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  • The Battle for Spain

  • The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter and hard-fought wars of the 20th century. With new material gleaned from Russian archives and numerous other sources, this brisk and accessible audiobook (Spain's number-one best seller for 12 weeks) provides a balanced and penetrating perspective, explaining the tensions that led to this terrible overture to World War II and affording new insights into the war - its causes, course, and consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing Tale of the Rise of Fascism in Europe

  • By B. H. Rogers on 11-22-16

Loved this book

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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: 02-12-18

The book goes into detail about the war and battles. In some cases it maybe too much detail but he does discuss how this war affected the Second World War. It really was a precursor as Fascist Germany and Italy were aligned with the Nationalists while Russia backed the Republic. This was brutal on the general public, and the church. The vile murder that took place on both sides against ones own people is really startling and revealing. Civil Wars like this demonstrate so much hatred from differing points of political views. It seems to me civil wars are the worst wars of all based on the both the US and Spanish Civil War.
If you interested in this engagement I highly recommend it. I have read many books on wars from Napoleon, WW 1 and 2 to Vietnam and the Gulf. This is one of the best I have read of the Spanish conflict.

  • Adrift

  • 76 Days Lost at Sea
  • By: Steven Callahan
  • Narrated by: Steven Callahan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan's Adrift chronicled one of the most astounding voyages of the century and one of the great sea adventures of all time. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is now an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived for more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I listened all the way through

  • By Christopher on 12-01-08

Thinking positive and making correct decisions

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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: 02-12-18

I read this as a paperback when I was in college and love it. Surviving on a dingy for so long is quiet an accomplishment. Thinking positive and working every minute to survive. He mentioned several times about books he read about survivors, so I recommend reading this book if your planning on a long sea voyage.

  • The Worst Hard Time

  • The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating History

  • By Sara on 02-02-14

Piece of lost history

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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: 10-17-17

A great background depiction of a difficult time in America. The author did a great job in presenting the circumstances of the drought and how it happen and the direct affect on the people. Experts indicate their is a drought cycle in the western part of the US. This situation may very well happen again.

  • Catching the Wolf of Wall Street

  • More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison
  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

In this astounding account, Wall Street's notorious bad boy - and original million-dollar-a-month stock chopper - leads us through a drama worthy of The Sopranos, from his early rise to power to the FBI raid on his estate to the endless indictments at his arrest, to his deal with a bloodthirsty prosecutor to rat on his oldest friends and colleagues - while they were doing the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK...if all you want is ice cream.

  • By Nxp on 10-03-10

The guy is an asshole

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

What this guy pulled and tried to pull is an embarrassment to society. The whole book was about degrading people and pulling the wool over their eyes. He had nicknames for everyone. The guy is a drug addicted punk without moral, and he never made an honest buck in his life. He pulled one over on me and I bought the book. If you like unethical pricks then enjoy

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  • Moneyball

  • The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042

Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit

  • By Dirk Turgid on 03-05-12

Love it and I am not a bid baseball fan

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Great true story by Michael Lewis. He can make dry stats very interesting. Even if you don't like baseball you can really like this book Its really about business.

  • In the Heart of the Sea

  • The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959

The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819 the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, and disease and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, horrible audio

  • By Eric Leal on 02-06-15

A Legendary Tail

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

This is my second Philbrick book and he is true to form. The book takes you from Nantucket to the open Pacific to where a bull whale defended his pod. I was rooting for the whale, and then rooting for the men to survive. It is a classic movie story with a novice captain and experience first officer fighting for the control of the ship from the beginning. If you like sea adventures then this is for you. I read Alive about a more modern disaster where cannibalism took place. Philbrick doesn't hold back on the cannibalism. That part was hard for me to stomach. But again only a small percentage of people are stuck in that situation.
Highly recommend. This book reads fast.

  • The Immortal Irishman

  • The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879

The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York - the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A Life!

  • By Carrie Arnold on 03-29-16

Fantastic account of a historical man

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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: 08-11-16

I like the book from the start. The narrator has an Irish accent which makes it even better in my view. It is a history of a courageous man who overcame persecution from English rule. There is a good deal regarding the Famine and just how cruel the English were to the Irish in every manner of life. Thomas Meagher combated that and was transported for sedition. The book shows how a man had to fight for freedom in Ireland. Fight for his freedom from the English in Australia, he fought for the US and fought for the slaves. He later had to fight again after the war for the territory of Montana. Meagher was a stand up man who fought against hatred, persecution, injustice, freedom and liberty all of his life.I highly recommend this book.

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  • The Holcroft Covenant

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

The Fourth Reich is waiting to be born. The only man who can stop it is about to sign its birth certificate. In 1945 the children of the Third Reich were secretly hidden all over the world - to be concealed until the 1970's, when they would come of age. Then the most elaborate plans and $780 million in a Swiss bank would be waiting. There would even be an unsuspecting outsider to set the plan into action. that outsider is Noel Holcroft, the American son of a high-ranking Nazi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a barn burner!

  • By K. Masheter Deal on 08-13-12

Great Read

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

The story is implausible but it is possible, yetthat is not the only reason to read. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story and presumed friends turn out to be enemies. It is very intriguing and a 70's international thriller. I enjoyed it very much and I recommend a download if you like mystery, WW2 stories, or international thrillers. The only think I didn't like was some of the dialogue for Holcroft. It was too simple like his answers were "What","Are you Crazy" I think the author could have put more debt in the Holcroft character.
Go for it.

  • The Road to Serfdom

  • By: Friedrich A. Hayek
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders, from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-'40s, to Reagan and Thatcher in the '80s. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as "an eloquent defense of laissez-faire capitalism".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic

  • By Scott on 12-17-10

Hayek Hits the Nail on the Head

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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: 07-01-16

Excellent book, it should be a must for every college student especially Business and Econ majors. We are all just pawns in the central planners game.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,735

Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Should be Next In Your Library, Period

  • By Paul on 11-12-13

This story could play today. Don't think download

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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: 07-01-16

Incredible well told story. I considered reading this book before, but didn't. I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner. Oscar Wilde only wrote one full book and this is it. This story could be a movie today set in any city in the world. It was way before its time. A story of ethics.

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