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Curtis

Corinth, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Glass Room

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Mawer
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Simon Mawer’s The Glass Room brilliantly evokes six decades of Eastern European history, beginning in 1930s Czechoslovakia. Jewish newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer build their dream home, and despite the low hum of the German war machine reverberating through the land, the two look forward to a life of promise. But as war becomes inevitable, their lives are transformed in profound ways.

    Curtis says: "Not a war story."
    "Not a war story."
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    I thought this story would be focused on the impact the war had on people but this story was more about the flings that happened between the various men and women that lived in or worked in the glass room. The author pulls you into the story by intricately describing thoughts, emotions, and scenes with flourishing vocabulary. By the last third of the book I found myself listening at more than 1x speed to get through some of the tedium.

    There are some parts of the book that had me rewinding and copying a quote to my Facebook status because it was such a noteworthy phrase, like: "When they had first met she was a girl becoming a woman, now she is a woman become a mother. The fulcrum of her life has shifted."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3785)
    Performance
    (3299)
    Story
    (3345)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "I Want more..."
    Overall
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    It's a good book that ties up things well. I do want to continue on with the story and will be glad when he finishes another book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brandon Webb, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Jon Bailey
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (349)

    Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" that makes his story so compelling.

    Robert says: "Decent story, narration left a lot to be desired."
    "Good book"
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    I would recommend this if you're into SEAL Sniper books. It gave some good examples of training and talks about the progression of sniper training from a pass/fail on your own merits system to a true thinking man's system where tools are developed in the men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (626)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "Nice long story"
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    The story isn't magnificent but it is interesting up until the last 1/4 then it seems to have trouble tying all the ends together and finishing cleanly. I purchased the DVD of the Bogart movie made after this book and as usual, you get a much richer view of the story from the audio book than you do from the movie. The scenes are well built and you do not need to know much about the Navy or ships to follow along if you are good at taking queues from the context.

    I recommend it if you're into military fiction and WWII

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Service: A Navy SEAL at War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (326)

    Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.

    Heidi says: "love this book ~ add it to your must read list!!"
    "If you're into seal books, listen to this one"
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    It holds your attention just like his other book. You learn some pretty interesting things and most people that are into books like this will enjoy it like I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1703)
    Performance
    (1416)
    Story
    (1427)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "A walk through the bubble"
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    Where do bankers come from? They hatch from Icelandic fishing trawlers apparently, and the whole world stands by and watches them use other people's money to finance the purchase of some of the oldest institutions in Europe.

    Greeks lie? They don't want to have to actually pay their govt. credit card off? They cheated the system to get the Euro? Did monks really abuse the Greek government by taking confessions as collateral in a leveraged buyout?

    Did an American hedge fund manager predict the meltdown, and make out like a gold barron?

    This book is a collection of stories and exploits by the centerpieces to the world's financial meltdown. It touches slightly on the real estate bubble, but it focuses mostly on Iceland and then quickly sails through Europe, Greece, and eventually the US.

    The stories are all first hand accounts from government officials that sometimes speak more candidly than one would expect but I found myself at the halfway point wishing the end would come soon so I could move on to the next audiobook on my phone.

    The author tends to throw the F word in every now and then for no seeming reason other than to wake the listener/reader up and make them pay attention to his commentary on the quote from the last interviewee. I found that completely unnecessary as I would just pause the book when I started to nod off and pickup again later.

    I would only recommend this book if you want to hear some first hand accounts of where so many people fooled the system, themselves, their neighbors, and a couple of times were called out by people who were scorned, ridiculed, and told they would be sued if they didn't quit talking about the risk and improper bond ratings of the schemes that ultimately dealt the world a recession.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27197)
    Performance
    (20597)
    Story
    (20710)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Twists and turns that I didn't expect"
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    I was constantly waiting to hear what I expected to be the closing chapter, and it never came. The book took a winding path that wasn't a let down but wasn't a satisfying conclusion either. I did like the twists that hit at mostly expected spots. The course is set for paths I never expected which kept the ears perked and the ideas for where this book could go always on an unexpected path.
    This book feels like the second half of the second book rather than a third book that stands on its own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (924)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "Intricately connected, global reaching inside look"
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    The quick moving book was well written, performed, and built connections between all of the points on the globe in a smooth and interesting way. The imagery was vivid and clear, opening up possible situations that made sense and colored the way I know look at reports on activities involving SEAL teams.

    Enough, but not too much, of the political overhead that shaped and continues to shape Special Operations was given to flavor the reasoning for decisions that were rolled downhill.

    Brotherly comradery was clearly evident and the feelings they had for each other drew you into their inner circle, making you feel like you were sitting around the campfire with them.

    I look forward to seeing the movie after listening to the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Slavomir Rawicz
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (132)

    Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom.

    Roger says: "Good story, well read"
    "Slow to start but kept my attention"
    Overall

    First: Funny enough, I listened to this just after I took up walking around my neighborhood. I was interested with the telling of the initial scenes up until they seemed to be so detailed that I found myself wishing I had a clearer way to play the audio at x2 speed.

    Next scene: Eventually the scenes move to the migration of the prisoners to Siberia, which, even though I hadn't read the book yet, I could have guessed that was where they were going.

    Queue the prison: I'm still walking, listening, hoping for the 'good parts to make a cameo' and wondering how long I have to listen to this book before we get to walking this long walk the title hints at like a whistling tea kettle. It is getting a little better, and more interesting as the makings of a plan develop and by the time the plan is hatched, I'm hooked.

    Let's run then walk: The break from the prison feels like a penultimate climax, the booms you hear before the finale at a 4th of July fireworks display. I won't give away what happens through the walk, but it is more like navigating a mine filled bay, with low sounding, deep thuds, creating deeper impacts to the story than a flash of sparks in the sky.

    Near the end of the book, there is a mention of folklore that I took away from the credibility of the story.

    I fully recommend this book if you like semi-true stories of hardship and trekking experiences through Siberia, the Gobi, and mountanous regions. It is a little slow to start but I am (unfairly?) comparing this book to Louis L'Amour's "Last of the Breed" which I read ever 5 years or so just because it is so good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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