LISTENER

ryan j diamond

  • 25
  • reviews
  • 12
  • helpful votes
  • 28
  • ratings
  • Spearhead

  • An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II
  • By: Adam Makos
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 571

From The New York Times best-selling author of A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner’s journey into the heart of the Third Reich, where he will meet destiny in an iconic armor duel - and forge an enduring bond with his enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Msgr. John R. McGrath on 03-11-19

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

Such an incredible story! I do recommend watching the videos that show the live action but the book adds a riveting and suspensful twist!

  • The Tank Killers

  • A History of America's World War II Tank Destroyer Force
  • By: Harry Yeide
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

The Tank Killers follows the men who fought in the tank destroyers from the formation of the force in 1941 through the victory over the Third Reich in 1945. It is a story of the American Tank Destroyer Force in North Africa, Italy, and the European Theater during World War II, and of American flexibility and pragmatism in military affairs. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dry and without detail

  • By Vernon D. Burt on 08-06-18

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

Very thourogh, very in depth. I didn't realize the TD battalions would end if being used the way they were. Pretty interesting stuff!

  • The Battle of Arnhem

  • The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II
  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

On September 17, 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the groaning roar of airplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders, carrying the legendary American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the British 1st Airborne Division. Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept, but could it have ever worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fighting a lost war

  • By Alec Drumm on 11-03-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I was able to gain so much knowledge in had not previously known! Great read!

  • The Dead and Those About to Die

  • D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach
  • By: John C. McManus
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

A white-knuckle account of the First Infantry Division’s harrowing D-Day assault on the eastern sector of Omaha Beach - acclaimed historian John C. McManus has written a gripping history that will stand as the last word on this titanic battle. Nicknamed the Big Red One, First Division had fought from North Africa to Sicily, earning a reputation as stalwart warriors on the front lines and rabble-rousers in the rear. Yet on D-Day, these jaded combat veterans melded with fresh-faced replacements to accomplish one of the most challenging and deadly missions ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed Account of D-Day

  • By Pamela Dale Foster on 07-04-14

Great!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Another great book on Omaha Beach and the Normandy invasion, I highly recommend this book.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,885

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

A good deep dive into the chaotic and narcissistic world of Trump. It brings a whole new light on why so many question this presidency than have ever before.

  • The Americans at D-Day

  • The American Experience at the Normandy Invasion
  • By: John C. McManus
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

June 6, 1944, was a pivotal moment in the history of World War II. On that day the climactic and decisive phase of the war in Europe began. Those who survived the intense fighting on the Normandy beaches found their lives irreversibly changed. That day ushered in a great change for the United States as well, because on D-day America began its march to the forefront of the Western world. By the end of the Battle of Normandy, almost one out of every two soldiers involved was an American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Thorough!

  • By ryan j diamond on 08-18-18

Very Thorough!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

I really liked how the individual aspects of the invasion we're represented and explained, great read and very detailed. I highly recommend.

  • Alamo in the Ardennes

  • The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible
  • By: John C. McManus
  • Narrated by: John Glouchevitch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

At last, here is a book that tells the full story of the turning point in World War II's Battle of the Bulge - the story of five crucial days in which small groups of American soldiers, some outnumbered 10 to 1, slowed the German advance and allowed the Belgian town of Bastogne to be reinforced. Alamo in the Ardennes provides a compelling, day-by-day account of this pivotal moment in America's greatest war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • devoted history lover

  • By Tamara on 02-21-17

Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

A very unknown part if the Bulge story, especially the first days is told surprisingly well! Highly recommend

  • Easy Company Soldier

  • The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WW II's 'Band of Brothers'
  • By: Don Malarkey, Bob Welch
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne. Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Toccoa Camp in Georgia and was one of six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings and went to England in 1943 to provide ground cover for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid American Greatness

  • By David Ewing on 09-28-10

Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

One of the best personal accounts I've heard on WW2 and incredibly well written. This book takes you into the mind and foxhole of the greatest generation!

  • D-Day with the Screaming Eagles

  • By: George Koskimaki
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

In the predawn darkness of D-Day, an elite fighting force struck the first blows against Hitler's Fortress Europe. Braving a hail of enemy gunfire and mortars, bold invaders from the sky descended into the hedgerow country and swarmed the meadows of Normandy. Some would live, some would die, but all would fight with the guts and determination that made them the most famous US Army division in World War II: the 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very long and mostly boring for audiobook

  • By R. Denton on 06-27-16

Very in depth and personal

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

loved how the stories make you feel like you are tight in the action! I highly recommend.

  • Getting to Yes

  • Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
  • By: Roger Fisher, William Ury
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089

Getting to Yes is a straightorward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting taken - and without getting angry. It offers a concise, step-by-step, proven strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict - whether it involves parents and children, neighbors, bosses and employees, customers or corporations, tenants or diplomats.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe I Could Go to Four and One-Half Stars

  • By John on 01-14-12

Great Subject!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

What a great read, especially with the recent update and modernization, I definitely would recommend.