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Ryan C. Mercer

Indianapolis, IN | Member Since 2011

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  • Love Me When I'm Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for a Green Beret in Post-9/11 War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Patrick Lewis
    • Narrated By Robert Patrick Lewis
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Rob had a pretty rough childhood: He was given up for adoption as an infant, brought into a family of highly decorated military men, suffered the loss of his mother to cancer, rebelled, and landed himself in military school. When he finally returns home, he meets Cindy, who quickly becomes his best friend. After graduation the two go off to college at opposite ends of Texas, and their paths diverge.

    Ryan C. Mercer says: "Great 'read'"
    "Great 'read'"
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    Would you listen to Love Me When I'm Gone again? Why?

    The author narrates it which I feel just adds to the richness of a title... you just get a better experience when the author reads it to you.

    The book starts off how you'd expect, Rob gives you a brief rundown of his life leading up to his time in ODA 002. He then gives good accounts of some training experiences as well as some deployments. To say anymore would be to ruin the book, definiteily pick up a copy in your favorite medium!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Robertson
    • Narrated By Al Robertson, Phil Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (361)

    This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business. Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson’s passion for duck hunting. An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master’s degree in English. But Phil’s eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky....

    calluna13 says: ""Redneck" does not necessarily mean unintelligent"
    "Great story, but not read by Phil"
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    Would you listen to Happy, Happy, Happy again? Why?

    Well it's a fantastic story, however I was hoping Phil was the reader. Phil does read the opening however that lasts but a few minutes then Al Robertson takes over the reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10803)
    Performance
    (9804)
    Story
    (9824)

    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!!"
    "Wow"
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    What did you love best about 14?

    Wow. Just wow. Buy the book. Period. Peter Clines, write the prequel, fast, please.


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

    Like I said. Wow. Just wow. I need the prequel. Normally I write long reviews but this book I can just say WOW.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Growing Up Amish: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ira Wagler
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    One fateful starless night, 17-year-old Ira Wagler got up at 2 AM, left a scribbled note under his pillow, packed all of his earthly belongings into in a little black duffel bag, and walked away from his home in the Amish settlement of Bloomfield, Iowa. Now, in this heartwarming memoir, Ira paints a vivid portrait of Amish life - from his childhood days on the family farm, his Rumspringa rite of passage at age 16, to his ultimate decision to leave the Amish Church for good at age 26.

    Ryan C. Mercer says: "A must read (or listen!)"
    "A must read (or listen!)"
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    Where does Growing Up Amish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly high


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

    Narrator was quite nice to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audible books at work, as well as read traditionally at home. One of my recent Audible purchases was Growing up Amish: A Memoir by Ira Wagler which you can find on Amazon (just click the Amazon banner on the right hand side of my page and give it a click then search the title). Give the Audible book a go the narrator is great!

    I've always been curious as to the Amish way of life due to the fact we have a healthy population of them (and other Anabaptist groups) here in Indiana and you'll regularly see them at the Zoo as well as around the towns surrounding Indianapolis. I even buy cheese and apple butter from them regularly but never really talk to them past doing business. This book gave me an adequate look into the Amish way of life.

    I'll note that the book isn't a look at a typical Amish life as Ira was one that hardly questioned the lifestyle and left the community a handful of times. This however in itself is an interesting thing. You see raw emotion in this book, the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly, you get to see a boy become a man and question the world he knows. You also see a man who still highly respects his family and the culture he came from, never portraying them in a bad light but simply telling it how it is.

    My only complaint with the book is it has left me wanting to know more about Ira's post Amish life, although he does have an easily found blog which let me do just that! Check the book out!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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