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Crown Point, IN, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 255 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Amazing true story."
    Would you listen to A Higher Call again? Why?

    I definitely plan to listen to A Higher Call again! The first listen was to find out the stories of the pilots. The second time will be to absorb the surrounding circumstances. I've never read a book that contained the German (please note - not Nazi) viewpoint of the war and I found it fascinating.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a WWII history buff and that is what first attracted me to the book. But the flight knowledge and background of the individual situations kept me rapt with attention.

    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    All characters were well performed.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Seeing or even just reading about the aircraft of this period always brings me to tears. The B-17 in particular is such a beautiful machine. Combine that with thoughts of the lives they took...and the lives they saved is just tumultuous for me. The stories of the men and how a moment's decision affected so many lives is so moving.

    Any additional comments?

    If Hollywood were to ever make a movie of A Higher Call I don't know if I would want to go see it or not. I don't think any script could do justice to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow & Steel: The Battle of the Bulge 1944-45

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Peter Caddick-Adams
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Tim Reynolds

    Between December 16, 1944 and January 15, 1945, American forces found themselves entrenched in the heavily forested Ardennes region of Belgium, France, and Luxembourg defending against an advancing German army amid freezing temperatures, deep snow, and dense fog. Operation Herbstnebel - Autumn Mist - was a massive German counter-offensive that stunned the Allies in its scope and intensity.

    richard says: "fascinating and thorough, painful narration"
    "I am so glad that I purchased this book!"

    Fantastic book. I've learned so much from it. Having always been more of an air warfare buff I knew that I needed to round out my knowledge into WWII ground battles. The Battle of the Bulge being a pivotal moment in history seemed like a good place to start. I particularly enjoyed reading the details of General George McAuliffe's response to the Germans upon being told that he must surrender..."Nuts! "
    I could just imagine all these Germans looking at each other and going, " Nuts? Nuts? Vas iss nuts? "
    There were also many powerful scenes of death and retribution from both sides.
    The narrator was very good. Although, his exhausting efforts to make sure that he pronounced every German, French, and Belgian name and word with precisely the correct guttural consonants became downright annoying! But compared to all that I absorbed from this book the annoyance was worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Epicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joel C Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Joel C Rosenberg

    A riveting audiobook about the dramatic changes that will transform the world as we know it. Americans are anxious about the future - the world's and their own. Rosenberg explains the enormous political, economic, and spiritual changes that are underway in the world's most important countries. He answers why these changes are happening, what they mean, and provides insights from exclusive interviews with world leaders.

    G Wallace says: "Time is Short"
    "Interesting but a tough read/listen."
    Where does Epicenter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the none fiction books I've read I would put it in the middle.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the background information although a lot of it was conjecture.

    What does Joel C Rosenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would not have finished the book if I had just read it. The voice kept my interest up.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Another apocolypse movie...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "Why, Roy? Why?"
    What did you like best about A Dance with Dragons? What did you like least?

    I'm forcing myself to keep listening to a Dance With Dragons because I addicted to the series. Dotrice has destroyed my enjoyment by making all the women sound like old hags! Even when describing Dany as a beautiful, young girl....he manages to make her sound like a horrid old crone.
    And way, way too many new characters introduced. And none that I can find an affinity for.

    If you’ve listened to books by George R. R. Martin before, how does this one compare?

    The other books and readings were wonderful but this one is just inexcusable.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    Before I purchase another Dotrice Dragon book I'll wait to read reviews about the narration of book five....if there is a book five.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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