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  • 1983

  • Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink
  • By: Taylor Downing
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

A riveting, real-life thriller about 1983 - the year tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union nearly brought the world to the point of nuclear Armageddon. The year 1983 was an extremely dangerous one - more dangerous than 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the United States, President Reagan vastly increased defense spending, described the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," and launched the "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative to shield the country from incoming missiles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, poor narration choices.

  • By John on 02-11-19

Worth any narration problems

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I was almost scared off the book by the complaints about the performance of the narrator. Glad I wasn’t. I could understand the words when they were pronounced oddly or incorrectly. The book is fascinating. A lot of information I never knew. The info about the spies was worth the price of admission.

  • Last Stand at Khe Sanh

  • The US Marines’ Finest Hour in Vietnam
  • By: Gregg Jones
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

The vivid, fast-paced account of the siege of Khe Sanh told through the eyes of the men who lived it. For seventy-seven days in 1968, amid fears that America faced its own disastrous Dien Bien Phu, six thousand US Marines held off thirty thousand North Vietnamese Army regulars at the remote mountain stronghold called Khe Sanh. It was the biggest battle of the Vietnam War, with sharp ground engagements, devastating artillery duels, and massive US air strikes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Ronald F. Romancik on 04-26-14

More interesting than I thought

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

I give this writer a lot of credit for working the personal stories of the solders in with over all story of the battle. Most times to me that doesn’t work. The author carried it off well.

  • Dreaming the Beatles

  • A Love Story of One Band and the Whole World
  • By: Rob Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Rob Sheffield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Dreaming the Beatles is not another biography of the Beatles or a song-by-song analysis of the best of John and Paul. It isn't another exposé about how they broke up. It isn't a history of their gigs or their gear. It is a collection of essays telling the story of what this ubiquitous band means to a generation who grew up with the Beatles' music on their parents' stereos and their faces on T-shirts. What do the Beatles mean today? Why are they more famous and beloved now than ever? Find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it so much I bought it again

  • By Neil Shurley on 08-06-18

Faded toward the end

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I really enjoyed the first half, three quarters of the book. I learned a lot and will looking for the boots he speaks of. Minus one star for saying at one point Dylan was trying to keep up with the Beatles and for the comment on Neil Youngs’s Tonight’s The Night.