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john

san jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (1432)
    Story
    (1429)

    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    Allan says: "unique among these books"
    "Great Book!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It's a great account of what the Seals go through for training as well as the Somalia ops that they participated in. Lone Survivor is a better account of the actual training though...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3473)
    Performance
    (3108)
    Story
    (3138)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Entertaining Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    I had read a lot about this book in the news and had conflicting thoughts about reading it. Part of me felt that it wasn't approached properly in regards to getting clearance from the government. It also felt like it was too quick to market and that someone was just trying to make a buck.

    Nonetheless, I used one of my credits and ended up thoroughly enjoying the book. It was well narrated and the story had the right combination of detail and story line to keep it moving. It reiterates a lot of the same SEAL training that I have read elsewhere but provides enough of a unique single person context to make it interesting. The portion in regards to the raid is a little difficult to follow but was exciting to listen to. Great narrative of what purportedly went on that night.

    Overall well worth the 1 credit.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jack Coughlin, Casey Kuhlman, Donald A. Davis
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    Now Coughlin has written a highly personal story about his deadly craft, taking readers deep inside an invisible society that is off-limits to outsiders. This is not a heroic battlefield memoir but the careful study of an exceptional man who must keep his sanity while carrying forward one of the deadliest legacies in the U.S. military today.

    Loyd Phillips says: "Definately worth reading"
    "Not to Miss (sic)"
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    What did you love best about Shooter?

    Engrossing story that really puts you in the time and place to understand what it felt like to be there.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. I enjoyed it much more than the similar American Shooter. It really gave you a great look into what it's like to be a Marine Sniper in Iraq.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Del Quentin Wilbur
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    On March 30, 1981, President Reagan walked out of a hotel in Washington, D.C. and was shot by a would-be assassin. For years, few people knew the truth about how close the president came to dying, and no one has ever written a detailed narrative of that harrowing day. Now, drawing on exclusive new interviews, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying story of a moment when the nation teetered on the brink of chaos.

    Lynn says: "Informative and Entertaining"
    "Interesting Read"
    Overall

    Very detailed review of the days surrounding the assassination attempt on Reagan. Very interesting to listen to from the insider POV. I wish they would have spent more time on the aftermath. It's covered in the Epilogue but it still leaves you wanting more.

    1 of 1 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
    (11649)
    Performance
    (7619)
    Story
    (7653)

    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!"
    "Unbelievable"
    Overall

    I can't even imagine going through what this soldier went through. One of the most amazing stories that I have read to date in WWII. Great narration as well. I loved this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4249)
    Performance
    (2414)
    Story
    (2417)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Thought provoking account of Vietnam"
    Overall

    I am an avid fan of WWII books so this book was a change for me. The mind of the soldier in Vietnam is so different. From being volunteers vs. career soldiers to the racial tensions this is a very though provoking book with insights to a was that I know very little about. You have to be able to handle profanity to listen to this book. It's rampant.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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