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  • A Handful of Hard Men

  • The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia
  • By: Hannes Wessels
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

It is difficult to find another soldier's story to equal Captain Darrell Watt's in terms of time spent on the field of battle and challenges faced. Even by the lofty standards of the SAS and Special Forces, one has to look far to find anyone who can match his record of resilience and valor in the face of such daunting odds and with resources so paltry. In the fight, he showed himself to be a military maestro. After 12 years in the cauldron of war, his cause slipped from beneath him, and Rhodesia gave way to Zimbabwe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story- Title says it all... Hard Men

  • By rowca on 10-05-17

Outstanding Book

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I consider myself knowledgeable about the Rhodesian war, but I learned quite a bit from this book. The author does an excellent job combining the grunt eye view of the war with the high level treachery if the British government. If you are at all interested this war, get this book.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,024

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Outstanding in every way

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

This book is riveting. The story, the narration, the pace of the action - first rate. This is an incredible story of superhuman endurance, of years spent on the ice, in darkness, cold, hunger and hopelessness. Yet they survived through sheer will power. If you are at all interested in the polar explorations and what those men accomplished - then buy this book.

  • Rebel Yell

  • The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,787
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,620

General Stonewall Jackson was like no one anyone had ever seen. In April of 1862 he was merely another Confederate general with only a single battle credential in an army fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause. By middle June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western World. He had given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked: hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good read

  • By rhl60 on 11-05-14

Excellent read!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

At times this book gets bogged down in the day to day minutia of the war, but overall this book gives an outstanding insight into the man and cuts through the traditional hype surrounding Jackson. Highly recommended!

  • Empire of the Summer Moon

  • Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077

Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son, Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historically Significant

  • By Rick on 10-07-16

Just buy it!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Absolutely one of the best, if not the best audio book I have ever listened to. This book will take you back in time, and allow you to walk a lifetime in the moccasins of a barbarian Comanche war chief who later was elected to the local school board and shared a podium with the President of the United States.

  • Bust Hell Wide Open

  • The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • By: Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

The legacy of General Nathan Bedford Forrest is deeply divisive. Best known for being accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow and for his role as first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan - an organization he later denounced - Forrest has often been studied as a military figure, but never before studied as a fascinating individual who wrestled with the complex issues of his violent times. Bust Hell Wide Open is a comprehensive portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest as a man: his achievements, failings, reflections, and regrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By B. Wood on 02-23-17

Outstanding Life Story

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This is an excellent audio book. It provides a good overview of Forest's military career, tempered by background on his personality and beliefs. It also does an excellent job of showing how his views and beliefs mellowed after the war. If you want a true and accurate picture of this simple, yet complicated man, buy this book. He was a far cry from the racist that modern day liberals would have you believe.

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  • 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 583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 548

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

Riveting Story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

This is a great book. I couldn't stop listening. If you want an in depth, gritty, first hand look at a little known aspect of WW1, do yourself a favor and get this book.

  • Give Your Heart to the Hawks

  • A Tribute to the Mountain Man
  • By: Win Blevins
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Acclaimed author Win Blevins’ Stone Song won the Spur Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. In Give Your Heart to the Hawks, Blevins offers a tribute to the “first Westerners” who explored the Great American West. Stories include those of John Colter, who escaped captivity by the Blackfeet Indians, and Hugh Glass, who was mauled by a grizzly bear and crawled 300 miles for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good audiobook!

  • By Ryan on 01-22-19

A disorganized classic!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

There is a tremendous amount of historical information here, and the book really gives you a feel for what life was like in the Mountain Man days. The narrator - Henry Strozier - does an OUTSTANDING job and really brings the book to life. My only quibble is that the book at times is disjointed and skips around as far as personalities and timelines making it difficult to follow from a chronological basis, but that is a minor issue. This is a great book!