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Brandon

Buchanan, MI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (318)

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Jason says: "A must read!"
    "good insight into war but scattered and repetitive"
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    This gives you a good idea what life was like in the worst of the Afghanistan war and the various personal and logistical challenges there. It's also about the heros no one really ever hears about. It gave me a much greater appreciation for the complexities of this war, and the men who were thrown into the middle of it. If that's what you are looking for, this is the book for you.

    Now for the bad; Keep in mind that this is the story of the base itself, so all the characters are in passing. You begin connecting with the main characters, then they are suddenly replaced. Not everyone dies, but by the end of the book I found myself thinking that this book could be summed up with "This solder was a great person, and then he died. He was replaced by this solder who was a really great person, then he got killed....". But I guess that's the cold, hard truth about war. Good people die daily. But if you are looking for something that reads like a novel, this isn't it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19898)
    Performance
    (11500)
    Story
    (11617)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "good, but obnoxious reading"
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    This is a better story than I expected, very well done and ended extremely strong. The readers kept changing, and not really in a readers theater fashion. It takes me a bit to get past the reader, and when a different readers starts talking for the character, it's like the main character in a movie randomly being played by a different actor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Slavomir Rawicz
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (132)

    Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom.

    Roger says: "Good story, well read"
    "Good..."
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    I found this book to be a really good story, but the further along it got the more unbelievable it became for me. After reading this I looked it up to find that there is a lot of controversy surrounding the believability of the story. For some it adds to the story, for me it took away a bit. Either way, a good story, just not the best history story I've found.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10002)
    Performance
    (6077)
    Story
    (6106)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing"
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    It just doesn't get any better than this book. It really forced me to re-evaluate myself and my understanding of humanity in general. I read this almost a year ago and I still think about it fairly regularly.

    PS the first few chapters are a bit slow, so don't get too hung up on them, They are laying the groundwork

    0 of 0 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
    (1181)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (903)

    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"
    "alright"
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    It wasn't bad, but nat particularly riveting either. Filled out pages by taking a lot of side stories into fairly insignificant backstories

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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