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  • Gotham

  • A History of New York City to 1898
  • By: Edwin G. Burrows, Mike Wallace
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 67 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In Gotham, Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace have produced a monumental work of history, one that ranges from the Indian tribes that settled in and around the island of Manna-hata, to the consolidation of the five boroughs into Greater New York in 1898. It is an epic narrative, a story as vast and as varied as the city it chronicles, and it underscores that the history of New York is the story of our nation. The events and people who crowd this audiobook guarantee that this is no mere local history. It is in fact a portrait of the heart and soul of America....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Re-thinking Gotham

  • By Susie Bright on 09-26-18

THANK YOU!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

THANK YOU; THANK YOU; THANK YOU...
for finally making an audible recording of this outstanding book. I know this is a niche market book given its extreme length and 19th century limit in scope, but this is one of the best books ever written and your readers/listeners deserve a chance to enjoy it. This book won the Pulitzer Prize. Enough said. That alone should qualify any book to be recorded for audible.

Thank you for finally committing to finish this project the right way, with a splendid audio recording for the ages.

I look forward to the recording for Book 2...
GREATER GOTHAM.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

  • By: William Manchester
  • Narrated by: Richard Brown
  • Length: 36 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,173

This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Senseless change of narrators

  • By S. Horn on 12-12-11

Winston Warns Everyone of Hitler's True Intentions

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

This part two of the three-volume story of Sir Winston's Churchill's life and times. If you're really interested in history and defense and politics of defense and the British Empire and what drives outstanding people, this series is for you!!!

You should read William Shirer's book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich first in order to get a broad understanding of the second world war, then read this book to understand how the dominant powers (British Empire, French Empire, Russian Empire) alone or in combination could have strangled Hitler in his military crib by standing up to the occupation of the Rhineland. But because of a range of valid political calculations, and several invalid ones, Britain allows Germany to become too powerful to stop alone.

This book starts in 1932 where Churchill "out of power". He had consistently been a member of the cabinet (Head of the Navy during First World War, etc.) but has become a common "back-bencher" meaning he was about equivalent to the US House of Representatives, while he had consistently been a member of the cabinet for several years. In this position he doesn't have to pull punches about Great Britain botching its defense against growing Nazi power.

According to the book, (in the 1920's) "His chief concern during this time was that Britain might be vanquished by a tacit conspiracy between Prussian aggression and English pacifism." In the 1930's (as described in this book) he could use his best-selling writer to convince the English & the World about Hitler's true aims.

THis book describes his entire 8 year fight with his own government to stop Nazis from growing powerful and then to be ready to fight them once they had become too powerful to stop alone.

It is a really outstanding book if you like the politics of national defense and is full of just interesting tidbits about Windston that are very endearing. If you think you will like this book, you probably will. Just make sure you know what you're getting into and buy the right book of the three-part series. If you want to hear how Churchill vanquished Hitler in the biggest war in human history, this is not the book for you. You want Book Three. If you want to hear about the experiences that built Churchill into the powerhouse he became, you don't want this book. You want Book One. Book Two (this one) has a relatively narrow focus compared to the other two in that it applies mostly to the high between Hitler in power versus Churchill out of power.

Being out of power during the 8 years leading up to the Second World War means that Churchill will have to use all his cunning and craftiness and leadership to put himself in a position to become England's best statesman in a thousand years.

It's a great book!!!

Also, the narrator is very good. 9 out of 10 stars for him.


Other Churchill books to consider:
John Keegan - Quick overview of his life and times. It's like 5 hours. Keegan is a brilliant military historian.
Martin Gilbert - Don't start with a book by MG. He is the most knowledgable historian ever about Winston because he was commissioned to do the multi-decade project, The Official Churchill Biography. He has since done like ten more books about him, slicing his life in many different ways.
Manchester - Book One of this series THE LAST LION. His years before Hitler comes to power.
Manchester - Book Three of this series THE LAST LION. Churchill is called to duty by his country to be Prime Minister to extricate them from this war he has been predicting for 15 years.
Ted Morgan - CHURCHILL - Similar to Book ONE of LAST LION (two entries above). This was a finalist for Pulitzer Prize for best biography.
Max Hastings - Winston's War - This is probably the best single volume about the Second World War from Churchill's perspective. It is just that...A story of the war, but with each event commented on by Winston's perspective. So it's more about the war than Winston but it's a great way to learn about him.

And again, for the overview of the second world war, you can't beat this one...
William Shirer - Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
John Keegan - Second World War. Keegan is a brilliant military historian.
A.J.P. Taylor - Origins of the Second World War...This book is VERY controversial since almost everyone agrees that the European part of the war was plainly started by Hitler...case closed. Here, Taylor explores the wildly implausible hypothesis that Hitler sort of stumbled into a war when he didn't intend to. I find the thesis, taken as a whole, to be very hard to swallow, but parts of it I think force the reader to think carefully about the role that other countries played in the origins of the war.

Taylor's book is an excellent compliment to this book (Last Lion volume Two) since they both look at the chess board moves that take Europe from peace to war... move by move. When you look at it this way it's much harder to give the sweeping conclusion that the war that took place, in the form it had, was all the maniacal plan of a German monster.

If you really want to get a great master class in the origins of the second world war, Read Shirer (Rise and Fall) first for a lay of the land, then both Taylor's (Origins) and Manchester (Last Lion Volume Two) together. That will really give you an excellent sense of the twists and turns that started the second war. All Three of these books are available in Kindle and Audible form.


  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,779

We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd kill for another book this good

  • By Eric Nicolas Morgan on 11-11-11

Outstanding Reasoning

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

This book shatters the myth that the modern world is a violent place compared with peaceful utopia of the rural primitive world. Too often we bow to the notion that both world wars and nuclear weapons are proof positive that mankind is doomed to a spiral of increasing violence. This book puts that idea to rest in a clear and entertaining way.

This book is not light reading and will require active reasoning to be appreciated properly.

I strongly recommend this book for angst-ridden nihilistic young people too (like high schoolers). It shows the modern world is something to be cherished not ridiculed.

  • Winston Churchill

  • By: John Keegan
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

The eminent historian John Keegan charts Churchill's career, following his steadfast leadership during the catastrophic events of World War II while England was dangerously poised on the brink of collapse. With wonderful eloquence, Keegan illuminates Churchill's incredible strength during this crucial moment in history and his unshakable belief that democracy would always prevail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good intro/summary

  • By Sabrina on 01-07-06

Best Short Churchill Biography

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Sir John Keegan’s wealth of experience in military history make him the perfect author to pen a slim biography of the most important figure of the twentieth century.
Also, the narrator is superb.

Further reading on Churchill...
Winston’s War - The Second World War from Churchill’s point of view. (Max Hastings)

The Last Lion: Three books covering Churchill’s entire life and times. First volume won the Pulitzer Prize; Second is my favorite.
(William Manchester)
Total 2,000 pages; 130 hours.

Sir Martin Gilbert made a career of writing about Churchill from every conceivable angle. The foundation of his career was the eight volume Official Churchill Biography.

Winston Churchill himself wrote about “My Early Life” and his role in both World Wars in:
“The World Crisis” & “The Second World War”.

  • The First World War

  • By: Hew Strachan
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

A century has passed since the outbreak of World War I, yet as military historian Hew Strachan argues in this brilliant and authoritative new book, the legacy of the "war to end all wars" is with us still. The First World War was a truly global conflict from the start, with many of the most decisive battles fought in or directly affecting the Balkans, Africa, and the Ottoman Empire. Even more than World War II, the First World War continues to shape the politics and international relations of our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narrative of the military action

  • By Tad Davis on 04-30-17

Outstanding Single Volume History of Great War

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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: 01-19-18

This is a great single volume history of the Great War. I recommend John Keegan’s book for a more complete version but this one gives more depth in certain areas that are not quite as well-covered in other single volumes, like Eastern front, Japan’s involvement. This is truly a global approach to covering this WORLD WAR. It doesn’t spend 90% of its time on the Western Front as is expected in most general history books on the war.

I highly recommend this book.

  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

  • By: William Manchester
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 41 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582

Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II

  • By Wolfpacker on 01-23-09

Message to Tantor Producers...

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

Any additional comments?

This performance is the second in a row from Tantor made in 2007 which is totally awash in pops and microphone bumps and insesant talking in the background!!! It's impossible to lose yourself in a recording when there is chatter chatter chatter. GET A SOUNDPROOF STUDIO and rerecord this book and others which suffer this problem. I won't return this one because I like the story too much. But I already returned the other book with this problem (John Keegan's Six Armies in Normandy). If you doubt that there is a problem with this recording please consult chapter 5; (41:04-41:30) for the greatest hits of unintended recording. The rest of the chapter is also quite bad for background talking. So: new studio, rerecord; give us all a copy of the new recording.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

  • By: C. Nathan DeWall, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: C. Nathan DeWall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 956

Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't skimp on this one

  • By DaemonZeiro on 07-11-13

Concise Helpful Explanations

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

This course doesn't try to overdo it. Its scope is limited and that helps make it effective. It goes beyond just self-help style tips and mantras and positive thinking. Rather it starts with common situations and dilemmas we all face then explains the cognitive, psychological, evolutionary, and cultural reasons why we face these paradoxes. By understanding why our brains experience them he then uses that information as the basis for coping strategies and tactics.
Like with many of the best self-help books the effects are often self-evident if we had just taken the time to think through them. But listening to this once or twice will greatly increase your understanding of your behavior (and others') and help you improve your situational efficacy.

I am not married but I can imagine this knowledge would greatly improve marriages by improving empathy.

This book is very short and direct to the point. I appreciate that.

It has one big weakness. It implicitly assumes that all use of stereotyping is bad and it gives examples to support that. But it doesn't explain why we are evolved to use stereotypes and by doing so he fails to show that stereotyping has tremendous efficiency benefits when done properly. He should discuss the benefits and show us how to be careful when stereotyping and understand the limits and pitfalls of careless stereotyping rather than preaching it's complete elimination.

  • Iron Kingdom

  • The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
  • By: Christopher Clark
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 411

In the aftermath of World War II, Prussia - a centuries-old state pivotal to Europe's development - ceased to exist. In their eagerness to erase all traces of the Third Reich from the earth, the Allies believed that Prussia, the very embodiment of German militarism, had to be abolished. But as Christopher Clark reveals in this pioneering history, Prussia's legacy is far more complex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book, easy to listen to, well written

  • By JCC on 03-24-17

I Recommend This Great Book... (now that technical problem is fixed)

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

This book gives lots of context for the German Empire which helps explain the course of the Great War.

15 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • A World Undone

  • The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
  • By: G. J. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War

  • By Andrew on 12-14-12

Outstanding Introduction to The Great War!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

There is no BEST BOOK about the Great War. The war is too big and complex for that. There is a great book for every aspect: Analysis, Great Power Politics, Leadership Dilemmas, Biographies, Military History, Social History, Emotional Aspects (a big section), pre-war factors, post-War impact, ties to WW2, etc.

But you have to start somewhere. If you're not sure whether you are interested in the Great War, start with The Guns of August. If you are sure you are interested in learning about it, read this book. The scope of this book is the whole war (1914-1918) while the former is about only the first month. But be aware that this book does not go into depth about all the issues listed above. It is simple a great telling of "The Story of the Great War" as the subtitle says.

This is a great introduction to the Great War. I've read about 20 books on the war and I wish I had read this book first. I would have had a better general awareness that way.

This is a truly excellent book. Especially for those who read more fiction than non-fiction.

  • Mere Anarchy

  • By: Woody Allen
  • Narrated by: Woody Allen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 301

For the first time ever, hear Woody Allen’s Mere Anarchy in the author’s own distinctive and hilarious voice. Here, in his first short-story collection since his three classics Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects, Allen has managed to write a book that answers the most profound questions of human existence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What can I say…?

  • By Diane on 07-03-12

Best of Woody Allen's Four Humor Books

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Each of Woody Allen's four humorous books is a compilation of New Yorker articles. Woody reads all four for Audible and gives a great performance in each. This one seems to be the funniest to me though certainly each chapter can be hit or miss depending on individual tastes.