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  • Over the Hill: A Novel of the Pacific War

  • Crash Dive Series, Book 6
  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

The final episode in the popular Crash Dive series! In this final, powerful episode in the popular Crash Dive series, the war to which Lt. Commander Charlie Harrison has sacrificed everything will demand far more. In return, it will teach him war’s true meaning and propel him to his destiny, one that is dark and brutal but also filled with hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly one of the best books I have ever heard.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-09-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

This is the final book of the Crash Dive Series. The book picks up where the last book ended with the sinking of the USS Sandtiger. Charles Harrison and some officers were captured by the Japanese. The enlisted men were rescued. This book tells about the Japanese prisoner of war camps and the treatment of prisoners.

I have grown to feel like I know each of the characters and they have become my friends. I feel sad to say goodbye to them. This has been a great historical fiction series about life on a submarine during World War II in the Pacific theatre.

The book is four hours and fifty-seven minutes. R. C. Bray does an excellent job narrating the series.

  • John Marshall

  • The Man Who Made the Supreme Court
  • By: Richard Brookhiser
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

The life of John Marshall, founding father and America's premier chief justice. In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth chief justice of the US. He would hold the post for 34 years (still a record), expounding the Constitution he loved. Before he joined the Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lacking in dignity and clout. After he died, it could never be ignored again. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Biography

  • By Jean on 12-14-18

Excellent Biography

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

In March 2018 I read Joel Richard Paul’s “Without Precedent Chief Justice John Marshall and His Time”. The book wet my appetite to learn more about John Marshall. When I saw this newly released biography of Marshall by Richard Brookhiser, I had to buy it.

John Marshall (1755-1835) was the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The first was John Jay, then John Rutledge and then Oliver Ellsworth. None of these men served in the position long. Marshall was sworn in as Chief Justice in 1801 and died in 1835 in a stagecoach accident when travelling for the Court. Marshall laid down the principles of the law and policies of the Court. According to Brookhiser it was Marshall that brought dignity to the Court.

John Richard Paul’s book “Without Precedent” was longer and provided more information about Marshall’s personal life as well as more in-depth analysis of his various rulings. Brookhiser is more concise and covered primarily his working life and relationship with George Washington. Brookhiser’s book was a bit more entertaining. I think that Brookhiser’s biography is ideal for the lay reader. Richard Brookhiser is a journalist and biographer. I have read his biographies of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.

The book is nine hours thirty-one minutes. Robert Fass does an excellent job narrating the book. Fass is a well-known narrator. He has been nominated for the Audie Award eight times and won it twice. He also has won many AudioFile Earphone Awards.





3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hara-Kiri: A Novel of the Pacific War

  • Crash Dive Series, Book 5
  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Charlie Harrison finally achieves his dream of commanding the Sandtiger, leading her able crew on a war patrol to the Philippines in September 1944. Along the way, he faces the challenges of command, a malfunctioning boat, and a patrol area that appears devoid of enemy ships. When a massive fleet materializes on the horizon, he identifies it as Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet. America is invading the Philippines to cut off Japan from its colonial resources. The Japanese Combined Fleet responds, culminating in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and Charlie facing the ultimate test.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Jean on 12-13-18

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

In book five of the Crash Dive Series, Lt. Commander Charles Harrison takes command of the USS Sandtiger. In this story the action takes place in the battle of the Philippines in September of 1944.

The book is well written and researched. There is lots of action and suspense, but unlike the other four books in the series, this book reveals more crew interaction. I particularly enjoy the fact the books are only approximately five hours.

The book is four hours and twenty-three minutes. R. C. Bray does an excellent job narrating the book. Bray is an actor and multi-award-winning narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Improbable Wendell Willkie

  • The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order
  • By: David Levering Lewis
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In the wake of one of the most tumultuous conventions in Republican history, the party of Lincoln nominated in 1940 a prominent businessman and Wall Street attorney for president. Though Wendell Willkie would lose to FDR, David Levering Lewis reveals in this news-making reclamation that the story of this Hoosier-born corporate chairman's life is the story of an America that could have been. Popular for his down-home Midwestern charm and unaffected candor, Willkie possessed a supple intellect and a concealed disdain for political opportunism that, had he not died prematurely, would have revolutionized American politics with its advocacy of bipartisanship and social responsibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Jean on 12-12-18

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Wendell Willkie ran against FDR in the 1940 election and, of course, lost. Professor Lewis provides a new biography of Willkie. I think that what is going on in the country today pointed out some key items about Willkie that might have gone unnoticed in the prior biographies. Willkie is noted for putting the country before party. He also advocated what he called Responsible Bipartisanism.

The book is well written and researched. Lewis brings out the character of Willkie. Lewis is able to reveal Willkie’s life against the background of United States history. The author shows how Willkie was dedicated to Civil Rights and opposed racism. Lewis reveals Willkie’s work with the NAACP. The book appears to be balanced and reveals more about the man than prior biographies. I found this a most fascinating biography and learned a great deal from it.

Paul Levering Lewis is Professor of History at New York University. Lewis won two Pulitzer Prizes for vol. one and two of the biography of W. E. B. DuBois.

The book is twelve hours and forty-eight minutes. Mike Chamberlain does a good job narrating the book. Chamberlain is an actor and voiceover artist.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Oushata Massacre

  • Arrow and Saber, Book 1
  • By: Robert Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Fresh from West Point, Second Lieutenant Marcus Cavanaugh arrives with a platoon of recruits from the East into territory seething with Indian trouble. Two Eagles and his renegade band of Cheyenne warriors have broken the peace, raiding railroad crews and wagon trains, slaughtering men, women, and children, then disappearing into the hills. Scouting for Two Eagles' war party, Cavanaugh, at last, discovers their winter village, barely escaping with his life to report back to the fort. But nothing in his military training has prepared him for the danger he encounters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Jean on 12-11-18

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This is a fast passed western. This is my first experience with both the author and the narrator. I was impressed enough to look for more books by both.

The protagonist is 2nd Lieutenant Marcus Cavanaugh. He is fresh from West Point and arrives as Two Eagles of the Cheyenne has gone to war. The story takes place in 1868 in Eastern Colorado. The book is a standard Calvary against the Indians western story. The book is well written and is past paced. The story has lots of information about Army life in the middle 1800s. There is lots of action, but the book is too short to allow for much character development. The book was a great change of pace story. Looking forward to reading more books by Vaughan.

The book is three hours and thirty-nine minutes. Clay Lomakaya does a good job narrating the book. Lomakaya is an actor and audiobook narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When Women Ruled the World

  • By: Kara Cooney
  • Narrated by: Kara Cooney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra - women who ruled with real power - and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today. Female rulers are a rare phenomenon - but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind of access to the highest political office?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Edifying

  • By Jean on 12-10-18

Edifying

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Kara Cooney Ph.D. points out that ancient Egypt was punctuated by periods of rule by women. Many women ruled as regents for their young sons; then advised them privately when they took the throne in their teens.

Cooney reviews the reign of six female pharaohs of the Ptolemaic period that ruled in their own right. They are: Merineth, Neferusobeck, Nefertiti, Tawosret, Hatshepsut and Cleopatra. The author discusses their similarities and differences of their reigns. Cooney describes how Hatshepsut and Cleopatra took and held power. The book is well written and meticulously researched. Cooney reveals how these women survived in a male-dominated world. The author points out that women in ancient Egypt had the right to own property, and the right to divorce. I found the book interesting and could not help but make comparisons in my mind to women’s rights today.

I found the book most interesting and will look for more books by the author. Kara Cooney is a Professor of Egyptology at UCLA. The books nine hours and fifteen minutes. Kara Cooney narrated the book herself.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Contact! A Novel of the Pacific War

  • Crash Dive, Book 4
  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

The fourth book in the popular Crash Dive series! Still reeling from the hellish battle in the Japan Sea, Lt. Commander Charlie Harrison returns from Prospective Commanding Officer School to find the Sandtiger languishing in repair while her crew idles. He expects to take command, but the post is given to Captain Howard Saunders. Sandtiger’s orders: Take a team of elite commandos to the island of Saipan to destroy a major coastal gun before 70,000 Marines land on its beaches. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Jean on 12-09-18

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This is book four of the series. Our protagonist Charles Harrison is now a Lt. Commander. He has just graduated from CPO School (Prospective Commanding Officer). On returning to Pearl he finds Captain Howard Sanders has been given command of the USS Sandtiger. The new assignment is to take a team of commandos to Saipan Island.

The book is well written and fast paced. As with the other books in the series, the suspense builds throughout the story. I have enjoyed the series and found the book hard to put down. I particularly like that the books are about five hours. This makes a great change from the longer non-fiction books I have been reading. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

The book is four hours and fifty-four minutes. R. C. Bray does an excellent job narrating the series. Bray is an actor and voice-over artist. He has won the prestigious Audie Award, many Earphone Awards and the Voice Artist Award.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Default

  • The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold
  • By: Sebastian Edwards
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The American economy is strong in large part because nobody believes that America would ever default on its debt. Yet in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt did just that, when in a bid to pull the country out of depression, he depreciated the US dollar in relation to gold, effectively annulling all debt contracts. American Default is the story of this forgotten chapter in America's history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Jean on 12-08-18

Superb

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Edwards is a UCLA economics professor. Edwards tells how FDR engineered a default in 1933. FDR did away with the gold standard and made owning private gold illegal. The changes were argued before the Supreme Court.

The book is well written and researched. Edwards made this complex action understandable to the lay person. FDR took the action at the height of the depression. It was looked upon as a desperate measure. The author explains in detail why Roosevelt did what he did and how he did it. I found the discussion about the hearing before the Supreme Court most interesting. Many experts still associate the recovery from the depression directly to the monetary easing of FDR’s gold policies.

The book is nine hours and one minute. Timothy Andres Pabon does an excellent job narrating the book. Pabon is an actor and Spanish & English voice-over artist. Pabon has won the Earphone Award as well as the 2015 Society of Voice Arts and Science Award.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy Oath of Office

  • Jack Ryan Novel Series, Book 19
  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

Freedom may have finally arrived in Iran. As protests break out across the country, the media rejoices over the so-called Persian Spring. Western leaders are ecstatic. Members of Congress and the Cabinet clamor to back the rebels. Only President Jack Ryan remains wary. Meanwhile, he has plenty to handle at home. A deadly strain of flu is ravaging the United States as spring floods decimate the Southeast. An unethical senator wants to bring down the Ryan presidency and is willing to lean on fabricated bot-planted stories to do it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There's a whole lot going on here...

  • By shelley on 11-28-18

Exciting Read

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This is a continuation of the Jack Ryan Series started by Tom Clancy. This is March Cameron’s second book in the series.

The book is well written. The story twists and turns and the suspense builds throughout the story. There are multiple plots and subplots along with many characters in the Clancy tradition. Jack Ryan is president and Russia, along with Iran is giving him problems. If you are looking for a good get-away-from-it-all book, this is it.

The book is fourteen hours nineteen minutes. Scott Brick does a great job narrating the story. Brick has won over fifty Earphone Awards and five Audie Awards. He also was named Publisher Weekly’s Narrator of the Year and the Audiofile Magazine’s Golden Voice Award.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heirs of the Founders

  • The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants
  • By: H. W. Brands
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In the early 1800s, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky, as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jean on 12-04-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I have read and enjoyed a number of historian H. W. Brands’ books. This book is about the “Great Triumvirate” as they were known. The great orators from Massachusetts, Daniel Webster (1782-1852), John Calhoun (1782-1850) of South Carolina and Henry Clay (1777-1852) of Kentucky. These three great men were principal legislators in the post Jacksonian debate over slavery and States Rights. They were the key players of the Missouri Compromise of 1850. None of the men lived to see the Civil War.

The book was well written and meticulously researched. The book is easy to read and understand for a lay person. Each of these men played key roles and served in various positions in the government during their years of service. What I enjoyed the most was listening to the debates between the three men over various issues over their years in office. These three men were the greatest debaters of their era. If you are interested in United States history, you must read this book.

The book is fourteen hours and fifty-five minutes. Eric Martin does an excellent job narrating the book. Martin is a well-known audiobook narrator and voice-over artist. He has won many Earphone Awards and was a 2015 Audie Award Finalist.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful