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Anthony Freyberg

Redding, Ct, US
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  • Churchill and Orwell

  • The Fight for Freedom
  • By: Thomas E. Ricks
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573

Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930s - Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War and Churchill struck by a car in New York City. If they'd died then, history would scarcely remember them. At the time Churchill was a politician on the outs, his loyalty to his class and party suspect. Orwell was a mildly successful novelist, to put it generously. No one would have predicted that by the end of the 20th century, they would be considered two of the most important people in British history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Elegantly Written

  • By Jean on 06-11-17

Extraordinary !

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Having listened to hundreds of audio books over the last 12 years, I can easily rate this title near the top of my list of favorites. It is a wonderful, revealing and insightful historical narrative about two of the giants of thef 20th century. In fascinating detail it highlights how their lives paralleled each other during the tumultuous 30s and 40s and how the legacy of their achievements effects us today. James Lurie’s superb narration makes this a very memorable audio experience.

  • Leadership

  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights) - to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a president great?

  • By tru britty on 09-25-18

Wonderful and Timely History

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Highly interesting and very relevant history from a master historian. The only drawback is David Morse's narration of the Lincoln sections. The material is too important for his low keyed, bed time story like reading.

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  • In the Enemy's House

  • The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies
  • By: Howard Blum
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

In 1946, genius linguist and codebreaker Meredith Gardner discovered that the KGB was running an extensive network of strategically placed spies inside the United States, whose goal was to infiltrate American intelligence and steal the nation's military and atomic secrets. Over the course of the next decade, he and young FBI supervisor Bob Lamphere worked together on Venona, a top-secret mission to uncover the Soviet agents and protect the Holy Grail of Cold War espionage - the atomic bomb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent non-fiction spy story

  • By Katherine on 10-13-18

Compelling Saga of Cold War History

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

This is one of the few audio books you don't want to end. Mr. Blum has skillfully assembled historical material only recently made available into a gripping narrative. It's a fascinating look back to a time in our history which was in many ways more frightening and dangerous than the world we live in today. This is history at its very best and David Colacci's splendid reading makes this a rewarding listening experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Scalia Speaks

  • Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived
  • By: Antonin Scalia, Christopher J. Scalia - editor, Edward Whelan - editor, and others
  • Narrated by: Christopher J. Scalia
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

This definitive collection of beloved Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's finest speeches covers topics as varied as the law, faith, virtue, pastimes, and his heroes and friends. Featuring a foreword by longtime friend Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and an intimate introduction by his youngest son, this volume includes dozens of speeches, some deeply personal, that have never before been published. Christopher J. Scalia and the justice's former law clerk Edward Whelan selected the speeches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-03-17

A Brilliant Life - Lived to the Fullest

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

An important, highly entertaining compilation of the late justices' s speeches punctuated with wonderful anecdotes and interesting biographical information of a remarkable man and great American. My only regret is that his eloquent writings would have been served better had a professional narrator been chosen for the book.

  • Nixon's White House Wars

  • The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever
  • By: Patrick J. Buchanan
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

From Vietnam to the Southern Strategy, from the opening of China to the scandal of Watergate, Pat Buchanan - speechwriter and senior adviser to President Nixon - tells the untold story of Nixon's embattled White House, from its historic wins to it devastating defeats. In his inaugural address, Nixon held out a hand in friendship to Republicans and Democrats alike. But by the fall of 1969, massive demonstrations in Washington and around the country had been mounted to break his presidency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jean on 06-15-17

Eyewitness to History - A Compelling Story

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Despite some initial skepticism, I purchased this book and was rewarded with one of the most engrossing and entertaining historical memoirs I've ever encountered. Having lived through the turbulent times portrayed in this fascinating narrative I was especially interested in the many insider accounts of those times and the momentous decisions that were made and that still affect this country today. Pat Buchanan's well reasoned and wonderfully articulated conservative assessment of those decisions are nothing if not highly thought provoking and compelling.

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  • The Godfather Notebook

  • By: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Narrated by: Francis Ford Coppola, Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

The never-before-published edition of Francis Ford Coppola's notes and annotations on The Godfather novel by Mario Puzo reveals the story behind one of the world's most iconic films. In this one-of-a-kind audio production, Coppola provides listeners with unfiltered access to his creative process in his own voice. Featuring notes from eight scenes - handpicked by Coppola himself - The Godfather Notebook is a must-listen for fans of the 1972 film.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It says unabridged but really just a snippet

  • By Buffalo Bill on 11-16-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

I thought this might be an entertaining insight into the creation and production of a great, now classic movie. Instead it provided merely marginal new information combined with an uninspired reading of excerpts from the novel.

  • Macarthur's War

  • The Flawed Genius Who Challenged the American Political System
  • By: Bevin Alexander
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

As a United States general, he had an unparalleled genius for military strategy, and it was under his leadership that Japan was rebuilt into a democratic ally after World War II. But MacArthur carried out his zero-sum philosophy both on and off the battlefield. During the Korean War, in defiance of President Harry S. Truman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he pushed for an aggressive confrontation with Communist China - a position intended to provoke a wider war, regardless of the cost or consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tragic Story of "the forgotten war".

  • By Anthony Freyberg on 08-12-16

The Tragic Story of "the forgotten war".

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

Bevin Alexander has written a comprehensive, well researched, objective and highly interesting narrative history of the Korean War. He levels devastating criticism to all of the major players and their unconscionable lack of the most elemental foresight and understanding that could have averted war and the disastrous consequences that decimated millions of combatants and civilians and continues to plaque the world today. Sean Runnette’s excellent narration is perfectly in sync with Alexander’s clear and concise writing.

  • Chain of Title

  • How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud
  • By: David Dayen
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

In the depths of the Great Recession, a cancer nurse, a car dealership worker, and an insurance fraud specialist helped uncover the largest consumer crime in American history - a scandal that implicated dozens of major executives on Wall Street. They called it foreclosure fraud: Millions of families were kicked out of their homes based on false evidence by mortgage companies that had no legal right to foreclose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Capital Corruption and Greed

  • By Anthony Freyberg on 07-30-16

Capital Corruption and Greed

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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: 07-30-16

A sordid, excruciatingly frustrating story of the home mortgage scandal of the last decade and the disastrous consequences wrought on many innocent Americans victimized by the incompetence and greed of the banks, mortgage service companies and rating agencies. Although many people share some responsibility for heedlessly rushing into risky financial agreements they had no business anywhere near, the banks and the predatory lending practices they spawned as a result of the securitization of home mortgages deserve most of the blame for the misery they caused. Exceptionally well written and narrated this is a serious learning experience for all.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,455

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another fascinating non-fiction story from Larson

  • By Calliope on 03-03-18

Lusitania's Fateful Voyage

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

This is a riveting and at times heart wrenching story wonderfully written and narrated. The anecdotal and biographical accounts are very interesting. We all know the outcome but that doesn't diminish the suspense as the fatal events unfold. My one criticism is the seemingly gratuitous mind numbing, overly graphic depictions of the suffering of the victims. The gruesome detail of the autopsies and other unnecessary forensics interrupt and lessen the impact of an otherwise excellent history

  • How Could This Happen

  • Explaining the Holocaust
  • By: Dan McMillan
  • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The Holocaust is the defining event of the twentieth century and perhaps all of modern history. Yet for too long, we have ignored the vital question of how and why such a monstrous event could have happened at all. Now, in How Could This Happen, historian Dan McMillan distills the existing Holocaust research into a cogent explanation of the genocide’s causes, revealing how a once progressive society like Germany could commit murder on such a massive scale.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Explaining the Unimaginable

  • By Anthony Freyberg on 08-21-14

Explaining the Unimaginable

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

Reviewed: 08-21-14

Any additional comments?

Dan McMillan has combined history, philosophy and psychology into a comprehensive, well researched and extremely informative book that touches on every plausible explanation of the Nazi Holocaust. It deserved a lot better than Robert Blumenfeld's rapid, uninspired narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful