Audiobooks – February 2023

The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command by Andrew Gordon

A very detailed account of the battle of Jutland and British Navel Culture. So detailed I gave up trying to follow the Audiobook but would work better if printed. 3/5

Wings of War: The World War II Fighter Plane that Saved the Allies and the Believers Who Made It Fly by David Fairbank White

The History of the P-51 Mustang through 3 people. Designer Edgar Schmued, Tommy Hitchcock, the man who fought for its adoption, and Don Blakeslee, an ace who flew it. 3/5

The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin,

The 2nd Earthsea book. A girl grows up as a high priestess until one day Sparrowhawk comes to rob her temple. 3/5

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

Nominally a history of the people’s of the pre-Columbian Americas. Covers the population, age and sophistication of the civilizations based on recent discoveries. 4/5

Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age by David A. Price

A short book on the Bletchley Park code-breaking efforts of WW2. A general overview concentrating on a few characters with much left under-covered. 4/5

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963 by Robert Dallek

Good account of life and Presidency although only single volume and the audiobook is further abridged. Well worth it as a first JFK biography. 4/5

Tomorrow’s People: The Future of Humanity in Ten Numbers by Paul Morland

A review of some demographic trends and what they tell us how the world will look in the future. 4/5

Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack by Steve Twomey

A chronicle of why America was unprepared for the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. Detailed but a nice and interesting read. 4/5

My Audiobook Scoring System

  • 5/5 = Brilliant, top 5 book of the year
  • 4/5 = Above average, strongly recommend
  • 3/5 = Average. in the middle 70% of books I read
  • 2/5 = Disappointing
  • 1/5 = Did not like at all