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Lawrence Oxborough

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  • History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach

  • By: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Military history often highlights successes and suggests a sense of inevitability about victory, but there is so much that can be gleaned from considering failures. Study these crucibles of history to gain a better understanding of why a civilization took - or didn't take - a particular path.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting content with a truly awful narration.

  • By John W on 30-11-15

More of a University Lecture than a Book...

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Reviewed: 01-03-17

... but still thoroughly enjoyable for a history nerd. Of course, it missed a few "blunders" that I would have considered pivotal in world history, such as the Third Reich's advance into Russia, and George Meade's failure to pursue the defeated Confederate Army immediately following Gettysburg, but all the lectures came together in the end very nicely and a solid point was made that I can't argue against.

... Even if the blunders committed by British generals were hard pills to swallow!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,028
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,938
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blown away!

  • By MrMatt on 01-02-16

Excellent Premise, but Shaky Execution.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 30-06-16

On the whole, this was a good book. however, there were times when it was difficult to follow, due to the extremely complex nature of the science fiction described.

While i think the overall story of this trilogy/saga is excellent, there were moments where it was difficult to listen to. Certain climaxes i was expecting didn't really formulate, and large, important events were sort of glossed over.

Also, I find it difficult to fully empathise with the main protagonist by the end of the book. I dont want to give anything away, but the author doesnt really justify the behavior of the protagonist to a point where I can overwhelmingly back him.

But, overall, it's good enough to enjoy if you're a sci-fi fan, and I'm excited to see what happens in the final chapter of the saga.