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Christopher

CARMEL, IN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Russell S. Bonds
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (291)

    On April 12, 1862—one year to the day after Confederate guns opened on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy named James J. Andrews and 19 infantry volunteers infiltrated Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds near 60 miles an hour, cutting telegraph lines, and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, cutting off men and materiel from the Confederate forces in Virginia.

    Arthur says: "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
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    Very interesting and educational book - I knew little about the civil war and nothing about this part of it. The book had humor and intrigue even though you know from early on how it ends. I would highly recommend this "listen".

    1 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
    (3556)
    Performance
    (3185)
    Story
    (3213)

    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"
    "Skip it"
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    I'm surprised this is getting such good reviews. I thought two other similar books ("American Sniper" and "Lone Survivor") were significantly better. The stories about Non-Osama missions just ramble on.

    I rated down the performance - but it wasn't the performance specifically that I wanted to rate. The editing was ATROCIOUS. There were numerous times where the reading volume, tone, pitch etc. changed in the middle of sentences, stories, etc. It is clear that they had to go back and redo parts - it became very distracting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3916)
    Performance
    (3487)
    Story
    (3506)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Expected to enjoy it, ended up loving it"
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    Great book. I thoroughly enjoyed this, including Bill O'Reilly's narration. Lots of interesting things that I didn't know about the assassination. I'm neutral on Bill O'Reilly, if that's possible, and there was absolutely no political rhetoric in this book. I'd also heard about some of the facts being wrong, but after listening to the story and then reading about the inaccuracies it seemed to me people were people very nit-picky. Nothing that has been identified as wrong had any barring on the story. I was hesitant to get it, but kept hearing great things.

    One of my favorite Audibles to date.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2045)
    Performance
    (1782)
    Story
    (1782)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Great Story but the narration is corny and painful"
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    I will NEVER buy another audible book narrated by Paul Michael. I'm not sure how many elementary children Michael believes he is performing for, but as an adult, the corny accents and changes in voice for characters only distract from the story. The story is interesting, and could be engrossing if not for the fingernail on a chalkboard voices Michael comes up with. I wanted to skip by any section with Alexander G. Bell. The absolute worst was the ridiculous voice used for Bell's wife.

    Recently I have thoroughly enjoyed books narrated by their authors, and after this disgrace and even more confident that is the way to go.

    Too bad - the story could have been fascinating.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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