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T. Edwards

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  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2635)
    Performance
    (2389)
    Story
    (2382)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Tremendously Enlightening, could not put it down"
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    I am a married Mother of 1 Son and 2 Step-sons. I have never served in the military and honestly do not have any close ties to the Military, other than my Father who served in Korea and a cousin who was killed in Vietnam during the TET offensive. Though I would prefer the world was all Love and Light with no war ever; that is just not how it is. I have strong feelings about the war on both sides of the issue, I respect others thoughts and opinions as their own; but no matter what I respect and support the courage, strength and patriotism of each and every member of our Military. I begin this review this way so that you can see I am a regular Jane.

    This book is written from Chris Kyle a Navy SEal's perspective. It is about his life growing up in Odessa Texas and follows him through his life as a Navy SEal, from BUDS training to the war in Iraq and life during and after from his POV. If you are looking for fluff, BS and watered down opinions this book is not for you. Chris tells it like he saw it good, bad or indifferent from his POV. During the reading of this book I cringed, I smiled, I chuckled, I felt uneasy and a bit queasy, I cried and felt sad, but I was completely engaged the entire time. At no point did I feel lost or feel like I did not understand something. (Keeping in mind I am just a regular Jane); Chris explains acronyms, procedures and operations as the story moves along and talks in plain "Texan". Peppered throughout the book, Taya, Chris' wife gives us a heartfelt view of life with Chris. My heart could only bleed for her, Thank you Taya and "God Bless" you for all that you sacrificed for your country. And Chris for the record though you say (several times I might add) throughout the book that you do not consider yourself a "Bad Ass".........Uh Chris, you were a FEARLESS BAD ASS, period end of subject.

    I am glad I decided to read this book; as honesty goes, Chris does not pull any punches and truly seems sincere in all his accounts of how things went down. I am not by nature one to believe everything I read and use quite of a bit of discernment as a rule, but at no point did I feel that anything but the truth as Chris saw it went from pen to paper.

    Thank you Chris and every single person at home or deployed who Stand and Protect our great country. And thank you to all the Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Wives and Children who sacrifice so those brave men and woman can do just that.

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to read a firsthand account of the sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces endure on a daily basis.

    57 of 64 people found this review helpful
  • Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the US government for over a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy's best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist. There are no better warriors on Earth.

    Carlos says: "I hated the darn Bleeping!"
    "Very insightful"
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    The story was good when it was not being bleeped out (though I understand the reason for it) and when Don gave us insight on his missions as a SEAL. I found myself drifting when he talked about his life as a marathon runner, bicyclist and all the other physical forms of torture he enjoyed so much outside of the SEAL teams. I found myself rooting for the wives and then getting angry for them. Normally I blast through a book, this one took me a bit longer because there were parts that simply did not hold my interest. All in all I thought it was an interesting account of life as a Navy SEAL Medic, but maybe if it was heavier on his missions and less on the grueling things he put himself through outside of the missions, it might have held more of my interest. However I think the book was well written and it flowed easily considering the redactions. This book probably won't be my go to book when I am looking to read/listen to a book a second time, but I am glad I took the time to hear it through. There is no doubt that Don is a true Patriot with adrenaline to spare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (572)

    In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

    Michael says: "Great listen"
    "Awesome read"
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    Wow, what can I say about this book to make you run out and read it? Marcus is in every sense of the word an "American Patriot" at it's best. The bravery, the loss, the pain, the fear, the courage and appendages as big as bowling balls of Marcus Luttrell make this book a don't put down until you finish it kind of book.

    For those who have strong opinions about President Bush, the media or killing, you probably won't like this book, but read it anyway. With that said I am one of those bleeping liberals Marcus speaks so highly of (wink). It simply did not stop or deter me from reading on or take away from the punch of this book. I absolutely support our armed forces and all that they stand for. So even though I support my political party I am also bright enough to see both sides of an issue and respect every persons opinion as just that an opinion, we all have em. Marcus and all men and women like him put their lives on the line for "us' the people of the United States of America; Democrats, Republicans and Independents everyday and I for one appreciate them.

    No matter what your feelings about the war are, Marcus' words will make your heart swell with American pride, your belly ache for what he went through and make your eyes brim (if not full out cry like I did)with tears for the pain he endured physically and the pain of heartbreak for the men he loved like brothers.

    Marcus manages to slip in his sense of humor which helped the ache in my belly on more than one occasion.

    I have children; I can only imagine what his parents and brother were going through.

    It seems so inadequate but Thank You Marcus I as one of the "People of the United States" will hold you and all the men and women who serve, past, present and future, and those who have lost their lives in service to our great country in my prayers today and always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before the Apocalypse: A Remy Chandler Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Sniegoski
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    Boston P.I. Remy Chandler has many talents. He can will himself invisible; he can speak and understand any foreign language (including the language of animals); and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts. Unusual, to say the least—for an ordinary man. But Remy is no ordinary man—he’s an angel. Generations ago, when he was known as the angel Remiel, he chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth.

    Christopher says: "Great story worth the listen!"
    "A race to save the world."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Kiss Before the Apocalypse the most enjoyable?

    This was a different paranormal twist novel and I enjoyed that it was different.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Kiss Before the Apocalypse?

    Remy Chandler and his reluctant side kicks.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The touching scenes with his wife.


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

    the touching scenes with his wife.


    Any additional comments?

    Luke Daniels did a great job with Remy's voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Treasures Lost, Treasures Found

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Kate Hardesty had inherited a dream: a pile of mysterious charts and notebooks, mapping the way to sunken treasure. Determined to complete her late father's explorations, she returned to the island where she grew up, and hired deep-sea diver Ky Silver - the man she'd left behind four years ago. But working with Ky meant more than searching for gold...it meant finding a priceless treasure Kate hadn't been looking for.

    LeftyMom says: "This is a treasure!"
    "Great Narration, Fun story"
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    What did you love best about Treasures Lost, Treasures Found?

    Its was written by Nora Roberts need I say more?


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was well written and sweet.


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

    Everything, she is awesome. I have listened and will listen to all things Therese Plummer.


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

    Another Nora Roberts hit!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6770)
    Performance
    (6054)
    Story
    (6065)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Awesome"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hexed the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was awesome, he made the entire read excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hexed?

    When Atticus shows up on the old lady's porch naked and then she can't help but tease him about putting away the twig and berries, it was hysterical.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Everything, he is EXCELLENT.


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

    Wild Ride


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yours to Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (317)

    Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he's recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiance;. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother's upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn't like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma's offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there's no chance he'll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he's not planning to call home.

    SIMARA says: "Melt-the-heart kind of good!!"
    "Awesome"
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    What did you love best about Yours to Keep?

    Love those Kowalski boys.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yours to Keep?

    When Sean realized he loved Emma.


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

    I have listened to most if not all of Lauren's performances. She is awesome, she is always good. As a matter of fact I search out the book she performs because I like her performances so much.


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

    Definitely made me laugh in some spots and cry in others.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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