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David

Giving out fewer stars because I was inflating my start in a way that did not differentiate the mediocre and the fantastic.

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  • Seal of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of LT Michael P. Murphy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gary Williams
    • Narrated By A. T. Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy, commander of Navy SEAL Team 10, posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on 28 June 2005 during a fierce battle with Taliban fighters in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Michael was the first recipient of the nation’s highest military honor as a result of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. He was also the first naval officer to earn the medal since the Vietnam War, and the first SEAL to be honored posthumously.

    Jean says: "first Medal of Honor winner in Afghanistan"
    "Not What I Expected, But Worth the Listen"
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    Would you try another book from Gary Williams and/or A. T. Chandler?

    I would not go out of my way to purchase because of the author or reader, but I also would not avoid a book by either.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I am only 7 chapters into this book, but felt that I must review early to help others understand fully what this book is about. This book is a short biography of Lt. Murphy that ended in Afghanistan. I thought this book would be a detailing of the combat mission that took Lt. Murphy's life, and that will probably come at the end of the book, but this book starts very slowly detailing his life from birth. That detail moves slowly. It is important for reasons I will speak to below, but when you expect an intense story of combat that slowness can be disappointing.

    In the end the fact that this is a biography is both the most interesting and least interesting aspect of this story if you understand the dichotomy of that statement.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At this time it is the scene of chopping wood as Lt. Murphy starts his journey into the Navy.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Gary Williams’s life?

    I think you mean Lt. Murphy's life here. As I have not yet finished yet I cannot answer this.


    Any additional comments?

    Lt. Murphy deserves to have his life honored and remembered. Since it is impossible to read the accounts of every military man and woman that has given their life, limb, mind in combat, Lt. Murphy's story stands as a representative for them all.

    Once, I attended a lecture given by Rachel Miller, a Holocaust survivor. She lost her entire family to the ovens. At the end of her lecture she simply asked that we not forget her family. The same is true of Lt. Murphy, and every military man/woman. We must not forget them as they live on through those that remember them.

    So I was disappointing that this book started slowly. Six chapters could easily have been condensed into one brief chapter, prologue, or even a paragraph. The more I listened, the more I wanted to test Audible's return policy. Then it occurred to me that listening to this book was honoring a man that literally died while protecting my family from harm. Once I understood that the slow biographical material came to life for me, and was a good listen.

    I am also not a fan of 'perfection' biographies. These 'perfection' biographies lessen the humanity of the subject. It is a given that Lt. Murphy was a better man than I will ever be. That is a given, so help me see him as a real guy.

    Of course, I was both motivated by Lt. Murphy's discipline, will, humility, leadership, physical ability, and intelligence, and depressed because in every way Lt. Murphy was a man that I can never be.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Narrated By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (210)

    Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

    Timothy Pauls says: "An excellent reason for the author to narrate"
    "A Must Read/Listen"
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    This story is deep in meaning, and very enlightening. It is a call for Christians to better understand their faith, and to love more and deeper as it is Christ's love that leads people to Jesus.

    I gained a far greater understanding of Islam in a non-textbook format. There are Muslims that love others, and there are Muslims that hate others. Muslims do seek for all to join Islam as all Christians seek for all to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior in their lives. The problem is that a large group of Muslims understand their faith very well and try to attain a pure Islamic world by the sword.

    Thankfully, the book revolves around a Muslim family exhibiting great love. That love is pure. The parents only want the best for their children, and that is for them to be great ambassadors of the Muslim faith. Nabeel Qureshi was that ambassador and natural apologist.

    Mr. Qureshi was called by Jesus through a friend's introduction. The key is that Mr. Qureshi honestly and humbly sought the one and true God. At first he had no doubt that god was Allah, and then the true God revealed Himself to Mr. Qureshi.

    The beauty seen in this book:

    1. Love is the key to bringing people to Christ Jesus.
    2. Always seek God with all your heart and you will find Him.
    3. You may be called to give up all you know, have, and love for Him.
    3. Whatever your faith, know it to the core from the holy books that define it.
    4. Be brave. The joy and safety for Christians has nothing to do with our lives in this world, but is the salvation through Jesus. On this world we are to be used to do God's will for His plan. "My thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are my ways your ways.", says the Lord. Death and pain are unavoidable in this world. God is not Santa Clause.

    Again, it was a great read/listen. The story meant much to me, and I will listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Tom Mison
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (945)

    In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

    Sara says: "Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
    "A Very Fun Romp"
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    This is a very short listen, but it is very well done. If you get a chance to listen it will be worth your time.

    I recommend the audio highly, and I thank Audible for the free listen at the best possible time, Halloween.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bing West
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months - a total of One Million Stepsin search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning.

    Karen says: "Stunning look at Afghanistan and the Marine Corps"
    "To Remember Is To Honor"
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    This is a true story of the life of Marines living and fighting a tactical battle in a very dangerous part of Afghanistan in the closing days of the US presence there, and includes the fecklessness of America's leadership in the high ranks of both military and political.

    The narrator does a great job. He reads in tones that are very appropriate to the scenes of the story. I would listen to him again.

    The story was riveting, and the proverbial page turner. My heart cried out many times with sorrow, indignation, and anger. I think this is one of the truest retelling of the events surrounding this conflict, a conflict I deem as lost. The conflict was lost not because of the fighters but because of the leadership and their lack of a true goal.

    You get a a thorough understanding of individual Marines. You engage in their thoughts, their hardships, their courage, and their honor despite the knowledge that the overall strategy, goals, and ROE of the conflict were well past FUBAR. These were normal men that became Marines as the Marines before them were, and you get to see this transformation.

    I served in the Army during peace time. I never feared anything more than having to clean my vehicle after field training. This leaves me with a bit of shame as I know I was something less of a soldier than the men that fight. My son asked me once when he was young why I watched war movies, and read war book. He thought I had a blood thirst. The truth of the matter is that I want to feel or understand how much I owe to our warriors. I want to understand what they went/go through.

    Our warriors are different Americans but simply Americans. Today the ranks are filled with volunteers that know they may go to a place that can kill or maim them. These volunteers are young, smart, and tough. To read this is to honor them. To read this is to remember why you should help the ones that come home wounded physically or mentally, and those unable to find work. To read this book will help you to remember that you and your family have such a cushy life because the world know that if they mess with the US our warriors will come to 'Get Some'.

    I recommend this book to all.

    The political views of the author concerning this conflict is that both presidents and all high level military leadership failed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1315)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good listen"
    "The 2nd Book Should Have Been the First"
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    The first book of this series was just adequate. Frankly, it could have been a prologue to this book. But the first book had a great narrator, as this one does because they are one and the same. There was some character building and some tears in the story as well.

    Yet, it is Aftermath where Molles opens the spigots and let the story flow. There is a terrific set of characters and unrelenting tension as people try to become communities with sustainable protection. While the world has changed a sense of normality and stability grew.

    You don't need the first book to enjoy the second, but if you read the first book you will be happier with it after you read the second book. At least I was happier with the first after reading the second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2096)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1973)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Will Seek Out Christian Rummel"
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    The story was fine, but it is not new in anyway. There was a scene that brought a tear to my eye though.

    The best part of this book was the narrator. What a great voice guy Rummel is. He was so good that I will seek out other books that he narrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1945)
    Performance
    (1818)
    Story
    (1826)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Not Much to It"
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    Before I begin please know that I am reducing my star count to allow me to differentiate the great - average -terrible. Also know that a story that does not fit one reader/listener may be a super fit for another.

    Steel World is a simple space marine romp. The writing and dialogue was simplistic in my opinion. The characters were flat and one dimensional. Protagonist and antagonist was extremely weak. The narrator may be great, but there was little there for Mr. Boyett to work with in this story.

    There was little new added to this type of story.

    I would not recommend this book. I may give the narrator another chance, but the narration was weak and monotonous. Again, the narrator really had little to work with here. All this and I actually do like simple space marine romps...just not this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (439)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "Everything is not what it seems"
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    Would you listen to Carrion Comfort again? Why?

    I will, but I doubt that I will listen to anything more than parts of the book due to its length.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carrion Comfort?

    This question always messes me up as I think it will give away the game. There are better moments than this, but the opening is pretty good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first grand fight.


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

    Who is in control.


    Any additional comments?

    I have seen reviews calling this a vampire book. It has nothing to due with vampires. It is about absolute power and control, while attempting to defeat those with that power and control.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Steakley
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (727)

    The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water poisonous. It is the home of the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered. Felix is a scout in A-team Two. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred.

    George Dean says: "An intense and unusual work, wonderfully performed"
    "Armor - A Fun Romp"
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    Would you try another book from John Steakley and/or Tom Weiner?

    I would try another book narrated by Mr. Weiner, but I don't know if I would read another Steakley book. While it was pretty good it was not terrific.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Steakley? Why or why not?

    If the price was right maybe, but this book, while fun, is not worth a credit.


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

    He has a great set of voices to use in the narration. His emotional tones were perfect.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably, because I love war-Sci-fi


    Any additional comments?

    Mileage varies for each reader. I found the main section of the book to be rather tedious and the main character in the middle to be unbelievable even when sustaining my disbelief. That does not make the book bad.

    It has a fairly original story line that snuggles into familiar stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6286)
    Performance
    (3070)
    Story
    (3092)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "What? A TV Show Adaptation??"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a fun whimsical story that would be fun for parents and their 9-10 year old kids. It was fun and different. Yes I would recommend the book to a friend or friends.


    Would you recommend Neverwhere to your friends? Why or why not?

    This is a fun whimsical story that would be fun for parents and their 9-10 year old kids. It was fun and different. Yes I would recommend the book to a friend or friends.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Gaiman is just a talented guy. It is obvious to me that he loved these characters and took time to bring them to life. Great humor in the voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did watch it as it was a TV series first. I watched the series after listening to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This probably shows just how shallow I can be. My daughter loves all things Gaiman. I asked her which of his books she should I start with, and she told me Neverwhere. My wife and I were loving this story. It was just different with that great Brit dry humor. It was quirky.

    Then I found that this book was not a book first with an adapted screenplay, but a screenplay first which was adapted into a book. After learning this I thought less of the story. It does not make any sense, but there you have it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (322)

    Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    Nancy says: "A great listen"
    "Well read, but not up to my expectations"
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    I grew up with the 'Frankenstein' of the movies and television. Of course I knew these had little to do with Mary Shelly's novel. Many say the novel is the mother of Sci-Fi, and a great literary work. This is what I was expecting, but not what I got.

    The book has a good story and great characters. Dan Stevens gives a stellar performance.

    That said...

    There is very little if any 'science' in the novel. It is at its heart a tragic love story of a rich kid that goes a bit over the top when it came to his studies. When he regains his focus it is far too late.

    There are many ethical and moral parables within this book. It is a thought provoking work that is still, maybe even more, relevant today than it was at the beginning of the industrial revolution.

    The beginning of the story made me double check to see that I had actually started listening to the right audio book. What a fun way to start the show. It was not that the start of the story was so novel, but it was fully unexpected.

    After the start we run into a series of first person soliloquy interspersed with a few third person letters. I found these to be tedious as the point was made early and additional information simply pounds that point over and over and over.

    If it were not for the ethical and moral questions brought about by this book I don't know if it would be considered a great book. Of course, I am no literary genius so what do I know.

    The monster is the poorest wretch to ever walk the earth. Not even given a name as it is not a man or animal, but a thing. Is monster a thing, or is this just what man makes monster based on his outward appearance?

    Much better than anything I have seen on film. Worth the read, but I was just expecting something spectacular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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