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Robert

Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States | Member Since 2007

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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
    (348)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (285)

    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!"
    "Spell binding and informative. An excellent read."
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this exceptionally well written book about early America. Very descriptive as to life in the era. I hope more of Mr. Eckert's historical books will soon be available from Audible.

    4 of 4 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
    (3641)
    Performance
    (3257)
    Story
    (3287)

    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"
    "Fills in the blanks nicely"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book since it was well written and informative. It went through the Seal training the raid and it's aftermath.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't consider this the best, but merely the most striking point. I was saddened and angered with respect to the the naive and haphazard approach taken with regards to the security measures taken following the raid. We could have scored a major coup if only the "chest beaters" in Washington had given ample time to disseminate the valuable information captured during the raid instead of attempting to gain political points for something they had no part in other than giving the Green light. The fact that the Seal Team 6 group was identified as being those who had carried out the raid within 4 hours of the President going on the air displays an extreme breach in our ability to keep things secret which need to be kept secret. This point, far from being what I consider to be the best, was certainly the most disturbing. What would have happened in World War II if it had been broadcast when we got the information from the captured "Enigma" or when our intelligence community broke the Japanese code and took out Admiral Yamamoto ?


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    I thought that the information was narrated well. The story, as told, kept my attention and never became boring or monomtonous.


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

    I don't know. Maybe "Mission Accomplished - Warriors Compromised".


    Any additional comments?

    None that can be recorded here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coolidge: An American Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Sobel
    • Narrated By Charles Bice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Sobel instead exposes the real Coolidge, whose legacy as the most Jeffersonian of all twentieth-century presidents still reverberates today. Sobel delves into the record to show how Coolidge cut taxes four times, had a budget surplus every year in office, and cut the national debt by a third in a period of unprecedented economic growth.

    Ann says: "Reappraised"
    "Overlooked Presidency"
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    Would you listen to Coolidge: An American Enigma again? Why?

    Yes. Extremely interesting.


    What other book might you compare Coolidge: An American Enigma to and why?

    Any book about a historical figure whose accomplishments are overlooked.


    Did Charles Bice do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, Mr. Bice did an excellent job of separating and acknowledging pros and cons of decisions made by the characters in the book, as well as the reasoning behind those decisions.


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

    I had not intended it to be completed in one sitting. I wanted to read it in segments and slowly consider what had been written, in order to get a better understanding of the man, and not overlook anything.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend the book to anyone who cares to compare politics in Coolidges day to the over-reaching style of the current process.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Breitbart
    • Narrated By Jeremy Guskin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (293)

    Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the "liberally biased" major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way. In Righteous Indignation, Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on.

    Larry says: "Very insightful!"
    "Great Expose' of the Radical Left"
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    Where does Righteous Indignation rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Breitbart nails it with this book. He goes back to the roots of the Left in the U.S. and exposes them for what they are and what they are doing to our country. He was genious and will be missed. I only wish he had lived longer and could have written more.The book is concise, humorous, enlightening and empowering. The narration is also very well done. A must read.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I was blown away by the historical research Andrew had done.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    By far the ACORN passage was my favorite.


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    The piece about Alinsky's method of indoctrination was very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must read for anyone trying to determine how our country ended up in the mess we are now in and what needs to be done to win it back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fred Burton
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (104)

    For decades, Fred Burton was a key figure in international counterterrorism and domestic spy craft. As a member of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service in the mid 1980s, he was on the front lines of America's first campaign against terror. Now, in this hard-hitting memoir, Burton emerges from the shadows to reveal who he is, what he has accomplished, and the threats that lurk unseen except by an experienced, world-wise few. Told in a no-holds-barred, gripping, nuanced style, this behind-the scenes account of one counterterrorism agent's life and career is a riveting listen.

    Lew says: "A Masterful, Real-Life Glimpse. Brilliant!"
    "Ghost"
    Overall

    Engrossing and enlightening narrative of one who was involved in the "shadow war."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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