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Regular guy from the midwest. Love my kids and the outdoors. 15 years of commuting in D.C. has helped to put a few titles in my library.

tracys landing, MD, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Hugh Ambrose
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    In this companion to the HBO miniseries - executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman - Hugh Ambrose reveals the intertwined odysseys of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy carrier pilot during World War II. Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan.

    Howard says: "Big let down"
    "Disappointment"
    Overall

    I'm not quite halfway through but not sure I'll ever finish as I can't take much more. The stories of five or six men serving in WWII are told here and while each story is important and worth telling, this book ruins the stories in three ways. First, the reader is mediocre at best. Second, each story is chopped into little pieces and then intertwined with the others but often there is nothing to indicate to the listener that the story just switched from one man's story to another; they just run right into each other. It's very confusing. Finally, often the story will elude to some strange twist that's about to occur but it never does. Or some strange detail will be revealed and you're waiting for an explanation for the strange detail but it never comes. It's very unsatisfying.

    0 of 0 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
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2858)
    Performance
    (2585)
    Story
    (2579)

    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. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Stands Out"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up American Sniper in three words, what would they be?

    In two words: refreshingly honest. The man loved his job as a seal and makes no bones about what that entailed. He spares the reader of any attempt at political correctness and doesn't carry on about blood and guts either. Overall, interesting and well balanced.


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

    No.


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

    Full bore action.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the things that make this book great is that it is written and narrated very much as one would expect the author to speak. Rather than being edited out, his essence comes through clearly and it adds a lot to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spencerville

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (271)

    Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.

    Marilyn says: "Great book if you like tautness and suspense"
    "Corny, almost unbearable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Spencerville better?

    Less corny


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Talbot Odyssey - i like most of DeMille's work.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Elmer Fudd


    What character would you cut from Spencerville?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    What the? How did this get published?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Word of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (422)

    He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

    Diana says: "Nelson does it again"
    "Very Slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Word of Honor?

    I enjoy DeMille's style and especially like the John Corey series. This book spends way too much time on the marital conflict between the main character and his wife. Also, and this is a common flaw with DeMille in my opinion, every female character in the story is beautiful, has a hot body, and is attracted to the main character. Really? Give me a break. I have nothing against beautiful women but I think the author has watched too many episodes of "The Bachelor". Next, if the main character is such an honorable and upstanding man, why did he try to cheat on his wife? And why would he not want to spend as much time as possible with his family knowing he might be thrown in prison for the rest of his life? To me, as a father, I have little respect for a man who doesn't give his family high priority and especially under these circumstances. Instead, the guy became even more self-absorbed and distant from his family. Perhaps I can't relate but I found myself disliking the main character as well as the author since typically I assume the main character is an extension of the author.


    What could Nelson DeMille have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Edit out chapters 2 through 30.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Word of Honor?

    Re-write the relationship between the main character, his wife, and his son.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdom: A Fargo Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (619)

    Sam and Remi Fargo return for the thrilling third adventure in the acclaimed new series. In Spartan Gold and Lost Empire, Clive Cussler brought readers into the world of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, whose passion and instinct for treasure-hunting has led to extraordinary discoveries-and perilous journeys. Their next adventure, however, might be their most astonishing yet.

    John says: "A great story and set of hero's"
    "caution: might make you barf"
    Overall
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    Story

    it started out okay with the obscure moment in ancient history bit, then with the move to present-day it went bad fast. not sure why, but i stuck with it. several times thought i would be ill because it was so incredibly stupid.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1591)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (838)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "DeMille CAN Write a Bad Book and This Is It"
    Overall

    I like most of DeMille's books but this one was so boring and there was so much stupid cute-talk I couldn't wait for it to be over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (582)

    John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don't know who I can trust, but I'm told I can trust you."

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Curses! Islamists foiled again!"
    "One of the best fictions I've heard in years"
    Overall

    A great plot - exciting and satisfying, superbly written and narrated. My only complaint is that it was so short. I have not heard any of the other books in this series but now plan to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (460)

    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
    "I don't get it"
    Overall

    Okay, so this book was written a few hundred years ago during an age of great discovery. I get that and also understand the effort made toward political satire. I have a pretty good knowledge of history, politics, and literature. Generally speaking, I like classical literature and have read my share. I also believe that I have a good sense of humor and I really wanted to like this book. But mostly I was bored and occasionally annoyed with it. Really, I couldn't help but think that this (author) was a man who liked to play with dolls all day. I kept imagining him locked away in his bedroom, laying on the floor, surrounded by his little dolls imagining that they were real, shooting arrows at him, etc. Then, every so often, he would take a little break, maybe for some milk and cookies, and jot down the scenes he had just imagined, then trot back to his dolls, peeing on the little doll house and laughing hysterically. Maybe he was hitting the opium, I don't know. But unless you are between the ages 5 and 10 or possibly 95 and 100, or are yourself on a hallucinagen, I can't understand how you would find this book funny or even entertaining.

    4 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Olds, Christina Olds, Ed Rasimus
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (408)

    A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with twelve aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend.

    R. A. Frank says: "Top Notch Audiobook"
    "Mostly Boring"
    Overall

    With all due respect to this great pilot/warrior, this book is mostly boring stories that only friends, family (of author), and a handful of military historians and fanatics will find interesting. Olds sounds like a great guy, a real man. But there are only a few good stories tucked into this book mostly near the beginning and the end. The rest, several hours, is filled with relatively boring details about military buraucracy and logistics. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this ranks nowhere near the top, yet somehow five of five reviews (other than this one) currently rate it with five stars. When I purchased this book two weeks ago there was one review posted that said the book was boring. Unfortunately I ignored that one and now notice, strangely enough, that one is now gone.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4179)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2351)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Entertaining and Interesting"
    Overall

    I like the way the author tells some of the story using the unspoken thoughts of certain characters; drilling down to the things that really motivate different types of people. Was it a realistic novel? I don't know, I wasn't a soldier in Vietnam, I was about 10 years old when it ended. Several reviewers write as if they were there, praising the book for accuracy and realism, but were they? What I'd like to see is a review from someone who was there (front lines) and admits it. And for those who weren't, don't babble on about how realistic it is. You aren't qualified to determine that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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