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  • All Quiet on the Western Front

  • By: Erich Maria Remarque
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,082

Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Choice for Frank Muller's Best

  • By Alan on 10-13-12

Audio is the best means for this classic.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

I tried to read this one in college, & shrugged off my dropping it to other course workloads... while an important view of a classic war, reading was too dry... I can report that listening to this long classic (go unabridged!) is much more doable... a classic I knew I had to understand, audio made this long one very much more simple to engage.

  • Iron Dawn

  • The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle That Changed History
  • By: Richard Snow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

No single sea battle has had more far-reaching consequences than the one fought in the harbor at Hampton Roads, Virginia, in March 1862. The Confederacy, with no fleet of its own, built an iron fort containing 10 heavy guns on the hull of a captured Union frigate named the Merrimack. The North got word of the project when it was already well along, and, in desperation, commissioned an eccentric inventor named John Ericsson to build the Monitor, an entirely revolutionary iron warship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book about an underreported area of the civil war

  • By Brian on 11-09-16

A worthwhile addition to the saga of ironclads

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

While the various stories of the two ironclads have many books.... this was a good overview of both sides efforts to develop new weapons & overcome multitudes of challenges... until almost by chance, both contenders meet one morning... a worthwhile listen/read.

  • Too Dead to Swing

  • By: Hal Glatzer
  • Narrated by: Susan Egan, full cast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

It's 1940, and musician Katy Green finds out how tough the road can be when she joins the Ultra Belles, a female swing band on tour in California. From the moment the band kicks off the set, you're caught in the rhythm of the music, and murder on the move.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Dead to Swing

  • By Judith on 03-22-03

A spellbinding, well acted, mystery thriller!!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

I loved the written book.... I found them on Audible & am excited with the well acted cast & sound effects (vice the usual book's sole reader).... I hope they will produce the whole Glatzer series this way... I love them, a rare treat that I recommend to everyone.

  • The American Civil War

  • A Military History
  • By: John Keegan
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America's most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles among some two to three hundred known to us by name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Novel Approach (As Opposed to Novelistic)

  • By margot on 11-18-12

An amazing analysis of our Civil War from outside!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

A dedicated student of the Civil War, I was fascinated & intrigued by Keegan's different view of the many events I've read & studied... hearing a different set of questions & discussions about a "known event" was amazing... yes, I listened to it 3 times in a row to scratch my head & research to points he discusses & I overlooked.. Wish I found it sooner!!

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  • The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey! Here is the famous panic-inducing broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still Creepy after all these Years!

  • By Pamela on 02-21-14

A wonderful classic worth hearing again

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Loved it when I heard an album version as a kid, listen intently & chuckle along every time I listen to the classic tales of rural New Jersey & New York City.... The fact these sound effects were so great in the 1930's still fascinates me as I listen to them today!!

  • World War 3 Scenarios

  • By: IntroBooks
  • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Among the many wars which took place between different nations or countries, there is the one which one can never really get off their mind. This is none other than World War, which actually took place twice and in the 20th century. It's been quite a number of years now since this tragedy took place, and now, after so many years, all one can look for is a fear among people about World War III taking place, which can actually turn out to be more dangerous than the previous two.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • AVOID, small cost but even less worthwhile

  • By Carroll on 11-19-17

AVOID, small cost but even less worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Incredibly badly spoken & produced, the writing just is poor, poor, poor... but who ever they chose to read it has a bad education in basic vernacular English.... probably fine credentials from some school, but mispronounces a dizzying volume of common words to make one wonder over the purpose of the production. Save your money!

  • Team Yankee

  • A Novel of World War III
  • By: Harold Coyle
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102

Team Yankee, the New York Times best-seller by Harold Coyle, presents a glimpse of what it would have been like for the soldiers who would have had to meet the relentless onslaught of Soviet and Warsaw Pact divisions. Using the geo-political and military scenarios described by General Sir John Hackett, former NORTHAG commander and author of World War Three; August 1985, Team Yankee follows the war as seen from the turret of Captain Sean Bannon's tank.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They came in the same way, and, we whooped them.

  • By Robert on 03-21-17

A Soldier's story

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

I read this as a young Lieutenant as a description of the Cold war battles across the Fulda gap we prepared & rehearsed for... a couple years later after leading a cavalry Troop in the First Gulf War I re-read it, laughing at all the details Harold Coyle had embedded in a fictional tale hat were so much the remembrances of a real war.... with it on audio I again chuckled & hung me head at the parts of his fictional account that so clearly captured stark realistic memories.... highly recommended, despite the "dated" status of H-series TOE's (Army organizational structures).

  • Chernobyl 01:23:40

  • The Incredible True Story of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster
  • By: Andrew Leatherbarrow
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

At 01:23:40 on April 26th 1986, Alexander Akimov pressed the emergency shutdown button at Chernobyl's fourth nuclear reactor. It was an act that forced the permanent evacuation of a city, killed thousands, and crippled the Soviet Union. The event spawned decades of conflicting, exaggerated, and inaccurate stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Listen and Read

  • By Ms Discus on 10-12-16

An inthralling study of what we fear

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Well researched, a little too much like a travelogue at times, but captivating. An important topic for us to understand when... "it goes amiss".

  • Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Lewis FitzGerald
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Tribute to Fighting Australians

  • By Mark T Ryan on 04-25-11

A great narrative of a rare campaign

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

A well researched narrative of a months long campaign across some of the world's hardest terrain! Fighting a war thru that was a test of human wills against two radically different civilizations.... both in a brutal jungle, sworn to destroy the other.

  • History Decoded

  • The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time
  • By: Keith Ferrell, Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 625

Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the History network, History Decoded explores many fascinating and unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? What's the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • entertaining, but not much substance

  • By Andy on 01-25-14

A unique review of the various conspiracy ideas

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

So a review of the author's Top 10 Conspiracy Theory events... lots of old info, but a few new aspects, so worth listening to... of course, there is the usual artificial drama factors added in, so don't be surprised it's generally a TV Show clone book.