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Ann

West Bloomfield, MI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 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
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1147)

    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"
    "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor the most enjoyable?

    The suspense, the real drama, the detail and the love story between the main character and his wife. The bravery of America's soldiers who are willing to lay their life down so all Americans can live free and be critical of American millitary. The reader of the book brings this story to life: especially the funeral of the fallen soldier. I was listening to the last portion of the story while shopping for groceries and could not help but cry. I had to explain to people I was O.K. but listening to a great book.This story is what makes America the best country in this world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The bravery of America's soldiers, the honor they bring to our country and the fact that the millitary men and woman go beyond their duties to keep our country safe is stunning to those of us who live our lives in relative safety and warmth of our homes.


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

    Steve Weber brings a realm of reality and emotions to the story. He brings the book to life.


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

    I laughed and cried. I thought the light hearted banter among the soldiers was funny, I also could envision the scene where they stole the truck in Africa and then tried to explain the


    Any additional comments?

    The book and the story was so inspiring. My small troubles of everyday life seem so small compared to one man giving up his life for his fellow soldiers and the freedom that we so much enjoy in America.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (389)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Seminal book on war in Afghanistan in this era."
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    What made the experience of listening to WAR the most enjoyable?

    I was fortunate enough to hear the author as a guest speaker at a dinner event. I purchased the book out of curiosity, but what a great book of one's man first hand observation of daily battles in Afghanistan. The author's insight on the culture of the land and the culture of the American's who defend our freedom and the freedom of others.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author himself, how he was driven to keep writing under such dangerous circumstances to bring the stories and accounts of what takes place in a real battle.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the author was actually shot at and the bullets started to whiz by him.


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

    I did not cry or laugh, but it brought the reality of war and the bravery of our millitary to real life.


    Any additional comments?

    I had an opportunity to send a personal note to the author and thanked him for writing this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jose A. Rodriguez
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don’t know that Bin Laden’s death is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez and built on by his successors. Rodriguez’s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior Al Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques....

    Rebecca says: "Not politically slanted as I expected"
    "Great insight - fascinating reading"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely a must read for all American patriots. This is a great account on what went on with with the non-existant "tourture" and the men and women who protect this country every day.


    What other book might you compare Hard Measures to and why?

    It is the real "Mitch Rapp" book.


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

    Excellent recount of the history.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to the book in one day.


    Any additional comments?

    It is comforting that there are still man and women who serve and protect the people not the politicians who spinn facts to support thier own needs.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2924)
    Performance
    (2643)
    Story
    (2634)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Makes me proud to be an American."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of American Sniper to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I always enjoy the audio version - brings the story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris Kyle, by far.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particulary like his story of his experiences of living as a cowboy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How the soldiers took care of each other. The fact that the Chris was willing to be so honest about his feelings and that he knows what he did was the right thing to do.


    Any additional comments?

    What a great book. After reading his story, I went to look for similar stories that would inspire me and how my every day living in the safety of an American suburb - is not free but has been paid by American blood of men and women who laid down their lives so we can live under the banner of safety.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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