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Michael

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  • The Spymasters: A Men at War Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    It is summer 1943. Two of the Allies’ most important plans are at grave risk: Operation Overlord’s invasion of France and the Manhattan Project’s race to build the atomic bomb. A furious President Roosevelt turns to OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan — and Donovan turns to Dick Canidy and his teams behind enemy lines. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them....

    Michael says: "Spymasters"
    "Spymasters"
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    What would have made The Spymasters better?

    more of an in depth story focusing on the actual action


    What was most disappointing about W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV ’s story?

    to much time was spent on interpersonal mumbo jumbo which went nowhere.


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

    no, but he did an excellent Job, with the script he had to work with. Maybe he can redo all of the "Men in Blue" series, because Michael Russotto is a DISASTER.


    Any additional comments?

    I am original Griffin Fan, beginning with the Lieutenants, this book although long awaited, was slow on action. Nothing at all like all the other Griffin books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn - Guerrilla Leader and Special Forces Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mike Guardia
    • Narrated By Jason Huggins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The fires on Bataan burned on the evening of April 9, 1942 - illuminating the white flags of surrender against the nighttime sky. Woefully outnumbered, outgunned, and ill-equipped, battered remnants of the American-Philippine army surrendered to the forces of the Rising Sun. Yet amongst the chaos and devastation of the American defeat, Army Captain Donald D. Blackburn refused to lay down his arms.

    Michael says: "Good Story, awful Reader"
    "Good Story, awful Reader"
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    What did you like best about Shadow Commander? What did you like least?

    This is a very interesting Story, the life story of a courage's Man.Least: the constant mispronounced titles, place names, ie it should be Chu Lai, not Chu Lay.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Commander?

    Blackburn's Homecoming and re-adjustment to Peace and Home.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A Reader who had familiarized himself with the proper/correct pronunciations of place >names and definitions, ie. the Army of South Vietnam was not pronounced A.R.V.N. but Arven, he spelled it every time.


    Could you see Shadow Commander being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Harrison Ford


    Any additional comments?

    It's frustrating and discouraging to find a Book with a great story being butchered by the Reader. How about giving some Readers an Audition and have the script reviewed by someone who is familiar with the local flavor and lingo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Line of Fire: The Corps Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (216)

    While the bloody battle for control of the Solomons rages on, two Marines are trapped at a Coastwatcher station on tiny Buka Island. They are there to report on Japanese air activity, and their position is becoming increasingly perilous, even while their supplies are diminishing rapidly; if they are not rescued soon, they may never make it off the island.

    Stuart Fujisaki says: "In the Sweet spot of this Series....."
    "Line of Fire"
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    Where does Line of Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    right at the top. It is another good Book in Griffin's Corps series.


    What other book might you compare Line of Fire to and why?

    All of the Corps series show the dedication Marines have for each other and their well being, Griffin brings that out very well.


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

    Dick Hill is an outstanding and very talented Performer, he is good in all of his readings.


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

    Joe Howard's reaction at the Pearl Harbor Attack


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Refuge: Dewey Andreas, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (614)

    p>With time running out to stop the nuclear destruction of Tel Aviv, Dewey Andreas must defeat his most fearsome opponent yet. Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, New York, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of the Iranian secret service, who smuggle Meir back to Iran, where he is imprisoned, tortured, and prepared for a show trial. What they don’t know is that Meir was in New York to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation.

    Susan says: "Last Refuge but hopefully not the last of Dewey!"
    "Great and current Story"
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    Where does The Last Refuge rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    in the top 3, only Vince Flynn and Brad Thor rival his Books


    What other book might you compare The Last Refuge to and why?

    all of Vince Flynn's, because they keep you on the edge of your seat and do so from the beginning, no 10 chapter boring intro


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the end scene when the Hostage is saved and the Iranians have the fake Bomb


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saucer: The Conquest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    After discovering the secrets of a 140,000-year-old spacecraft in Saucer, Rip Cantrell and beautiful test pilot Charley Pine think their days of high-flying extraterrestrial adventure are over. But when Pine takes up flying spaceplanes to the moon for the French lunar base project, she discovers that the project director has installed a world-threatening antigravity beam.

    Don says: "Great Political Satire with a Good Sci-Fi Story"
    "great follow up to the first Saucer Book"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Saucer to be better than the print version?

    yes, I can listen while driving ( working)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uncle Egg, his down to earth folksie outlook on life, kind of mirrors mine.


    Which character ??? as performed by Eric Conger ??? was your favorite?

    Again Uncle Egg, the reader did an outstanding job


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

    it made me laugh and root for "our" side against the arrogant- "we are better than you" attitude of the French. Very accurately presented


    Any additional comments?

    where is the follow up book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (938)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "still Lost"
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea, but ask me again when it is remastered.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story itself is very heart wrenching and interesting.


    What didn???t you like about Mitchell Zuckoff???s performance?

    I think he should have had a "Professional" reader take over, his voice just put me to sleep.


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

    Sadness, you survive a War only to loose your life on an R&R trip.


    Any additional comments?

    Authors should leave the reading of their Books to "Professionals" , it would certainly increase sales and great enjoyment for the listeners ( Customers).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Warriors: A Men at War Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Washington D.C., 1942. With the help of Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy sets up an air maneuver that will drop agents into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore essential to the arms race. But this time, Canidy is not in the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And though he's not used to waiting for something to go wrong, he knows that it will....

    Ken says: "Good Story, bad narration"
    "here we go again"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    another reader


    What other book might you compare The Secret Warriors to and why?

    any other Griffin Books that have Scott Brick or Hill as the readers, they are fantastic reader


    How could the performance have been better?

    use a better reader that does not put you to sleep


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

    disappointment, that who ever is reading comments by Customers does not conduct an investigation and never ever let Mchael Russotto read another Griffin Book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Honor: Honor Bound, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (97)

    The characters introduced in the best-selling Honor Bound - Marine aviator Cletus Frade, Army demolitions expert Anthony Pelosi, and communications genius David Ettinger - encounter intrigue in Buenos Aires in April 1943.

    John says: "Huge disappointment"
    "big disappointment"
    Overall

    I read the book before, but listing to this reader,at the slow speed he is reading put me to sleep. His pronunciation of the German is totally wrong. It's "Leibstandarte" meaning Hitler's Bodyguards, not "Liebstandarte" this has nothing to do with " Lieb- Love".
    Scott Brick should have been chosen as the reader.
    Can I get my money back?

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty White Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Lamar Pye has escaped from Oklahoma State Penitentiary, accompanied by his idiot cousin and a vicious but cowardly artist. To have stayed in prison was certain death, but his chances on the outside are not much greater: his excesses know no bounds - one killing follows another. But one murder brings his nemesis upon him: Bud Pewtie of the Highway Patrol loses his partner in a blood-soaked shoot-out with Lamar, and from that moment on, nothing will stop him from getting even.

    Michael says: "Dirty White Boys"
    "Dirty White Boys"
    Overall

    Seldom will you read a Book such as this, describing in detail the inner feelings of an Officer who has to face the perils of the the big ugly world outside. I enjoyed this Book tremendously.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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