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  • The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Henry A. Crumpton
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (171)

    A legendary CIA spy and counterterrorism expert here tells the spellbinding story of his high-risk, action-packed career while illustrating the growing importance of America's intelligence officers and their secret missions. The Art of Intelligence draws from the full arc of Henry Crumpton's espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America's spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever.

    Anne says: "Looking for a place in History?"
    "Outstanding listen!"
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    Great book by Hank Crumpton with well described personal history. For those interested in the intelligence community, this book offers what seems to be an honest look into the CIA from the prism of a career clandestine service officer.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roberts Ridge: A True Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Malcolm MacPherson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    For the U.S. Navy's elite team of SEALs, the mission seemed straightforward enough: to take control of a towering, 10,240-foot mountain peak called Takur Ghar, a key post in their plan to smash Taliban al Qaeda in eastern Afghanistan.

    Jeffery says: "It's an Account....."
    "Good Story, Awful Performance by Reader"
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    This book chronicles a harrowing 17 hour event on a remote Afghan hilltop. Unfortunately, the reader's performance was dreadful. His attempt at various accents throughout the book was awful and quite distracting. Another performance tragedy was awkward pronunciation of common military terms. This is one of the rare selections that does not benefit from the audiobook format and would be best left as a traditional paper book. I feel somewhat guilty leaving such a harsh review considering the event and men this book is based upon, but the reading performance made listening to the entire book a disappointing chore.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark L. Donald, Scott Mactavish
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    As A SEAL and combat medic, Mark served his country with valorous distinction for almost 25 years and survived some of the most dangerous combat actions imaginable. From the rigors of BUD/S training to the horrors of the battlefield, Battle Ready dramatically immerses the listener in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other. It is also an uplifting human story that reveals how a young Hispanic American bootstrapped himself out of a life that promised a dead-end future by enlisting in the military.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Page Turner/Great Listen/Inspiring"
    "Powerful, Inspiring, and Simply Outstanding!"
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    I would absolutely recommend this to anyone seeking a story of personal dedication and a higher calling. If you are looking for a book full of Navy SEAL operations, this may not be the book for you. Instead, it chronicles the the journey of the author's career from the Marine recruit though to becoming a Navy Seal and ultimately a physician's assistant in the post-9/11 special operations community. There is a fair amount of deployment action toward the book's end. This is a powerful and inspiring book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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