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Jay

Conyers, GA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    In a burnished, driving prose, incorporating a myriad of fresh sources, John Keegan tells the story of the Allies' greatest military achievement as he chronicles the 1944 invasion of Normandy, from D-Day to the liberation of Paris.

    Jay says: "Not for the casual WWII reader"
    "Not for the casual WWII reader"
    Overall

    This was a great book, but you've got to be a real WWII addict to enjoy. Mr. Keegan covers D-Day from the large strategic picture down to the first-person description of the battle. It is a very detailed work. His use of place names and details made it a difficult listen in some areas unless you were looking at a map of Normandy. Overall, however, I really enjoyed it and will probably pick up the hardcover for my WWII collection.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Along Came a Spider

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Charles Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (697)

    Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.

    Robert Randell says: "Extremely disappointing"
    "Not like the movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Along Came a Spider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a Top 20. I'm a big Alex Cross fan and I tend to favor the older books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Patterson really got you turned around on this one as you thought they were chasing one really smart criminal and you find they are really chasing someone else. Since I had seen the movie many times before listening to the book, I had an idea of what was going to happen but the maze was a lot longer in the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Alex Cross finally realizes who the real criminal was.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cross' partner, John Samson, always makes me laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1223)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "Good story...but should have a R rating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Rules of Prey again? Why?

    Yes, I will definitely listen to this book again. I enjoyed the story and I enjoy Sandford's writing style. He has a gritty style that reminds me of the old Bogart and Cagney movies. His langauge is a little hard to take but didn't detract from the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucas Davenport, of course. He doesn't take any flak from those he works with and for but can't stand up to the women in his life. Sanford said he wanted to make him bigger than life and I think he acheived his goal.


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

    I really like to listen to Richard Ferrone because he has a great voice and really conveys the emotion of the story. The only problem I had with this story was that I had just finished listening a couple of his


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was a little taken back by the language. It had been a long time since I had read or listened to a Sanford work and I had forgotten how vulgar he could be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jester

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Neil Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

    Sheridan Race says: "Spellbound and engaged"
    "Not your average James Patterson book"
    Overall

    If you're looking for Alex Cross, you won't find him here. If you're interested in historical fiction, check out the Jester. Patterson transports you back in time to France during the Crusades. And what a journey it is. Kind of like a feudal Forrest Gump, but this "Gump" is as sharp as a dagger!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Douglas Brinkley
    • Narrated By Douglas Brinkley
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Acclaimed historian and New York Times best-selling author of Tour of Duty Douglas Brinkley brings the riveting account of the brave U.S. Army Rangers who stormed the coast of Normandy on D-Day and the President, 40 years later, who paid them homage.

    Shanaldo1 says: "Not quite what I was hoping..."
    "Great book about great men"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure I was going to like this book because I was really looking for a book about D-Day, but this was much more. Not only did it go into detail about the actual assualt of Pointe du Hoc, but the author give us a real insight into how and why Ronald Reagan help pull America out of the malaise created by the Vietnam War and the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter. A great read for both the WWII buff and the fans of "Dutch."

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bernard Goldberg
    • Narrated By Bernard Goldberg
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Bernard Goldberg takes dead aim at the America Bashers (the cultural elites who look down their snobby noses at "ordinary" Americans and detest so much of what this country is about); the Hollywood Blowhards (incredibly ditzy celebrities who think they're smart just because they're famous); the TV Schlockmeisters (including the one whose show has been compared to a churning mass of maggots devouring rotten meat); the Intellectual Thugs, and many more.

    Marc says: "Some good points (really), kinda partisan."
    "HILARIOUS!!!"
    Overall

    This book kept laughing from 100 all the way to No. 1. Bernard Goldberg takes aim at a large cross-section of people and nails them all. I would have added a couple here and there, but I couldn't argue with anyone in the top 10.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    From the author of The New York Times best sellers Treason and Slander comes an updated Ann Coulter compendium, complete with reader responses and television and talk radio transcripts (Couric, Donahue, Franken). With titles like "Would Mohamed Atta Object to Armed Pilots?", "9 out of 10 Caribou Support Drilling", and "Liberal Pimps for Clintonism", How to Talk to a Liberal covers Coulter's waterfront on her favorite issues and targets, from national security to Hollywood.

    Mike says: "funny...but...."
    "Another touchdown for Ann"
    Overall

    Ann is on the money again with this book. It is shame some of these columns didn't appear on the pages of some our "esteemed" newspapers. Ann doesn't take any prisoners in this one and that's the way I like it. No PC for AC!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John O'Neill, Jerome R. Corsi
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In their new book, Unfit for Command, John O'Neill and co-author Jerome Corsi bring together the words of more than 200 Navy veterans who served with John Kerry and who feel it their duty to tell why Kerry is unworthy of the presidency.

    Richard T. Betz says: "Unfit For Command"
    "A Great book about a not-so-great American"
    Overall

    This book should have been required reading for all voters before the 2004 election. I didn't favor Mr. Kerry before listening to this book and my feelings were confirmed after this book. If you like Kerry, then you won't like this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Oliver North
    • Narrated By Joel Leffert, Oliver North
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (11)

    As an embedded journalist in Iraq, North got a soldier's-eye view, often while under fire, of what the mainstream media failed to report. A decorated combat veteran, North watched Operation Iraqi Freedom with trained eyes unmatched by other journalists. What he witnessed compelled him to challenge post-war critics of the operation for their uninformed and deceptive views.

    Chris says: "Highly recommended"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    This is a great book for anyone interested in military history. Oliver North isn't the greatest writer in the world, but he did a excellent job capturing what it was like to be on the front lines of a modern battlefield. I think it would have been a better listen if he would have done the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Natan Sharansky, Ron Dermer
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In this brilliantly analytical yet personal book, nondemocratic societies are put under a microscope to reveal the mechanics of tyranny that sustain them. In exposing the inner workings of a "fear society", the authors explain why democracy is not beyond any nation's reach, why it is essential for our security, and why there is much that can be done to promote it around the world.

    David says: "The finest book I have read in many years!!"
    "A great reminder of why freedom is so important."
    Overall

    Americans, as a whole, don't put a lot of value on their freedom. The saying, "You never know what you have until you've lost it," could become our mantra here in this country if we don't start taking our freedom seriously.

    The author of this book knows first-hand what it is like to be deprived of personal freedom and knows what the high cost of freedom is. After serving many years in the Soviet gulag on trumped up charges, he was released and has spent his time championing the causes of the oppressed peoples throughout the world.

    We should listen to him and take heed in what he says lest we let our current free society silently slide into a fear society.

    Listen to this book and pass it along!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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