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  • 12 Strong

  • The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836

12 Strong is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered 40 to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book! But the narrator...

  • By Nate on 08-31-15

Insightful

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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: 02-16-19

why didn't we keep fighting the war this way. It would have worked much better!!! This is very insightful. It reminds me of the effectiveness of the behind the lines guerilla British trained groups. They were very effective, got locals on board and had essentially no collateral damage. Glad I listened and highly recommend.

  • Churchill

  • Walking with Destiny
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 623

When we seek an example of great leaders with unalloyed courage, the person who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In this landmark biography of Winston Churchill based on extensive new material, the true genius of the man, statesman, and leader can finally be fully understood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Biography

  • By Jean on 03-03-19

Master Statesman

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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: 12-31-18

We will probably never have another. I read and studied Churchill since about the time of his death. This is by far the best account, showing his frailties, mistakes, and strength. His mastery of English oratory. I've read/studied many of his books and understand them better from this biography. I recommend it highly to all democratic Patriots.

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  • Neptune's Inferno

  • The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
  • By: James D. Hornfischer
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Desperate battles, well told

  • By Robert B on 05-04-12

Thanks USN

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

What amazing courage. The price of freedom is no better protrayed than in this work. Key persons and many lesser known come to life. Please read/listen and you can not help shed a tear. Thanks for the book.

  • The Fleet at Flood Tide

  • America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945
  • By: James D. Hornfischer
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670

One of America's preeminent military historians, James D. Hornfischer has written his most expansive and ambitious book to date. Drawing on new primary sources and personal accounts of Americans and Japanese alike, here is a thrilling narrative of the climactic end stage of the Pacific War, focusing on the US invasion of the Mariana Islands in June 1944 and the momentous events that it triggered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding history

  • By adam on 11-27-16

Vast

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I was most educated by this book. The details of specific people, Tippets, Spruenz, etc. we're most illuminating. The degree of suicidal ideation of those in Japanese command and their stubbornness to the end was revealed
I recommend this highly, especially to anyone who ever questioned the real need for nuclear weapons at that time. Also, it they hadn't been used at that time, we would not have known not to use them again. Think those were 20kton, not tho 20 megaton that we have today!

  • The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941

  • The War in The West, Volume 1
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

For seven decades, our understanding of World War II has been shaped by a standard narrative built on conventional wisdom, propaganda, the dramatic but narrow experiences of soldiers on the ground, and an early generation of historians. For his new history, James Holland has spent over 12 years unearthing new research, recording original testimony, and visiting battlefields and archives that have never before been so accessible.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting enough but the narrator sounds like he is going to war!

  • By Jcplus on 12-29-15

Keen Information

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Though I knew much of this, learned much. The pronunciation of words took away from the flow of the narrative. I can say this as a German speaker with some French learning. Nontheles, about to download part 2.

  • The Battle of Britain

  • Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 26 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

The Battle of Britain paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread. Historian James Holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world, including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The battle up to The Battle of Britain

  • By Chiefkent on 11-07-17

Informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-17-18

I'm glad it started where it did. It filled in a lot for me. The personal stories of appossing sides gives the true impressions of humanity and the motivations, though not very surprising. I give high recommendation for anyone wanting to know more about this period and the personalities concerned, e.g. Churchill, Dowding, Parks, Joe Kennedy, Georring, etc.

  • Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

  • The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat
  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Giles Milton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: Its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now his talents were put to more devious use: He built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler's favorite, Reinhard Heydrich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rip-Roarin' Tale of Devoted 'Cads'!

  • By Gillian on 02-08-17

Illuminating

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-25-18

l only knew hints of what this contained. An outstanding overview of several geniuses who really helped win WW2. If the labor party hadn't won in 1945, Churchill might have found a way to reformulate this group into a part of British Intelligence. Anyone interested interested in modern military/intelligence history needs to read or listen to this book.

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  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,797
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,297

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes

  • By SantaFePainter on 11-18-13

To Life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

This performance brings Holmes to life. As enjoyable as any can be! Would recommend highly.

  • Strong Men Armed

  • The United States Marines Against Japan
  • By: Robert Leckie
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Written by Robert Leckie, whose wartime exploits are featured in the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg HBO miniseries The Pacific, Strong Men Armed is the perennial bestselling classic account of the U.S. Marines' relentless drive through the Pacific during World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book on the subject

  • By j on 12-10-13

Amazing Chronicle

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-18

This is as good as it gets. Covering every aspect of the Marines in the Pacific along with the Navy and most of the flyboys. A contrast to Leckie's memior. I listened to it twice back to back. I will again. What bravery and tenacity. I can only feel reverence towards these men!!!

  • Fearless

  • The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown
  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,791

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • These heros and their families give so much

  • By Susan on 08-13-12

All things possible

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

through God. This story of Adam Brown demonstrates this as well as any. Eric Blehm did an amazing job with his research and in so doing suffered grief from the loss of many of Adam's brothers that he had interviewed (protrayed in Lone Survivor). This is a must read/listen. P.S. I know the bridge that jumped off of over Lake Hamilton!