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  • Mao

  • The Unknown Story
  • By: Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 29 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

Based on a decade of research and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before, and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him, this is the most authoritative biography of Mao ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fills many gaps! Very good..but!

  • By Jene on 08-07-06

True Evil In Human Form

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

this was a wonderful book and as an audio version very well-read. It takes a while to get through physically reading it or listening to it which I did both. This story really blew my mind! I have become quite interested in history over the last 20 years and am very well-read in a lot of areas. I didn't know anything about Mao to speak of. I did know something of the rise of Communism in the early 20th century. this expose of Chairman Mao and his life and rise to power is a breathtaking story of Pure Evil. Mao even makes Joseph Stalin seem somewhat friendly. the real interesting part I found about the story was that unlike so many other great murder is dictators, Chairman Mao was not loved. He was despised by everyone! It is completely outstanding that he was not murdered. when you read about Hitler you gain a great appreciation for those around him and how much they loved him and followed his desires. Hitler was like a beloved cult leader. Chairman Mao was a wicked murderer who gained Power by destruction and killing and murder and torture and fear. It really is a deeply disturbing story because it's true. there are also so many takeaways in this story about how he engineered his rise through communism and activism and slander tactics. this is directly relative to current political movements and political correctness. Ideas are not even considered and the purveyors of those unacceptable ideas are slandered and called awful names without those ideas ever being debated or questioned. The whole idea of our constitutional republic and Western judeo-christian value system is completely void in the Chinese canvas that now worked in. since reading this book I find myself looking at the actions of leftist activism and seeing its direct familial connection with murder is communism. The whole antifa movement is an exact replication of Mao's cultural revolution system of using young people to murder and kill. admittingly and Tifa is not cut loose enough to go on the Rampages that Mao's young people did but I have no question in my mind that if they had a leader egging them on like Mao did these hooded club wielding otamatone would be murdering raping and torturing just like the Youth of China did. This book is almost like a warning Tale for us to wake up and see what undiluted hate puts into the bloodstream of a society. I encourage you to take this book on and I promise you you won't be the same person by the time you're done.

  • Peter the Great

  • His Life and World
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 43 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By Adam on 10-26-11

Excellent Account!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

This is my second book about Peter the Great. I absolutely love this book. The author not only tells you about the life of Peter the Great in great detail but he also goes into all the various surrounding challenges and activities that Peter dealt with in detail. It's very similar in its depth to a historian like David McCullough. I couldn't wait to get back to this book every time I had the pause it. Peter the Great truly was one of history's greatest character is bringing Russia from the depths of fur wearing barbarity to the modern European sensibilities of the 18th century. Especially enjoyed all of the detail about Peters battles with Charles the 12th. I knew very little bit about Sweden at the time and it was very enjoyable to hear about this period. If you decide to read or listen to this book you will get sucked in and you will start telling your friends and family members stories about Peter the Great the whole time you're in the middle of it!

  • Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

A guttersnipe who has risen through the ranks of the British army, Ensign Sharpe is sailing home to England from his latest campaign against Napoleon. Anticipating an uneventful voyage, the dashing young maverick discovers the intriguing and very married Lady Grace Hale on board the Calliope. But just as he wins his way into her heart, the ship is fired upon and, suddenly, he finds himself in the thick of one of history's most spectacular incidents: the Battle of Trafalgar.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No more Tull, PLEASE

  • By Randall on 11-30-10

I am still on the edge of my seat!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-11

I am slowly going through all of the Sharpe's series books....(start from the beginning if at all possible) These are exceptional for all activities in the audio book form as opposed to the kindle or books. I love reading but listening to these are like watching a movie while driving and working around the yard etc. They do switch actors for the different books a bit, but after getting used to a new one, you still get a quality performance. This actor/reader for this book was exceptional. I plan on going through all 24 books. There is another series that is GREAT for audio book you should do for sure if you like these and that is the "Master And Commander" series. They are at the same historic time and every one is like drinking a fine wine! You will laugh, you will cry, you will be on the edge of your seat, etc., etc.. Have Fun!

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