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  • Tiger Bravo's War

  • By: Rick St. John
  • Narrated by: David L. White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Tiger Bravo’s War follows a band of young paratroopers, from the same battalion in the elite 101st Airborne Division portrayed in Stephen Ambrose’s World War II best seller Band of Brothers, during their first year in combat in the Vietnam War - from a bayonet charge in War Zone D and street fighting during the 1968 Tet Offensive, to a rescue mission of a surrounded platoon and rock and roll in the company mess hall, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding research.

  • By CURRAHEE on 11-24-17

Vietnam from an Officer's Perspective...

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Story: This is what Vietnam looked like to Rick St. John an officer with the 506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. A hard working line officer during this period of the Vietnam War, he describes what that experience was like for him. He does so from an officer's perspective so you get to learn a little more about the decision making and the bigger picture as they saw it at the time which is quite helpful in understanding this period in American & Vietnamese history.

Performance: A fine performance by David White. A good steady voice with no distractions, except for when he tries to impersonate other people. I really wish all narrators would stop this practice. Unless you are a woman, do not try to impersonate one. Likewise if you are not from the Hill Country of Tennessee, please stop trying to sound like it. He has a fine voice and we can grasp from the context , or more usually, directly from the words spoken, who is speaking; just be yourself. Only highly trained character actors should be attempting multiple personas in one take. But those spots were few and far between and he does an admirable job.

Summary & Overall Score: His accounts give a very detailed and less often seen command perspective of a rifle company, but I still give it a C. The biggest reason for that rating is that there is a little too much "rah rah the Army made the best decisions it could at the time" which we clearly know to be false. I do appreciate that I am better able to understand the decisions, but there is no point in trying to justify some tactical blunders and complete strategic backfires that the Army and Washington made during this period.

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  • To Hell and Back

  • Europe 1914-1949
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 26 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

The European catastrophe, the long continuous period from 1914 to1949, was unprecedented in human history - an extraordinarily dramatic, often traumatic, and endlessly fascinating period of upheaval and transformation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good, well-educated reader/narrator.

  • By M. MCCASKEY on 01-19-16

An Absolutely SUPERB Overview Of Europe at War

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Any additional comments?

Story: This is both an overview and a detailed study at some points of Europe from WWI through the interwar years into WWII and beyond. It does an amazing job of analyzing the causes and mindsets of the people in and around these time periods. It covers how the first World War shaped the people and the arts that survived it and makes it quite obvious that the only thing that likely could have come from it was another great conflagration, which of course is what happened. It really looks at a wide range of influences and people and is amazingly detailed, yet leaves you feeling like you are glancing at an overview. It moves light and quick on its feet for such an in depth volume.

Performance: John Curless is a consummate professional narrator and his voice is authoritative and clear. Like all great narration, I feel like the author Ian Kershaw is speaking to me. If I ever met Ian Kershaw I would probably be disappointed that he didn't sound like John Curless. Perfect Score.

Overall: This is a very large tome, and could be some pretty dry stuff for some people and that is the only reason it gets a 4. But for anyone even slightly interested in this time period, you will find this anything but dry. You will be transported to the time and place and minds of those who lived through those fateful years by a gifted writer and historian and read by the most professional of narrators. This book will fly by as you get lost in the history...


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  • Common Sense

  • By: Thomas Paine
  • Narrated by: Jeff Moon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775 advocating independence from the United Kingdom to people in the 13 colonies. It was the most notable piece of literature at the time of its publication and remains an important part of history for the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful founding literature!

  • By Adam on 08-11-17

Title is the Real Definition of Ironic...

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Any additional comments?

Story: The title is common sense and I have read this a few times in my youth, but coming back to it as a rational adult who isn't a brainwashed minion of the republic, I found this ridiculous in the extreme. How can you title it Common Sense when most of it is predicated on belief that there is an angry man in the sky that controls all of our destinies. PULEASE. Common Sense is not so common apparently.

Performance: Excellent, professional narration by Jeff Moon. Good, strong, clean voice with no quirks to drive you crazy. A fine example of how narration should be done.

Overall: Mostly a bunch of hogwash, "my way is the only way" claiming moral ascendancy because "god" is on my side and the bible is an actual factual account of anything, when in fact it is mostly allegory and some nice moral tall tales that have been handed down rather sloppily through time. If you'd like to suspend your "Common Sense" then buy this and swallow it hook, line and sinker. If you actually have common sense then I image you'll want to avoid it.


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  • On Wave and Wing

  • The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier
  • By: Barrett Tillman
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

What defended the US after the attack on Pearl Harbor, defeated the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and is an essential tool in the fight against terror? Aircraft carriers. For 70 years, these ships remained a little-understood cornerstone of American power. In his latest book, On Wave and Wing, Barrett Tillman sheds light on the history of these floating leviathans and offers a nuanced analysis of the largest man-made vessel in the history of the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 100th Anniversary of the Aircraft Carrier

  • By Jean on 08-05-17

WORST NARRATION EVAR. Buy the Kindle or Real Book.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Any additional comments?

Sounds like the unholy demon spawn of William Shatner, Casey Casom and Wolfman Jack. No, seriously, listen to it for 5 minutes and tell me if you don't hear the worst characteristics of all three of these men rolled up into this narration. It's a damn shame too because the book and the story seem pretty good. I am still struggling to listen to it though because of the narration. I may have to go buy this one on kindle just so I can read the story without the Wolfman Jack distractions. I can't believe I paid to have this done to me...

  • The Pursuit of Leviathan

  • By: C. D. Baker
  • Narrated by: Nick Denton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In the 17th century, hundreds of thousands of Europeans endured some of the most barbarous assaults ever lost to history. Until now. As heir to the family estate, young English gentleman Christopher Clive is submissive to his grandfather's grooming, but his heart is drawn to the enchanting Irish muse, Raven O'Morrissey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took this journey

  • By mike s. on 10-16-17

Duped by christians Twice, There Won't Be A 3rd...

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Any additional comments?

Overall: For people who claim to be christians, they sure can be very deceitful. This is the second time I've been mislead as to the purpose and meaning of a novel in the historical fiction category. The first time I left a scathing review because not only were they trying to proselytize me, but they had no idea what "Historical Fiction" meant. This time it is indeed historical fiction (then again, what about christianity isn't?) but it is still a misleading lie. If you look at the cover and read the description of this book you might think you were looking at something along the lines of a Jack Aubry story by Patrick O'Brian. As a matter of fact, I said exactly this to the narrator in an email when he seemed surprised by my interest. That was a red flag for me but I wasn't really paying attention. I was excited by the prospect of a novel set in the 17th century British Isles and had talk of pirates and an English Gentleman. If you are proud enough of your religion to write a book (several actually) then why hide behind a misleading description to try to tempt someone who would normally steer away from such tripe. Well all it does is guarantee them a loathsome review. I stopped about 6 chapters in once I realized something was amiss and did a little research on the author.

Story: Not going to even bother. Read the description the author gives and take your best stab as to what it's about. I will tell you the author does have a decent grasp of the time period he is working with and that he is actually a pretty good writer. So if you dig being preached at, it might be quite pleasant for you.

Performance: While I was exceptionally disappointed in the narrator for not pointing out what the book was really about when I hinted that it seemed like a good Patrick O'Brian type novel to me, I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he just wanted me to at least give a listen to his narration, which was EXCELLENT. Nick Denton is a young man and I believe he has a very bright future as a voice talent. He becomes the character without over doing it. He has a great strong English voice and does an Irish accent fairly well. He is the reason I got through 6 chapters, as I became suspicious around the 2nd or 3rd chapter, but kept listening because I loved the narration.

Summary: If you like 17th Century christian historical fiction, then this is probably a pretty great book. Otherwise, steer clear...


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  • The Admirals

  • Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea
  • By: Walter Borneman
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Insight In To Another Side Of the War

  • By K. Winters on 02-25-13

A Superb Look at 5 Admirals who Shaped the Navy

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Story: This is one of those wonderful creations by a serious historian who also happens to be a gifted writer. This one goes up there with "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" as a complete history of its subject matter but told with real character and emotion and speaks to the underlying fabric of personalities and how they shape the world we live in.

Performance: A flawless narration by Brian Troxel. All Audible narrations should be like this. Professional, clean, and NO Dramatization! Hooray! He sets the bar that other Audible narrators should try to hurdle, though they will have quite a time.

Overall: I hate using this term, but the fact is, this is a "Must Read" for anyone interested in the US NAVY, the Naval warfare of the Second world War, or anyone who just likes a good story that happens to be true. Amazing and varied men who moved hell and sea to bring the biggest Naval conflagration in history to a successful conclusion. 5 more different personalities I could not create for a fictional work, yet they worked together in the real world to get it done. I cannot say enough about Walter Borne man's knowledge and treatment of the subject matter; absolutely perfect!


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  • Season of Suffering

  • Coming of Age in Occupied France, 1940-45
  • By: Nicole H Taflinger
  • Narrated by: Sally Martin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Born in 1927, Nicole Braux's earliest recollections occur in the French city of Nancy, where her father owned and operated a hotel and restaurant. Her charming reflections paint a picture of a romantic culture still wounded by the First World War. Nicole was 12 when her father was recalled into the reserves in 1939. Within months, she watched German troops invade. "We peeked above the window sill and saw them...Our imaginations hadn't exaggerated; they looked as evil, it not more so, than we'd expected!"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Young lady's perspective French Nazi Occupation

  • By Sarah Moon on 03-31-17

Couldn't Get Through It. Bored to Tears...

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Story: Couldn't finish it, it was just too damn boring. I was looking for a little slice of life from a non-soldier perspective but not that small a piece. Literally, "I liked this boy down the way" stuff. Just everyday, ordinary stuff. There might have been something interesting in there somewhere but no way was I sacrificing another 3 hours of my life that I will never get back.

Performance: Bleach, total amateur.

Overall: If you dig rural farm girls in a non-pornographic setting, then maybe this is for you? But probably not...


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  • B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration

  • By: Jerome J McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Through engaging narrative and first-person accounts, B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration captures the painstaking restoration of a World War II-vintage Boeing B-17 bomber by more than 100 volunteers in Pooler, GA. Airplane restoration and military aviation enthusiasts alike can follow the airplane's journey from the storage hangers of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to the Combat Gallery of the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Aviation enthusiasts

  • By cosmitron on 10-18-18

Very Niche Collection of Recollections

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Any additional comments?

Story: The story is a pretty good one about a museum in Pooler, GA who asks for and receives a B-17 from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to restore. Calling it a story is a bit of a stretch. It reads more like a unit historian's notebook with the addition of newspaper clippings and email correspondence about the project between various people involved with the it, because that is what this is. And if you like that sort of thing, then it's a pretty good listen. I personally enjoy a little more narrative and more complete story arc, but then again this entire place is run by mostly volunteers, so maybe my expecting a professional writer is a bit much. There are no gross errors, it's just a bit stiff.

Performance: Bill Nevitt did a good job except for his horrid attempts at making different personalities. I wish Audible narrators would just read the book and stop trying to dramatize it. As an example, when reading an email from a woman volunteer, he ludicrously attempts to sound like a woman. Not only is it obvious that he is not a woman, but in this book all material that is not by the author is called out as such, e.g., "an email from Barbara said..." so why try a Boston accent or attempt a gender change? Just read the email and the book please.

Overall: This one only got 2 stars overall because although it is accurately done and the core story is solid, it is extremely niche. I happened to like it quite a bit, but I am a military aviation enthusiast. So there's that, and even if you happen to be a military aviation enthusiast, will you also be someone who likes a collection of stories and correspondence about the subject as opposed to well written story about the subject?


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  • The Prince: A Political Strategy of Niccolo Machiavelli

  • By: Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Narrated by: Carson Beck
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

"All states, all powers, that have held and hold rule over men have been and are either republics or principalities. Principalities are either hereditary, in which the family has been long established; or they are new. The new are either entirely new, as was Milan to Francesco Sforza, or they are, as it were, members annexed to the hereditary state of the prince who has acquired them, as was the kingdom of Naples to that of the King of Spain."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance! Fascinating material.

  • By Daman on 06-14-17

A Silly, Silly, Silly Book. But Narrated Well...

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

Story: I know, I know, this is a classic. Great and Powerful People read it to this day and follow its advice. If so, God help us all. This is nothing but wacky, hindsight is 20/20 advice from a weasel who lived in 16th century Italy. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Because we all know how good the Italians were (and are) at crafting Statehood back then, and even to this day.

Performance: Carson Beck did a phenomenal job reading perhaps some of the blandest , out of date and obscure advice that Machiavelli could provide. Carson was the high point of this book and the only reason I could recommend it.

Overall: If you'd like to hear some professional narration (and God knows some of the Audible narrators could use just that) get this audio book. Otherwise go spend your money on Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, as at least they will taste good. (I am in no way affiliated with Reese's but I do enjoy their product). Oh, the one other situation in which this might be worth a read is if your Aircraft Carrier Nimitz gets caught in an electrical storm and you are transported (along with your squadron of F-14s) in time to the 16th century in the Mediterranean and you need to handle issues of State with Italian leaders.

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  • Shot Down

  • The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth
  • By: Steve Snyder
  • Narrated by: Richard Rieman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

For the first time, the full and complete story of the B-17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth is shared in unbelievable detail. Author Steve Snyder's story of his father, Lieutenant Howard Snyder, and the Susan Ruth crew, provides in-depth details about many aspects of World War II few understand or know about.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Story Diminished by Audible

  • By Michael Richards on 05-25-17

A Great Story Diminished by Audible

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

Any additional comments?

Story: The first person account of B-17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth's Aircraft Commander, Lieutenant Howard Snyder. It is told through notes home and various diaries and other accounts and as such is not easy reading (or listening in this case) but is none the less compelling because of that. Anytime you are dealing with a real person and a real account of extraordinary events, I find it is usually worth the effort. This audio book did try my patience extremely and was no fault of the author or narrator. (See Performance Below)

Performance: Richard Rieman did a good job, albeit a little stiffly. The thing that almost ruined this audio book for me was that they would repeat ENTIRE paragraphs almost every chapter, so you would listen to the same thing over and over. It could be (I am speculating here and giving them the benefit of the doubt) that these sections were the block quote sections that started a given section, and as such if you were reading it, you would have just skimmed over it when you hit that section in the printed version. Not having the printed version, I do not know. But the effect was that it sounded like they had an audio intern doing the editing. AUDIBLE - You really should listen to your own finished products once in a while.

Overall: A very interesting and accurate 1st person account of life and death in the 8th Air Force in WWII. Very poor production caused whole passages to be repeated almost every chapter and almost caused me to stop listening. I'm glad I didn't because it really is a remarkable story of a bunch of remarkable people.


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