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Glenn A. Michaels

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  • Venice

  • A New History
  • By: Professor Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur Thomas Madden’s majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city’s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful

  • By Lauri Donahue on 10-26-13

A great history and a perfect supplement before or after your visit

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I visited Venice on a two-week tour of Europe. I wish that I had read this before my visit because it is a magnificent and well told story. However, my visit allowed me to picture the city as it was explained -- basically taking me back again and allowing me to appreciate Venice even more. This is my second reading of this history and it was even more enjoyable than the first time. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in learning more about what was our most favorite stop on our tour. Thank you for the great effort by everyone involved.

  • Gettysburg

  • By: Stephen Sears
  • Narrated by: Ed Sala
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

Best-selling author and acclaimed Civil War expert Stephen W. Sears, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “arguably the preeminent living historian of the war’s eastern theater,” crafts what will stand the test of time as the definitive history of the greatest battle ever fought on American soil. Drawing on years of research, Sears focuses on the big picture, capturing the entire essence of the momentous three day struggle while offering fresh insights that will surprise even the best versed Civil War buffs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this detailed account of the battle

  • By W. Morgan on 09-24-13

Some great new information

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I have read many of the best books about Gettysburg and this one added some important and interesting information. I am very glad that I read it. At the end, there was some valuable new information for me about Lee and Meade and how history has treated their roles, leadership and what ifs...could Meade have ended the war if he attacked Lee before he reached Virginia in his army's weakened state.

  • The Story of World War II

  • By: Donald L. Miller, Henry Steele Commager
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705

Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought - and whose outcome was in greater doubt - than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to previously censored testimony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Inspiring Thought Provoking

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 06-01-14

The best book that I have read to date about WWII.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I am very familiar with the history of WWII having read many of the finest books available about all aspects of the wars and it's different leaders. This book told story after story from a variety of participants who shared their personal perspective about some aspect of the war. I felt as though I was with them and experiencing the highs and lows of the carnage that surround them day and night. For me, this was a great read, but an often difficult one because of the new insight that I gained into the details of the life and death struggles going on constantly. We must never forget these brave Americans and allies who paid dearly for our freedom. I now cherish that freedom more than ever before and will always celebrate their courage and sacrifice.

  • The Restless Wave

  • Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
  • By: John McCain, Mark Salter
  • Narrated by: John McCain, Beau Bridges
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126

In a time when Washington, DC and the country are more polarized than they have been for decades, John McCain is the rare public figure who has earned the respect of people on both sides of the aisle. He is a model for bipartisanship and political integrity. In his 40 years in politics, McCain has never been afraid to buck trends or ruffle a few feathers. His words are more important today than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true patriot

  • By Diane Peresie on 05-29-18

A Well Written and Performed Book at the Perfect Time

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I have always liked and respected John McCain even though we often don't agree on policy. He is a true hero in my book who dedicated his life to his country. Living in Maine, I have had the fortune to be represented by some of America's greatest leaders. John McCain fits their mold of putting the country first and striving for bipartisan compromise. I learned much about the senator that I did not know. He speaks honestly and discuses accomplishments and mistakes. Most important, he tells a powerful and welcomed history of our country and our important role in supporting freedom. He tells stories about brave individuals fighting against difficult odds and putting their lives on the line to instill freedom in their own country.

I must admit that, while I enjoyed the entire book, the second half had me riveted and not wanting to put the book down. I finished it on a six-hour round-trip drive to Boston. McCain ends the book with a refreshing and emotional discussion that reviewed his life, his fight with cancer, his love for Arizona, and his hopes for his future and our country's. Jeff Bridges performance was excellent and it truly seemed if Senator McCain was reading the book himself.

God Bless you John McCain as you pursue the most important fight of your life. I am a much better person thanks to your influence on my life.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81,843

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Give a F*ck and Read this Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-17

I enjoyed this book more than I have enjoyed any other book that I can remember reading. If you get a twist in your knickers over the "F" word or other similar words, I really don't give a f*ck because that is your problem. What this book drives home is the importance of not waisting your time on things that are not worth of giving a f*ck about. Save giving a f*ck for things that are f*ckworthy -- such as changing the world in your own unique way.

My favorite section discussed enjoying life by not fearing death. The fact that you and I and, actually, all of us are going to die means that we had the opportunity to live. That fact alone should unite us. However, unfortunately, we have even managed to f*ck that up. It is the petty and absolutely stupid things that we continue to give a f*ck about that divide us.

As discussed in the book, I have come to learn through volunteering that, together with some other people that give a f*ck, I have achieved something with my life that is bigger than I am. That also has happened in other areas during my life such as family and work. Mr. Manson, I could not agree more with you that these accomplishments and relationships have brought the greatest joy and satisfaction to my life.

I urge you to not give a f*ck for about five hours and use that time to read this book. However, if you don't, I have more important things to give a f*ck about.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Front Burner

  • Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole
  • By: Commander Kirk S. Lippold USN (Ret.)
  • Narrated by: Commander Kirk S. Lippold USN (Ret.)
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

On October 12, 2000, at 11:18 a.m., an 8,400-ton destroyer, the USS Cole, was rocked by an enormous explosion. The ship’s commander, Kirk Lippold, watched as tiles tumbled from the ceiling, mugs of coffee tumbled to the floor, and everything not bolted down seemed to float in midair. Lippold knew in a matter of moments that the Cole had been attacked. What he didn’t know was how much the world was changing around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you CDR Lippold!

  • By Skip Galt on 04-15-12

A Story That Should be Read and Never Forgotten

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-13

I had two special reasions to read this book which I highly recommend. I have a friend who was on the USS Cole at the time of the attack and only had a small percentage of the total picture of the event and its impact on the crew, captain and the U.S. Navy. This book is a very detailed, extremely honest and graphic, step-by-step explanation of the event from the ship's captain. I also live only a few miles away from where these ships are proudly built at Bath Iron Works.

My friend went though a very difficult time several years after the experience. He was stationed in the area that was hit and lost several friends and shipmates. By chance, he was assigned to a different duty that day and survived. He was overcome by guilt that he survived and his friends didn't. That is not uncommon and now he is dedicated to ensure that the USS Cole, the crew and, especially the 17 sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice, are never forgotten. He recommended this book to me.

I felt as if I were on the ship as events unfolded and Captain Kirk S. Lippold told his story and that of the crew's. I did not want to put it down but needed to at times. It is an emotional rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. My friend told me that the ship never came close to sinking. I now understand the proud yet corrective tone in his voice when he said that. This is a story about heroes who gave their lives and heroes who saved their ship in unthinkable circumstances. It is deeply personal and the captain tells the names of the different crew members as the story unfolds. One might state that the level of detail can be overwhelming at times, I believe it makes the story that much more realistic and that much more valuable.

We often hear about 911, yet the details of the USS Cole are seldon heard. I hope this book will help change that. This story should be read and never forgotten.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,657

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Perfect Timing for a Great Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-12

My yellow Labrador Retreiver Sasha passed away recently at age 14. This book was highly recommended to me and I enjoyed it from the first page. The story is beautiful and the narration was the best I have ever heard. I laughed and cried like so many other reviewers. Unlike any other book, I felt like this was written just for me. And the timing could not have been more perfect and it helped put a lot of things into perspective. It is difficult to say much more without giving key aspects of the story away. I highly recommend it. For anyone who has has a truly lived with a great dog, who was a family member and loving friend -- not a pet, this wonderful book celebrates that very special and unforgettable experience. Thank you Sasha!