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  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,308
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,278

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow reveals in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

Simply Outstanding

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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: 02-11-19

The telling of a complex life of a simple, decent man. A laser focus to complete a job and do so with honor and compassion.


  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,266

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

Worth every minute

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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: 11-13-18

A masterful compilation of history with fascinating incorporation of actual historical documents telling the story/nightmare as written by German leaders(?) in their own diary entries. Further, the first hand account of events experienced by the author provides unique insights of a horrific, pure evil era.

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,253

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Remarkable resilience

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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: 08-22-18

And incredible story of survival in the face of pure evil. Despite unimaginable events, this is a story of strength, gratitude, persevering and family bonds. Sadly, they were, however, “the lucky ones.“

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  • Operation Kronstadt

  • The Greatest True Tale of Espionage to Come Out of the Early Years of MI6
  • By: Harry Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Part Blackhawk Down, part The Riddle of the Sands, former MI6 officer Harry Ferguson has written an extraordinarily gripping non-fiction thriller. Operation Kronstadt not only reveals the early days of intelligence services but also uncovers a truly dramatic story from the Russian Revolution involving a daring rescue attempt and a "mission impossible" against the best defended naval target in Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story

  • By Anonymous User on 06-21-10

Why is this not a movie?!?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

An incredible story! Russian history, the brutal civil war, spy networks, counter spies, survival and incredible acts of courage and daring by everyday people. This is the genuine James Bond.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112,425
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,123
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103,625

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Insightful

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book. Felt like it bogged down a little (seemed repetitive) in the second half up to the last 10% and then finished strong. Still had unanswered questions tho about his father, friends and career that I would have liked to seen closure on. Overall though a positive read/listen.

54 of 65 people found this review helpful

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,964

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Fast paced and intriguing- loved it!

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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: 03-17-18

Great story. Never bogged down. I have read and enjoy many true historical accounts of WWII but this historical fiction was a wonderful aside of possible individual composites of might have been. Eve was an awesome character who seemed true to the life she had lived. Charlie was probably more capable than would be a 19 year old - but together with Eve the story worked. Well worth the read.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,278

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Tragic yet compelling

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-18

The dual time line reveals an emotional, gripping story - providing well needed breaks to present day after absorbing the incredible sadness of lost childhoods. For better or worse, the horrors endured by children at the hands of adults is the only reason the over all and story ratings each lost one star. Probably not fair on my part, as the book is remarkable - just difficult at times to wrestle with the reality.

  • Unshakeable

  • Your Financial Freedom Playbook
  • By: Tony Robbins
  • Narrated by: Tony Robbins, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,866

After interviewing 50 of the world's greatest financial minds and penning the number-one New York Times best seller Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a one sentence summary....

  • By Martin on 03-04-17

Clear, concise and compelling

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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: 08-03-17

I loved this book. You are expertly walked through the field of investing in a simple but not simplistic direct instructional manner. The book is not bogged down by getting into the weeds but, rather, provides an excellent approach to real world investing - and not a "how to get rich quick" sales pitch. I will refer this book to my children, ages 24 and 26, as an excellent source for long-term financial success life lessons.

  • The German War

  • A Nation Under Arms, 1939-1945; Citizens and Soldiers
  • By: Nicholas Stargardt
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

As early as 1941, Allied victory in World War II seemed all but assured. How and why, then, did the Germans prolong the barbaric conflict for three and a half more years? In The German War, acclaimed historian Nicholas Stargardt draws on an extraordinary range of primary source materials - personal diaries, court records, and military correspondence - to answer this question. He offers an unprecedented portrait of wartime Germany, bringing the hopes and expectations of the German people to vivid life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding.

  • By Francis S. Brown on 06-09-16

The good, the bad & the horrific

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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: 07-13-17

A disturbing insight - yet one that should be remembered. The book reminds us of our ability to accept (and advance) a community of hate that resulted in the wholesale meaningless destruction of life. The willingness to both commit atrocities and then accept these acts for "the greater good" is beyond comprehension.

The book captivates the listener through the diaries, letters and events of German soldiers, their families and loved ones - the listener is invested in "what happens to them".

I would like to say "how could an entire nation accept the propaganda and participate in willful blindness to extermination of the Jews" but I also realize hindsight self-righteousness is cheap. I can only hope I would have been one of "the good", one that would have stood up and said no, one who risked my safety to shelter the persecuted. But....reading history and living history are two different things.

In summary, an excellent book - the lessons of which - including the dangers of collective mentality - should never been forgotten.

  • 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 10,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,276

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Gripping!

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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: 08-22-16

A compelling story told with suspense and intrigue. The unanswered questions regarding who knew what when, absence of Royal Navy protection, and silence on known facts to the contrary even after the war was over is disturbing at best. Capt. Turner's ability to withstand the forces working against him was remarkable.