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  • My Share of the Task: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By General Stanley McChrystal
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (113)

    In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate.

    Jfadams says: "Incomplete ending"
    "Understanding Our Most Recent Wars"
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    If you could sum up My Share of the Task in three words, what would they be?

    Understanding our Involument


    What other book might you compare My Share of the Task to and why?

    Unique , General Stanley McChrystal has personalized the 3 wars that we are presently involed. We see how from a young boy his destiny was to be person in charge.His desired to have open and transparent communication was his biggest asset.


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

    The inflection of his voice and timing adds to the excitment and drama of the story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO, much of what is presented must be thought about ,reflected on, so you understand the General's involement.


    Any additional comments?

    With our present administration's foreign policy, this book explains the questions of why. I don't feel this soldier was listen to by our administration . The culture, prior events,and tribes of the area, General Stanley McChrystal's account is current and honest- A rare attribute today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spy: An Alex Hawke Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (165)

    On assignment for the British Secret Service, a man leads a mysterious expedition into the heart of darkness. Sailing up the furthest reaches of the Amazon River, he is captured by a brutal tribe of indigenous cannibals. Forced into slave labor, he witnesses the unimaginable.

    James says: "As good as the rest of Hawke's adventures"
    "TODAY'S WORLD! Publication date: 7/31/2007"
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    Where does Spy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Spy ranks in the top 5. What insight to the future Hawke had.


    What other book might you compare Spy to and why?

    The Grey man series, Absolute power, and Ballistic. This was different because of our current problems on the southern border, acknowledged 7 years ago. Regarding today's problems , this was realistic.


    Which character – as performed by John Shea – was your favorite?

    John Shea is excellent in his wide range of voices , dialects and male , female differences. Very hard to pick one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, however there is a thing called life and luckily there are a few areas that are convenient to stop. For instance, moving from the Amazon to Washington D.C.


    Any additional comments?

    I find it scary that Alex Hawke saw 7 years ago the immigration problem on our southern borders and the open gate for ALL to enter. The training ground for terrorist under the canopy of the Amazon jungle and a connection to Bin Laden was realistic and could be happening today. Robotic 18 wheelers, tanks, and paper thin explosives added to it being today's world. Great Job Alex Hawke !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spandau Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (206)

    The Spandau Diary -- what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in this new conflict about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?

    Corinne says: "Excellent and intense"
    "The story of the Nazi Hess"
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    Would you listen to Spandau Phoenix again? Why?

    Probably no - It is a long book , interesting, but too long


    What other book might you compare Spandau Phoenix to and why?

    I feel this book is unique unto itself. The book follows the mystery of Hess flight to England and his escape to South Africa. Hess's reason for his "escape" to England and the potential over through of England to prevent a war in the East and West was the mission. As a student of that time period , fascinating.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The conversations between Hitler and Hess and the planning of the trip was of interest. Hitler trusted Hess the most and the insight of his distrust of his other leaders was I think key. the book gave a behind the scenes view of the think of the Nazi leadership.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many theories of why Hess flew to England and most people thought he was captured and died in prison. That was his double . I behind the scenes look at intrigue of a important time in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1760)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1565)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tight and Engaging -- Reel and Robie are back!"
    "On the edge of your seat .Could not stop listening"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Target the most enjoyable?

    The addition of sound effects, suspense music and 2 voices


    What did you like best about this story?

    A series of separate assignments by N. Korea and the U.S. that led to final assignment that brought the assassins face to face. What an ending. I could not stop the book for the last 4 hours. One of the best books in 3 years/


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book was so written that the performance held you captivated in which each assignment was a suspense thriller in it self. Amazing ending.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I listened written by the author, I don't know how he could write one better. He is on my best read list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hailey's War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jodi Compton
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Hailey Cain has a history of testing the limits of her fate: as a fearless bike messenger on the twisted, competitive streets of San Francisco; as a young female cadet in a sea of men at West Point. But Hailey also has secrets — the biggest of which led her to leave the academy just two months short of graduation, two months away from becoming a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

    Donald says: "Hailey's War worth $4.95 special"
    "Hailey's War worth $4.95 special"
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    What disappointed you about Hailey's War?

    The narrator was bland and not emotional. I got very tired with almost every sentence " I said" or "she said" or "they said" very distracting and annoying. The plot was good but the author should examine the use of describing who is speaking. I have never read or heard a book written this way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hailey, she took on a mission and was determined to see it thorough , whether in the US or Mexico. The plot was very good


    What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe’s performance?

    As stated earlier no emotion and limited number of voices - hard to tell if man or woman. Angela, during an exciting time, did not seem excited.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Title and notes made me think it was a good plot but i struggled after the first 3 chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book , but not for the price. Maybe of value waiting in the doctor's office.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Man: Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tony Hillerman
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Hundreds of thousands of devotees will cheer the return of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The Navajo policemen, are brought together by the death of a man on Ship Rock, almost 1700 feet above the desert floor. The fallen man had sprawled on the ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain for eleven years - visited only by the ravens who had picked his bones bare and scattered his rock-climbing gear. Through the memory of those who had known him, emerges an understanding of the fallen man, who had been given everything and found it was not enough.

    c says: "Too bad about the reader"
    "Trouble on the Indian Reservations"
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    If you could sum up The Fallen Man in three words, what would they be?

    Intrigue , suspense, emotional


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book presented modern day excitement of detective work on an Indian reservation. A well paced story about old style detective work and new. The story made sense and was easy to follow.


    What about Christian Baskous’s performance did you like?

    Christain has a good ability to change his voice from male, female, Indian and a person form the east coast.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - if started in the morning with nothing else to do this would holdyour interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer: A Jack Rhodes Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Carpenter
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Jack is an author who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee. Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near oblivion before eventually working past his demons and becoming best-selling crime novelist. Just as Jack is finishing his fourth book, the LAPD interrupts his routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There's just one problem - the murder took place before Jack's book was published.

    Kelly says: "a gritty mystery from the man famous for Grimm!"
    "Killer- A book of many twists"
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    What would have made Killer better?

    I think the transition from the past to the present could have been smoother. Too many characters to keep in your mind and difficult to follow for me. The story has some very unexpected twists, but you must concentrate on where in time you are.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A grey man series


    What three words best describe Noah Michael Levine’s performance?

    Noah tries very hard to create the different voices of the many characters. A very difficult job and I think he does the best possible.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I think in one word disappointment. The book was too hard for me to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sea: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (401)

    On December 7, 1941, five brothers exploring a shaft on a small island off the coast of Washington State make an extraordinary discovery, only to be interrupted by news of Pearl Harbor. In the present, Cabrillo, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, stumbles upon a shocking revelation of his own.

    Bill says: "Another Riveting Tale!"
    "Can the Independence of Antarctica be Saved."
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    Where does The Silent Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top 5.


    What other book might you compare The Silent Sea to and why?

    Grey Man, Vince Flynn and Brad Thor series


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Juan, the lead character, was put into many difficult situation , and Scott Brick expressed the emotions clearly/


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I usually fall asleep listening to books, This is the first I had to shut off to go to sleep, Exciting and intrigue kept me awake. One of the best in a long time


    Any additional comments?

    The story travels from Washington State, Mississippi River to the Jungles of S.A. to Antarctica increasing in danger. After the first chapter you're hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Cordingly
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier.

    Tom says: "Interesting and Informative"
    "Learn the true facts of pirates"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes , the complilation of stories, with explanation, Gave me a deeper understanding of the brutality of a pirates life


    What did you like best about this story?

    The examination of many of the pirates of the time and clearing of misconseption of ther life - For instance "walking the plank" has only one recording occurance.


    Which character – as performed by Don Hagen – was your favorite?

    All were great , since it was about many pirates


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of the torture , the description made these new films of robots and beasts look tame .


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for anyone interested in that time period and the Brotherhood of Pirates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1105)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "The Gray Man puts you on the edge of your seat -"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Gray Man by Mark Greaney the most enjoyable?

    Jay Snyder excitment and change of voices. Constant evolving danger


    What other book might you compare The Gray Man by Mark Greaney to and why?

    Vince Flynn's books because of the suspense and close calls for his life.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

    The Grey Man


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

    The excitement is not for the faint of heart.


    Any additional comments?

    This book cut into my sleep time since I could not turn it off.;

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (303)

    Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

    Theresa says: "Chilling..Fantastic"
    "WWII from a different perspective - USSR"
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    Would you listen to Night Soldiers again? Why?

    The story begins with a young man, 17, recruited by the Russians to be indoctrinated into their expansion plans in eastern European as early as the late 1920’s. I found it interesting seeing WWII through Russian eyes and planning.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Soldiers?

    There are several, all revolving around how this young man had to watch what he said, who he said it to, and how those that didn’t were never seen again


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    A little more excitement at times of danger.


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

    Seeing WWII though Russian eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in WWII, most stories are from the Western point of view - this is from our Russian"Allies". Very different approach

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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