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  • Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition 1838-1842

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    In 1838, the U.S. government launched the largest discovery voyage the Western world had ever seen; six sailing vessels and 346 men bound for the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Four years later, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, or Ex. Ex. as it was known, returned with an astounding array of accomplishments and discoveries: 87,000 miles logged, 280 Pacific islands surveyed, 4,000 zoological specimens collected, including 2,000 new species, and the discovery of the continent of Antarctica.

    Ken says: "A good solid voyage of discovery"
    "Very interesting book!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this title. Some may find the level of detail of the voyage and what occurred daunting, but to me it was just right.

    It's hard to say just how the author does it (good writing perhaps..), but somehow you feel swept away as if you were part of the expedition. Some of the passages were so captivating that I feel like I have actual memories of the events as if I were there at the time.

    If you want to know about this fascinating chapter of history that remains surprisingly obscure, you will enjoy this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5164)
    Performance
    (3163)
    Story
    (3190)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "An excellent listen!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book!! I am very interested in history, anthropology, geopolitics and other topics. Because of my broad interests, I found this book compelling on several levels.

    Too many people are getting uptight as they are strangled by their varied perspectives to evaluate this book fairly. The fact is that it is not only plausible, it could happen today. The time line laid out was both scary and fascinating.

    I found the writing, narration, technical accuracy and of this novel to be excellent. Also, as a former infantry officer I can say the author has an impressive understanding of land warfare.

    Happy driving!!

    25 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1468)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (600)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Great writing and excellent narration!!"
    Overall

    This was an outstanding title and extremely well done. You can really get lost in the sweep of 15th century Europe and feel like you were there, besieging Hafleur and later standing in the mud at Agincourt. The mix of historical facts with the fictional storyline was very well weaved together by the author.

    The narration was so exciting that I actually wondered if different people were playing different roles. This guy isn't a narrator, he is an Actor in the finest sense of the word.

    I really enjoyed this. If you like history and fiction, this is an excellent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12679)
    Performance
    (5054)
    Story
    (5092)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Perfect choice for travellers!"
    Overall

    If you are like me, you spend a lot of time traveling and look for titles that are a lengthy as you can find. In my view, if a title is well written and entertaining the longer the book the better!!

    I have listened to both this book and its outstanding sequel. I could not possibly be more pleased in the writing or the narration.

    Besides being entertaining, these books give a priceless look into the lives of medieval people of England. Having shared so much of their lives, I feel as if I am a former resident of Kingsbridge.

    I give both this and the sequel 5 stars!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1054)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    Honestly, I wonder about reviewers that download Sci-Fi titles yet apparently are not interested in the genre.

    I really enjoyed this book and found it to be very fast moving. In fact, I had a lot of driving to do and listened straight through in the course of a couple days.

    If you pay attention to the story, the movement from one time period to the other is effortless and effective. It is not at all confusing.

    I really enjoyed this title and will look for more from this author. As usual, Scott Brick was amazing. Mr. Brick is by far my favorite reader.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Halberstam
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (156)

    Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures.

    Doug says: "Almost as good as The Best and the Brightest"
    "Well written, fast moving"
    Overall

    This is an interesting, high level overview of the war. Some excellent foxhole level vignettes of the fighting but overall this book is more about the war from the Division, Corps and Army level. I found this book to be very interesting. MacArthur looms large throughout and for the first time realized he was truly dysfunctional, not just misunderstood.

    I would have liked to have seen more detail about Task Force Smith as that is always fascinating to hear about from a fresh point of view.

    If you like modern military history, you will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    In this landmark book, Robert D. Kaplan, veteran correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and author of Balkan Ghosts, shows how American imperialism and the Global War on Terrorism are implemented on the ground, mission by mission, in the most exotic landscapes around the world.

    Clark says: "completely engaging and informative"
    "Excellent book"
    Overall

    For those of you that are fascinated by history in general or the war on Terror and the American military's role in it; you will find this to be a wonderful book.

    Authors and journalist these days get "a pass" by the public for filing their stories as if they have first hand experiences of the events. In fact, too much of what is written these days is composed in the comfort of a hotel based on interviews and gossip with the participants.

    This book is the result of years of first hand experiences living with the troops that are on ground around the world fighting the War on Terror. It interleaves the day to day experiences of the soldiers and marines with a more global perspective that puts it all into context.

    The author's attention to detail and ability to paint a picture of exotic places or a simple soldier's meal really took me away to my days as a trooper. You can practically see the tiredness in the soldier's eyes; you can hear the clatter of the gear as they walk, and you can smell the gun oil, dried sweat and the indescribable odor of ammunition.

    If you want to know more of what its like to be an American soldier in the 21st century, get this download.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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