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William R. Toddmancillas

Chico, California United States
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  • Killing the SS

  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard - contributor
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were soon caught, including the notorious SS leader Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture through a sophisticated Nazi organization designed to hide them. Among them were Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who performed hideous medical experiments at Auschwitz; Martin Bormann, Hitler’s brutal personal secretary; Klaus Barbie, the cruel "Butcher of Lyon"; and perhaps the most awful Nazi of all: Adolf Eichmann.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Killing book by O'Reilly & Dugard

  • By G. Kinzer on 10-11-18

Nonfiction Stranger than Fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Narration: Riley speaks quickly usually, but this time he is over the top, so much so that comprehension is impeded.

Content: Only now do I fully appreciate U.S. complicity in allowing so many Nazis off the hook. Shameful! Nonetheless, an important series of dastardly arrangements that should be known by all of us.

The Korzeny story is itself incredulous.

  • Most Dangerous

  • Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
  • By: Steve Sheinkin
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

On June 13, 1971, the front page of the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of documents containing a secret history of the Vietnam War. Known as The Pentagon Papers, these documents had been commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stand up and be counted.

  • By Boots on 05-03-17

Excellent overview

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Narration: clear, sonorous, enjoyable.

Content. Excellent overview. Ellsberg is one spectacular hero and this audio explains why just as it exposes Nixon and his lackeys for the self-righteous criminals they were.

  • Wild Thing

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 492

It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Lot Like Cotton Candy

  • By Dr. on 02-24-12

Another fun pot boiler

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Narration: snappy, clear dialogue. Accents are marvelous.

Story: no less fun for being predictable and well written stock characters.

  • Beat the Reaper

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,163

Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome.

  • By Chris - Audible on 04-17-12

Excellent Pot Boiler

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Narration: The narrator does an excellent job of putting on the various accents.

Content: Predictable Jersey-New York mobster good-bad guy squaring off with insurmountable odds. Yes, a woman is involved. Well done. Humorous as well. The explanations about medicine and treatment are informative.

  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,660

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immortal until you're Gleaned

  • By G. Grimsley on 06-27-17

Unique and Profound

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Narration: Different characters manifested in interesting, appropriate, convincing manner.

Content: An unusual plot but it works. Profound reflections within the context of a unique and captivating plot. I did not at first like the book but then I got into it and realized how profound it is.

  • The Odyssey of Echo Company

  • The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: CJ Wilson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

A powerful work of literary military history from the New York Times best-selling author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers - the harrowing and redemptive account of an American army platoon fighting for survival during the Vietnam War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great look into what a Nam solder endured.

  • By Tony on 12-13-17

Narration lazy

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Narration: If the narration is not attractive then I do not listen to the book. Such is the case in this instance. The "Arkansas" drawl (?) is simply not nice to listen to (for me).

Content: Probably very good but did not get that far.

  • To the Limit

  • An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam
  • By: Tom A. Johnson
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34

From June 1967 to June 1968, Tom Johnson accumulated an astonishing 1,600 flying hours piloting the UH-1 "Iroquois" - better known as the "Huey" - as part of the famous First Air Cavalry Division. His battalion was one of the most decorated units of the Vietnam War, and helped redefine modern warfare. Johnson's riveting memoir takes us into key battles and rescue missions, including those for Hue and Khe Sanh. In harrowing detail, he tells of being shot down in the battle of A Shau Valley, of surviving enemy attacks during the Tet Offensive, and of a death-defying nighttime river rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • true hero

  • By Nick on 10-16-18

Outstanding Vietnam War Memoir

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Narration: Perfect except for irritating high pitched, almost falsetto voice of principal character, which, thankfully, is infrequent, because the narrator speaks 98% of the time.

Content: Informative, detailed description of helicopter operational dynamics is outstanding. Personal recollection of particular engagements harrowing and exciting, but also unavoidably melancholy.

I have listened to a Vietnam War memoir no better than this. I have listened to about 20. So far, this one is the leader of the pack.

Highly recommended.

  • Medicus

  • A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,176

Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Susan on 08-31-07

Fun Historical Fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Narration: clear, competent production.

Story: a pot boiler that works. Informative of time, place, and circumstance.

Conclusion: pleasant, escapist historical fiction.

  • The Finest Hours

  • The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue
  • By: Michael J. Tougias, Casey Sherman
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691

In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting the stage for one of the most heroic rescue stories ever lived. On February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, were in the same horrifying predicament. Built with “dirty steel,” and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic’s mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this.

  • By mtkto on 01-13-17

Inspirational Rescue

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Narration: Clear as a whistle, varied intonation consistent with turns in the story, nice rhythm.

Content: So much for thinking of Coasties as "puddle pirates." Fantastic story of courage, love of mission, humanity, and competence.

Conclusion: Yes, Yes, Yes.

  • The Dinosaur Artist

  • Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy
  • By: Paige Williams
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

In the tradition of The Orchid Thief, The Dinosaur Artist is a stunning work of narrative journalism about humans' relationship with natural history and a seemingly intractable conflict between science and commerce. A story that stretches from Florida's Land O' Lakes to the Gobi Desert, The Dinosaur Artist illuminates the history of fossil collecting - a murky, sometimes risky business populated by eccentrics and obsessives, where the lines between poacher and hunter, collector and smuggler, enthusiast and opportunist, can easily blur.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another Made Mediocre by So-So narration.

  • By William R. Toddmancillas on 10-07-18

Another Made Mediocre by So-So narration.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Narration: Somewhat annoying. Narrator has only one rhythm, one melody, which grows tiring after half-an hour or so. Also, the timber sounds a bit tinny and shrewish. Production would be much, much better with different narrator.

Content: I don't think so much time should be devoted to explaining the backgrounds of all the players in this story, nor should the initial themes be repeated ad nauseam. Badly in need of editing.

Too bad, because the subject matter is compelling and important.

Recommendation: Not recommended.

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