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  • The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War

  • By: Mark E. Stille
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) was the third most powerful navy in the world at the start of World War II and came to dominate the Pacific in the early months of the war. This was a remarkable turnaround for a navy that only began to modernize in 1868. The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War details the Japanese ships which fought in the Pacific and examines the principles on which they were designed, how they were armed, when and where they were deployed, and how effective they were in battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Technical Reference

  • By Dale H. Reeck on 06-09-18

Interesting

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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: 12-09-18

Well worth the time. Recommended for anyone interested in the IJN in WW2. Narrator was clear and understandable.

  • Panzer Ace

  • The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy
  • By: Richard Freiherr von Rosen, Robert Forczyk
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Richard Freiherr von Rosen was a highly decorated Wehrmacht soldier and outstanding panzer commander. After serving as a gunlayer on a Pz.Mk.III during Barbarossa, he led a company of Tigers at Kursk. Later he led a company of King Tiger panzers at Normandy and in late 1944 commanded a battle group (12 King Tigers and a flak company) against the Russians in Hungary in the rank of junior, later senior lieutenant (from November 1944, his final rank). Only 489 of these King Tiger tanks were ever built. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • terrific insight from the German side

  • By Anonymous User on 07-24-18

Good story

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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: 10-19-18

Good book. Clearly written and narrated. Evenly presented story of a panzer commander. No glory seeking.

  • Black Thursday

  • The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid
  • By: Martin Caidin
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

On Thursday, October 14, 1943, 291 B-17 Flying Fortresses set out for a strategic bombing raid on the factories in Schweinfurt. Sixty of those planes never returned and 650 men were lost during the course of that mission. It was the greatest failure that the United States Air Force had ever suffered and became known as "Black Thursday". Martin Caidin's Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid is a brilliant account of that day that should never be forgotten. This audiobook uncovers in thrilling detail the build-up to that fateful raid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Look at Bomb Groups of the 8th

  • By Nicholas Robinson on 09-19-18

Dry

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Writer takes a great story and makes it tedious. Waste of time and money. You have been warned.

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  • Conspiracy of Fools

  • A True Story
  • By: Kurt Eichenwald
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 30 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Adam M Pokorski on 06-06-06

Good story...well written. Good narrator.

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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: 01-23-18

Listened twice so far. Lots of information for just one listen. Recommend for anyone in business...interested in Enron..
or true crime.

  • Japanese Destroyer Captain

  • Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway - The Great Naval Battles Seen Through Japanese Eyes
  • By: Captain Tameichi Hara
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

This highly regarded war memoir was a best seller in both Japan and the United States during the 1960s and has long been treasured by historians for its insights into the Japanese side of the surface war in the Pacific. The author was a survivor of more than one hundred sorties against the Allies and was known throughout Japan as the Unsinkable Captain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Combat, Fear, Survival!

  • By Saman on 11-07-14

Good presentation.

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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: 01-07-18

A story of the Japanese navy from the experiences of a Japanese destroyer captain. He gives insight to the struggle to fight the far more powerful US navy from his personal experiences. Well done.

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  • Finland's War of Choice

  • The Troubled German-Finnish Coalition in World War II
  • By: Henrik Lunde
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

This book describes the odd coalition between Germany and Finland in World War II, and their joint military operations from 1941 to 1945. This is a topic often missing in English, though in stark contrast to the numerous books on the shorter and less bloody Winter War. That conflict represented a gallant fight of a democratic “David” against a totalitarian “Goliath” that caught the imagination of the world. The story of Finland fighting alongside a “Goliath” of its own has not brought pride to that nation and was a period many Finns would rather forget.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stay away from this incompetent junk

  • By Rob on 10-19-17

Boring

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-18

What did you like best about Finland's War of Choice? What did you like least?

This is simply a boring book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Parks’s performances?

No

Was Finland's War of Choice worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

Fighting this "continuation war" was horrific with the cold and horrible weather. The author simply writes that regiments were reduced to battalion strength. Not very gritty. No understanding of what the combatants Russian, German and Finns had to struggle through.
The book had no energy. A wasted purchase.

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  • Retribution

  • The Battle for Japan, 1944 - 45
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 27 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan's defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained unclear. The ensuing drama - that ended in Japan's utter devastation - was acted out across the vast theater of Asia in massive clashes between army, air, and naval forces. In recounting these extraordinary events, Max Hastings draws incisive portraits of MacArthur, Mao, Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and other key figures of the war in the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb study by one of the world's finest histor

  • By Easton Reader on 12-22-16

Max Hastings

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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: 10-18-17

Great writer with a great book. Lots of content easy to listen to. Recommended for all history or Max Hastings fans.

  • Hell in a Very Small Place

  • The Siege of Dien Bien Phu
  • By: Bernard B. Fall
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Like Gettysburg, Stalingrad, Midway, and Tet, the battle at Dien Bien Phu - a strategic attack launched by France against the Vietnamese in 1954 after eight long years of war - marked a historic turning point. By the end of the 56-day siege, a determined Viet Minh guerrilla force had destroyed a large tactical French colonial army in the heart of Southeast Asia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The complete story of Dien Bien Phu

  • By Arius on 09-30-16

Well written.

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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: 09-10-17

Well written story of the French battle in Viet Nam. Excellent narration too.

  • Bomber Command

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunningly real. Gritty. Breathtaking.

  • By Robert on 10-11-14

Another great book by Max Hastings

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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: 08-22-17

A master writer at the top of his game. Well worth the time. Well narrated too.

  • To Rule the Waves

  • How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World
  • By: Arthur Herman
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy - of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining though slightly biased

  • By Ernst ten Bosch on 09-21-17

A good story.

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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: 08-10-17

Loved the book. A great story well read. A must read for all interested in the British navy.