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  • The German Aces Speak

  • World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders
  • By: Anne-Marie Lewis, Jon Guttman, Brigadier General Robin Olds USAF (Ret.), and others
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Few perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat more perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II. As romanticized as any soldier in history, the World War II fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life: a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds. In the 65-plus years since the Allied victory, stories of these pilots' heroics have never been in short supply. But what about their adversaries - the highly skilled German aviators who pushed the Allies to the very brink of defeat?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best German side account on record!!

  • By Philip Gehman on 12-19-17

Am I listening to the same book?

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I feel like I'm listening to a different book than all the other reviewers. But here's my 2c anyhow.

The first hour or so is a slog. Bad writing and extremely repetitive. Once you get into the accounts the writing is still pretty bad but at least it's interesting content. It feels like lots of interviews are kind of mashed together so it feels fairly choppy and sterile at times. The author could have done a bit more editing to help the flow along. But, again, interesting content.

The reader was awful. I'm not sure why I'm the only one saying this. Maybe his style is just a personal thing but it's very difficult for me to listen to. It feels very mechanical. Same exact voice inflection with every single sentence. You'll hear it in the sample audio. The book would be so much better with a different reader. An older gentleman with a German accent would have been amazing.

  • 438 Days

  • An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea
  • By: Jonathan Franklin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716

438 Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history - as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'M ALIVE..

  • By Big jim Picotto on 12-04-15

Remarks story

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

The story is amazing, but I found the writing to be mediocre. It really is too bad that the writing doesn't quite do the story justice, but it's worth a listen to anyhow. The reader was good but I would have preferred someone that could pull off the Spanish with an authentic accent that portrayed the characters.

  • Hiding in the Light

  • Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus
  • By: Rifqa Bary
  • Narrated by: Rifqa Bary
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 784

Rifqa Bary grew up in a devout Muslim home, obediently following her parents' orders to practice the rituals of Islam. But God was calling her to freedom and love. He was calling her to true faith. He was calling her to give up everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Enrique Mata III on 05-24-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Very thought provoking book for the Christian reader. Where Seeking Allah (Qureshi) sides on the academic/cognitive end of it, this is more on the emotional/intuitive/spiritual. Beautiful and heartbreaking for all the right reasons. Highly recomended

  • Spymaster

  • Startling Cold War Revelations of a Soviet KGB Chief
  • By: Tennent H. Bagley
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 358

From the dark days of World War II through the Cold War, Sergey A. Kondrashev was a major player in Russia’s notorious KGB espionage apparatus. Rising through its ranks through hard work and keen understanding of how the spy and political games are played, he “handled” American and British defectors, recruited Western operatives as double agents, served as a ranking officer at the East Berlin and Vienna KGB bureaus, and tackled special assignments from the Kremlin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An brilliant personal Cold War perspective

  • By Iamnotaspy on 01-09-15

Informational

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

It's written a lot like a history book. It's good information but I found it difficult to follow at times

  • Outlaw

  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

The story of how I, Julian Carter, and my precious two-year old son, Stephen, left Atlanta Georgia and found ourselves on a white sailboat, tossed about like a cork on a raging sea off of Australia's northern tip in 1963, is harrowing. But it pales in comparison to what happened deep in the jungle where I was taken as a slave by a savage tribe unknown to the world. Some places dwell in darkness so deep that even God seems to stay away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than A Great Story

  • By Saundra Smith on 02-07-14

Not a great Dekker book

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

I felt that the first 3/4 of the book was written like a cheesy romance novel. The last part of it was better, but still not great. Not one of Dekker's better works

  • Tattoos on the Heart

  • The Power of Boundless Compassion
  • By: Gregory Boyle
  • Narrated by: Gregory Boyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,198
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,196

As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compassion is God

  • By Jay on 02-08-14

Fatastic

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

One of those very few all-around great books. I loved the writing style, and the author read it which in this case added a lot. This book is now in my top 5 religious books. I really can't suggest it enough

  • In the Presence of My Enemies

  • By: Gracia Burnham
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

In the Presence of My Enemies, the gripping true story of American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham's year as hostages in the Philippine jungle, was a New York Times best seller and has sold nearly 350,000 copies. This updated audio edition has a new look and contains never-before published information.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read

  • By Joseph F Pfeiffer on 06-25-16

It's a mix

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

No doubt that this story is amazing. That makes it worth reading alone. The writing was mediocre, and I wasn't a fan of the reader.

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  • Devotion

  • An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
  • By: Adam Makos
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 623

Devotion tells the inspirational story of the US Navy's most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper's son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy's first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn't even serve him in a bar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jaw Dropping Ground and Air Combat Realism

  • By STRATIS A. SIMON on 04-29-17

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

This is one of those few all-around great audio books. Incredible story, good writing, and good narrator. There is an awful lot to process after reading this, and I don't want to ruin the process for anyone else. Let's just say that this book gave me a profound appreciation for the African-Americans who sacrificed for a country that forced them to endure awful racism trusting that the future was bright. Like I said, there is much more to process, but I suggest you read it for yourself.

  • The Wrong Stuff

  • The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator
  • By: Truman Smith
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847

Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, suspense, and history

  • By Allan on 03-17-15

Amazing story, mediocre writing, awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

The headline really says it all. It is a great story and well worth the read. The author has some deep insightful reflection into war that is in itself worth your time. He does repeat himself fairly frequently which I find obnoxious, but the narrator is just horrible. There were some parts that the reader said in such a trivial, almost gameshow host style that the depth was almost completely lost. I would recommend this book, but probably first suggestion would be to be read from the hard copy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb

  • By: Neal Bascomb
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

It's 1942 and the Nazis are racing to be the first to build a weapon unlike any known before. They have the physicists, they have the uranium, and now all their plans depend on amassing a single ingredient: heavy water, which is produced in Norway's Vemork, the lone plant in all the world that makes this rare substance. Under threat of death, Vemork's engineers push production into overdrive. For the Allies, the plant must be destroyed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a different narrator!!!!

  • By Scott on 06-04-16

great story, but...

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

This is a fantastic story about the grit of the Norwegians during WW2 and the Nazi nuke program. Well written, but that reader is the worst. I can't help imagining a weasel looking guy in a 3 piece suit delicately holding a wine glass and his nose in the air reading this book. That image was the only think that made it tolerable.