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  • Judgment Before Nuremberg

  • The Holocaust in the Ukraine and the First Nazi War Crimes Trial
  • By: Greg Dawson
  • Narrated by: Gary Dikeos
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

When people think of the Holocaust, they think of Auschwitz, of Dachau; and when they think of justice for this terrible chapter in history, they think of Nuremberg. Not of Russia or the Ukraine, and certainly not a town called Kharkov. But in reality, the first war-crimes trial against the Nazis was in this idyllic, peaceful Ukrainian city, which is fitting, because it is also where the Holocaust actually began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular book!

  • By Dr. B. Dexter on 04-03-16

Narrator was very poor.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-13

The sham accents took everything away from enjoying this rather over done book. Ssave you money and wait for a better title.

  • Rabid

  • A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus
  • By: Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,186

The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite science read this year.

  • By Sparkly on 10-06-12

Unlikely Topic

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

Reviewed: 07-26-13

I knew next to nothing about Rabies, I bought the title because I was curious and found I was unable to put it down.. Excellent work on an interesting subject

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger Beside Me

  • The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,425

Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends. Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good One from Ann Rule

  • By Malia on 08-24-12

Factual Account

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

Reviewed: 07-26-13

Rule produced the best of the Ted Bundy books. She was the one of those who, initially, thought that there had been a ghastly mistake. It was fascinating to watch as she came to the realization that the trusted companion, from a crisis center, was a monster. Rule held her emotions in check, when It must have made her skin crawl to remember her experiences. This book was the making of her career. It is the First but not the Last word on the Bundy Case. It does whet the appetite to read more.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Heinrich Himmler

  • The SS, Gestapo, His Life and Career
  • By: Roger Manvell, Heinrich Fraenkel
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Authors Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel, notable biographers of the World War II German leaders Joseph Goebbels and Herman Goring, delve into the life of one of the most sinister, clever, and successful of all the Nazi leaders: Heinrich Himmler. As the head of the feared SS, Himler supervised the extermination of millions. Here is the story of how a seemingly ordinary boy grew into an obsessive and superstitious man who ventured into herbalism, astrology, and homeopathic medicine before finally turning to the “science” of racial purity and the belief in the superiority of the Aryan people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 06-02-16

A new and insightful look at a Monster

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

Reviewed: 07-26-13

Much like Eichmann in Jerusalem, this work points out the banality of unbelievable crimes when perpetrated by a faceless bureaucrat behind a desk. This book shows Himmler beyond the almost mythical shield of evil that has grown up around him. The question which begs an answer: How could anyone place any faith in such a non-entity and zero of a personality? Himmler was a Desk Criminal, who would have been unable to stand at the edge of a pit and see the outcome of his own orders, who in the end proved himself a coward by taking the suicidal way out of having to answer for his crimes.

12 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Eichmann in Jerusalem

  • A Report on the Banality of Evil
  • By: Hannah Arendt
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

Sparking a flurry of heated debate, Hannah Arendt's authoritative and stunning report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared in The New Yorker in 1963. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript. A major journalistic triumph by an intellectual of singular influence, Eichmann in Jerusalem is as shocking as it is informative - an unflinching look at one of the most unsettling (and unsettled) issues of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lest we forget the banality of evil

  • By BryinSiam on 08-03-14

An Excellent History, better appreciatd with time

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

Reviewed: 07-26-13

Arendt was severely criticized over her opinions, as expressed in this book. Rather than demonize Eichmann or give him a pass as one who was following orders, she showed the banality of his crimes. Monstrous deeds carried out by a mid level bureaucrat sitting behind a desk,. With the passage of time readers, unlike those in the 1960s, can read this work and use a collective knowledge of the Shoah, which was not available when it was first published.. I suggest serious students of history read about all Eichmann's crimes before reading this narrative of how he was called to account by the Jewish people. Arendt gets full marks for courage to swim against the stream of the public opinion of her time.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners

  • The Story of Britain's Infamous Hangmen
  • By: Steve Fielding
  • Narrated by: Norman Gilligan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

Between them, the three men in the fearsome Pierrepoint dynasty executed over 800 people during a career spanning more than half a century. Henry, his brother Thomas, and his son Albert, dispatched some of the most infamous criminals of the 20th century, and in the process earned a public notoriety that followed them throughout their eventful lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Hangmen

  • By Jean on 06-05-13

Reads like an accountant's journal.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-13

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

This is a listing of Pierrepoint's "clients." Very little insight into the man, , his uncle, or his father. Pierrepoint: Executioner was a better read, but neither book opened the door on how it really feels to hang so many men and women.

Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Fielding again?

That would depend on the reviews. I purchased the Pierrepoint book without reading what others had to day. I am not sorry I did, for what it has it is informative, but it missed the mark.

What didn’t you like about Norman Gilligan’s performance?

Nothing, the performance, because of the prose, was stilted and wooden.

Any additional comments?

Pierrepoint was never very forth coming about his profession. I surmise that he would have been content never to have become a person of public acclaim. I choose to believe that in the end the notoriety is what made him give up the business.

  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3

  • Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
  • By: William Manchester, Paul Reid
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
  • Length: 53 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,662

Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy final volume in a great biography

  • By Mike From Mesa on 11-27-12

Marignal History- well told

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

Reviewed: 07-26-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is a good book and Manchester is devoted to his subject. There is much more to Mr. Churchill than ever makes it into the popular history books. There should be audible offerings of alternative history of individuals like WSC.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3?

It was predictable there were no 'Most memorable moments."

Any additional comments?

AS I stated, the story of WSC needs to be updated. I don't believe that authors need to remove the shine from his character, but I do think that a more fair and balanced biography has been produced, by David Irving, yet not one of his titles appear in audible. I personally don't agree with his views on the Holocaust, but I don't think anyone can deny his excellent technique for presenting balanced history.

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