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  • The Chosen Few

  • A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan
  • By: Gregg Zoroya, William H. McRaven - foreward
  • Narrated by: Gregg Zoroya
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 231

The story of one of the Afghanistan war's most decorated units and their 15-month ordeal, culminating in the Battle of Wanat, the deadliest battle of the war. A single company of US paratroopers - calling themselves the "Chosen Few" - arrived in eastern Afghanistan in late 2007 hoping to win the hearts and minds of the remote mountain people and extend the Afghan government's reach into this wilderness. Instead, they spent the next 15 months in a desperate struggle, living under almost continuous attack, forced into a slow withdrawal, and always outnumbered by Taliban fighters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What an amazing group of men!

  • By Mila on 06-22-18

Painfully tragic recounting

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This is a heartbreaking recounting of the brave soldiers put in impossible situations. Should be read by anyone in a position of command and placing lives in harm's way.

  • The Quiet American

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Joseph Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to Vietnam to promote democracy amidst the intrigue and violence of the French war with the Vietminh, while his friend, Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narrator nearly derails Greene novel.

  • By Richard on 07-12-12

Not Green’s best work...

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

which is often the case when an author exposes his political and nationalist biases so overtly. Being said, the narration with it’s distractingly poor attempts at various accents, the worst being his stab at Bostonian American, but nearly as appalling his french and Vietnamese English...I couldn’t wait for this narration to finish!

  • LeMay

  • By: Warren Kozak
  • Narrated by: Grainger Hines
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

The firebombing of Tokyo. Strategic Air Command. John F. Kennedy. Dr. Strangelove. George Wallace. All of these have one man in common - General Curtis LeMay, who remains as enigmatic and controversial as he was in life. Until now. Warren Kozak traces the trajectory of America’s most infamous general, from his troubled background and heroic service in Europe to his firebombing of Tokyo, guardianship of the U.S. nuclear arsenal in the Cold War, frustrated career in government, and short-lived political run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definition.....Leader.....General Curtis Le May

  • By Nj-Mike on 01-04-15

Important historical figure

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

Lemay played an outsized role during one of the most fraught periods of American history.

Narration was astonishingly poor. Is 'conflagoration' a word?

  • The Storm of War

  • A New History of the Second World War
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 28 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661

The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very interesting book with some shortcomings.

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-24-11

How infuriating it is...

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

when you know early on in a book that the authors bias is stronger than his commitment to a professional rendering of historical events. So many times I thought to stop and move on to a new book but continued in hopes it would improve, only to have this tweed clad knucklehead reason that the firebombing of Dreden led the world to a safer place. Moron!

  • History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach

  • By: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616

Military history often highlights successes and suggests a sense of inevitability about victory, but there is so much that can be gleaned from considering failures. Study these crucibles of history to gain a better understanding of why a civilization took - or didn't take - a particular path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hindsight Bias?

  • By Charles Grayson on 07-11-16

Great survey

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

Very engaging series of narratives linked by thecommonality of failures in battle. Highly recommended for students of military history.

  • The 37th Parallel

  • The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 265

This real-life The X-Files and Close Encounters of the Third Kind tells the true story of a computer programmer who tracks paranormal events along a 3,000-mile stretch through the heart of America and is drawn deeper and deeper into a vast conspiracy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I thought it was a study or documentary

  • By Daniel on 09-12-16

Poorly written novel masquerading as non fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a real story

What was most disappointing about Ben Mezrich’s story?

After the first 10 chapters, I thought this was a case of an author burying the lead deeper than he should but by the end, it was clear that this was just a ill conceived concept,poorly written without a coherent plot premise or conclusion. I want my credit back.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ben Mezrich’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I want to believe...

Any additional comments?

No

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Free: Sherlock Holmes- The First Great Detective

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Thomas A. Shippey
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208

We are familiar with Sherlock Holmes's methodology—using clues, facts, evidence, and reason to solve the case. Here, go inside the world of the 19th century and see what circumstances paved the way for such a hero. Then, turn to some of Sherlock's most exciting cases.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok

  • By Slim on 03-04-16

Do NOT listen to this if you want to enjoy...

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

the texts. The good professor gives away the answers to the trademark twist endings of the great Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This reads more like a 6th graders book report, tending to summarise the texts, complete with the endings. Astonishing!

What didn’t you like about Professor Thomas A. Shippey’s performance?

See above

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,550
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,069

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes

  • By SantaFePainter on 11-18-13

Classic Victorian Work, beautifully performed.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Where does The Complete Sherlock Holmes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top

What other book might you compare The Complete Sherlock Holmes to and why?

I don't listen to much fiction, serialized or otherwise but this is a great collection that I looked forward to my hour or so every day. Very sad to have finished it.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Outstanding job of fitting voices to characters and the implied social standing of the time. It felt like listening to radio programming in the pre television days. I normally have a hard time adjusting to narrators, taking a few chapters before I can ignore the artistic decisions that more often than not get in the way of the narrative. Not this one. Bravo.

If you could rename The Complete Sherlock Holmes, what would you call it?

The Almost Complete Sherlock Holmes. A few works of Sir ACD were omitted

Any additional comments?

no

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crash of 2016

  • The Plot to Destroy America - and What We Can Do to Stop It
  • By: Thom Hartmann
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before - including during the Great Depression and the Civil War - because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the verge of the next Great Crash. The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New twist/ much learned

  • By Cal H on 04-29-15

Not enough "i's" in Shrill

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

What would have made The Crash of 2016 better?

Fact checking.

What was most disappointing about Thom Hartmann’s story?

Even on points where I might find grounds for general agreement, and there are several, he has sensationalized to the point of innacuracy. The French Revolution caused by the merchant class? Greece was in no way complicit in the preparation of their financial application to join the EU, it was all the fault of Goldman? Every Cypriot with a bank account took a haircut? Are you sure about that? Casts a shadow over the entire book, so much so that I stopped reading/listening. He might be right about the crash of 2016 but not for the reasons he holds so dear.

What does Dan Woren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nothing. I assume the emphasis provided mirrors the POV of the author

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Crash of 2016?

I would not have published this book

Any additional comments?

I want my credit back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Future Crimes

  • Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Marc Goodman
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Marc Goodman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310

One of the world's leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes listeners deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you - and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book for all of us to help protect us

  • By Sandeep on 10-12-15

Must read

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

One might be tempted to think that the essentials of this rather large text can be distilled down to something more portable, but the beauty of this work is in the details. Read or listen to it all.