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  • World War II at Sea

  • A Global History
  • By: Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

World War II at Sea offers a global perspective, focusing on the major engagements and personalities and revealing both their scale and their interconnection: the U-boat attack on Scapa Flow and the Battle of the Atlantic; the "miracle" evacuation from Dunkirk and the pitched battles for control of Norway fjords; Mussolini's Regia Marina - at the start of the war the fourth-largest navy in the world - and the dominance of the Kidö Butai and Japanese naval power in the Pacific; Pearl Harbor then Midway; and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Battle Logistics writ large

  • By Eric Walden on 01-18-19

Outstanding

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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: 02-14-19

I have read dozens of books about WW-II, and many, many about the war at sea during that conflict. This was one of the very BEST. I learned several vignettes an other facts that recent schlorship has brought to light. I highly recommend this book.

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,806

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So

  • By Paul Beer on 11-16-18

Excellent

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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: 02-03-19

I enjoyed immensely this latest novel with Harry Bosch as the hero. Before getting this title I read the reviews- many of which did not like the two narrator approach. Thought it worked fine. Waiting for the next Harry Bosch novel.

  • Legacy of Ashes

  • The History of the CIA
  • By: Tim Weiner
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659

This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read/Listen

  • By Jim on 08-23-07

Very disappointed in this work

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This was a very interesting subject. I was VERY disappointed in the audio book. According to the author the CIA, over virtually its entire history has done virtually NOTHING right. The author routinely takes the most negative view of CIA internal politics, relationships with the executive and legislative branches. I would strongly recommend reading another text on the CIA to get a more balanced view.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The American Revolution

  • By: Allen C. Guelzo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo's 24 gripping lectures.With a focus on the war's strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth it, quirky prof

  • By Uferdinand on 08-02-16

Simply outstanding

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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: 11-09-18

I have read many, many books on the American Revolutionary War. This book informed me of several new and interesting aspects of the conflict. Gave insights to both the colonial/American and British sides of the conflict.

  • The Battle of Arnhem

  • The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II
  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

On September 17, 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the groaning roar of airplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders, carrying the legendary American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the British 1st Airborne Division. Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept, but could it have ever worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • different view on monty

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-31-18

Outstanding

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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: 10-05-18

Over the last several decades I have read articles, a few books, viewed TV & movies on the subject of OPERATION MARKET GARDEN and its aftermath. This book covered the STRATEGIC, TACTICAL, and INDIVIDUAL perspectives in an outstanding way. Highly recommend this book to those readers interested in World War II.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Second World War

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 39 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777

Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of World War II. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, The Second World War. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Fills in Gaps I Didn't Know Existed

  • By DJM on 07-31-12

Overall an excellent 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: 06-16-18

Mr. Beevor’s book struck a balance between the big picture of WWII and individual stories of those impacted by this war. I have read dozens of books over the last several decades about WWII, but found several themes or comments by the author to be at odds with my previous reading and viewing experience. Specifically his discussion of: Chaing’s level of corruption (and the KMT), the role of US General Stillwell in China/Burma, Rommel’s reputation among German officers, comments about British general Percevil, to name a few. Among the new and plausible things I learned from the book was the planning by the USSR to conquer Western Europe, and the neo- Nazi view of German general Speidel as a 5th saboteur. Despite these items I would still recommend this book

  • Hitler's Soldiers

  • The German Army in the Third Reich
  • By: Ben H. Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 26 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is examined throughout the Second World War, across all combat theaters and occupied regions, and from multiple perspectives: its battle performance, social composition, relationship with the Nazi state, and involvement in war crimes and occupation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough and scholarly

  • By Mary A. on 03-23-18

Excellent

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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: 03-11-18

An excellent story of the German army in WW-II. I have read many books on this subject and this is one of the very best. It offered new and balanced perspectives on the subject-especially comparing the German army on the western front versus the eastern front.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Case Red

  • The Collapse of France
  • By: Robert Forczyk
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Even after the legendary evacuation from Dunkirk in June 1940 there were still large British formations fighting the Germans alongside their French allies. After mounting a vigorous counterattack at Abbeville and then engaging a tough defense along the Somme, the British were forced to conduct a second evacuation from the ports of Le Havre, Cherbourg, Brest, and St. Nazaire. Case Red captures the drama of the final three weeks of military operations in France in June 1940.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Forczyk's best offering

  • By S.C. James on 01-30-18

Outstanding

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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: 12-15-17

This book is excellent in describing some of the factors tat occurred before the start of World War II that weakened both the French and British as opposed to Germany.
It is also excellent in its discussion of military actions in France AFTER Dunkirk until the surrender of France weeks later.
The perspective of the author is more from the French than the British which is definitely not the standard post-War narrative.
Strongly recommend this title for WWI buffs.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Battle of Britain

  • Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 26 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

The Battle of Britain paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread. Historian James Holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world, including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The battle up to The Battle of Britain

  • By Chiefkent on 11-07-17

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

I have read several books about the Battle of Britain, this was the best. It blended the macro level issues with the individual on land, sea, and air. This is the second James Holland book I have listened to with Audible, both were great! The narrator does need to work on his pronunciation of GERMAN names and military ranks.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Dog Company

  • A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command
  • By: Roger Hill, Lynn Vincent
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884

The army does not want you to listen to this book. It does not want to advertise its detention system that coddles enemy fighters while putting American soldiers at risk. It does not want to reveal the new lawyered-up Pentagon war ethic that prosecutes US soldiers and marines while setting free spies who kill Americans. This very system ambushed Captain Roger Hill and his men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spot on.

  • By penname on 05-22-17

Outstanding

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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: 09-09-17

This is a disturbing story of the modern U S ARMY and some abysmal counter insurgency practices. Also the unbelievably petty and vindictive practices of field grade ARMY officers. Such appalling behavior by ARMY leaders is more typical of peacetime not wartime. It is no wonder the ARMY redacted so many portions of this book. In my more than 50 years of reading military history this book is one of the BEST and yet most disconcerting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful