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Andrew Scott McClanahan

I've lived in Austin, Texas, for over 10 years, not Houston. World War II is my lifelong interest since my father was a combat veteran in the 8th Air Force. I grew up with pilots, bombardiers, and navigators. They told me many stories of their experiences and I cannot get enough of books and documentaries.

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  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (313)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "The Mighty Eighth story is told in full"
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    What did you love best about Masters of the Air?

    This is a long book with many details. There are so many stories. If just one book about the Mighty Eighth is bought, this is definitely the one.


    What other book might you compare Masters of the Air to and why?

    The Wild Blue


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

    A Sacrifice for Their Country Beyond Imagination


    Any additional comments?

    There is one sentence in this book that made a great impression on me:

    "Mass education made the 8th Air Force."

    Our nation's public education system before the war created so many quality Air Corp officers, America completely overwhelmed the Luftwaffe.

    The air battles over Europe defy comprehension. This book expands that impression an order of magnitude.

    I will listen to it again.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian War: A Thrilling Eyewitness Account of the Recent Alien Invasion as Reported by Mr. H. G. Wells

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    What if the Martian invasion was not entirely the product of H.G. Wells's vivid imagination? What if Wells witnessed something that spurred him to write The War of the Worlds as a warning? From drafty London flats to the steamy Sahara, to the surface of the moon and beyond, The Martian War takes the reader on an exhilarating journey with Wells and his companions.

    RoswellBooks says: "A treat for all H. G. Wells fans."
    "A little more about the Martians"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it was only somewhat interesting. War of the Worlds fans will enjoy this.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin J. Anderson? Why or why not?

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a real fan of "War of the Worlds," this is a fun book. Otherwise, it does not stand on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gene Kranz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (416)

    Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

    TM says: "Dry Insights in to the Space Program"
    "Makes you feel like an American"
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    If you could sum up Failure Is Not an Option in three words, what would they be?

    Gene Kranz Hero. Knowing he is famous, looking at the details of his life really impresses. His accomplishments and leadership define the American hero. The speech to his flight controllers the Monday after the Apollo 1 fire is one of the pivotal moments in American history.


    What other book might you compare Failure Is Not an Option to and why?

    "Thunder Below" is about another American hero that got things done like Gene. In other words, Gene would love this book.


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

    I was still hearing Gene's voice and seeing his facial expressions.


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

    Yes. The story of NASA between Apollo 1 fire and Apollo 8 landing is an American story. It was like WWII, a moment of incredible human perseverance, focus, and accomplishment. Apollo 8 was the pinnacle. The flight had so much confidence and competency that they damn near hit the ship when they landed and changed the flight rules to not target the recovery ship in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    I worked with Gene at NASA near the end of his career. Learning what came before was an amazing journey for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eugene B. Fluckey
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

    This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

    Jean says: "Riveting"
    "How to get things done"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is not only a great WWII submarine book (perhaps the best), but an incredible inspiration to any human being about how to get things done. The commander was very smart, innovative, and unstoppable. Not a John Wayne, the management style of the commander should be a model for all military leaders and even business leaders.


    What other book might you compare Thunder Below! to and why?

    "A Thousand Shall Fall" The intelligence of the submarine and aircraft commanders, along with their experiences, make the best authors of war autobiographies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the attack scenes. So many war books are about heading into battle blindly. It is refreshing to follow a leader that has a plan. Rewarding the crew with beer is the main thing you will remember about this book. Before an attack, an order to put the beer on ice signaled the seriousness of the situation and the intended outcome. The reader gets excited every time beer on ice is ordered. Also the cakes.


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

    At the beginning. This is going to be more like Star Trek than human struggle. Off they go and the commander is like Captain Kurt.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written and narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Shall Fall: The True Story of a Canadian Bomber Pilot in World War Two

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Murray Peden
    • Narrated By Anthony Haden Salerno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    During World War II, Canada trained tens of thousands of airmen under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Those selected for Bomber Command operations went on to rain devastation upon the Third Reich in the great air battles over Europe, but their losses were high. German fighters and anti-aircraft guns took a terrifying toll. The chances of surviving a tour of duty as a bomber crew were almost nil.

    Craig Walker says: "Interesting. Canadian account of Bombers in WW2"
    "Becoming a pilot in World War II"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The perspective of just one person. So many WWII books are grandiose coverage of leaders and tactics. This is just the story of one person. The details are so great, the story seems to be day to day and gives the reader a strong feeling of the author's life. Not only a great pilot, Murray is a good writer. This is the book to learn what it took to become a pilot during this short period of history. The humor is refreshing and well done. One of my favorite WWII books. Be sure to read "The Wrong Stuff" and "Above the Thunder" if you like this book.


    What does Anthony Haden Salerno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This book is a collection of stories, most of them very funny. Telling the story is critical, and the narrator does a great job. What fun recording this book must have been for him.


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

    Not the title. "No Better Time to Learn to Fly. No Better Time to Die Flying."


    Any additional comments?

    Every pilot should read this book so they know what they missed. Just the story of landing the Tiger Moth is worth the hours invested. I'm not a pilot, but my father was an 8th Air Force pilot 1943 to 1945. Now I know a little more about him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hitler's Rockets: The Story of the V-2s

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Norman Longmate
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Britain was the first country to ever suffer a ballistic missile attack from beyond its borders. This book tells the story of that attack. During 1942 and 1943, confusing rumours circulated about the German development of a 'giant rocket'. Most experts, including Winston Churchill's own scientific adviser Lord Cherwell, declared that such a weapon was impossible. It was only after the patient sifting of European intelligence that the most influential doubters were convinced such a weapon was being built. Then on 8 September 1944, the first V-2 landed in Chiswick. Between then and the final rocket impact on 27 March 1945, more than a thousand landed on British soil, killing nearly three thousand people and seriously injuring more than six thousand.

    Mike says: "Excellent history of the V-2"
    "Another British Version of the War"
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    What disappointed you about Hitler's Rockets?

    Poorly titled - mostly details of missile hits in England


    What was most disappointing about Norman Longmate’s story?

    Boring repetition of missile hit reports - not really a story.


    Any additional comments?

    Scientific and historic interest in the V2 will find this book a great disappointment. Look elsewhere. This book is just the British perspective of V2 attacks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kingdom Come: An Epic Saga of Survival in the Air War Over Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert J. Mrazek
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    On September 6, 1943, 338 B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the American Eighth Air Force took off from England, bound for Stuttgart, Germany, to bomb Nazi weapons factories. Dense clouds obscured the targets, and one commander's critical decision to circle three times over the city---and its deadly flak---would prove disastrous. Forty-five planes went down that day, and hundreds of men were lost or missing.

    Andrew Scott McClanahan says: "38 Planes Were Sent Out. Only 2 Returned."
    "38 Planes Were Sent Out. Only 2 Returned."
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    What did you love best about To Kingdom Come?

    The battle descriptions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The weaving of many lives into one mission.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator will drive you nuts at first, but stick with it. His style really works in the combat sequences.


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

    The combat sequences had a profound affect on me.


    Any additional comments?

    The book takes some time to get going. Like the squadrons of Boeings forming over England, the characters are gathered in a large intro to the fateful mission. Keep with it. What these men went through deserves patience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten 500

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gregory A. Freeman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (242)

    Here is the astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II: when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines. During a bombing campaign, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, waiting for rescue.

    Ron says: "an amazing tale"
    "A wonderful and little known story."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The magnitude of this story and its exclusion from WWII documentaries makes it truly amazing. The timeline and buildup to the climax made this a compelling book.


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

    The Army Air Corps' finest hour.


    Any additional comments?

    The Stalinist in Britain did a great disservice to American Airmen and true patriots fighting both the Nazis and the Communists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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