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James

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 1 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (226)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "A little more than expected."
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    Narrated by Robertson Dean, he did great justice to the story bringing his usual expert retelling of aerial combat to life.This book did just one thing I hadn't expected, and that is to really tell me more about what the bombing of Germany was like from the ground and how much I really never learned about Switzerland (so called neutral) and other countries. A fine read, excellent detail, great narration. So much so that I'm now delving into more historical detail of where the war got started and how it really came to an end. Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10822)
    Performance
    (6847)
    Story
    (6879)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Unbroken brings multiple surprises to the reader"
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    I highly recommend this book for many different reasons. The most significant however is the way multiple stories are told throughout the listener's journey along with Louis. Each story is compelling in its own right; the fact that each one occurred to one person - Louis Zamperini, is amazing. At the beginning I couldn't imagine how the book summary would keep me interested for the entire time, by the end I didn't want it to end. It's rare that I would feel that way, and I hope that whomever else listens to this book feels the same way too.

    I won't repeat the story here. I won't provide any spoilers. I will say....

    You will absolutely want this book in your library for many, many reasons. Get it and find out why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (3788)
    Performance
    (3356)
    Story
    (3366)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Gladwell continues to amaze and encourage"
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    D&G is a series of tales that are most amazing by the sincerity of their truth. Gladwell breaks down complex ideas, adds the human spirit to them, and brings ideas to life. An excellent book. Excellent title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1199)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "A "MUST" read in my book."
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    Anything you think you already know about this story won't prepare you for the magnitude of what happened on the ice and across the Antarctic Sea. Compelling, terrifying, encouraging. It is a masterpiece that is told with equal strength. Truly a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Olds, Christina Olds, Ed Rasimus
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (403)

    A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with twelve aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend.

    R. A. Frank says: "Top Notch Audiobook"
    "There are (a few) old and good fighter pilots!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fighter Pilot the most enjoyable?

    The story of Robin Olds had to be told! And told it was, masterfully. Treated to the full force of a compelling storyteller the listener gets to hear it as it was. So rarely do we get to know the men or women who fought to keep our country free, this is a real treat. Thanks really have to go to Christina Olds, for without her insistence in discovering her father's stories and preparing this book after his death, we would have lost an amazing story. Instead, today we can sit a spell and hear the tales of flying in WWII and Vietnam almost from the mouth of the man who lived so much larger than life. Robin, sir I didn't know you, but I knew others who flew with you. I wish I could have met you too. But thankfully Ms. Olds brought him to my great pleasure.

    This book is not suitable for children as it....well, it tells it like it was! And there ain't no sugar coating the language or events of a fighter pilot. That, my friends, was exactly who Robin Olds was: A fighter pilot; and I think that is exactly the way he'd like to be remembered.

    Go ahead, get this one. It is so much more than worth it! Good Listening! JP


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is one that is best heard. His voice brings out the story as you might hear it over a fire burning long into the night. You won't get tired and will want to hear every event.


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

    The fighter pilot. It may not be pretty, but we'll sure as H*** get it done if you'll let us!


    Any additional comments?

    Get it now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Up in the Air

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter Kirn
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Ryan Bingham's job as a Career Transition Counselor - he fires people - has kept him airborne for years. Although he has come to despise his line of work, he has come to love the culture of what he calls "Airworld" - finding contentment within pressurized cabins, anonymous hotel rooms, and a wardrobe of wrinkle-free slacks.

    Edwin says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Awful."
    Overall

    Goods: The narrater did a fine job presenting a rather neurotic unlikable character.

    The rest: This book illustrates clearly why the movie was so terrible. It lacks a likable character, it is the ramblings of a pathetic head case, and is absolutely nothing like the movie. Since the review is about the book, and not the movie, I won't continue the comparison (though I'd avoid the film too.)

    The characters are flat, uninteresting, and the quirky likability you seek won't be found in the text. At the end, you are rewarded with it finally, well, ending. Recommend most anything else.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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