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Mark Zablocki

WARREN, MI United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 149 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Chuck Pfarrer
    • Narrated By Chuck Pfarrer

    "Since the first navy frogmen crawled onto the beaches of Normandy, no SEAL has ever surrendered," writes Chuck Pfarrer. "No SEAL has ever been captured, and not one teammate or body has ever been left in the field. This legacy of valor is unmatched in modern warfare." Warrior Soul is a book about the warrior spirit, and it takes the listener all over the world. Former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer recounts some of his most dangerous assignments.

    Jason says: "An amazing story"
    "Damn fine book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book. It is a very entertaining, informative, and down-to-Earth book. If you want to know what it is like to be a Navy SEAL, minus all the hype, this is the book to read. Mr. Pfarrer talks about the human side of being a SEAL. SEALs are people like everyone else with fears and personal failings. Sometimes this fact can be lost on those of us who get lost in the media inspired SEAL image.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Warrior Soul?

    I was surprised to discover that Mr. Pfarrer had written the movie "Navy SEALS" (among others). I didn't know that the movie was written and inspired by an actual Navy SEAL. I had thought that "Navy SEALS" was strictly a Hollywood creation with little basis in reality. I'm going to watch the movie again with this new prospective in mind.

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

    This is the only book by Chuck Pfarrer that I've ever listened to. I love listening to books read by the author. It makes the book much more personal. The fact that the author read his own book is one of the reasons I chose to listen to it in the first place.

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

    There are many moving moments in the book. I particularly liked when Mr. Pfarrer shared his personal thoughts and fears as well as his personal failings (as he believed them to be) with the reader. I haven't found such candidness in any of the other SEAL autobiographies I've read.

    Any additional comments?

    This is the story of a pre 9/11 Navy SEAL. A unique read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "What's great about the Great Gatsby?"
    What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

    I'm sorry, but I failed to get anything out of this book. I missed completely whatever it is that made this book so great. I was bored to death and couldn't wait for it to end.

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

    I hated all the shallow characters. Although the character of Gatsby himself started out to be interesting, he too eventually evolved into a very uninteresting character.

    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    He did a fine job bringing the character to life.

    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    The Great Gatsby inspired me to request a refund of this audiobook purchase. I was greatly dissapointed with this book.

    Any additional comments?

    I've been tring to read "the classics" like The Great Gatsby. Most just bore me to death. I simply don't understand what all the fuss is about. I'll keep trying though as I feel it is my duty to educate myself in what is considered fine literature. I must admit, most of this stuff is just not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    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"
    "Superb Book!"
    If you could sum up Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful! Awesome! Entertaining!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor?

    What I really liked most was the attention to detail of the characters. The author took you into the personal lives and minds of the main characters. The book was not just mindless violence and action. You got to learn about these people, how they thought, and a little about their personal lives. This book let you see the people behind the trident.

    Which character – as performed by Steven Weber – was your favorite?

    Roarke Engel was my favorite character. The book focused around him and Dave Nolan.

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

    I was amazed by how quickly the life of Christo, a bad guy, changed. He went from having great wealth and power to losing it all in a matter of moments. He never saw it coming. And, it was the result of one bad decision, supporting his terrorist friend.

    Any additional comments?

    The naration by Steven Weber is superb! He really makes the book come alive. This audiobook is extremely well written and narated. It is a rollercoaster ride which keeps the reader's attention from beginning to end. I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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