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Steve

Mount Nelson, TAS, Australia | Member Since 2004

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  • Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by National Public Radio's Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Garrels
    • Narrated By Anne Garrels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    One of only sixteen unembedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad's now-legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion of Iraq, NPR's Anne Garrels was at the very center of the storm. She brings us the sights, sounds, and smells of our latest war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.

    Native Texan says: "My favorite book of the year!"
    "Fascinating insight into war and people"
    Overall

    Anne Garrels account of the people of Baghdad, their fears, their dreams, their families and their pride in themselves and their country, brings the war on Baghdad back to the personal level.

    It is powerful in that it is one of the few peices of work which cuts through the politicised large media organisation view of Irag that has been portrayed to the world, to focus on how the war affects people, parents, children, who are just like us.

    It is wonderfully captivating, with great narration (Although Anne's partner Vi's occasional short narratives are sometimes painful in tone and reading style)), however this does not take away from a great book.

    Highly recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11490)
    Performance
    (10438)
    Story
    (10462)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun engaging story but thin character development."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes it was a good fun engaging story with a great fun mystery. Unfortunately I find the character development to be "thin"...and it was mainly an action story telling of events.
    Towards the end the author seemed to run out of ideas and the story went a bit "silly". I thought that towards the end he tried to leverage off Stephen King's"The Gunslinger"...but Peter Clines story telling and character development are no where near Stephen Kings skills and ability.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Clines? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The story was fun, but I prefer an author with a bit more depth and character development rather than a thin action mystery story.


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

    Excellent narration. He made a mediocre book come alive. Well done!


    Did 14 inspire you to do anything?

    Read more Stephen King!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Bullet Away: The Making of Marine Officer

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Fick
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Fick
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    A former captain in the Marines' First Recon Battalion, who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, reveals how the Corps trains its elite and offers a point-blank account of twenty-first-century battle. Fick's training begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth, and advances to the pinnacle, Recon, four years later, on the eve of war with Iraq.

    Josh says: "Great book on the war experience of a Marine"
    "Captivating listen......."
    Overall

    This audiobook had me hooked from the start. The story is down to earth, not pro political propaganda or full of brovado, just an individual's experiences, both good and bad. The author shares his fears, thoughts and views and shares a very personal insight as to what it's like to got to war and then to come back home and readjust. I felt like I had come to know the author and was saddend when the audiobook came to an end. This is one book where I wish it was unabridged. Of particular interest was the descriptions of the pro's and cons of the military organisation, things they do well, things they don't do well - working for a large company I could relate exactly to these descriptions.
    The narration was excellent, low key but never boring or monotone, but added to the personalisation of the story (the author, Nathaniel was also the narrator).
    Congratulations Nathaniel on an excellent book - this is one of the most balanced down to earth accounts of life in the US Military that I have read/listend to.
    This is a must listen. One of the best audio books that I have listed to.
    Nathaniel should consider a followup story of his life after the military and how his experiences in war have influenced his path in life....

    Steve

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thieves of Baghdad

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Matthew Bogdanos, William Patrick
    • Narrated By Matthew Bogdanos
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Thieves of Baghdad immerses the listener into the rich culture, the colorful characters, the double-dealing, and the derring-do, to sort out once and for all what actually happened during the chaos of the Baghdad invasion, exactly how the thefts took place, and how the most notable objects were retrieved. We hear Bogdanos and his team going on raids and negotiating recoveries, blowing open safes, and mingling in the marketplaces, often encountering an assortment of rogues and villains.

    Steve says: "Started well, went no where"
    "Started well, went no where"
    Overall

    This book started off interestingly and had heaps of potential - personal experience in the war combined with famous archoeology wonderful history of civilisations and a backdrop of Baghdad. Unfortunately as the book went on it didn't develop and started repeating itself, quickly "slipping away". No further insights were learn't about the people (including the narrator) , or the context of these events set in their own lives. Overall dissapointing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5073)
    Performance
    (2172)
    Story
    (2165)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Fantastic - will take over your life !"
    Overall

    This book is huge.....long.....and captivating all the way......
    It had me wanting to continue listening for more at every minute of it's (40?) hours. It is the most enjoyable listen I have had to date and gave a seemingly realistic insight into the workings of the CIA and other spy agencies.
    The character development is excellent, from the Uni study days, through recruitment , training , first posts and on to senior positions and eventually end of careers.
    It nicely ties in realistic events in great detail, such as the Bay of Pigs invasion and leaves you wondering if this is a non fiction or a novel.
    Be warned...it will take over your life ! Your family will be sicj of seeing you listening and wearing your earphones - you won't be able to stop listening.
    Excellent narration. Highly recomended

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (351)

    In Robert Ludlum's ground-breaking career, no other character so captured the world's imagination as Jason Bourne. He appeared in three of Robert Ludlum's own best-selling novels, his best-selling works to this day. Now, with the major motion picture adaptation of Ludlum's The Bourne Supremacy, the Ludlum estate has finally acceded to the demands of readers around the world, turning to best-selling writer Eric Van Lustbader to create a brand new Jason Bourne novel, The Bourne Legacy.

    Linda says: "It sure reads like a Ludlum book!"
    "Dissapointed"
    Overall

    I have been a Ludlem and Jason Bourne fan over many years and loved the previous three Bourne thrillers. However I was dissapointed with this listen. The character insight was unusually weak, not giving the usual intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and struggles of Jason/David that the previous books did and didn't do him justice in my opinion. The plot was good, but not brilliant but brought the threads from the initial book together.
    Overall it was ok , but a little dissapointing. I was not captivated by it and found it a little long winded.
    Biggest selling point was the excellent narration.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gift of Valor: A War Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael M. Phillips
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Every day ordinary young Americans are fighting and dying in Iraq, with the same bravery, honor, and sense of duty that have distinguished American troops throughout history. One of these is Jason Dunham, a 22-year-old Marine corporal from the one-stoplight town of Scio, New York, whose stunning story reporter Michael M. Phillips discovered while he was embedded with a Marine infantry battalion in the Iraqi desert.

    James says: "Semper Fi"
    "A powerful story which describes the real war...."
    Overall

    This story is simply told in simple language, but very powerful. It describes the affect of war on people, young soldiers, parents, brothers and sisters and of the horrors faced by the young men of the US in Iraq. I found at times that the tears wlled up in my eyes and the anguish and waste of war was described. If more politicians read this story, perhaps there would be less wars in the future !! (we can all hope.....)
    The only negative is that the narration is not great, however the boring voice does not take away from the power of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3140)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (934)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Superb"
    Overall

    A superb book. A long book but every minute is captivating. But, be warned, this book will take over your life !! The story is amazing and the narration is great. The book grabs you and doesn't let go. At the end you wish for more.
    The best audible book I've read so far.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (233)

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

    Marius says: "Superbly whimsical"
    "A"
    Overall

    This is indeed one of the best books I have had the good fortune to read and also one of the best narrations from all of my Audible purchases.

    All Audible customers should consider purchasing this book, whether or not you are history fans. The book is captivating, once you start listening you will not be able to stop -

    be prepared to have your life disrupted!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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