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  • Alias Billy the Kid

  • By: C. L. Sonnichsen, William Morrison
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Was Billy the Kid really shot to death by Sheriff Pat Garrett on a July night in 1881? At the midpoint of the last century, an old man comes forth seeking a pardon for crimes committed. He says that he wants to die a free man - and that he is Billy the Kid. The incident leads to this examination of new facts, new interpretations, and new contradictions. It is the story of "Brushy" Bill Roberts, a man who laid claim to a legend. Originally published in 1955 by University of New Mexico Press.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must read!

  • By James A thornton on 03-27-18

Fiction?

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

It reads like formula fiction. Not enough credible authenticity. Any old man can spin a yarn. It needs stuff like DNA and finger print technology to sell this story. Billy had his day. I find it hard to believe he did all the thing credited to his legend in all the books in print. One should keep in mind he was a thief and a murderer and could have chosen an honest life. Was Billy the only kid in America that grew up without the advantages of a happy family life? It is truly hard to believe he had the time to do all those things in the very short life he lived, unless of course he lived to be 90 some years old. The story did not convert me into a believer. Just not enough enough evidence to withstand even a moderate amount of scrutiny.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stalingrad

  • By: David M. Glantz, Jonathan M. House
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Tantor Audio presents the complete audio version of the long awaited one-volume campaign history from the leading experts of the decisive clash of Nazi and Soviet forces at Stalingrad. Stalingrad is an abridged edition of the five-volume Stalingrad Trilogy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible story made mind-numbingly tedious

  • By R_T on 12-11-17

Boring. Where is the story of Stalingrad?

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Sounds like, and reads like, an accountant delivering the annual production report to a large corporation that makes paper clips. The story is completely missing. All that remains is a heavy load of tedious numbers. Where is the human aspect? After a very short time the numbers began to sound the same. Better than counting sheep as a sleeping aid.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Helter Skelter

  • The True Story of the Manson Murders
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,983

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I remembered about the case was wrong..

  • By karen on 06-22-12

A brilliant book that has every detail.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

There is lots of detail and that is what makes a book worth spending time with. Narrator is solid and top notch. He has a natural speaking voice that is easy to listen to, a five star performance. Vincent shows his genious in the laying out of the crime and pulls no punches in his criticism of the incompetence of the police who bungled so many times. I feel as though I got the whole story with out any splashy hype. Regretfully there will never be another Vincent Bugliosi and hopefully there will never be another Charles Manson. It is a tragedy explained in an uncomplicated manner. It is a good book!

  • Catch Me If You Can

  • By: Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443

Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • uhm where is the ending?

  • By Steve on 03-29-17

Not Very Good

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Hard to believe all those things just fell into place, right on time, just like a ninety minute Netflix movie. Good narrator but the story borders on a fairy tale kind script. Really surprised someone would try to sell something so poor. I did not believe the story when I read the book years ago. I believe this version even less. The only thing missing is the Super Hero costume and special effects. The movie wasn't that good either. Funny how book publishers and Hollywood can make a hero out of thief and make him rich too. Did he every have to pay any of the money back?

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life

  • A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected
  • By: Jason Hanson
  • Narrated by: Jason Hanson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 865

When Jason Hanson joined the CIA in 2003, he never imagined that the same tactics he used as a CIA officer for counterintelligence, surveillance, and protecting agency personnel would prove to be essential in every day civilian life. In addition to escaping handcuffs, picking locks, and spotting when someone is telling a lie, he can improvise a self-defense weapon, pack a perfect emergency kit, and disappear off the grid if necessary. He has also honed his "positive awareness" - a heightened sense of his surroundings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, Practical and Useful Information

  • By Sara on 10-08-15

Not worth the time or money. A very bad book.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

Narration is good. Book and story is not so good. The book runs like an instruction manual. Who cares if he's a Morman or not. Didn't need to be mentioned.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

  • By: James D. Hornfischer
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By John on 04-17-04

Long and repetitive.

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Bordering on being dull. I like WW2 stories, the history of an an astonishing time in our history. This one did not blow my hair back for some reason. Maybe it was the monotone voice of the narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mosby's Men

  • By: John H. Alexander
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Mosby's Men is John H. Alexander's eyewitness account of his days with Mosby's Confederate Raiders, a small band of about 400 rough riders who chased 40,000 Union soldiers during the height of the Civil War. Riding 50 miles a day with very little rest, Mosby's Men perfected the "skedaddle", a baffling, highly effective guerrilla tactic that enabled them to make sneak attacks, evade capture, and constantly traverse enemy territory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • brave rebel heart / cool yankee mind

  • By Raleigh on 06-28-12

Not all that good.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-13

The story told is about the writer, not about Mosby. I found it lacking in substance and a bit short on story. Not worth the credit or money.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Third Reich at War

  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 35 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665

Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Karen on 09-03-10

Entertaining,educational,history lesson.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-12

Mr. Evans has captured a time in the past and unfolded it for all to see. Mr. Pratt does a very good job of narration as well. It is a lesson in history that does not put you to sleep. All of the evil traits of the human kind seemed to have come together at that time and Hitler and his deplorable menions held center stage for only a brief time. Thank goodness for that. Very revealing bood. I reccomend it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Life Wild and Perilous

  • Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific
  • By: Robert M. Utley
  • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

If you have ever wondered what is was like to be an explorer in the unspoiled American West of the early 1800s, then this is the audiobook for you. Not only a groundbreaking work of American history by critically acclaimed author Robert M. Utley, A Life Wild and Perilous is also a dramatic story of innovation and survival. Here is your chance to live in the very heart of the American wilderness with legendary trappers and mountain men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Tom Fitzpatrick, and Jedediah Smith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book (read with a map)

  • By Gary Schnitkey on 06-25-16

A lot of good history and quite a story too.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-12

This book fills in a lot of history that has been generally skipped over in favor of the Civil War and other high volume catagories. I listen to audible or read a book to learn. I did that and then some. Hard men, rough time, the building of a nation, the shrinking of nations, fortunes won, fortunes lost, the rise of the U.S. the decline of Mexico, the making of American heroes, the end of the Red man, its all in there. Very well read. Very well written. A bit sad in places. Non fiction tends to be that way sometimes.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Go Down Together

  • The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

With dramatic flair, Jeff Guinn delivers the definitive portrait of Bonnie and Clyde. These media-savvy outlaws appealed to America's Depression-era hunger for swashbuckling characters. Glowing radio and newspaper reports transformed these "public enemies" into celebrities - much like the cinema gangsters of the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo!

  • By Tim on 09-09-09

Go Down Together

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

Reviewed: 10-12-11

A good story with very revealing details. There is a strong projection of reality-that is to say-smell the dirty unwashed bodies in a car traveling in the heat of Texas. There is double cross and loyalty. There is out right murder by the law and criminal alike. Very rarely dull. A study in poor people in a poor state in a poor time in history. I found myself wishing for a happier ending but knew better. This is a straight story of violent crime with the folklore left out. I found it amazing just how little money they stole and how they didn't put any of the loot aside for a rainy day or hit the big score and quit. And the asenal they carried is very impressive if you happened to know just what those weapons can do. Good book. Well read. I don't regret buying the book...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful