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Phil

Morphett Vale, Australia

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  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (210)

    The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army.

    Daniel says: "Good book, painful narration"
    "Great Read"
    Overall

    Thoroughly enjoyable book. Very well researched and written, and a heart wrenching story as well. Pat Tillman had a humility most of us should aspire to and was a man of great principles. His story alone is no more important than any other soldier killed in action, however the attempts by Government and Army officials to use it to their advantage (against his will) are appalling.

    Scott Brick's narration is excellent (no idea how one reviewer thought he was condescending). Highly recommended audiobook.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • One Thing Led to Another

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark "Chopper" Read
    • Narrated By Dan Wyllie
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Never get too close to anyone, because you might have to kill them. Meet Mark ‘Chopper’ Read. You think you know him. His books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in Australia. He's been the subject of an internationally successful film. His one-man shows have toured Australia to sell-out crowds. He's the most recognisable criminal brand name in Australia. But the truth is... you don't know him at all.

    Phil says: "Nothing much new"
    "Nothing much new"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know what I was expecting with this book, but whatever it was I don't think I got it. The narrator was very annoying and maybe that affected my judgement, but I did enjoy Chopper's earliest books much better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Informant

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy, which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man.

    Simon says: "Conspiracy to bore you"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you've seen the Family Guy episode where Stewie keeps saying "cool hwip" then you'll understand what the narrator does for the whole twenty something hours of this audiobook.

    That, however, is the only thing I didn't like about it. It's an interesting and sometimes funny saga that had me struggling to get my head around the fact that this book is non-fiction. There are so many lies and twists that seem so unbelievable at times but if you don't let that frustrate you then you should enjoy the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Friend the Mercenary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Brabazon
    • Narrated By James Brabazon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    James Brabazon is narrating this story of war, violence and political intrigue.He wanted a war. And, for his sins, he got one. James Brabazon was an ambitious young war reporter when he entered the chaos of the Liberian Civil War in 2002. Running with the infamous LURD rebels, he survived numerous deadly ambushes, the privations of dysentery and a dramatic hundred-mile escape from Government troops through dense equatorial jungle. He even had a bounty put on his head.

    Phil says: "Gripping"
    "Gripping"
    Overall

    This is a truly fantastic book. I was totally bowled over by the story and couldn't stop listening. There's not much more to say, really, except that I recommend this book very, very highly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In January 2007 the young and optimistic soldiers of the 2-16, the American infantry battalion known as the Rangers, were sent to Iraq as part of the surge. Their job would be to patrol one of the most dangerous areas of Baghdad. For 15 months, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Finkel was with them, following them almost every grueling step of the way. The resulting account of that time, The Good Soldiers, is a searing, shattering portrait of the face of modern war.

    Alan T Alcock says: "Sobering"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this audiobook. Mark Boyett is a great narrator and the story is first class, both inspiring and heart wrenching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Junior Officer's Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Patrick Hennessey
    • Narrated By Patrick Hennessey
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Patrick Hennessey is a graduate in his 20s. He reads Graham Greene, listens to early-90s house on his iPod and watches Vietnam movies. He has also, as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, fought in some of the most violent combat the British army has seen in a generation. This is the story of how a modern soldier is made, from the testosterone-heavy breeding ground of Sandhurst to the nightmare of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    R says: "Contemporary war fighting explained"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this audiobook. It is a well written and well narrated account of life on the front line and of particular interest to me was the honest description of the conflicting emotions the author experienced before, during and after his involvement in war. It gives a different perspective which I found refreshing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 18 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sandra Lee
    • Narrated By Michael Carmen
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    In the inspiring tradition of Black Hawk Down, this is the riveting real-life story of how an Australian SAS signalman's courage under fire saved more than 80 lives. It is an enthralling eyewitness account of the war on terror. Jock Wallace was pumped. It was the start of Operation Anaconda, the US-led military offensive to flush out al Qaeda and Taliban from their last stronghold in the Shahi Kot Valley in Afghanistan.

    Duncan says: "Loved it!"
    "Decent"
    Overall

    Pretty good story, although I must disagree with the American accent deal - the narrator's attempts were terrible. It didn't detract from the story, though, which I enjoyed despite thinking there might have been a bit more to it when I downloaded it. I was expecting there to be more action rather than a detailed account of what it's like to be bombarded almost constantly by the enemy. This doesn't take anything away from the fact that all the soldiers involved deserve any recognition they received as it takes a special person to maintain composure under such circumstances. The main characters in the book are the sort of people you would want on your side should you be in a fight and their story is quite inspirational and well worth listening to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Rumor of War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip Caputo
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war.

    Howard says: "Howie"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    An enthralling account of life as a soldier in Vietnam, told with an honesty that endears you to the author despite the sometimes graphic nature of the details. By his own admission, Caputo wanted to shock people with this book and there were a lot of occasions where he succeeded for me. There is no sugar coating, nor tales of his own heroics, just a decent account of a soldier and his comrades and the events that contributed to the deterioration of their mental state.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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