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James

Tacoma, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 34 reviews
  • 37 ratings
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  • The Good Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it "the surge". "Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences," he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic Army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers.

    Candy says: "This book is amazing, but brutal"
    "Tillman story continues….if you are interested!"
    Overall

    The story will focus around an infantry unit commanded by Ralph Kauzlarich during the “surge” (2007-2008)…who by the way, was the Ranger Regimental XO for Pat Tillman in Afghanistan. Kauzlarich conducted the second investigation into Tillman’s death. I have no respect for our government using Tillman’s death as advertising…but I couldn’t help but feel poetic justice as Kauzlarich faced the real impact of command…the wounded, the dead, the stress. The book is a “not so pretty look” at the war in Iraq…I commend Finkel on his work, and the time he spent…slow at times, I still must put into the MUST read category!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Pfarrer
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (260)

    On May 2, 2011, at 1:03 a.m. in Pakistan, a satellite uplink was sent from the town of Abbottabad, crackling into the situation room of the White House in Washington, D.C.: "Geronimo, Echo, KIA." These words, spoken by a Navy SEAL, put paid to Osama bin Laden’s three-decade-long career of terror.

    Bo says: "Great Book, Misleading Title"
    "Marcinko’s Legacy….his pain, their gain."
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    Chuck Pfarrer delivers a great story. For the detailed version of SEAL Team 6 origins see: Cdr. Richard Marcinko’s Rogue Warrior (I recommend the hard copy, great photos and more detail than abridged audiobook…if you can find it…the Audible copy might still be downloading one of Marcinko’s Spec-Op novels).

    The bad. This is the second modern SEAL Team 6 book read to date. I am very disappointed that both Pfarrer and Wasdin (SEAL Team 6) seem to hold disrespect, a younger sibling like jealousy regarding the unbelievably difficult feat Cdr. Marcinko accomplished as founder and first commander of Mob-6. Marcinko, 2 tour Viet Nam War veteran, almost singlehandedly, battled many a dead weight, “Annapolis Navy” brass to create… from the ground up…what Pfarrer celebrates as the best Spec-Op unit in the U.S. military. Today, writers like Pfarrer, give us the impression that our modern Spec-Op warriors evolved as a product of some greater Academy group think. Wrong. The Academy military wants image, control and subservience. They fought tooth and nail to stall and or control both Delta and Mob-6…amazing we still have them. Warriors like Marcinko just want to do what they do best. Marcinko’s story is simply incredible (as with Col. Beckwith, Delta).

    The good. Pfarrer’s recap of Spec-Op warfare, in particular the work of the SEAL’s is informative and interesting considering the ground he covers. The action sequence of battle is well done and delivers. The Bin Laden mission is given a fair amount of detail considering the necessity to protect our soldiers and tactics. The military history fan will enjoy this. Erik Bergmann’s narration is top notch. Recommended.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Eternal: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (969)

    It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master - an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters - Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order.

    Melinda says: "When Good Ghouls Go Bad"
    "Libra por Libra...Pound for Pound best Vamp Story"
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    There is horror, and then there is horror. Some authors write in the genera, and the reader is motivated to “turn the page” like a hunger. In the end, good story, gore and ghouls…basic suspense…everybody is happy…no one gets hurt. Meaning, the reader wades through miles of character development, detailed gore etc…but the “scare” is equivalent to cutting the grass in the dark. Then there are authors who have what I call “The Stephen King Factor”. A gift for making a story real “horror”. I have always considered King’s “Night Flyer” the standard by which Vamp stories are judged…even though King”s story was a novella, it delivered the “scare” in words that “Aliens” delivered on screen. Del Toro and Hogan have this gift. Del Toro and Hogan give you the scare, reasonably spare the reader the piles of “chick flick” drama, and take you into a story that is original and broad in scope. And, Oreskes narration...perfect. The Strain Trilogy simply gets a resounding…Boo-Yah!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3684)
    Performance
    (2233)
    Story
    (2255)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "All Star Cast"
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    For the reader who is thinking of buying this audio book. It’s worth the listen! Simmons is no doubt a very good writer. Hyperion is a continuation of the legacy of epic writers like Asimov and Herbert…sci-fi with a lot of detailed character stories and complex plot. The narration is excellent…a dream team of narrators that makes the story even better. Longer book, so might not be for the weak…but, the writing and ideas keep the book entertaining through out. The sci-fi fan will enjoy the experience.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1772)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1008)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "Knight of Wit and Doctor of Sarcasm…!"
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    Words can’t describe the mental ecstasy, basking in the ebb and flow, waves rippling with sarcasm few can put to ink and paper! Bourdain is simply a Doctor of Verbal Conflagrations! It has been a long time since my brain has fed on such high quality banter, and ears caressed by such a beautiful combination of profanity…a masterpiece! I am not a cook, nor do I watch the “Food Network”, have no concept of commercial restauranting….Bourdain’s book transcends his trade, and eloquently portrays a “working American” epic. If your sense of humor longs to be slaked by British style wit, tempered with a surgical use of East Coast vernacular….Bourdain’s book is a must read! Ahh yes, the authors reading can only be described as perfect. Thank you Dr. Bourdain for articulating what us mortals can only think in fragments!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6582)
    Performance
    (5785)
    Story
    (5784)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Well traveled genera.…New twists!"
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    I have just finished the 3rd book. Correia put together a good tale, some well traveled monster material, some new ideas…a good mix. A bit longer than some, but enjoyed the detail. Wyman was a perfect fit for narration. Good mix of horror and military kept on the lighter side. Corriea loves his weapons! Thank you Audible for narration review...I think they can make or break a good story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • We Might As Well Win

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Johan Bruyneel, Bill Strickland, Lance Armstrong
    • Narrated By Kirby Heybourne
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Johan Bruyneel knows what it takes to win. In 1998, this calculating Belgian and former professional cyclist looked Lance Armstrong in the eye and said, "Look, if were going to ride the Tour, we might as well win." In that powerful phrase a dynasty was born.

    Ian says: "Great read, mediocre narration."
    "Lance Revisited!"
    Overall
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    The combination of Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel might have produced the greatest winning streak in all of sport. Bruyneel’s book is great in two ways. First, having his unique recounting of the Lance years was special. Second, his book covered key events in and out of the Tour. The book doesn’t follow a chronological path in the strict sense, but well done…highly recommended!
    I must agree with the reviewer above…the narration was weak at best. Imagine…Billy Bob, fresh from the trailer park…and three years of home schooling, completed before 24 yrs old….very proud of that…reading life achievements of Luciano Pavarotti…well, maybe not quite that bad…but you get the idea.
    Audible should have a separate review drop box for the narrator…like they do the books themselves.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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....."
    "Thrilling……and it Really happened!"
    Overall

    MacPherson delivers an amazing, detailed, and painfully revealing telling of battle on Takur Ghar. His book focuses on a 17hr mission and subsequent rescue during Operation Anaconda…and quite the white knuckle ride!

    The only addition to the other 5 star reviews would be stressing MacPhersons great ability to keep the story from being personal or politicized. Any fan of Mark Bowden (Blackhawk Down) will appreciate his writing style…clear, detailed, and enough back story to give the characters personality.

    Lastly, it’s interesting to see the low ratings from those who can’t believe events like this do happen in todays military. Sadly, not much has changed since the failed 1980 Operation Eagle Claw…smart…but power hungry "Academy" graduates running JSOC….treating it as a career building exercise…definitely NOT the people who should direct our best warriors on the ground...!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert Bryce
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    The promise of green jobs and a clean energy future has roused the masses. But as Robert Bryce makes clear in this provocative book, that vision needs a major re-vision. We cannotand will notquit using carbon-based fuels at any time in the near future for a simple reason: they provide the horsepower that we crave. The hard reality is that oil, coal, and natural gas are here to stay.

    Michael says: "Important but Imperfect"
    "A pleasant…slap in the face!!"
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    The only thing to add to the reviews here…Bryce cuts right to the chase. I usually can tell when the author puts his or her “unbiased” spin on material…but I have to give it to Bryce…I think he made genuine efforts to remain neutral, and provide real world solutions.

    I have built many a “green” building…so much brown, black, and gray went into the construction…not to mention the exuberant costs!!...the only “green” on the job…went into the pockets of the engineers!! “Green” is now just propaganda…well intentioned…but we don’t have the technology to build “green” and cost effective.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10792)
    Performance
    (7693)
    Story
    (7697)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Too many reviews…but what the he**!"
    Overall

    I have done the first 5 books. I ran out of gas at that point…but I must say, the narrator, James Marsters makes the books! I think Jim Butcher realizes this…and about book 2 or 3 he gives a prologue giving James due credit…well done! Nothing new to add to reviews…but would say Marsters keeps you coming back!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No More Mondays: Fire Yourself -- And Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dan Miller
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    For everyone who dreads going to work on Monday mornings, inspiring advice on how to find fulfilling work in an uncertain age. Do you hate Mondays? If so, what's keeping you at your current job? If you said a steady paycheck and the promise of a secure retirement, then you're in for a big disappointment. In today's volatile economy, there is nothing safe about punching the clock for a job you hate.

    Sandra says: ""No More Mondays""
    "Save your money….give to Jesus and Amway!"
    Overall

    I don’t usually rant in a negative way about a book…but here goes. Miller is a typical, white, self made salesman who made it on creativity…and Bullsh*t…and being in the right place at the right time. The book is a popularization of today’s Christianity…at least a majority…jesus says he wants you to be “well off”…and kinda of think of the poor…when it makes you look good. Like a typical pastor, they scheme and scam…positioning their own wealth…and telling others to “have faith”. Amway is parallel without direct reference to our buddy jesus.
    What is left out of books like Millers, is a real plan. Miller knows, as does most thinking people, you make it in America two ways. 1) family…or…2) old school education and credentials. Yes, there are a few people who think of creative ways to make money, and change their job environment…but for the most part…no skill set = no leverage…period. Miller, like most jesus people, don’t want wealth competition, so the advice is “follow your heart”…not…”get your lazy a** back to school!” In sum: SAVE YOUR MONEY...look else ware!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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