke in awe of his incredible exploits in the air. Samurai! charts Sakai’s remarkable life from his lowly, poor origins, to signing up with the military at the age of 16, to his conflicts with American aircraft over Guadalcanal where he had the heavy fragments of two 50-caliber machine gun bullets embedded in his skull, through to the moment when Japan eventually surrendered. For many listeners Samurai! will do much to bring the Pacific air war into new perspective. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator is Terrible

  • By Arjay on 05-21-19

The Narrator is Terrible

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

Reviewed: 05-21-19

I have listened to the first 9 minutes of this book (after having read it on paper a number of times) and the narrator has mispronounced 3 names incorrectly, including Caidin's and Sakai's. This is going to drive me nuts throughout the rest of the book. Audible should get rid of this version and try again with a better narrator. This is a story worth telling, but the narrator is going to ruin it.

  • The Mind of Terror

  • A Former Muslim Sniper Explores What Motiviates ISIS and Other Extremist Groups (and How Best to Respond)
  • By: Tass Saada, Dean Merrill
  • Narrated by: Marco Prentice
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

News reports cover the tragic events - the bombings, the massacres, and the suicide attacks. Our newscasters take time to explain who the players are - from Hezbollah to the Iranian Quds, from ISIS to the Palestinian National Authority. But what is behind these events that fuels atrocity after atrocity?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Title Can Mislead you

  • By Arjay on 04-20-19

The Title Can Mislead you

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

Terrorist motivations make up a very small part of this book. The rest of this relates to how Jesus can save us all, with an enormous amount of bible quotes.

  • The Dying Grass

  • A Novel of the Nez Perce War
  • By: William T. Vollmann
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 53 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41

In this new installment in his acclaimed series of novels examining the collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers, William T. Vollmann tells the story of the Nez Perce War, with flashbacks to the Civil War. Defrauded and intimidated at every turn, the Nez Perces finally went on the warpath in 1877, subjecting the US Army to its greatest defeat since Little Big Horn as they fled from Northeast Oregon across Montana to the Canadian border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is all the same. Let us kill, die or ride away

  • By Darwin8u on 05-24-17

I Give Up

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I have listened to over two hours of this story and it makes no sense, considering what the novel is supposed to be about. I hope that this is one of those books that does not translate to the spoken word, as opposed to the written word. All I have heard is a never-ending series of vignettes that son't appear to relate to the topic and that are not placed in context. Two hours is too long for a preface. Maybe the bokk is an artistic masterpiece but you will have to wade through a lot of chaff to get to the wheat.

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  • D-Day in the Pacific

  • The Battle of Saipan
  • By: Harold J. Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Gary D. MacFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

In June 1944, the attention of the nation was riveted on the events unfolding in France. But in the Pacific, the Battle of Saipan was of extreme strategic importance. D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan is a gripping account of one of the most dramatic engagements of World War II. The conquest of Saipan and the neighboring island of Tinian was a turning point in the war in the Pacific, making the American victory against Japan inevitable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Written like an amateur's account of his battle

  • By jack on 12-18-13

Very Good, In Depth Story; Poor Performance

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I lived on Saipan for two years and some of the places are known to me. I have read or listened to a number of books on the invasion and the subsequent campaign. This is a mostly well-researched book with additional information and I really do appreciate it. It does perpetuate mistakes that appear in other books on the subject. The narrator was a bit boring but his mispronunciations detracted from the enjoyment. He, along with other audio books, continues to mispronounce "Chalan Kanoa" as "Charan Kanoa" follows a pattern that could have been avoided if the various authors had just glanced at the USGS map of Saipan. I suspect that this may stem from an interpretation of the Japanese pronunciation. He butchers other Chamorro words but even some place names in Hawaii- "Show-field Barracks" instead of "Sko-field Barracks." I also wish the author had mentioned the defoliant effect napalm had on the attack approaches to Death Valley and Purple Heart Valley that made the attacks very costly.

  • The Arabs

  • A History
  • By: Eugene Rogan
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 27 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

In this definitive history of the modern Arab world, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan draws extensively on Arab sources and texts to place the Arab experience in its crucial historical context for the first time. Tracing five centuries of Arab history, Rogan reveals that there was an age when the Arabs set the rules for the rest of the world. Today, however, the Arab world's sense of subjection to external powers carries vast consequences for both the region and Westerners who attempt to control it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Book About the Arab World

  • By IRP on 05-29-16

From the Arab Side

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

This is the first book I've "read" that shows the history of the middle east from the Arab side without being extremely slanted in their favor. It is presented in a way that shows that the residents of the middle east were bullied, invaded, and taken advantage of by Europeans and the Turks. I don't know enough to tell if the book is objective or not. My Israeli friend would say not, but at least it seems to be. As such, it is worth listening to and then you can see why the Muslims suspect the worst of us.

  • Shadow Commander

  • The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn - Guerrilla Leader and Special Forces Hero
  • By: Mike Guardia
  • Narrated by: Jason Huggins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The fires on Bataan burned on the evening of April 9, 1942 - illuminating the white flags of surrender against the nighttime sky. Woefully outnumbered, outgunned, and ill-equipped, battered remnants of the American-Philippine army surrendered to the forces of the Rising Sun. Yet amongst the chaos and devastation of the American defeat, Army Captain Donald D. Blackburn refused to lay down his arms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great tale of an unsung American hero and Special Forces legend.

  • By Thomas Le Min on 08-21-16

Great Story About Guerilla Warfare and the US Army

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Gen. Blackburn wasn't the only one who led guerillas in the Philippines in WWI but he was able to translate that experience into a model for the special Forces, making them the true force multiplier that they are today. The story flows well throughout. My only gripe is the mispronunciations that occurred more often than I would like. Otherwise the narrator did a pretty good job. This is an Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,367

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Chip Atkinson on 08-07-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

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

Absolutely. It is a great story of Italy during and immediately after WWII. It also deals a great deal with aspects of the german side of the war that are not dealt with, except in passing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pino, as the main character is the most prominent but finding out more about Mimo would have been very interesting.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It did. The narrator did a good job.

Any additional comments?

I think this would have come off better if it had not been written with modern American slang. It would also have been better if, since this is a story narrated by an Italian, the place names would have been the Italian version, rather than the American pronunciation. As a child, I lived in Italy for three years and it wasn't unitl years later that I learned that Milano had a different pronunciation.

  • Guadalcanal Diary

  • 2nd Edition
  • By: Richard Tregaskis
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

This celebrated classic gives a soldier's-eye-view of the Guadalcanal battles; crucial to World War II, the war that continues to fascinate us all. Unlike some of those on Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942, Richard Tregaskis volunteered to be there. One of only two on-location news correspondents, he lived alongside the soldiers: sleeping on the ground - only to be awoken by air raids - eating meager rations, and braving some of the most dangerous battlefields of World War II.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great first person account of the Marines on Guadalcanal

  • By CS in DC on 04-09-17

Great Story, Execution a Bit Off

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

If you could sum up Guadalcanal Diary in three words, what would they be?

Great first-hand account

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I don't think so. The narrator was hard to get used to. He seems to be bored at times, especially in light of the fact that he was retelling battle scenes.

Any additional comments?

This was the first meaningful offensive ground action in the Pacific theater in WWII. I don''t believe that this was ever intended to be a comprehensive account of the campaign. I first encountered this book in the 60s while researching the campaign for a high school paper. Not everything is told in this book, but it does tell the stories of individual Marines in times of stress and distress. What Tregaskis has done is to tell the tale in a realistic, yet uplifting manner. I doubt that, even if he had wanted to, the Defense Department would have allowed the publication in 1943 of a book that shows how the chaotic "Operation Shoestring" developed from inception and the lessons to be learned from those who became expert in the difficult task of amphibious assault actually was.

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  • The Iron Brigade

  • The History of the Famous Union Army Brigade During the Civil War
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: David Zarbock
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The title of Iron Brigade has been given to a number of different US Army brigades over the last century and a half, but it has become almost entirely synonymous with the Civil War soldiers who fought in the brigade for the Army of the Potomac. Also known as the Iron Brigade of the West, Rufus King’s Brigade and the Black Hat Brigade, the Iron Brigade was comprised of the 2nd, 6th, and 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiments, the 19th Indiana, Battery B of the 4th US Light Artillery, and later, the 24th Michigan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Content, Narrator Could Use Help

  • By Arjay on 08-02-17

Good Content, Narrator Could Use Help

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Where does The Iron Brigade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top half

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Gibbon appears throughout the Civil War and later in the west. An undersung hero in the old sense of the word.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator had a very good pace, appropriate to the story. Overall, he sounds like he would be a good narrator. Just some slips as noted below.

Any additional comments?

The narrator of a history on the American Civil War should know how to pronounce certain words, such as cavalry (calvary-more prominent in Christian history than the CIvil War) and gallant (galliant-a mixup with valiant?)