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David

Lawrenceville, GA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 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"
    "Well Done Naval Story of the Samuel B. Roberts"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of the better written and read WWII naval stories I have listened to and I have listened to about 100 and read over 300 WWII histories and memoirs. I would rank it in the top 20. The author does a good job of explaining the big picture but mostly concentrates on the individual sailors stories who served on the Sammie B. which I prefer. The narrator was very good and helped the listener feel like it was the actural sailor telling us his part of the story. I especially liked that the author did not end the story when the battle ended. But instead, let the reader know what happened to the many sailors who survived and a little about their lives after the war.

    Considering the young age of these sailors, what they accomplished and what they sacrificed for our country, it is no exaggeration that they truely are "Our Greatest Generation".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • South Pacific Destroyer: The Battle for the Solomons from Savo Island to Vella Gulf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Russell Sydnor Crenshaw
    • Narrated By Alan Bomar Jones
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Russell Crenshaw's riveting account of the savage night battle for the Solomon Islands in early 1943 offers listeners a unique insider's perspective from the decks of one of the destroyers that bore the brunt of the struggle.

    Bruce Kent says: "Great History - Hard Listen."
    "Waste of a credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the first time I have not been able to finish an audio book. To begin with, the story itself is tedious. The writer goes into exacting detail on how every part of the destroyer works even into how the gears of a particular machine operates. But the worst part about the book is the narration. This narrator is just horrible. He reminds me of those mine-numbing health movies we had to listen to in middle school. Think of paint drying - he really is that bad. After listening to "Unbroken" or "Lost in Shangria La" or "Finish Forty and Home" I guess I thought all narrators would be on their level. Boy was I wrong. From now on I will click on the little sample button before I purchase another audio book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Warriors: The Deadliest Naval Battle of World War II and the Men Who Fought It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Gandt
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    April 1945. The end of World War II finally appears to be nearing. The Nazis are collapsing in Europe, and the Americans are vastly overpowering the Japanese in the Pacific. For a group of pilots in their early 20s who were trained during the twilight of the war, the biggest concern is that they'll never actually see real action and will go home without having a chance to face the enemy.

    JerryL says: "An exceptional read!"
    "Excellent Selection: One of the Best in this Genre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Twilight Warriors was very good on several levels. I have read/listened to many books on the War and this one does an excellent job of combining all three phases of the battle for Okinawa: air, land and sea. Plus the author delves into the lives of the common soldier/sailor/flyer but also provides insight into the Naval admirals as well. And he does this for the Japanese combatants as well. It's rare to find this much detail in one book. My only complaint is that you find yourself wanting more detail about the experiences of certain people over others but then the book would have been twice as long. There is more time spent on the flyers that the other two parts of the battle but again, there is only so much that can be provided in a book of this size. Overall, the author weaves the story together quite well.

    The reader also did an excellent job. His tone and timing and voice quality were excellent. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in the Pacific War.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (946)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Excellent Book and Very Well Read"
    Overall

    This is a very interesting story that easily reads like a novel. It is very well written and very well read. The story has a cast of compelling characters and the author does a good job of developing their individual stories. As a 20th century history buff and particularly WWII, I was quite surprised that I had never heard of this survival story. I hated for the story to end. The author reads the book and I can say without a doubt that he is better than 90% of the professional readers I listen to on other audio books. This book would make an excellent movie. If I knew how to do it, I would contact Steven Speilberg and recommend he look into making it into a movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3210)
    Performance
    (2523)
    Story
    (2515)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Very Well Written and Very Well Read"
    Overall

    Rob Lowe is not only an excellent writer, he is an excellent reader. His stories and life are quite interesting and without any malice or "tales out of school". Just honest and upfront about his life, good and not so good. And he is easily one of the best "readers" of any book I have listened to. His impersonations are really amazing. When he did Christopher Walken, you would think it was Chris Walken himself reading the passage. Very entertaining and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (256)

    Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act. When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was one of the most radical comebacks in film history.

    Kaye says: "A pleasure!"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    Michael Caine's stories are quite entertaining and enlightening as he provides brief histories of landmarks and people from Hollywood's past and present. He has an excellent voice and delivery for reading his own book. His stories are interesting and some are quite amusing. I can definitely recommend this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Were One: Shoulder-to-Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick K. O'Donnell
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company's 1st Platoon became one of the first American forces to enter Fallujah, where they encountered some of the most intense hand-to-hand combat since World War II. Civilians were used as human shields or as bait to lure soldiers into buildings rigged with explosives; suicide bombers approached from every corner hoping to die and take Americans with them; radical insurgents, high on adrenaline, fought to the death.

    Douglas says: "An important story"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    I have read hundreds of books on combat and I rank this one in the top 10. Patrick O'Donnel is consistently good with his oral histories. He comes as close as a journalist can to capturing the essense of combat at the platoon and squad level. We owe it to our valiant, current combat veterens to listen to this book and understand the best we can their sacrifice. The reader of the book also did an outstanding job. Now if the new President would just take the time to read or listen to this book and honor our military by better understanding how outstanding is their performance in protecting us.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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