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  • Midnight in Chernobyl

  • By: Adam Higginbotham
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

April 25, 1986 in Chernobyl was a turning point in world history. The disaster not only changed the world’s perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet’s delicate ecology. With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A detailed account of the Chernobyl accident

  • By Stuart Woodward on 02-21-19

Excellent insie look at a major catastrophe

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

Great inside look at a major catastrophe! I especially liked the setup for this major facility and how the accident (?) began. And the short-term and long-term after effects. It's hard to believe the many mistakes and the major sacrifices many people made to get this started and then under control. Again, short-term and long-term. Especially, the one ego-maniac that ignorantly caused this almost single-handletly, except for the poorly built facility, and the poor quality control and lack of proper finances and controls that should have prevented something like this; but actually helped cause it. However, they actually helped contribute to the mess. It was hard to stop listening to in most parts. BUt I did and was sad to hear it as the story was almost over. I highly recommend this audio book!

  • In Harm's Way

  • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,413
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,187
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,175

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Clarence Sparks on 10-22-16

Good. book overall but was expecting more

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

Good. book overall but I was expecting more. The book does a good job of giving the background of the events leading up to the infamous day. And the descriptions of the torpedo attacks, and ultimate sinking, are also do a good job of describing the horror and suffering about that event. But the aftereffects lead a little to be desired. I think the author did of good job of giving a brief description of the overall sharks attacks and suffering of the individual sailors and marines. Rather than going into intimate detail of every individual's sufferings. However, overall, I was expecting more from the book overall from beginning to end. Especially after the ship sank.

I first learned about this ship and sinking in the movies Jaws like many other people. But never had the interest in learning more about the ship's sinking. Having, recently listened to many audio books dealing in previous U.S. military battles and wars brought me to this book. I like a book that grabs you from the beginning and that I can't stop reading or listening to until the book concludes. And this book didn't do that for me.

It taught me much and I'm happy for that. The book also does a good job of trying to make it clear this horrible incident wan't the captain's fault. I am sorry he wasn't cleared in his lifetime. Nevertheless, i wouldn't read or listen to the book again. Rather, I'd look for another book on the subject to learn more and get a different perspective.

  • Rocket Men

  • The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Robert Kurson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 923

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the moon - in just four months. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Men Who Saved 1968

  • By Gillian on 04-04-18

Very good book; especially the first half of the audio book

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Great book overall. I loved the pre-history and setup for the quick planning and prep in the race in space. And the short bios on each astronaut and his wife and their personal strengths and weaknesses. And how the families prepared their children for the flight.

The NASA bosses and others doubts and overcoming them after seeing the possibilities of a great success was also very interesting.

The description of getting into the Saturn 5 rocket powered space craft and description of the sounds, vibrations and fear of the unknown was the best I’ve ever heard or read about Apollo launches. I felt like I was in the rocket before and during launch. What a feeling!

The trip to and orbits around the moon was also very good. As was the history of how bad things were in the U.S. during 1968. I was 10 years old then and remember the turmoil of that year well and thought it was the beginning of the end of my country. And this trip to the moon during Christmas helped change the mood for the country and world; at least for the moment.

The trip home from the moon was also very good. Especially the accidental reset of the astronauts place in space. But the rest of the trip home seemed a bit short, brief and rushed. I wish there was more substance there.

Nevertheless, the trip was a great success after a horrible year. And these men have been heroes of mine my whole life. And like the book, I think this flight was overshadowed by the later moon landing flights. But like others, I think these three astronauts were truly the leading pioneers. And this audio book was hard to stop listening to when I had to. And I would listen to it again. Especially the launch prep and launch sequence, liftoff and entry into space. I highly recommended this audio book!

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  • D-Day

  • June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WW II
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,054

Stephen E. Ambrose draws from hundreds of interviews with US Army veterans and the brave Allied soldiers who fought alongside them to create this exceptional account of the day that shaped the twentieth century. D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities and triumphs of life are laid bare and courage and heroism come to the fore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an awesome story about the greatest day

  • By Randy on 12-11-12

Great book of the grand invasion day of WW ll

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Great (audio) book on the greatest invasion of all time. Ambrose gives balanced points of view from all sides of the big day. He does a great job of providing the Allies invasion planning and the German’s preparations for an invasion; especially Gen Erwin Rommel’s. He also gives highlights and errors on all sides that occurred prior, during and after the invasion began. Ambrose does this based on 100’s if not 1,000s of interviews. The book goes into great detail, sometimes a little too much detail, about events and items related to the invasion. But I loved hearing the book commuting to work and back home over a week or so, and more at home late in the evenings.

Ambrose does leave out some important details for the invasion preparation like using Gen George S Patton as a diversion and the great respect and fear the Germans had for his aggressive style and considered him the Allies best fighting general. Ambrose also leaves out a lot of the fake armies and fighting equipment used to deceive the Germans that Calais would be where the invasion would come from. Which overall, they already believed.

However, this is a great book on the big day and one I would listen to again to hear the parts that I missed while distracted or doing other things while listening to the audio book. I highly recommend this book as I do others by the Ambrose’s.

  • On Desperate Ground

  • The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle
  • By: Hampton Sides
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 436

Hampton Sides' superb account of this epic clash in the Korean War relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of marines and Koreans who survived the siege. While expertly detailing the follies of the American leaders, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, grunt's-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent page turning account

  • By Kirk Green on 10-11-18

Good book but should be call history, march & attack in the other direction

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Author does a great job of giving history leading up to the battle, the three main US generals, along with President Truman and Mao Tse Tung and all of their points of view. He also tells the heroic and sometimes tragic participants leading up to and during the battle

But the battle seems to take place in two days, while it was really many more. And leaves out a lot of the details of the battles and fighting withdrawal.

First 3rd of the book gets 7 stars, middle 3rd 4 stars and last 3rd 2 stars. It starts out great but falters during the middle and end.

Chesty: the story of Lieutenant General Lewis B Puller, USMC does a much better job covering the battle and fighting withdrawal of this battle.

I was disappointed overall even though the book starts out very well!

  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,029
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,113

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tabloid Presentation

  • By Empressive on 02-02-19

Audible book title with a tangent subject and storyline

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Interesting story and interviews. But a couple of British gents researching and interviewing a concert and it background, participants and backstory were not was I was expecting. Especially, the backstory about the ex-con. Though I was sort to hear about his story and ending. Disappointed to say the least with the audio book. I like the version portrayed in the movie Walk the Line on Amazon much better! Which I own in my Prime Video Library.

  • Hue 1968

  • A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which "the end begins to come into view". The North Vietnamese had different ideas. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I KNEW This Book Would Sting Me . . . .

  • By Bee Keeper on 07-28-17

Excellent Book

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Helped me understand this battle and the larger offensive much better. Good narrator that told the stories well. I listened to it daily on my one hour commute to work and back each day. It really helped kept me involved during the drive and made it more bearable. 1at audio book I listened to completely. And I would sand may listen to it again.