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  • Blitzed

  • Drugs in Nazi Germany
  • By: Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops; resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Reich, One God, One Dealer

  • By Tim on 03-13-17

One of my favorite reads

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

this book tells the real story of WWII and really begs the question of how the German army was invincible (for a brief time)
read it and enjoy the narrator and the book I have listened to it about 6 times!

  • The Big Heist

  • The Real Story of the Lufthansa Heist, the Mafia, and Murder
  • By: Anthony M. DeStefano
  • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

One of the biggest scores in Mafia history, the Lufthansa Airlines heist of 1978 has become the stuff of Mafia legend - and a decades-long investigation that continues to this day. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony DeStefano sheds new light on this legendary unsolved case using recent evidence from the 2015 trial of 80-year-old Mafia don Vincent Asaro, who for the first time speaks out on his role in the fateful Lufthansa heist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The story of the unnamed guys

  • By John S on 10-28-18

The story of the unnamed guys

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I went to grammer school with the guys who pulled off the Heist and often wondered what happened to some guys who were never named in goodfellas this book answers these questions Excellant read from a guy who knows the real goodfellas and the "hole" in Brooklyn

  • Shadow Divers

  • The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,905

In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPPING!

  • By Douglas on 07-03-04

I love this book

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Would you listen to Shadow Divers again? Why?

I have listened to this book 4 times. I love the narrator and the book is so on point!
Please buy, listen and enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Visit Sunny Chernobyl

  • And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places
  • By: Andrew Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Ax Norman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth - Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It’s rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada’s oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Has little to do with reality

  • By John S on 08-13-17

Has little to do with reality

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Would you try another book from Andrew Blackwell and/or Ax Norman?

No because these authors are bias. They are admittedly die hard environmentalists with no regard for the benefits of all types of energy except for tree hugger versions

Not fair and balanced at all

How could the performance have been better?

Yes the narrator was boring

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

Dissapointment

Any additional comments?

All references to the Cernobyl disaster are copied text from other reference books

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Visiting Chernobyl

  • A Considered Guide for Travelers: What You'll See and What to Know
  • By: Bill Murray
  • Narrated by: Bill Murray
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

When Chernobyl's Reactor 4 blew up in April 1986, the roof blew away - a million pounds of concrete. Fire filled the sky. The reactor's graphite core, radioactive and deadly, burned like charcoal for 10 days. Visiting Chernobyl, framed by the author's visit, revisits the accident itself, relives the evacuation of the area, and discusses both the physical environs and the political circumstances of the Soviet Union at the time. Please note that the author/narrator is not the actor Bill Murray.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accessible, Informative, and Thought-Provoking!

  • By Hank Rudisill on 05-28-16

nothing new just a rambling story

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

What disappointed you about Visiting Chernobyl?

No New info just a story about a casual visit to the zone with a boring spin

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

letdown

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill Murray?

narrator is not the issue

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

More insight on the worst nuclear accident in history

Any additional comments?

read Chernobyl 01:23:40 which is outstanding absolutely outstanding in every way

  • 18 and Life on Skid Row

  • By: Sebastian Bach
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Bach
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

18 and Life on Skid Row tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas, to California and finally to Canada and who, at the age of eight, discovered the gift that would change his life. Throughout his career, Sebastian Bach has sold over 20 million records both as the lead singer of Skid Row and as a solo artist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I hoped it would be!

  • By Joshua on 12-13-16

Amazing like being back in NJ

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

My ex brother in law was the original lead guitarist for skid row before Scotty
any my sisters hung out with the band back in the 80's The book is outstanding! I gave gift copies to my sisters for Christmas. SB is a good guy I always knew but now after listening to this book I know he has a good heart
Freehold Condo? Yea I sold my condo in Raintree (Freehold NJ) too and moved to Santa Cruz CA. Rock on SB
Skid Row, Boni Jovi and all the NJ club bands were great and we all had IROCS
Unbelievable Glad I lived it!
Buy this book!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lufthansa Heist

  • Behind the Six-million Dollar Cash Haul That Shook the World
  • By: Henry Hill, Daniel Simone
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

On December 11th, 1978, a daring armed robbery rocked Kennedy Airport, resulting in the largest unrecovered cash haul in world history, totaling six million dollars. The perpetrators were never apprehended and thirteen people connected to the crime were murdered in homicides that, like the crime itself, remain unsolved to this day. The burglary has fascinated the public for years, dominating headlines around the globe due to the story's unending ravel of mysteries that baffled the authorities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you enjoyed the film "Goodfellas".....

  • By Norman B. Bernstein on 08-13-15

The reader is too enthusiastic

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

Would you try another book from Henry Hill and Daniel Simone and/or Joe Barrett?

The reader sounds like he is reading a children's bedtime story. In addition, there is no new info about the heist and has many conflicts.

Could have been much better very disappointing

What could Henry Hill and Daniel Simone have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Been more honest about Hills life in and after witness protection. He was not a saint in later years like the book portrays Hill to be

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joe Barrett?

Unknown

  • Armageddon

  • How Trump Can Beat Hillary
  • By: Dick Morris, Eileen McGann
  • Narrated by: Ian Patterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Timed for the critical presidential election season, New York Times best-selling author and noted political commentator Dick Morris provides a strategy and position on the issues for Republicans to attract crucial new voters to the party in order to win back the White House in 2016 and put an end to the Obama agenda of ruinous socialism. By using new issues, attracting new voters, and offering new alternatives, Republicans can win the election of 2016 and save America!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent job--with note on voice and empire

  • By tma_reviews on 08-25-16

Great encouraging reading

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

This is a great read! Gives shows us the true facts about the difference of the two candidates.
This is not a rah rah Trump book but rather it shows the real fate this country will suffer under a corrupt and untrustworthy candidate

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Operation Paperclip

  • The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including papers made available to her by direct descendants of the Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers discovered at the National Archives and Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the 20th century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Osenberg list

  • By Jean on 08-07-14

One sided account of German Scientist contribution

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

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

Someone who is interested in learning more about the atrocities at the concentration camps and revenge against German scientists who decided to help the USA and not the USSR advance technology after the war. with that said this books fails in all aspects because much better books were written on those subjects.

Has Operation Paperclip turned you off from other books in this genre?

No not necessarily, it is an interesting topic to learn about how the USA has taken technology which caused so much destruction and has turned it into a viable defense for American citizens.

What didn’t you like about Annie Jacobsen’s performance?

Nothing, Her voice was a very condescending monotone listen. The book might have been much better read by a professional reader. It seems to me that the author was trying to save some money by doing it herself.

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

The research was very good but lacked the good outcomes delivered by the German scientists. I was irritated by her incorrect pronunciation of Dr. Wernher Von Braun his name was not Verner Von Brown. I agree he had a dark history however he was absolutely vital in the USA achieving Apollo 11's landing on the moon.

Any additional comments?

This is the only book in the years of being an audible member which I will request a refund it was that infuriating

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Zero Marginal Cost Society

  • The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
  • By: Jeremy Rifkin
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

In this provocative new book, Rifkin argues that the coming together of the Communication Internet with the fledgling Energy Internet and Logistics Internet in a seamless twenty-first-century intelligent infrastructure—the Internet of Things—is boosting productivity to the point where the marginal cost of producing many goods and services is nearly zero, making them essentially free.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • pleasant and inspiring..

  • By "ge-ko" on 02-25-15

Boring

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

The author drones on about the utopian society of the future which is quite pie in the sky.
The info is good in the sense that it is seen through the eyes of the facebook generation where no privacy is afforded nor expected. Better classified as a sifi
Novel rather than facts quite amusing


6 of 12 people found this review helpful