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Vygramul

Annandale, VA United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Frederick
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (30)

    This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment - a unit known as the Black Heart Brigade. Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq's so-called Triangle of Death, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts found themselves in arguably the country's most dangerous location at its most dangerous time.

    Vygramul says: "Difficult story, well read"
    "Difficult story, well read"
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    What did you love best about Black Hearts?

    The author did a great job with research and is a good storyteller. It's well-read and the narrator doesn't get in the way of the story like some narrators can. Good voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Hearts?

    Setting fire to waste with JP8 rather than diesel.


    Which character – as performed by Corey Snow – was your favorite?

    The narrator. This book isn't really about consistent characters throughout the book.


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

    This is a depressing book because of the content. War sucks for anyone unfortunate enough to get caught up in one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not an easy listen - these are real people suffering from real consequences of war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Hirsh
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan. The first journalist to be embedded with an Air Force combat unit in the war on terrorism, Hirsh flew from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, with the 71st Rescue Squadron to their expeditionary headquarters at a secret location in Central Asia. Unparalleled access to the pararescue jumpers - or PJs - as well as to the courageous men and women who fly them where they have to go, often under enemy fire, allowed Michael Hirsh to uncover incredible stories of courage.

    Vygramul says: "Edge-of-Your-Seat and Sobering"
    "Edge-of-Your-Seat and Sobering"
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    What made the experience of listening to None Braver the most enjoyable?

    Hirsh humanizes the soldiers and Snow brings their humanity to life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jason Cunningham for always thinking of others


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When a PJ trainer goes to the extreme of rappelling down a building to catch trainees talking.


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

    The pain of a family having to bury their loved one.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys story about people whose job it is to save others, for people who are interested in real military accounts, and for people who find helicopters interesting, Nothing is over-explained, everything is relevant, and there are no "boring parts." The narrator has the right timbre for the subject matter and does a great job giving the people life - the very reason we buy audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cambodia: Report From a Stricken Land

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Henry Kamm
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Based on his observations over three decades, Henry Kamm, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Southeast Asia correspondent, unravels the complexities of Cambodia. Kamm's invaluable document - a factual and personal account of its troubled history - gives the Western listener the first clear understanding of this magic land's past and present.

    Vygramul says: "Doesn't work well as an audiobook"
    "Doesn't work well as an audiobook"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. The book was written as more of a history and less as prose. The result is that it doesn't flow well when read aloud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cambodia?

    Prince Sihanouk's ability to always switch to the winning side.


    What three words best describe Walter Dixon’s performance?

    Limited by material


    Did Cambodia inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was fantastic and thought it might be fun to listen to it on a trip because I'd been meaning to read it again. While the book is fantastic, as an audiobook, it is disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3194)
    Performance
    (2256)
    Story
    (2265)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "An excellent place to start"
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    If you could sum up The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in three words, what would they be?

    Clear-Eyed History


    What other book might you compare The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich to and why?

    Six Days of War: both works give complete views from as many available sources as possible


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

    No, but this was a great performance.


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

    The lost opportunities to prevent the Holocaust.


    Any additional comments?

    This is really a necessary read for anyone interested in the history of the Third Reich. More recent works have better information on some topics, and Shirer's military analysis is limited, but nevertheless, if you've not read this work you won't have as complete a picture as you need in order to understand Europe in the mid-20th century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eugene B. Fluckey
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (121)

    Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

    This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

    Robert says: "Not for Tom Clancy Tech heads"
    "So incredible it can't be anything but true"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - the book is well-read and it's an amazing account


    What other book might you compare Thunder Below! to and why?

    The first book that came to mind was The Caine Mutiny - but TCM is about a destroyer minesweeper, is fiction, and largely hinges on poor command, while this book is nonfiction, is a sub, and is largely about good command. But in both books there's a lot of detail about the day-to-day concerns of the men aboard their respective commands.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    For me, it's often the little things. Fluckey's point about not appreciating being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor because it stipulates actions taken without regard to ones personal safety implying he took them without regard to the safety of his crew is an excellent point and really sticks in my mind.


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

    Mostly, I was amazed. Of course, there's always some sadness when the crew has to split up and the command is over, as with any story involving people who formed friendships under intense conditions and subsequently parted ways.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best WWII books I've had the pleasure of experiencing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Valor in Vietnam: Chronicles of Honor, Courage and Sacrifice: 1963 - 1977

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Allen B. Clark
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Every war continues to dwell in the lives it touched, in the lives of those living through that time, and in those absorbed by its historical significance. The Vietnam War lives on - famously or infamously, depending on political points of view - but those who have “been there, done that” have a highly personalized window on their time of that history. Valor in Vietnam focuses on nineteen stories of Vietnam, stories of celebrated figures in the veteran community, compelling war narratives, vignettes of battles, and the emotional impact on the combatants.

    Vygramul says: "Another good first-person view of war"
    "Another good first-person view of war"
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    Where does Valor in Vietnam rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to just a few, usually books I know are good, so the competition is tough. It's definitely not in the lower third, but it's hard to say it's up there with Dune or The Caine Mutiny.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Valor in Vietnam?

    When a colonel made a poor decision about yelling at a wounded soldier fresh in from the fight.


    What about Corey Snow’s performance did you like?

    He's got a good voice and is good at letting you get into the story.


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

    It helps convince you that we shouldn't send our soldiers into a war unless we're quite sure it's necessary - it's a terrible thing to do to a man, sending him to war.


    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
    (828)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (717)

    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"
    "Excellent book, excellent narration"
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    Where does The Caine Mutiny rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details prove Wouk served in the Navy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Saying so would probably be a spoiler.


    If you could take any character from The Caine Mutiny out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Willie Keith because it would probably be expensive and he would probably pay.


    Any additional comments?

    A darn fine audio book. This was a great match of voice and cadence to the book's characters and time period.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (615)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    LeRoy Reynolds says: "Great audio book AFTER the first 2.5 hours"
    "Great Book, Monotone Voices"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shogun to be better than the print version?

    No way. The only thing this audio version does is provide some pronunciation information.


    What other book might you compare Shogun to and why?

    Shogun is pretty unique in my experience.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Case?

    Corey Snow
    Anna Fields
    Kevin Pariseau
    Scott Brick


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The conversion of an Englishman into a Samurai.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration itself was ok, but the voices sounded like they were recited by someone using a voicebox.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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