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  • The Last Panther

  • Slaughter of the Reich - The Halbe Kessel 1945
  • By: Wolfgang Faust
  • Narrated by: George Backman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

While the Battle of Berlin in 1945 is widely known, the horrific story of the Halbe Kessel remains largely untold. In April 1945, victorious Soviet forces encircled 80,000 men of the German 9th Army in the Halbe area, South of Berlin, together with many thousands of German women and children. The German troops, desperate to avoid Soviet capture, battled furiously to break out toward the West, where they could surrender to the comparative safety of the Americans.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fake Memoir - Literary Fraud - Violent War Porn

  • By Erik on 05-25-16

Nothing held back

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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: 01-04-19

This is another great book about germans being trapped inside a “pocket” within german borders, but this one spares not one bloody detail. If you like books with in-depth battle details, this one’s for you.

  • PT 105

  • By: Dick Keresey
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Admittedly small and vulnerable, PT boats were, nevertheless, fast - the fastest craft on the water during World War II - and Dick Keresey's account of these tough little fighters throws new light on their contributions to the war effort. As captain of PT 105, the author was in the same battle as John F. Kennedy when Kennedy's PT 109 was rammed and sunk. The famous incident, Keresey says, has often been described inaccurately and the PT boat depicted as unreliable and ineffective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended I couldn't stop listening!

  • By Curtis Graf on 08-17-17

Unexpected ending.

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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: 01-03-19

I hadn’t even heard about this kind of boat before finding this book. This first hand account really opened my eyws to how important this arm of the navy was and how difficult it was to maneuver at night before night vision and alike inventions. It speaks volumes to Kunga Dick’s skills and experience. And the ending was just beautiful and emotional... It was really a pleasant surprise.

  • Panzer Gunner

  • From My Native Canada to the German Ostfront and Back. In Action with 25th Panzer Regiment, 7th Panzer Division 1944-45
  • By: Bruno Friesen
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Panzer Gunner is a unique memoir of a Canadian serving in a German armored division. Bruno Friesen explains what it was like to fight in a tank on the Eastern Front and provides details on the battlefield performance of the Panzer IV tank. Six months before World War II erupted in 1939, Bruno Friesen was sent to Germany by his father in hopes of a better life. Friesen was drafted into the Wehrmacht three years later and ended up in the 7th Panzer Division. Friesen experienced intense combat against the Soviets in Romania, Lithuania, and West Prussia. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • strangest WW2 book you will ever read.

  • By jacob on 05-10-18

Not something you hear everyday!

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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: 12-20-18

This book gives the listener amazing insight into what an allied born individual has to go through while fighting for the enemy side and coming back to “face the music”. Really amazing to listen to someone who had this unique experience.

  • Steel Boat Iron Hearts

  • A U-boat Crewman's Life Aboard U-505
  • By: Hans Goebeler, John Vanzo
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Using his own experiences, log books, and correspondence with other U-boat crewmen, Hans Goebeler offers rich and personal details about what life was like in the German Navy under Hitler. Since his first and last posting was to U-505, Goebeler's perspective of the crew, commanders, and war patrols paints a vivid and complete portrait unlike any other to come out of the Kriegsmarine. He witnessed it all, from deadly sabotage efforts that almost sunk the boat to the tragic suicide of the only U-boat commander who took his life during World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating view into WWII naval history.

  • By John P. Santucci on 02-24-17

Beautiful 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: 12-07-18

I never really thought too much about what it was like in a submarine during the second world war, but upon seeing the book title it piqued my curiosity. This is a beautiful book. Very detailed about the goings on aboard the famous U-Boat.

  • The Liberator

  • One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
  • By: Alex Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I Know What a Hero Really Is

  • By Steven on 11-27-12

Beautiful

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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: 12-04-18

This book takes you on an amazing adventure through multiple theaters of the war. As well as an emotional journey through Felix Sparks’ life. Great book.

  • Panzer Ace

  • The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy
  • By: Richard Freiherr von Rosen, Robert Forczyk
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Richard Freiherr von Rosen was a highly decorated Wehrmacht soldier and outstanding panzer commander. After serving as a gunlayer on a Pz.Mk.III during Barbarossa, he led a company of Tigers at Kursk. Later he led a company of King Tiger panzers at Normandy and in late 1944 commanded a battle group (12 King Tigers and a flak company) against the Russians in Hungary in the rank of junior, later senior lieutenant (from November 1944, his final rank). Only 489 of these King Tiger tanks were ever built. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • terrific insight from the German side

  • By Anonymous User on 07-24-18

Amazing!

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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: 11-26-18

This is a great book. Made me have a more in-depth & respectful view of the non-SS german soldier.

  • Tank Rider

  • Into the Reich with the Red Army
  • By: Evgeni Bessonov, Bair Irincheev - translator
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Tank Rider is the riveting memoir of Evgeni Bessonov telling of his years of service at the vanguard of the Red Army and daily encounters with the German foe. He brings large-scale battles to life, recounts the sniping and skirmishing that tried and tested soldiers on both sides, and narrates the overwhelming tragedy and horror of apocalyptic warfare on the Eastern Front. So much of the Soviet experience of World War II remains untold, but this memoir provides an important glimpse into some of the most decisive moments of this overlooked history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish more about the Soviet POV was written.

  • By brian on 10-07-18

This guy was lucky.

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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: 11-09-18

It was amazing hearing first hand accounts of a frontline Russian infantry soldier. All the close calls kept me wondering if he was going to be able to go on. The only thing is he droned on a little too much about the boring stuff: troop movement, soldier names etc...

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  • Lucky 666

  • The Impossible Mission
  • By: Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

From the authors of the New York Times best-selling The Heart of Everything That Is and Halsey's Typhoon comes the dramatic untold story of a daredevil bomber pilot and his misfit crew who fly their lone B-17 into the teeth of the Japanese Empire in 1943, engage in the longest dogfight in history, and change the momentum of the war in the Pacific - but not without making the ultimate sacrifice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good picture of the WWII air war in the Pacific

  • By Joshua on 06-07-17

Intense

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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: 11-07-18

I know the author was looking for something to write about and I’m very glad his buddy suggested this one. The book went into great detail about the everyday life and living conditions. As well as the blow by blow recollections of the missions and dogfights. Great book, if you read this review then PLEASE read this book.

  • Red Star Against the Swastika

  • The Story of a Soviet Pilot over the Eastern Front
  • By: Vasily B. Emelianenko
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

This is the extraordinary story of Vasily B. Emelianenko, the veteran pilot of one of the Soviet Union's most contradictory planes of the Second World War - the I1-2. Having flown 80 combat sorties against the Germans, Emelianenko was awarded the highest decoration - the Hero of the Soviet Union. He went on to complete a total of 92 sorties; his plane was shot down three times; and on each occasion, he managed to pilot the damaged aircraft home. Emelianenko's vivid memoirs provide a rare insight into the reality of fighting over the Eastern Front and the tactics of the Red Army Air Force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Soviet WW2 bio

  • By Alek on 12-19-18

Amazing

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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: 11-06-18

This was an amazing book. It really gave me a new perspective of the russian soldier. Definitely five stars!