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Glenn

Caboolture, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Roberts Ridge: A True Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Malcolm MacPherson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (91)

    For the U.S. Navy's elite team of SEALs, the mission seemed straightforward enough: to take control of a towering, 10,240-foot mountain peak called Takur Ghar, a key post in their plan to smash Taliban al Qaeda in eastern Afghanistan.

    Jeffery says: "It's an Account....."
    "The Best Account of a Tragic Episode of Operation"
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    What made the experience of listening to Roberts Ridge the most enjoyable?

    It is expertly researched and narrated skillfully


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roberts Ridge?

    The sequence of events when the crew of the downed helicopter try to get out of the wreck under heavy enemy fire.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to another of Joe Barrett's performances. His skillful reading of this book guarantees that I will be listening to him again


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

    Roberts Ridge, Tragedy and Triumph in the War on Terror


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (489)

    When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

    Jill says: "BRAINRUSH an exciting, thrilling, adventure!"
    "Not quite there"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, not as an outstanding book but entertaining enough to pass the time. The author tried very hard to write a best seller but could have done more research and written in the light of current events. Relied on stereotypical characters but managed to add some intrigue. More research would have addressed the active war zone they flew through and given some plausibility as to how they came by an Osprey aircraft then overstretched with the mysticism of spinning pyramids etc. I would listen to/read later books by the author to see if he has improved.

    I also felt that the many and varied accents were too much for the narrator


    What three words best describe R. C. Bray’s voice?

    Stretched beyond limits


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

    Neither


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rule #1: The Simple Strategy for Successful Investing in Only 15 Minutes a Week!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Phil Town
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (135)

    In this book I'll show you how I turned $1,000 into $1 million in only five years, and then proceeded to make many millions more. I came to investing as a person who wasn't great at math, possessed zero extra cash, and wanted a life, not an extra three hours of work to do every day. Fortunately, I was introduced to The Rule.

    Keith says: "Buy the book - not the audio!"
    "The most valuable financial advice you will ever g"
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    What did you love best about Rule #1?

    Phil explains the techniques in layman's terms and bushes away the mystique about investing in companies. The story of his own journey from ex soldier to multi million dollar investor demonstrates that Rule Number One Investing is a pathway to not only financial security in retirement but your best shot at affluence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Phil Town puts the process in layman's terms that are easily understood with his explanation


    Have you listened to any of Marc Cashman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have listened to Marc before. He becomes the author with very credible character and inflection


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Phil's "turning point" (forgive the pun) during the rafting trip symbolises the turn in his life and his path towards financial security.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to the book over and over and enjoyed it so much I bought the hard copy as well. I have also highly recommended it to my two sons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth about the Philadelphia Experiment: Invisibility, Time Travel and Mind Control

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bill Knell
    • Narrated By Al Bielek, Duncan Cameron, Preston Nichols
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A U.S. Navy ship vanishes during a secret World War II experiment gone awry. When it re-appears, observers are horrified to see crew members embedded in the deck and steel of the ship. During a sea trial, the ship vanishes and travels through time, setting off a number of events that continue today. It's not science fiction, it's science fact!

    Sonny Goodwyne says: "The truth about this 'audiobook'"
    "Not an audio book in any sense"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    IT is hard to say. Sci-fi enthusiasts or conspiracy therorists would enjoy it. In a way I did but essentially it is a recording of a group discussion complete with references to photographs or slides that obviously no listener to an audio book can see. It is an interesting discussion and I am inclined to believe it but as I said, it is not an audio "book"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was one commentator and several listeners, no real characters


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was easy to listen to but there was a lot of background noise and mysterious silences throughout the commentry


    What character would you cut from The Truth about the Philadelphia Experiment?

    The question doesn't apply


    Any additional comments?

    This discussion is in the wrong format and would be better delivered as a short film or documentary.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3779)
    Performance
    (2798)
    Story
    (2775)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Disappointed"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Abetter narrator and consistent story line. The writer builds the character and then contradicts his portrayal.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Greaney again?

    Not likely


    What didn’t you like about Jay Snyder’s performance?

    Very little. If you can "overact" an audio book, he has achieved that


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The title showed promise


    Any additional comments?

    I can't see this one ever making the best seller list. Thankyou to audible.com for allowing me to return it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rumor of War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip Caputo
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war.

    Howard says: "Howie"
    "The Reality of the U.S in the Vietnam War"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Rumor of War the most enjoyable?

    The narration by L.J. Ganser convinced me I was listening to Philip Caputo. Caputo's story is believable and frank. It does not gloss over or dwell on the mistakes of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war nor does it dwell on them. This is a story of political naivety and the reality of being a professional soldier.
    As a former soldier of the Vietnam era I could identify with his experiences and empathized with the changes he went through from enlistment to his days of being a war correspondent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Rumor of War?

    The near mental breakdown when Philip Caputo started to visualise all around him as corpses.


    What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?

    He sounded like what I would expect Philip Caputo to sound like. He had peculiarities of military jargon down pat. His range voices was true to the individual characters and allowed the listener to immerse themselves in the story and kept the characters different and distinctive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Caputo realises that his classmate was one of the statistics that he had to record.


    Any additional comments?

    A fantastic listen and a true to life account of Marine officer's experience in early Vietnam.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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