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Greg

Simi Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1235)
    Story
    (1237)

    When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

    Melinda says: "Hang On To Your Shorts!"
    "Joe Ledger Rocks!!"
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    How can you not love Joe Ledger? Especially the way Ray Porter brings him to life. Conflicted, screwed up, tormented and one kick-ass mofo, Joe is my favorite action hero.

    Great book, exceptional read and I will be listening to every Joe Ledger book I can get my ears on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1716)
    Story
    (1722)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "If you read this - You'll thank a SEAL!!"
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    While I have always appreciated our soldier’s willingness to do our countries dirty work, I now respect them more than ever. Even if it is slightly embellished, as some claim, the story is fabulously dramatic and riveting. Luttrell gives a great picture of the mind set, discipline and intensity necessary to succeed as an elite warrior. And where would this country be without such heros?

    The story also tells of the frustrations experienced by our military when we let the politicians plan and execute our military endeavors. Lutterll shares the anguish and danger of having to fight under policies built on lessons we apparently didn’t learn in Viet Nam. These ‘rules of engagement’ not only keep us from winning wars but put our soldiers at risk and get them killed.

    The read was a bit flat and I found the Southern accent distracting (even knowing Luttrell is a Southerner). But, his passion for the subject and the action and drama made me want to listen straight through.

    Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (857)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Great story and the aviation details were accurate"
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    I'm a big fan of the post-apocalyptic genera and I work in the aviation industry. The characters fit well into the story and acted like you would expect. The drama was great and the situations were beliveable and exciting. But, what I found most pleasing was that the author is obviously an aviator. All to often aviation is used in a story by someone without all of (or many of the wrong) facts and it kills the book for me. The aviation details in this book are, for the most part, spot on. That might not mean much to most people, but it made the book all the more fun for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1800)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1273)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Wait. What? No way, really?"
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    Way too many inconsistencies in this book. While the action and drama were pretty good, the scenarios that set them up were unbelievable and distracting. Career military officers that don’t know a thing about tactics, strategy or planning, let alone how to run a military op. People needlessly exposing themselves to blood when they know the virus is blood borne. And, characters consistently choosing the really bad options, it’s a wonder any of these people survived long enough to make it to the second or third book. (Which, by the way don’t get any better - actually worse).

    If you’re able to completely forgo logic and common sense and avoid thinking “what would I do” (because it wouldn’t be what the characters in this book do), you might enjoy the listen. Otherwise, the incongruities are really distracting and hard to stomach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robin Sharma
    • Narrated By Robin Sharma
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (174)

    The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is an inspiring parable about a lawyer, Julian Mantle, whose out-of-balance life provokes a spiritual crisis. As he journeys to an ancient culture, he gains powerful and practical wisdom. The story offers a step-by-step approach to a life of balance, courage, abundance, and joy.

    Will says: "Much hype for rehashed ideas..."
    "Not Overly Inspiring"
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    Not a professional read but, the authors passion for the subject comes through. The book is a primer for Eastern philosophy so, if that’s where your interest lies, you will probably enjoy the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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