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jon

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  • The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (148)

    In An Army at Dawn - winner of the Pulitzer Prize - Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943, attack Italy two months later, and then fight their way, mile by bloody mile, north toward Rome. The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and their military advisors bitterly debated whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even wise.

    Robert says: "The utter waste and horror of war..."
    "Puts everything in context"
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    Where does The Day of Battle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten books I have listened to. Usually, military history is tough to listen to. Too many places and names. This was well written, and well read, and because I had a significant background in the topic it was easy to follow.

    If you are like me and watched movies like Patton and The Big Red One as a kid, this book and its predecessor puts it all in context. For military enthusiast, this book is a must.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Odin's Wolves

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Giles Kristian
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
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    (59)

    Packed with battles, blood and thrilling adventure, the third blood-stirring chapter in the story of Raven and his fellow Viking warriors is historical fiction at its very best. We lusted for an even greater prize... It is the one prize that can never be lost or stolen or burnt. And we would find it in Miklagard... Raven and the Wolfpack have suffered. Good men have died and the treasures they fought so hard for have been lost. But to such men as these there is something more valuable than silver.

    jon says: "My new favorite series"
    "My new favorite series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Odin's Wolves the most enjoyable?

    I devoured this series in a few weeks. Be warned, this is an addictive set of stories! I love Vikings, and Cornwell's Viking Chronicles were a joy, I was glad to find something in the sub genre.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1119)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Credulity stretched...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who have no concept of reality and can suspend rational thought will enjoy this book.


    Has The Lions of Lucerne turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Books in this genre are at their best when they are somewhat believeable. When the reader keeps rolling their eyes and thinking "dear god this is a bunch of BS" the genre is at its worst. There were so many times in this book where I found myself thinking "does the author have any idea of how the military and government actually works?" I would pass. The Harvath series are a much better read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1079)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Amazing, especially for a first novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    The "inside baseball" made this a lot of fun. The characters were well developed, and there were very few times when you felt the author stretched the limits of plausibility. I was impressed by how well the author made the Russian female spy the main character and let the US spies recede into the background. His supporting characters were very real and likeable or detestable (as intended)


    What other book might you compare Red Sparrow to and why?

    If you liked "The Company" you will like this book. Its a modern look at the US-Russian competition.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (76)
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    (57)
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    (57)

    Making the Future presents more than 50 concise and persuasively argued commentaries on U.S. politics and policies, written between 2007 and 2011. Taken together, Chomsky's essays present a powerful counter-narrative to official accounts of the major political events of the past four years: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; the U.S. presidential race; the ascendancy of China; Latin America's leftward turn; the threat of nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea; Israel's invasion of Gaza and more.

    Susie says: "Fifty-Two Reasons to Listen to Chomsky"
    "Repeat much?"
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    What disappointed you about Making the Future?

    This book was supposed to be a collection of Chomsky's articles. I guess that this is technically correct, but you will find the collection is very repetitive. After you have heard one article you have heard them all.


    Any additional comments?

    Pass on this. Read Nemesis instead. That was worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (586)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "a nice bit of fantasy but isn't great"
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    Would you recommend The Magic of Recluce to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend it. It was something I got on sale, but I wouldn't threaten my credibility by recommending it.


    Do you think The Magic of Recluce needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could have justified a follow up, but the one the author wrote was AWFUL.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Siegfried Knappe, Ted Brusaw
    • Narrated By John Wray
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (308)

    A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.

    Erik says: "An incredible true story"
    "Great facts, bad narrator"
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    What did you like best about Soldat? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the description of life in Germany before, during and after the war. I found it fascinating that this man was in Hitlers bunker at the end, and his description of events is memorable.


    What didn’t you like about John Wray’s performance?

    This guys voice would bore you if he was reading Penthouse Forum. He is monotone and just plain bites.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hitch-22: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (459)

    Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

    Laura says: "Truth, the whole truth and nothing but."
    "There is no God but Hitchens"
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    What did you love best about Hitch-22?

    Even if you disagree with the man, you have to respect him. If you are a believer in the unbelievable you should listen to his arguments and see if there is something there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (857)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "I worked for this guy (inderectly) and I love him!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War the most enjoyable?

    I used to say that Truman was the last noble soul in American politics. I changed that to say Bob Gates holds that title. But more than that, there were times where I was laughing outloud and times where I got choked up listening to this. I lived through these times, and from the day Rummy left and Gates came in I felt there was someone looking after me. As someone waaaay down the food chain, I knew that Gates cared and would do anything in his power to get me and everyone else in uniform home safe.

    You should read this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His honesty. The man worked his heart out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (324)

    On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. Felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, the young slave appears to have been offered as a human sacrifice, forbidden as an abomination in the Roman Republic. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader.

    David says: "Enjoyable Read"
    "Best way to read roman history"
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    Where does Conspirata rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its in the middle. But what I loved about it was that it tracked very closely the books on Roman history that I have read, but made that history come to life in a way that I remembered the facts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Counterfeit Agent: A John Wells Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (346)

    In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a disappointment!"
    "OK, you got me, John Wells is my alter ego"
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    Would you listen to The Counterfeit Agent again? Why?

    You could write a John Wells novel on toilet paper and I am going to read it. This is my favorite character in the genre. I will likely listen again on my runs.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    If you haven't listened to Guidall, do yourself a favor: START NOW! He is hands down the best voice on audible.


    Any additional comments?

    I just love Vinnie Doudo.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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