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Lowell Wilson

Cincinnati, OH United States
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  • The End

  • The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing yet horrifying

  • By Liz on 10-14-11

Recommend

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

Reviewed: 10-03-14

I am fascinated by the Nazi's, almost to the point of obsession. The nature of this malady surrounds the question "how did this happen??"

Kershaw's account adds detail and context. I learned a bit more about the effect of Goebbel's propaganda, as well as the extent to which Nazism was interwoven into the culture. I found it horrifying, but illuminating, to learn how local peoples court's pronounced, and carried out, death sentences on their fellow citizens, right up to the end; even after the war was clearly lost. I was also amazed to learn the degree to which the German's continued their allegiance to administrative bureaucracy, again, right up until the end.These stories were repetitive, but they really demonstrate the mania of the German populace at the time.

I also gained a better appreciation for the horror of Bolshevik conquest, and occupation. I kinda figured that was bad, but Kershaw makes clear how bad. Its funny (not haha) how I was able to feel sympathy for Germany.

Bottom line - this is a good book if you are also fascinated by the Nazi's, or WWII history. If not, it will probably just depress you and cause you to lose more faith in humanity. Narration is not an issue for this audio.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,273

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-13

Tremendous work, excellent narration. To say this is worth the time is an understatement.

I the quality of this writing is only outweighed by the truly unbelievable underlying story. We shall Never.... Never.... Never....

  • Operation Mincemeat

  • How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

As plans got under way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in June 1943, British counter-intelligence agent Ewen Montagu masterminded a scheme to mislead the Germans into thinking the next landing would occur in Greece. This extraordinary operation called for a dead body, dressed as a Royal Marine officer and carrying false information about a pending Allied invasion of Greece, to wash up on a Spanish shore near the town of a known Nazi agent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the movie

  • By Jack M on 06-23-10

Better than fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-25-13

You can get lost in this well told story of a WWII operation you, like me, probably never heard of. Well developed characters, historical context that will expand your WWII knowledge, gripping spy story intrigue of on operation that would be far fetched fiction, and it ends well.

Whats not to love!

  • The Poisoner's Handbook

  • Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
  • By: Deborah Blum
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544

In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CSI eat your heart out

  • By Aaron - Audible on 10-12-11

Fascinating treatise on prohibition

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

Reviewed: 01-25-13

First, I didn't mind the narrator.

Second, I found the first few chapters boring, but glad I stuck it out

Main point - I was fascinated by how much of a role prohibition played in the development of forensic medicine. I was interested to learn how the various distillations of underworld alcohol impacted forensic science at the time. The details of poisoning, both accidental and criminal via consumption of industrial alcohol is a little mentioned byproduct of that foolish chapter in American history. Like with today's drug war, the somewhat glamorous lives of underworld bosses make it to our consciousness, but the thousands?... hundreds of thousands..? Millions? of sad characters who suffered neurological devastation, painful, slow, physical destruction, and pathetic demise due to consumption of improperly distilled spirits is rarely addressed. There is a thorough analysis of the subject in the Poisoners Handbook, along with the impact of prohibition on the coroners offices, and science of forensic medicine.

I was also interested to learn how the government persisted in making the problem worse, even going so far to restrict industrial alcohols to those that would cause the most damage when consumed by humans, even though it was patently obvious that humans would end up consuming much of the product. I also learned what Jake-Leg is.

I think the book was worth the effort for what I learned about prohibition, and would recommend to those interested in US and political history, as well as those interested in the scientific content. Good character development as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Quirk

  • Brain Science Makes Sense of Your Peculiar Personality
  • By: Hannah Holmes
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Who are you? It’s the most fundamental of human questions. Are you the type of person who tilts at windmills, or the one who prefers to view them from the comfort of an air-conditioned motorcoach? Our personalities are endlessly fascinating - not just to ourselves but also to our spouses, our parents, our children, our co-workers, our neighbors. As a highly social species, humans have to navigate among an astonishing variety of personalities. But how did all these different permutations come about?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying style-political spin-Interesting

  • By Lowell Wilson on 01-25-13

Annoying style-political spin-Interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-25-13

The annoying style is the author's technique of jumping into first person, and adding commentary related to her personal experience in obtaining data, interviews, etc. Its sort of a cross between a laboratory journal, a scientific paper abstract, and a freshman girl's personal journal detailing her first year in college. Some may find it endearing, I find it annoying, and distracting. I question how much of this book is accepted science on brain physical/chemical effect on personality, and how much is conjecture.

My listening experience went from mildly annoyed/somewhat interested, to highly frustrated in the few sections where the author attempts to explain political differences on brain characteristics. One example; due to the intensity of the amigdala firing at various picture stimuli, liberals value equality, and conservatives value justice and a clear chain of command. While there is some sideways truth to this, it is clear the author has only a "conventional thinking" understanding of political philosophy. I might ask her how more government control of distribution reflects the liberal view of "equality". That conclusion necessarily derives from the idea that some are more unequal than others, and only a powerful central government can fix the inequality, viola... equality. As for the "conservative" penchant for a strong chain of command, I would like to know who the author finds most enamored with the likes of Mao Sze Tong, and the wonderful tenets of the former soviet union (conservatives or liberals??). Your answer is also the group that prefers the iron fist in a velvet glove, or strong chain of command. The bottom line is that one side values individual liberty, and the other values government control. Now, what does the amigdala say about which is which?

The armature political analysis, and personal journal style aside, I found most of the study details and analysis interesting. The tie-in's to evolutionary development are thought provoking.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Price of Politics

  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Making the Sausage

  • By Graham on 10-18-12

Fair account - painfully boring

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

Reviewed: 10-04-12

What did you like best about The Price of Politics? What did you like least?

What you will get here is a highly detailed, day by day, account of failure. As you know, none of the characters are particularly endearing, and this account of their meandering trek toward inevitable breakdown is mostly depressing. I couldn't wait for it to end, just like I can't wait for this horrible chapter in the country's history to become... well... history.

Fair enough, and well researched, this book is good for the budding journalist or polysci-er, who are looking forward to a spot on the wheel of our massive central bureaucracy. For those of us who value leadership, accomplishment, and greatness, this is like reading about the modern day fall of Rome with our progeny as the unwitting characters in the pitiful final chapters to come. While listening, I kept asking myself "why didn't I buy gold 10, 20, 5 years ago??". Did I ever think that our representatives in Washington would protect the currency, and seek responsible governance? You can listen to this account if you need more evidence that Nero is fiddling, and Rome is burning.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Kite Runner

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,904

Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Goodness, What a Audiobook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Andrew Covington on 11-02-07

Interesting view of Afghan culture

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-11

I mistakenly thought that this was non-fiction. Pretty stupid since "A Novel" is prominent on the cover... But this is Audible. I don't spend much time on the cover. Anyway, thinking it was a true story, I purchased to learn more about life in Afghanistan pre and post Rusi invasion, and Taliban rule. To the degree that it is accurate (seems like it), I think I did gain perspective and knowledge. It is an interesting book. I don't need much incentive to hate the Taliban, but if you do, this story will help. I am obviously not much of a literary critic, but I find it strange and annoying that the Amir John turns to religion at the end. Knowing, as the character does, how destructive Islam (substitute any mono-theistic religion followed to natural conclusion) has been to his homeland, people, and culture, I just can't imagine how he concludes that Gods will has saved the day. I see it as just another cowardly act, similar to the painful plot twist. Instead of letting down his wonderful friend, Amir John surrenders his mind and self in the end. Those of you who prefer literature should probably check this out. I will leave it to you.

  • The Killer Angels

  • The Classic Novel of the Civil War
  • By: Michael Shaara
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,244

After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-27-09

Absolutely Excellent!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-11

I have read the book, and know the history, but this rendition brings the story to life. The book is a classic, and the narrator is fantastic. This is a must listen!!

  • A Slobbering Love Affair

  • The Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media
  • By: Bernard Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

According to Bernard Goldberg, the media crossed an important line in the 2008 presidential race, moving from their usual unthinking liberal bias to crass partisanship of the crudest kind, practically acting as spin doctors for the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. In A Slobbering Love Affair, his most provocative book yet, Goldberg demonstrates how the media launched an unparalleled effort to ensure the election of the man they regarded as the One.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spot on!

  • By Eunice on 05-28-09

You have to listen to this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-11

We all saw it happening, right. I don't think members of the press would even dispute that they are, and were, completely on board the O express. Maybe its tired, and maybe you are weary of the obvious, but you will shake your head and laugh. Bernie does a good job. Its probably time for a sequel.

  • Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

Michael Korda's Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale: a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile, including his blond, sun-burnished good looks and flowing white robes, made him an object of intense fascination, still famous the world over as "Lawrence of Arabia".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book and narration

  • By Ron L. Caldwell on 12-11-10

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-11

I knew almost nothing about TE Lawrence before listening to this book. Now I feel pretty well informed on this amazing and historical figure. This also added to my knowledge of the Arab world. The book tells a great story, and one that is more interesting than fiction. It is long, but I enjoyed the whole thing. The most interesting was certainly the war years, but the aftermath was well told, and kept my interest.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful