After having read several reader reviews, I decided to give Viper Pilot a listen with some trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised. You have to accept Hampton's natural arrogance--he flew Lawn Darts and that's hardly a rare trait amongst that crowd. That said, he had an interesting career that anyone who flew fast jets can relate to. And if you just wish you'd had that privilege, you'll be left with a pretty good impression of what it's like to fly fighters in today's Air Force, both the good and the bad. If you like your books politically correct and giving the impression that everyone is wonderful--well, this is probably not going to be your cup of tea--but tell me if you get it so I can come watch your head explode! :-D
The account of launching out on an FCF only to have his (single) engine crap out shortly after takeoff and bring it back around to a safe landing within a couple of minutes takes longer to read than it actually took. This gives you a real appreciation of the kind of skill and knowledge it takes to strap on a modern fighter.
GREAT narration! Pruden actually nailed ALL the acronyms, something you don't often hear in audiobooks. Made the listen MUCH more enjoyable.
Please God, Tom Cruise isn't going to be in this, is he?
No--I never listen to anything more than once.
The monkey was a very, very bad boy! I won't give away anything else, but I'm not going to be getting a pet monkey!
No, but I thoroughly enjoyed his performance--sounded like one of the 'Car Talk' guys. Some of the Hiaasen fans apparently prefer George Wilson, who does most of Hiassen's books. I've since listened to one of the other books, and while I enjoyed it as well, I still prefer Johnson's effort.
This book is total bubble gum. I normally listen to history/non-fiction but this was a most welcome change of pace. Highly recommended.
The thing missing from the audio version is photos. After I finished listening I went online to the NRA website and watched the documentary mentioned towards the end of the book. I highly recommend that you watch A Tribute to Adam Brown (Parts 1 & 2) at . (You'll have to select the video on the lower part of the screen, then play it at the top of the screen.)
Unbroken, without a doubt. If anything, Fearless is more touching, inspirational and heartbreaking than Unbroken.
At the start of the book, they said it was from Christian audio (not sure if that's exactly right, but a religious affiliation of some sort). Anyway, I'm not a super religious guy, and was wondering what I'd gotten myself in to. Good news--this is not a 'preachy' book. If it had been written as fiction, I would have dismissed it out-of-hand as unrealistic. The fact that it happened, that this man was a real person, is just remarkable and totally inspiring. And redemption--like you won't believe. And a (tough) love story? In her own way, Brown's wife is every bit the warrior her husband was. Where do you find a woman with that kind of toughness? Good Lord, my wives wouldn't have lasted a week of her life! Yet she thrived and by her own admission wouldn't change a thing. This is an incredibly uplifting, uniquely American story that you'll never forget. '24' (and you'll have to listen to know what that means!)
Guys, if you don't want the ladies to see you cry, don't listen to the last hour or so in their presence...
If you're like me, you'll be wondering throughout the book why these SEALs are allowing their names to be used...
Katie Pavlich has compiled a factual account of what we know so far about the Obama administration's program to arm the Mexican drug cartels in order to blame the resulting carnage on 'rogue' gun dealers with the ultimate goal of destroying the second amendment. It is clear from her research why Eric Holder refuses to cooperate with Congress in their efforts to find out who was responsible--it clearly goes AT LEAST as high as Holder himself.
Easy to listen to--even if the subject makes you want to tear your hair out.
It's not really news, but the saddest thing is that the only people being punished are the 'whistle blowers', while the political hacks they worked for have been promoted and protected. That, and the twisted logic that would make liberals actually believe 1) that such a hair-brained scheme would succeed in negating the second amendment and 2) the obvious racism of the liberal mind that Mexican's being slaughtered by guns provided by the Obama regime apparently are not an ethical or moral factor worthy of consideration. Oh, I'm sorry, I mentioned morals and ethics in the same sentence with liberals--my bad!
Oh yeah, the biggest scandal since Watergate is the treasonous disclosure of state secrets by the White House to make Obama look like a "tough guy", regardless of what it does to little people like the Pakistani doctor or the reputation of the United States as a worthy partner in sensitive intelligence operations. Now that will be a REALLY interesting book! Get going Katie!
This is one of the best accounts I've heard of the Global War on Terror (I know liberals hate that term, but
The accounts of close combat were simultaneously harrowing and magnificent.
I seldom pay attention to who performs the books, but Ray Porter was superb. His ability to give life to the various accents described in the book helped keep the characters separated, allowing them to be distinct individuals.
Actually, the title of the book initially put me off as I thought it might be a
This should be mandatory reading for any Army or Marine Lieutenant setting out to lead troops in combat. Lots of excellent advice on combat leadership.
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