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  • Searching for Meaning

  • How Should You Read the Bible?
  • By: Paula Gooder
  • Narrated by: Paula Gooder
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Paula Gooder talks on a difficult question that is commonly asked: how should we read the Bible? Unfortunately, there is no Bible-reading formula that makes it easy - it is frustrating and challenging. Yet it is also exhilarating, inspiring, and transforming, so we should make sure we understand it better and avoid some classic pitfalls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paula Gooder is a hidden treasure

  • By David on 04-23-16

Paula Gooder is a hidden treasure

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

Reviewed: 04-23-16

Paula has a captivating style and presence. Her knowledge and ability to convey information in an understandable fashion is insightful. She is a joy to listen to; and you will certainly walk away with a smile on your face.

  • Closing with the Enemy

  • How GIs Fought the War in Europe, 1944-1945
  • By: Michael D. Doubler
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Closing with the Enemy picks up where D-Day leaves off. From Normandy through the "breakout" in France to the German army's last gasp in the Battle of the Bulge, Michael D. Doubler deals with the deadly business of war - closing with the enemy, fighting and winning battles, taking and holding territory. His study provides a provocative reassessment of how American GIs accomplished these dangerous and costly tasks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done Doubler

  • By Charles Fred Smith on 11-25-11

Day to Day Combat on the Ground

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

Reviewed: 01-29-12

Finally a book which talks about how the army fought the war. But unlike most books which talk from 60,000 feet up, this book talks at ground level. It talks on combat strategy and how they adjusted their fighting approaches given the circumstances.

The book deals with fighting in the bocage, city fighting, river crossings, bunkers, etc. How they fought and solved problems. How ground, artillery, armor and air power learned to work together and how the process evolved over time. The book explains in detail the challenges and the conflicts with old thinking taught in training manuals that had to be adjusted or tossed out completely

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Grey Wolf

  • The Escape of Adolf Hitler
  • By: Simon Dunstan, Gerrard Williams
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

When Truman asked Stalin in 1945 whether Hitler was dead, Stalin replied bluntly, "No." As late as 1952, Eisenhower declared: "We have been unable to unearth one bit of tangible evidence of Hitler's death." What really happened? Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams have compiled extensive evidence - some recently declassified - that Hitler actually fled Berlin and took refuge in a remote Nazi enclave in Argentina.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Long, but Worth Listening to Half

  • By David R. Tolson on 09-17-13

Good but not Great

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

Reviewed: 11-30-11

While this book does a good job presenting a story based on many interviews. It is presented as a story. So one misses the research side of things, that is the story of their research process. And while names are mentioned, there wasn't enough time spent on the people they talked to. Also there was a lot of time spent on basic WW2 history, which wasn't really necessary for the book.

It's worth listening to and they do make a compelling story.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Steel Wave

  • A Novel of World War II
  • By: Jeff Shaara
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

General Dwight Eisenhower once again commands a diverse army that must find its single purpose in the destruction of Hitler's European fortress. His primary subordinates, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery, must prove that this unique blend of Allied armies can successfully confront the might of Adolf Hitler's forces, who have already conquered Western Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best kind of WWII history book

  • By Ryan on 04-15-15

Generals - Yes ... Average Soldiers - No

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-10


Shaara does a great job with Generals and statesmen. But when the story jumps away to tell a soldiers story, it just doesn't have the same impact as the dialog the Generals speak. The soldier parts are almost forgettable, where the Generals seem to have better lines.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

  • By: William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, Edward 'Babe' Heffron, Robyn Post
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army - members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. Arguably the bravest, most efficient, physically fit, and tight-knit group of soldiers the Army has ever produced, the unit was called upon for every high-risk operation of the war, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An instant favorite

  • By danny lawrence on 02-07-08

Travel back with the characters

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-08

This is why audio books are better than reading. Once you get into the first chapter and the "reader" goes into character, you will think this book is actually being read by Bill and Babe, back in time. If fact it sounds like they are telling you their story, and nothing is being read. The reader truly makes this book come alive!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • The Battle for the Rhine 1944

  • Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Campaign, 1944
  • By: Robin Neillands
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

The post-Normandy battles that the Allies fought as they struggled for seven months to advance from the Seine to the Rhine were complex and controversial. Even after 60 years, the questions remain of who was responsible for the failure at Nijmegen, the destruction of the British First Airborne Division at Arnhem, and the failure of Operation Market Garden. Could the war in Europe have been won in 1944 with better strategies?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Biased view of D-Day and Battle of the Bulge

  • By nancy on 08-22-07

Balanced and informative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-07

I enjoyed the book. We've been spoon feed how Monty was the big bad buggy man for so long. This author gives a balanced look at things. But Monty is not the focal point of the book, like some of the other reviewers would make you think. There is much to take away. This book is basically a samplier pack of the major pushes after normandy.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Rising Tide

  • A Novel of World War II
  • By: Jeff Shaara
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 22 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the 20th century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation's most poignant chronicle of World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Are There

  • By Michael Jones on 01-12-07

Good but not Great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-07

I was hoping for a story about the soldier. While there is a dusting of storyline regarding their story. It is for the most part a Rommel, Patton, Ike, and Monty storyline. The reader is fantastic, he changes his voices to cover several German characters, several American, and several British.

I found the story alive and interesting when it dealt with generals and above. The soldier parts were short and weak.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful