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J. L. HURLEY

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  • Heretics of Dune: Dune Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (393)

    On Arrakis, now called Rakis, known to legend as Dune, 10 times 10 centuries have passed. The planet is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying, and the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax struggle to direct the future of Dune. The children of Dune's children awaken as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love.

    John says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "Another great Dune story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Heretics of Dune to be better than the print version?

    I've read all six now of Frank Herberts Dune series. One was of course, the best, 2 pretty good, but not quite as good as 1, 3 Basically a history listen for things to come. 4 Very long and hard to follow, 5 Now it's getting good again and I liked 6 even better.

    Sorry, don't want to provide spoilers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heretics of Dune?

    The end


    What about Simon Vance, Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    They do a good job, but it's a little hard to follow who's character they're portraying at times.


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for Dune-heads.

    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
    (2869)
    Performance
    (2595)
    Story
    (2588)

    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"
    "American Hero"
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    Where does American Sniper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's right up there near the top.


    What other book might you compare American Sniper to and why?

    Don't know. First time I've read a book like this. I've read a few like Flight of the Condor and Bat 21. Those were war time stories, but different situations.


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

    No.


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

    Several. The tragic fact that Chris Kyle survived four tours of duty in the middle east only to come home and be murdered by someone he was trying to help. So whenever he talks about quitting to come home and be with his family, it kind of gets to you.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't understand the importance of snipers in todays military, you may not like this book. Or maybe you'll come to understand how important they are. Wars kill people. But snipers are the most precise method there is. With snipers, collateral damage is almost nil. With the strict rules of engagement, chosing a non-combatant target, has been virtually eliminated. Chris says he doesn't look at it like killing the enemy, but saving the lives of his fellow soldiers and the people he's there to protect. In my opinion, that's exactly right. Better to kill one enemy than to let them blow up or shoot 10's or 100's more.

    As far as how the book was written, it's sort of like a diary or a day in the life of Chris Kyle. There are also sections that were written by his wife.

    If this book doesn't pull your heart strings, you need to get them checked! ;)

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