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  • King Leopold's Ghost

  • A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
  • By: Adam Hochschild
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869

In the late 1890s, Edmund Dene Morel, a young British shipping company agent, noticed something strange about the cargoes of his company's ships as they arrived from and departed for the Congo. Incoming ships were crammed with valuable ivory and rubber. Outbound ships carried little more than soldiers and firearms. Correctly concluding that only slave labor could account for these cargoes, Morel almost singlehandedly made this slave-labor regime the premier human rights story in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Edith on 01-20-11

Shocking Insight to Belgiums role in the Congo

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

A hard book to read (listen to), and even more difficult to comprehend. This book provides troubling insight to the horrors of colonization in the Congo. Also interesting was the role Henry Morgon Stanley (of "Livingston I presume" fame) in the region.

  • The Last Cowboys

  • By: John Branch
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

New York Times reporter and best-selling author John Branch takes listeners to the magnificent red soil and rocky arroyos of southern Utah, where the Wright family of Smith Mesa have for generations raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders - some call them the most successful rodeo family in history. Filled with vivid scenes of cattle ranching and the high drama of rodeo, The Last Cowboys follows three generations of Wrights through the seasons as they are battered by drought, the falling price of beef, and rodeo's ever-present risks of serious injury.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, could have been a great performance

  • By N. Hansen on 05-18-18

More about a Rodeo Dynasty

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Engaging read that shares insight on modern day ranching, which brushes the surface of BLM land use. The book really seems to be more about the rodeo dynasty Wright family, but perhaps that's the point-are Rodeo stars the last cowboys? That aside, the narrative provides great insight to what it takes to succeed in the Rodeo business while shedding light on what it takes to be a rancher these days.

  • Iron Kingdom

  • The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
  • By: Christopher Clark
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 28 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 490

In the aftermath of World War II, Prussia - a centuries-old state pivotal to Europe's development - ceased to exist. In their eagerness to erase all traces of the Third Reich from the earth, the Allies believed that Prussia, the very embodiment of German militarism, had to be abolished. But as Christopher Clark reveals in this pioneering history, Prussia's legacy is far more complex.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you are looking for a very detailed accounting of Prussian history this is it.

  • By Jeff Wise on 10-04-17

Overview of Prussian History

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Interesting read if you are interested in pre-World War 2 German history, and of course Prussian history. Overall, a very academic read that jumps from theme to theme in a way that it made it difficult to maintain a timeline in the general explanation of how events in Prussian history unfolded. Fascinating to learn about the role Prussian militarism is believed to have played in Germany's role in both World Wars. While the reader may be led to believe that militaristic heritage stems from a victory against Napolean and a couple of other victories in other conflicts in the late 1800's, the narrative seems to skip explaining how such an under resourced region came to play such a significant role in world history, a role so significant Prussia was dissolved as an entity at the end of World War 2.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,924

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

If you had an Atari 2600 at home, you will enjoy

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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: 03-20-18

An exciting sci-fi thriller about a kid taking on his world in the not so distant or unbelievable future. Remembering running home from school to play the Atari 2600 with my brother as a kid, this book was an entertaining listen made even more enjoyable being read by Wil Wheaton. With so many 80's cultural references, there seems to be something in this story for every gen-x-er.

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718

It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures, and religions, and it was the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the emergence of Greece and Rome to the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death, the struggles of the Great Game, and the fall of Communism - the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Really Makes the World Go Round

  • By Mom in Santa Fe on 07-29-16

The History of Globalization

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Another title for this book could have been the history of globalization because in addition to covering the silk road the narrative also provides insight to world events impacting the economies of nations touched by trade along the silk road. A comprehensive history of the impact of trade and commerce along the silk road. Not overly academic in how the story is laid out made this book an entertaining and educational read (or listen in my case).

  • African Kaiser

  • General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918
  • By: Robert Gaudi
  • Narrated by: Paul Hodgson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 552

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the continent of Africa was a hotbed of international trade, colonialism, and political gamesmanship. So when World War I broke out, the European powers were forced to contend with each other not just in the bloody trenches - but in the treacherous jungle. And it was in that unforgiving land that General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck would make history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written, Well Read, Well Done!

  • By Matthew on 02-25-17

A Forgotten Chapter in a Forgotten War

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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: 12-27-17

It always amazes me the stories that aren't covered in popular media, and this would be one of them. If interested in the great war, this is a great read (listen). Some amazing firsts, not least of which is the believed first integrated army. The use of zepplins, the tragedy of colonialism in Africa, insight to the boxer rebellion in China all play a part in the story of the African Kaiser.

  • The Templars

  • The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000

In 1307, as they struggled to secure their last strongholds in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Templars fell afoul of the vindictive and impulsive king of France. On Friday, October 13, hundreds of brothers were arrested en masse, imprisoned, tortured, and disbanded amid accusations of lurid sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Vatican in secret proceedings. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Protogere on 10-30-17

A Comprehensive Overview of the Knights Templar

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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: 11-07-17

A thorough over view of the famous crusading military order, the Templar Knights. From the founding of the order, to its demise this book is overwhelming in breadth in the history and geography that are relevant to the tale of the Knights. In addition to the Knights, the book also provides an overview of the crusades.

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  • Hue 1968

  • A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which "the end begins to come into view". The North Vietnamese had different ideas. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I KNEW This Book Would Sting Me . . . .

  • By Bee Keeper on 07-28-17

A comprehensive overview of Hue during Tetin 1968

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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: 10-01-17

Another great book by Mark Bowden, though much grander in scope than previous reads Killing Pablo and Blackhawk Down. The story not only articulately captures the blow by blow of the Northern Vietnamese Tet offensive capture of the ancient city of Hue during the Vietnam Conflict. More than the story of Hue, Bowden highlights inherent issuance with America's position in the conflict-at home and in Vietnam. Take away's for me include; never underestimate your adversary, verify the data you use to make decisions and trust the assessment of eyes on the ground and not the impressions of leadership far removed from the front line. The book is a great read/listen.

  • Dead Run

  • The Murder of a Lawman and the Greatest Manhunt of the Modern American West
  • By: Dan Schultz
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,581

On a sunny May morning in 1998 in Cortez, Colorado, three desperados in a stolen truck opened fire on the town cop, shooting him 20 times; then they blasted their way past dozens of police cars and disappeared into 10,000 square miles of the harshest wilderness terrain on the North American continent. Self-trained survivalists, the outlaws eluded the most sophisticated law enforcement technology on the planet and a pursuit force that represented more than 75 local, state, and federal police agencies with dozens of SWAT teams, U.S. Army Special Forces....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like fiction...but it's not! Great Listen!

  • By Karen on 04-04-13

Curious Modern Day Outlaw Story

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Well written and seemingly well researched. Curious how the story ends. Should have kept a map handy while listening to this book to better understand the scope of the search. Overall, a tragic and interesting story.

  • The Last Season

  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,844
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,849

Destined to become a classic of adventure literature, The Last Season examines the extraordinary life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada - mountains as perilous as they are beautiful. Eric Blehm's masterful work is a gripping detective story interwoven with the riveting biography of a complicated, original, and wholly fascinating man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written Character Study of an NPS Ranger

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-23-16

Great insight to backcountry park rangers lives.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

interesting story of the park rangers and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Also insight to a family raising children Yosemite, what a childhood that must've been.