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Vance

imperial, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 9 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 184 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (201)

    From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him.

    Betty says: "DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"
    "We Came, We Saw, We Found You Buddy"
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    Excellent! Gave me all the details on the 10 year manhunt for Bin Laden. This book was a perfect primer for "No Easy Day", which is also quite good, but in a different way. Both books give details on the raid, but this book focuses more on the 10 year manhunt since 9-11. No Easy Day is gets more into the life of Navy Seals and focuses on the Bin Laden take down operation itself. Each is equally good in its own unique way. I highly recommend both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "Direct Hit!"
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    It was all I hoped for. You can't go wrong with this one. Ghaphic and realistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (1490)
    Story
    (1486)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Historical Biography of Cancer and Its Treatment"
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    This book covers cancer from its discovery to the present. It was a fascinating journey that was very well described by the author's straight-forward prose. I hate to use the word love and cancer in the same sentence, but I loved this book on cancer! I was shocked by the radical cancer surgeries of the past and amazed at the innovations that have been developed. Still, the author left me with the impression the best is yet to come. At $5, this book was a steal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3413)
    Performance
    (3056)
    Story
    (3085)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Great First Hand Account"
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    Great book! I was riveted all the way through. The book was just as good, if not better, than I'd hoped. I noticed some negative reviews claiming that the author was guilty of having given away military secrets, but after having read the book I don't believe that to be the case. I read Manhunt as well, and that account has nearly the same level of detail, except for the details of the raid itself, which this book delves into. The details of this book, coupled with those contained in Manhunt and in photos leaked on the internet, I feel that I have a very complete mental picture of the historic operation and raid that resulted in the death of the world's most notorious terrorist.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10620)
    Performance
    (9640)
    Story
    (9660)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Implausible and too cutesy for me!"
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    This listen was a positive experience for me, but just barely. The best way that I can describe my listening experience was mildly entertained. The good character development originality and mystery element of the story is what stands out as some of the many positives for this book. Nevertheless, as the story unfolded I started to lose interest due to the fact that there were too many implausible story elements. I liked the writers style of prose and felt very connected while listening, but the story itself just didn't feel plausible at times. It isn't that I felt that there was no way I could ever accept what the author was asking me to believe, it was more that I felt the author didn't lay enough factual foundation to allow me to suspend my own disbelief. In short, there must have been at least a half-dozen moments where I found myself saying, "Oh come on now!" Also, the story unfolds in a cutesy kind of way, sort of like a Scoobie Doo episode. Despite the author's attempts to diffuse this problem by introducing Scoobie Doo jokes among the characters, I felt that this only made the situation much worse. Think Dan Brown hybridized with the writers of Scoobie Doo and you would have a pretty close mental picture. Don't get me wrong, Scoobie cartoons are great! I loved that each one involved a creepy supernatural mystery. But, I think I'm getting a little too old for Scoobie. Now, that said, I am a forty year old, so I have already been beaten down by the world and am no longer as open-minded as I once was! As such, I could see this book being a big hit for those in their teens or early twenties.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11451)
    Performance
    (9143)
    Story
    (9248)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Hold on to your hats! A Negative Review"
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    Brace yourself, yes, this is it, a negative review of the Kingkiller Chronicles. I read the other reviews and this seemed like a no brainer for me because I really like epic fantasy. I just finished the George RR Martin series, Game of Thrones and was hoping this would be of the same caliber and geared more for an adult audience. I found this book to be extremely boring because it was mainly about a homeless, pre-pubescent boy name Kvothe and his lute (weird looking guitar). Yes there is some magic and even some black spider-like monsters called Chandrian, but most of the story is about how poor this boy is and how hard it is to be poor and homeless while trying to make something of yourself. The magic consists mainly of lighting up lamps with magic light. Whoopie! I think this would be a very good choice for a young or teenage boy, but not an adult. As a 40 year old I just could not get into the character who is very young for most of the story. Don't get me wrong, its well-written and mildly entertaining, but life is too short to be barely entertained for thirty hours.

    I will not be picking up the next in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1390)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1301)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Jeff says: "Of superior quality! Worthy of Sci Fi prize"
    "Good Star Wars Fix"
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    I've been a long time fan of the star wars movies and have read a few star wars books. This one was probably the best star wars book I've read. The writing was actually pretty good. As other reviewers have said, this book is really about sidious more than it is about Plaguis, but who cares. This book really filled in the details about how Sidious became a sith lord. I recommend this to any star wars fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Seeds: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (539)

    Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks"
    "Unengaging"
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    This book sounded cool, but it is very unengaging. I have thought a lot about why this book has been so hard to get into, but I have no real explanation. All I know is that I have seriously tried listening to this book about a dozen times and each time I get bored and my mind wanders or I fall asleep. I will probably not go on to finish the book,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24327)
    Performance
    (18264)
    Story
    (18319)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Wonderful three books, 4 and 5 start to decline"
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    I'm actually reviewing the series, not just the first book. I've read all five in the series that are currently out. Books 1-3 are absolutely amazing. In fact, they get better as they go on with book three being the best in the series. They are the best epic fantasy I've ever read. Although I was glad to continue my reading experience with books 4 and 5, the series starts to show some cracks at this point. Essentially, the author continues to introduce more and more characters and unnecessarily convolutes the storyline and I simply got irritated and worn down by all the details. The author strays away from the core group of characters introduced in the first three books and I think this hurts the series. The 4th anf 5th books feel bloated and in need of a good edit. Don't get me wrong, they are still better than almost any other epic fantasy, they just aren't as good as the first three. Even with this criticism, I stongly recommend you read the series. the books are just phenomenal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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