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  • 3000 Degrees

  • The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It
  • By: Sean Flynn
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

On December 3, 1999, the call crackled in to the men of the Worchester, Massachusetts Fire Department: a three-alarm warehouse blaze in a six-story windowless colossus of brick and mortar. What happened next - and how their lives and community were changed forever - offers an unprecedented look at these heroic men whose job it is to rush into burning buildings when everyone else just wants out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating details

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-16-12

An Excellent Book

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Reviewed: 08-23-18

I’m a retired firefighter in Texas. The author does an incredible job describing not just the fire, but also the lives of the men who fought it. Their loss seems all the more tragic after you get to know them through the discussion of their backgrounds and personal/family lives. I highly recommend this book. It’s one of the few I’ve listened to more than once. (Three times to be exact.)

  • Dragnet: Old Time Radio - 379 Episodes

  • By: Frank Burt, James E. Moser, John Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Ben Alexander, and others
  • Length: 137 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work.

Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Grandfather of Law and Order

  • By lizski on 09-21-13

Just the facts, ma'am.

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Reviewed: 05-06-18

Dragnet is the godfather of all radio dramas. This collection is well worth it as it provides hours of entertainment. The stories are fast moving, the dialogue sparse and lean, and you get a sense of the boredom followed by excitement of police work. Jack Webb didn't shy away from controversial themes, which is remarkable given the time period in which these programs were produced. For example, listen to the episode about the boy who gets a .22 rifle for Christmas. Some of the episodes repeat, but that is because they were repeated on the radio too. The only downside is that a few of the episodes didn't record as well and can be a bit spotty. All things considered, this collection is a must for those who like old time radio police procedurals, plus you get an interesting slice of American life from the late 40s through the mid 50s.

  • Great Baseball Writing

  • By: Editors of Sports Illustrated
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 27 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
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    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

When Sports Illustrated was launched in 1954, baseball was, indisputable, the national pastime, its stars America's epic heroes, its rivalries the era's mythology. As baseballs fortunes rose and fell over the next 50 years - and then rose again to new heights, drawing more than 65 million fans to ballparks in 2004 - the game never failed to produce great drama and inspired storytelling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • mispronunciations lowered my overall rating

  • By John J. Elert on 04-16-18

A Must For Baseball Fans

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Reviewed: 04-01-18

I love baseball and I love good writing, thus I’m a big fan of this book. I’ve listened to it three times and also bought a print copy for my dad. Any true fan of the game will definitely appreciate this book.

  • Galveston

  • A Novel
  • By: Nic Pizzolatto
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 823

From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO series True Detective and soon to be a major motion picture comes a dark and visceral novel set along the wastelands of Galveston. On the same day Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he learns that his employer has put a hit out on him. After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Cady goes on the run with a young prostitute named Rocky and her three-year-old sister, from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas. But though they run, they cannot hide in this explosive, atmospheric, impossible-to-pause thrill ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Richly Layered

  • By Stephanie on 11-17-12

A Dark, Atmospheric Novel

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Reviewed: 01-21-18

I’ll preface this by saying that I’m from Port Arthur, TX and spent most of my young adulthood ranging back and forth from Anahuac to New Iberia. So I was predisposed to enjoy this book and Season One of True Detective. At any rate, this novel is Gulf Coast Noir at its finest. One thing that really stands out is Pizzolatto’s description of the fleabag motel in Galveston and its occupants. It’s like the last outpost of the desperado and the down on their luck.

I really enjoyed this book but a large part of that is because I’m familiar with the setting. Your mileage may vary. But I think this book offers something for everyone.

  • The Pirate Hunter

  • By: Richard Zacks
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 510

Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer. However, Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. Across the oceans of the world, the pirate hunter, Kidd, pursued the pirate, Culliford. One man would hang in the harbor; the other would walk away with the treasure. The Pirate Hunter is both a masterpiece of historical detective work and a page-turner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aaaargh Matey, Listen to this tale!

  • By Karen on 04-20-04

Great Book

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Reviewed: 12-25-17

Avast thar me hearties! You definitely want to drop your anchor and listen to this tale. It’s a fascinating story of how one man was both the hunter and the hunted.

  • Classics of Russian Literature

  • By: The Great Courses, Irwin Weil
  • Narrated by: Irwin Weil
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

Russian literature famously probes the depths of the human soul, and in this series of 36 insightful lectures prepared by a frequently honored teacher legendary among educators in both the United States and Russia-you probe just as deeply into the extraordinary legacy that is Russian Literature itself.Professor Weil introduces you to masterpieces such as Tolstoy's War and Peace, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Gogol's Dead Souls, Chekhov's The Seagull, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, and many other great novels, stories, plays, and poems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jump in The Troika for A Ride with Dr. Weil!

  • By Rich on 07-15-16

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 11-12-17

I studied Russian History in college and have read most of the writers he discusses before. This is an excellent overview for newcomers to Russian Lit or veteran readers alike. I especially enjoyed his delivery. First off, his Russian pronunciation is excellent. He even sings a bit. This is a course I’ll probably listen to a second time.

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,842

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

A Must Listen!

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Reviewed: 06-15-17

Any additional comments?

I will preface my review by saying that I have not seen the television series. This book is a must read/listen for anyone interested in Texas History or the History of the Comanche People. Three generations of Texans cut their teeth on wars with perhaps the fiercest tribe to roam the plains. The author deftly moves back and forth between three time periods and weaves the divergent story lines together with great skill.

I'm a fan of Will Patton as a narrator from listening to his masterful performance as Dave Robicheaux in the James Lee Burke series. He does an equally good job here. Word of warning though, the book might not be for the squeamish. The author pulls no punches in describing the vicious nature of the Indian Wars.

  • Going Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,113

If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun book can't wait for more!

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 08-14-14

A Good Listen

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Reviewed: 01-04-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, with the caveat that the friend would have to be a fan of this genre. I don't think it would appeal to those who aren't. It was a very good listen. The characters seem real, as do their interactions with each other. This book is definitely more, shall we say, user friendly than Patriots is. I'd rank it just below One Second After. I got sucked into the story and listened to it all in a single day.

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  • Gallipoli

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Robert Meldrum
  • Length: 25 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

On 25 April 1915, Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present-day Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France in the west and Russia in the east. After eight months of terrible fighting, they would fail. Turkey regards the victory to this day as a defining moment in its history, a heroic last stand in the defence of the nation's Ottoman Empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent account!

  • By JT Hope on 04-15-15

Like Lambs to the Slaughter

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Reviewed: 05-25-16

Any additional comments?

I don't normally listen to books over 20 hours in length because I find myself losing interest. Not the case with this book. I finished it over a five day period and found myself disappointed that it was over. It is an incredible story, Sure, there have been tons of books on this campaign, but I found this one to be among the best. The author did an excellent job working personal accounts in with the overall history. I also enjoyed the Ottoman perspective as well. It gave a much richer picture of what happened.

One of my favorite individuals in this tale, surprisingly, was Mustafa Kemal (later to be known as Ataturk). His statement to his men "I am not ordering you to attack. I am ordering you to die" should go down in history as one of the greatest quotes of all time. He seemed to know exactly what to do at decisive points in the battle, unlike some of the Allied Commanders.

The author's description of Cairo and its environs is rich indeed and one could close their eyes and imagine themselves there as the narrator describes it. Great non-fiction should, like great fiction, be able to paint a picture of what is going on. The author definitely accomplishes that. Perhaps that is why some of the best history is written by journalists rather than historians. The former know how to tell a story.

If you have even a casual interest in The Great War, get this book. Today.

  • Waterloo

  • The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Bernard Cornwell, Dugald Bruce Lockhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931

From the New York Times best-selling author comes the definitive history of one of the greatest battles ever fought - a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Napoleon's last stand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a close run thing!

  • By carl801 on 05-13-15

Come And See How A Marshal of France Dies!

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Reviewed: 05-25-16

Any additional comments?

It seems like the Battle of Waterloo has had more books written about it than just about any other battle, save perhaps Gettysburg. I enjoyed this one a bit more than some of the others though. Perhaps it is because I am predisposed to like anything Cornwell writes as I am a huge fan of his Sharpe series. That said, I do think this is a really good book. It has enough detail to interest true Napoleonic enthusiasts yet at the same time, I could easily recommend it as a first book on Waterloo to someone just beginning to study the battle. The narration is interesting as Cornwell does the first bit and the last bit himself. I kind of wish he'd have done the whole thing. Still, it is an excellent book that I listened to in one day which is something I've done only a handful of times.