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  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (372)

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Jason says: "A must read!"
    "Powerfully written, very well read."
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    There are some books where the content is good, but the narration sucks and totally takes you out of the book (I'm looking at you Washington; A Life). This isn't one of those books. The book itself is very powerful, taking you into the lives of the troops on the front line of America's forgotten war. You get to know personalities and the hopes and desires and fears of those soldiers and you get to see the impact on their families back home.

    The narration is just solid. You are not brought out of the narrative by the narration, which means it is just about perfect.

    It is sometimes hard to listen to because the story itself is intense and emotionally tough, but I think it is important to hear these stories and know this bit of our history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10941)
    Performance
    (8375)
    Story
    (8426)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "I stopped listening 40 hours in"
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    I got 40 hours in and realized this was only the first book of many and the outstanding issues weren't going to be resolved and I didn't want to sit through another of these.

    Maybe the writing stands up a bit better if not being read by Michael Kramer, but he seems to do all of Sanderson's books, or those I've encountered, at any rate. I find him too dramatic and that breaks the suspension of disbelief you need to sink into one of these books.

    There was a bit too much "Storm Father" in this. I also was constantly beguiled by characters taking the most indirect route, doing the least plausible thing or otherwise acting in a manner which would only prolong the story-line while being out of human nature.

    The book bounces between present and past and that was also a bit annoying. It was annoying to bounce from character to character, always when things were getting interesting. It was a constant raising to climax only to have cold water poured all over the storyline.

    I think I'm done with Sanderson. I liked the Mistborn Series (the first three, at any rate), but it is all starting to feel contrived.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific: A Young Marine's Stirring Account of Combat in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By James Badge Dale, Tom Hanks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

    Aaron says: "Engaging Account of the War in “The Pacific”"
    "Just a well done book"
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    The author can be a little fond of expensive words at times, but he really does write well. Powerful imagery of the horrors and stupidities of war. Just well written.

    The narration, which has killed so many a good book, was first class. I'm a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2211)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2073)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Good story slightly tainted by "Liberals" rant"
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    This guy has maybe earned the right to say whatever he wants to say and, yes, it is a free country because of folks like him.

    I'll take issue with his little rant about liberals though. He claimed that if he shot Osama he'd probably be put up on war crimes charges and condemned by the "Liberal Media."

    Of course, OBL was shot, right in the face, and the mainstream media didn't really get upset about it and only the fringe of the left had any issue with it. I'm liberal as hell and I celebrated the death of OBL just like any Texas red neck.

    We can love our country just as much as anyone else. The rant he made about liberals did put me off a bit.

    The narrator is a bit dramatic too, which I wasn't really fond of, but the story is what I got the book for.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17352)
    Performance
    (11555)
    Story
    (11447)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Why is this so popular?"
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    I saw all the positive reviews and thought "this many people can't be wrong." However, this many people also find professional wrestling entertaining, so, I guess this many people CAN be wrong. I didn't like this book. It was listed as Fantasy, but is mostly, almost entirely, not. It was a frustrating listen as the main character stumbled along into one calamity after another. She also spend a fair bit of time getting serviced, which sounds find and good, but really started to get a bit dull after, oh, I don't know, the 800th time. I'll skip the next in the series, and all others from Ms. Gabaldon. I'm sure she has her place and her following, but it was soooo far from what I was looking for. It felt like it really belonged in the paperback section with Fabio on the cover.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (807)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "The narration was a step backward"
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    I've listened to a lot of books by Carl Hiaasen and I have to say, this narration didn't do it for me. It sounds like Columbo reading the story. The two other narrators I've heard have been really good, but this one... it just didn't do it for me at all. It was a voice that didn't fit with the location or the characters, minus just a couple.

    The story itself was good and had a unique twist.

    Also loved the location on Andros playing a part.

    As usual, Carl does a great job describing a place that he loves, the Keys and the Bahamas and manages to capture the threats to those places without having the book be about that.

    Love the fishing stuff.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1716)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1190)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Important historical figure, theatrical narration"
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    The narration really detracts from the story. It is read with a theatrical/grandiose voice that is entirely too much. It's kind of annoying. You do have a chance to get used to it, since it is 50-some hours long. I like the long, long books since I'm in the car soooooo much.

    I have to say, at this point (I think I'm on chapter 47), I'm looking forward to it being over, which wasn't the case when I listened to Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, also an important historical book.

    I might look elsewhere if I were you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rusty Bradley, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (233)

    Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Kandahar Battle Described As Never Before"
    "Pretty interesting story about the Afghan war"
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    It was an interesting story, even if the dialogue was a bit forced at times. The country twang added by the narrator is a bit annoying, but the underlying story is powerful and it told the tale of a key battle in Afghanistan that I didn't even know about.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2581)
    Performance
    (2009)
    Story
    (1995)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Dry... didn't get through it all"
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    This was a hard book to listen too. There were graphs and charts and figures being referred to and, well, I wasn't going to try and find those things while I was driving. I didn't get through it all. Quickly became a bit easy to predict and not very interesting. Wouldn't buy it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35242)
    Performance
    (26291)
    Story
    (26668)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Wanted to see what the fuss was about, now I know"
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    A good story, well told. It is all the rage these days, or course, but I enjoyed the story and the emotion and strain, pain and excitement of the story really did come through. Got me through a couple weeks of commuting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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