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Edward

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (263)

    On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

    BB says: "Superb narrative history"
    "Spectacular"
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    What did you love best about Pacific Crucible?

    You read other books, see movies, hears stories from the few alive that were there but this book is so thorough I will have to buy the printed version some day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Details


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to.


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

    The whole thing. I knew what was going to happen next but there was always something new I hadn't known before.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Enemy of God

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    the end of The Winter King Arthur fought the battle that forces unity on the warring British kingdoms and now he sets out to face the real enemy—the English (it is one of the great ironies of the Arthur stories that he should have become an English hero when, if he existed at all, he was a great war-leader who opposed the invading Sais). First, though, Merlin leads a perilous expedition into the mysterious west to retrieve a cauldron, one of the treasures of Britain.

    Mary says: "Enemy of God: powerful retelling of Arthurian tale"
    "Great listen"
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    Where does Enemy of God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read and listened to all of the Bernard Cornwell books that I can lay my hands on. I wasn't really into the King Arthur/ Camalot thing so I thought that listening to the audio version would be a good experience. It was different and much more entertaining than I expected. Cornwell is fantastic.


    What other book might you compare Enemy of God to and why?

    Start with the Winter King, read Enemy of God and finish with Excalibur.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Pigott-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All of the Warlord series and Heretic that I know of.


    Who was the most memorable character of Enemy of God and why?

    Durville


    Any additional comments?

    Much better that I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Wukovits
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    On October 25, 1944, the Samuel B. Roberts and 12 other vessels stood between Japan’s largest battleship force ever and MacArthur’s transports inside Leyte Gulf. Facing more than 20 Japanese vessels - including the 70,000-ton Yamato - the 1,200-ton Samuel B. Roberts turned immediately to action, churning straight at the enemy in a near-suicidal attempt to deflect the more potent foe and buy time for MacArthur’s forces.

    K. Winters says: "Amazing Story, Heart Rending and Brave"
    "I would like to see a movie made for this book."
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    If you could sum up For Crew and Country in three words, what would they be?

    Exceptional story from military history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of For Crew and Country?

    Enjoyed the whole thintg from the background of the individuals to the battle and afterwards.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    Good


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

    Not sure


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (193)

    From one of our finest military historians comes a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the 20th century.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A different kind of history"
    "Outstanding"
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    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    An outstanding account.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    More about wanting more Max Hastings.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose from.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Impossible to listen to it in one sitting. Maybe if you were flying to europe.


    Any additional comments?

    Good for post graduates.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jester's Fortune: The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    It is 1796 and a diminutive, Corsican-born French general has inherited a ragtag army and turned it into an unstoppable fighting force. Within months, Napoleon's storm rolls across Italy and strikes a lethal blow against the Austrian empire. But while the soil of Piedmont and Tuscany runs with blood, another battle takes shape on the mysterious Adriatic Sea. Alan Lewrie and his 18-gun sloop, HMS Jester, part of a squadron of four British warships, sail into the thick of it.

    Bonnie says: "Book eight of the series"
    "Pretty good"
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    Where does Jester's Fortune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the eighth book in the series which is very entertaining. Unfortunately the next book is not available in audio formate. The one after that is in audio but its hit and miss from then on. I did read the entire series and I am currently reading the latest book on my kindle. I should say that most of these I read several years ago. As far as ranking I can't decide. It's like one continuous story. Some exciting times, some not so much, but fun and entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Jester's Fortune to and why?

    The entire Dewey Lambdin series.


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

    Just the other Lambdin books. He is excellent.


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

    Not for kids.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The French Admiral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (100)

    1781: Held by the British, the Chesapeake Bay port of Yorktown is under siege. Pounded by the American forces on land and the deadly warships of their French allies at sea, the once-proud city is aflame and near ruin. But on the horizon, the Royal Navy fleet, with heavily armed frigates, is poised to break through the French blockade. Aboard HMS Desperate, Midshipman Alan Lewrie sets his gunners to their lethal work firing broadsides of 24-pound shot at the enemy vessels.

    David says: "Great !!!!"
    "Spectacular"
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    What did you love best about The French Admiral?

    Another installment in the Alan Lewrie series. Addiction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The French Admiral?

    Don't remember any one thing that sticks out. I'm sad when the book ends and can't wait for another to start.


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

    He is an excellent narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of The French Admiral and why?

    Alan Lewrie of course


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Commission

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (91)

    Fresh from duty on the frigate Desperate in her fight with the French Capricieuse off St. Kitts, Midshipman Alan Lewrie passes his examination board for lieutenancy and finds himself commissioned first officer of the brig o'war Shrike. There's time for some dalliance with the fair sex, and then Lieutenant Lewrie must be off to patrol the North American coast and attempt to bring the Muskogees and Seminoles onto the British side against the American rebels (dalliance with an Indian maiden is just part of the mission).

    Richard says: "Great naval historical"
    "Book number three is just as good as the first two"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The King's Commission to be better than the print version?

    I had read this book about seven years ago while recovering from surgery. I read everything in the series that I could buy at the B & N store down the street and around the corner. I ordered all the books they didn't have from someplace else (don't remember). So much has changed in the years since then.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters that come and go are well developed. The action is well discribed.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    No favorite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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