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  • The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Vicksburg Campaign

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

In any telling of military history, people can be easily seduced by straightforward explanations that say why one side won and the other was doomed, but in the Civil War, no greater epic of war tests that like the Vicksburg campaign. The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Vicksburg Campaign comprehensively covers the events that led up to the siege, the fighting itself, and the aftermath of the campaign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE SHORT VERSION OF AN IMPORTANT CIVIL WAR BATTLE

  • By AJC on 02-13-19

THE SHORT VERSION OF AN IMPORTANT CIVIL WAR BATTLE

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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: 02-13-19

This Audible offering touches on the high points of a U.S. Civil War Battle, the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, that was actually more important than it's more well known concurrent battle, Gettysburg, that took place at the same time. The authors touch on all the highlights, important tactics, and overall strategies. It will get you up to snuff as they say. Narration by Kenneth Ray was excellent. If you want to know about the Vicksburg Campaign you could not do better than this offering by Charles River Editors and Audible.

  • The Myth of the Lost Cause

  • Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won
  • By: Edward H. Bonekemper III
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

The former Confederate states have continually mythologized the South's defeat to the North, depicting the Civil War as unnecessary, or as a fight over states' Constitutional rights, or as a David v. Goliath struggle in which the North waged "total war" over an underdog South. In The Myth of the Lost Cause, historian Edward Bonekemper deconstructs this multi-faceted myth, revealing the truth about the war that nearly tore the nation apart 150 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Want to understand the Civil War? Read this book.

  • By Sean Lowman on 02-05-17

DEMYTHOLOGIZING THE CONFEDERACY AND ITS HEROES

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won by Edward H. Bonekemper III is one of the new histories, seen as of late, that present the facts of the U.S. Civil War and not the romanticized mythology put forth during and after Reconstruction. The author takes great pains to look at each issue and take it apart, for example the Southern States seceded because of states rights, slavery was not the cause of secession, Robert E. Lee was a great tactician and commander, and Ulysses S. Grant was a drunk and incompetent general who saw to it his men were butchered. The author carefully traces the roots of these myths about the Confederacy and shows their negative effect on Civil War historians into the 21st Century, even historians coming from a Pro-Union point of view. The narration is good, though at times mechanical, but considering the amount of material covered it is understandable. Narrator C. J. McAllister's voice is clear and he enunciates perfectly. I can highly recommend this Audible offering.

  • It Gets Easier

  • A Short Tale of Comical Catastrophe
  • By: Justine Avery
  • Narrated by: Alex Knox
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Jake's loved and lost, suffered failed relationships and felt sorrow, but the new girl in his life may be the one to put an end to that life. His girlfriend, Samantha, is sweet and kind. Jake would do anything for her. Just having returned from attending Samantha's family reunion and been officially accepted as one of the family, he can't believe his luck, especially as he's driving off into the sunset and looking forward to those precious, anticipated moments alone with her. What could possibly go wrong? He falls head over heels for her but not exactly in the way he intended. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alfred Hitchcock Would Love This Story

  • By AJC on 02-05-19

Alfred Hitchcock Would Love This Story

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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: 02-05-19

A short mystery that feels like a love story. Good narration with believable character voices. It will keep your attention.

  • Pronghorns of the Third Reich

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

In frigid Wyoming lies a mystery that stretches back to Nazi Germany. Lyle and Juan wait outside the lawyer's house in ski masks, pistols hidden behind their backs. Shortly after dawn, Paul Parker, an aged lawyer, and his old dog step into the cold. The thugs kill the dog, and take the lawyer hostage. Parker's day has started badly and is going to get much worse. Once a fine lawyer, Parker's enthusiasm has slipped with age, and criminals like Lyle are part of the reason for his disillusionment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Title That All Comes Together

  • By AJC on 02-05-19

Strange Title That All Comes Together

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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: 02-05-19

This is a short but action packed short mystery thriller by author C.J. Box. For me the title was weird but enticing, especially for a story that takes place in Wyoming. Lot's of atmosphere. And the author's note at the end is an added bonus. The narration by Joe Barrett was excellent. He covered all character voices extremely well. I can highly recommend this Audible offering.

  • 5 Minute Mystery - A Dream of Old Salem

  • By: William Shepard
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Listen to each 5 Minute Mystery carefully and select which clues either incriminate or exonerate each suspect. Select the guilty suspect from the list once you've found all of the clues. Collect all the 5 Minute Mysteries, including the following: (1) The Crusader’s Robe, (2) A Dream of Old Salem, (3) The Great Musket Mystery, (4) The Liberty Gun, (5) The Hidden Messenger, (6) Death at Andersonville, (7) Mr. Patrick’s History Class, and (8) The Battle of the Bulge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • IT'S A SHORT HISTORY AND NOT A MYSTERY

  • By AJC on 02-01-19

IT'S A SHORT HISTORY AND NOT A MYSTERY

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This is a short of history and not a mystery. It concerns the Salem Witch Trials and as a conveyance they use the dream of a modern day teen who visited Old Salem in Massachusetts with her parents. This would be good for pre-teens and teens to get up to snuff on how things worked during the Salem Witch trials.

  • The Motive

  • By: Ronald Knox
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

A short story from British Library Crime Classic The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. As Sir Leonard Huntercombe tells the elaborate story of one of his clients, listeners will love piecing together this strange locked-room mystery set on a sleeper train to Aberdeen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Nugget from the Golden Age

  • By John on 12-05-18

Short Mystery With A Twist Ending

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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: 01-28-19

This is a short mystery from the classic period of British Detective Periodicals. No the greatest story, but interesting. The narration by Gordon Griffin was first rate. I knew Ronald Knox as a convert to Catholicism and his theological writings. I did not know he was a fan of detective/mystery fiction. I enjoyed this Audible presentation.

  • French Revolution: A History from Beginning to End

  • One Hour History Revolution, Book 1
  • By: Hourly History
  • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

During the late years of the 18th century, the spirit of Enlightenment thinking and revolution were in the air. The world was changing, moving away from ingrained beliefs about religion, reason, society, and the rights of the individual and turning more toward the laws of nature as interpreted by the scientific method. Nowhere was the influence of this radical new way of thinking more apparent than in France, and the upheaval this caused would come to bloody fruition in the form of revolution. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • QUICK STUDY OF FRENCH REVOLUTION

  • By AJC on 01-23-19

QUICK STUDY OF FRENCH REVOLUTION

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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: 01-23-19

This is a well presented cursory study of the French Revolution. I did learn a thing or two. Good historical narration.

  • Blind Man's Hood

  • By: Carter Dickson
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

A short story from British Library Crime Classic The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. Inspired by the unsolved Peasenhall murder case of 1902, 'Blind Man’s Hood' shows Carter Dickson’s penchant for true crime. When Rodney Hunter and his wife, Muriel, arrive late to a Christmas party in rural Kent, they are unsettled to find the isolated stately home open and empty of guests. While they await the party’s return, they are welcomed in by a mysterious hostess who regales them with the dark legend of Jane Waycross.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale of Mystery and Horror

  • By AJC on 01-21-19

A Tale of Mystery and Horror

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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: 01-21-19

This story has its roots in the writings of Edgar Allen Poe. Good narration, but predictable story.

  • Pattern of Revenge

  • By: John Bude
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

A short story from British Library Crime Classic The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. A brutal murder and a shocking deathbed confession - the love triangle of Karen Garborg, Thord Jensen and Olaf Kinck proves deadly on the Norwegian ski slopes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration, so-so story

  • By AJC on 01-20-19

Great narration, so-so story

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Granted it's only about 10 minutes in length. So you've got to get to it. The story held my interest, but fell flat at the end.

The real positive with this Audible version was the excellent performance.

  • In the Hurricane's Eye

  • The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

In a narrative that moves from Washington's headquarters on the Hudson River, to the wooded hillside in North Carolina where Nathanael Greene fought Lord Cornwallis to a vicious draw, to Lafayette's brilliant series of maneuvers across Tidewater Virginia, author Nathaniel Philbrick details the epic and suspenseful year through to its triumphant conclusion. A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even-handed, yet dramatic!

  • By Eugene on 10-24-18

The Backstory of the American Revolution's Great Victory

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Nathaniel Philbrick writes great history. I came away with a better knowledge of events leading up to the victory at Yorktown and the major players, some not known to the average American that assured that victory and America's independence from Great Britain.

The narrator was clear, if at times a bit melodramatic. Though Scott Brick was very listenable.

This audible presentation is the way to study this part of our history.