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Dean

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  • The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Allan W. Eckert
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (281)

    The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River.

    Whitney says: "A Masterpiece for History Novel Enthusiasts!"
    "The Beginning of a Wonderful Series of Books."
    Overall

    Allan Eckert brings the 'New Frontier' into such a stark and vast understanding of what life was like back then, it is amazing. This is so much more than History, it is true Life. I have read all the books in this series and find them unequaled by any other Author. The amazing detail and research shows on every page. I can only hope that Audible will have more of his books on line soon for everyone to enjoy. I appreciate being able to revisit this book in it's Unabridged version and the Narrator does a fantastic job with all the Characters that you come across. His speech and pace, pronunciation of the Indian Dialect is spot on. Thanks so much for making this such an outstanding listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Leyte 1944: The Soldiers' Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nathan N. Prefer
    • Narrated By Jones Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
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    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    When General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia in March 1942, having successfully left the Philippines to organize a new American army, he vowed, "I shall return!" More than two years later he did return, at the head of a large U.S. army to retake the Philippines from the Japanese. The place of his re-invasion was the central Philippine Island of Leyte. Much has been written about the naval Battle of Leyte Gulf that his return provoked, but almost nothing has been written about the three-month long battle to seize Leyte itself.

    Dean says: "Let-Down"
    "Let-Down"
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    Honestly, I've listened to a lot of WW-II books. This is just lacking everywhere. Anyone can put a book together by reading the Action Reports. There is just very little depth to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, Sarah Shourd
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom, Julia Whelan, Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Three young Americans captured by Iranian forces and held in captivity for two years tell their story.

    In summer 2009 Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourdwere hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were captured by a border patrol. Accused of espionage, the three Americans ultimately found themselves in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison, where they discovered that pooling their strength of will and relying on each other were the only ways they could survive.

    Jean says: "How a fun day hiking can change your life"
    "More like Sliver of Hope"
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    Truly Amazing! Easily one of the best top 3 or 4 books I've listened to through Audible.com. The Structure of the book, the Narrators, and the story itself combines into such a gripping, honest, open and heart-full story of truth.
    Don't judge too quickly on who's the good guys and who's the bad guys.
    There are moments of God Everywhere at any time.

    Thank you for such a wonderful listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1546)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1022)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Audie Award Winner Worthy of the Award"
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    I listen to a lot of books through my MP3 player. I drive thousands of miles a Month. I stumbled upon this series of books just a few weeks ago, while looking through the Award Winners section of Audible. In just a couple weeks, I've gone through 4 of these books. L.A. Meyer knows how to weave a tale. The Narrator is outstanding in her performance of ever character. She keeps every character their own. These stories are Highly Entertaining! You'll Laugh, you'll Scream, you'll Cry, you'll Sing! It's amazing at how the Author brings true History within the story and such depth to every part of the books.
    I Highly Recommend this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Oz: The Wicked Years, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (379)

    Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series became national best sellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last.

    Kathleen says: "Worth the Wait!"
    "Wonderful"
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    I was amazed to see this book out this month. I caught it just a few days after it was released. I am in awe of Mr. Maguires writing. The depth and intensity of the language he uses and invents is simply amazing to hear. Mr. McDonough's narration is so extraordinary, it's as if he was born to read these pages and bring them to life. The whole series has been a joy to listen to. There is so much to these stories and this book, it's hard to sum up in a few sentences. You simply have to listen and believe.
    Thank you so much for taking a simple guideline and making it so enjoyable without hurting the original story of "The Wizard of Oz".
    You are a true Master of Words.
    Thank you very much for all your books and this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of the Jackal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (396)

    One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

    Darwin8u says: "Tight & fantastic political/cat-and-mouse thriller"
    "Holds Up Nicely"
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    When I first thought about getting this book, I wondered how it would hold up after so many years. It was Amazingly Entertaining. Easy to follow, even with the European places and names. It keeps you engaged at every turn right up to the end. I can easily understand why it's considered a 'Classic'. It's a Great Book.

    5 of 5 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
    (12854)
    Performance
    (8733)
    Story
    (8781)

    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.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A Story to be Thankful For"
    Overall

    One of the most amazing stories I've heard. By Land, Sea or Air, it has everything. Louis Zamperini is one of the true Soldiers who have done so much for our country. His Honor and Faith through his life is a shinning example of what a person can do and what a person can live through. As a Veteran, I salute you Mr. Zamperini, and Thank You for sharing your story.
    Laura Hillenbrand, you are an amazing author and truly deserve great things for writing such an amazing book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (452)

    For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

    Parusski says: "Riveting and heartbreaking"
    "A Jungle you can see and hear"
    Overall

    An Amazing story. I've listened to other books about this subject, but really enjoyed this version. The characters and story line flow wonderfully. It's amazing what people can overcome and live through. I lived in the Philipines for a short time and it brought back memories of the area. There is a rich history there that most people just don't know about.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2116)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (593)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "You can hear the bubbles from the scuba gear."
    Overall

    This was the first book I downloaded from Audible. To date, it's the book I listen to most often. The author does an amazing job of communicating the feel, sights and pressures of diving. It's amazing to hear about the crews involved and first hand accounts of the history of the sub involved. Those brave crews deserve to be honored, and are so, in this book. Where before I had little understanding for the Nazi Machine of War, this book put things in perspective, showing that all Men are Honorable
    in their quest for life at a basic, equal level.
    You don't have to be a War Enthusiast, History Buff, or Scuba Diver to enjoy this book. It speaks on many levels to every person who listens to it. Very enjoyable. Well Worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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