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James

Lexington Park, MD, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Viper Pilot: The Autobiography of One of America's Most Decorated Combat Pilots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dan Hampton
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (190)

    Sure to rank as one of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. From 1986 to 2006, Lt. Col. Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, the elite Air Force fighter squadrons whose mission is recognized as the most dangerous job in modern air combat. Weasels are the first planes sent into a war zone, flying deep behind enemy lines purposely seeking to draw fire from surface-to-air missiles and artillery. They must skillfully evade being shot down - and then return to destroy the threats, thereby making the skies safe for everyone else to follow.

    Frances says: "Fast and Furious"
    "Bubbleheads can write--who knew?!"
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    Would you listen to Viper Pilot again? Why?

    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


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Viper Pilot?

    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.


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

    GREAT narration! Pruden actually nailed ALL the acronyms, something you don't often hear in audiobooks. Made the listen MUCH more enjoyable.


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

    Please God, Tom Cruise isn't going to be in this, is he?


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (727)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "I kept LoL as I listened at the gym!"
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    Would you listen to Bad Monkey again? Why?

    No--I never listen to anything more than once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bad Monkey?

    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!


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is total bubble gum. I normally listen to history/non-fiction but this was a most welcome change of pace. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (890)

    When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

    Karen Knabe says: "Truly the story of a Hero"
    "What an incredible book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fearless to be better than the print version?

    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.)


    What other book might you compare Fearless to and why?

    Unbroken, without a doubt. If anything, Fearless is more touching, inspirational and heartbreaking than Unbroken.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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!)


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

    Guys, if you don't want the ladies to see you cry, don't listen to the last hour or so in their presence...


    Any additional comments?

    If you're like me, you'll be wondering throughout the book why these SEALs are allowing their names to be used...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Katie Pavlich
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Two hundred and rising. That's the death tally for the Obama administration's "Operation Fast & Furious." The program was supposedly designed to "win the drug war" by deliberately walking more than two thousand guns across the border to Mexico. But instead of catching drug lords, Fast & Furious armed the very kingpins it was supposed to trap.

    James says: "The 2nd biggest scandle since Watergate"
    "The 2nd biggest scandle since Watergate"
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to--even if the subject makes you want to tear your hair out.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (484)

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "The story of heros in a hopeless cause"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the best accounts I've heard of the Global War on Terror (I know liberals hate that term, but


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlaw Platoon?

    The accounts of close combat were simultaneously harrowing and magnificent.


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

    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.


    If you could give Outlaw Platoon a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Actually, the title of the book initially put me off as I thought it might be a


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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