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Jim

Married (1975), Vietnam-era (not in-country) vet (USN Retired), 4 sons, 11 grandkids, love riding my Harley.

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

ratings
40
REVIEWS
15
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Don't Mean Nothin: Vietnam War Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By John Mort
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    These 12 stories reflect the combat infantry experience of the Vietnam War--in the gritty “Tanks”, “Called of God”, and “Incubation Period”. There’s also the woman’s perspective of Arlene, a naive Red Cross volunteer or “Doughnut Dolly” in “A Man’s World".

    Jim says: "I wouldn't waste my money."
    "I wouldn't waste my money."
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    This was NOT what I expected. The narrator sounds like a backwoods hick and doesn't do anything toward telling the stories with his, well, I would say "countryfied" accent but that would be an insult to the intelligence of those who live in the country. Some of the stories were completely pointless and hard to follow. I managed to struggle through it but wouldn't do it a second time. Invest your money in a better novel such as Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4499)
    Performance
    (2650)
    Story
    (2650)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "This audiobook will put you in the bush in the Nam"
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    What did you love best about Matterhorn?

    I could not shut this book off! I love audiobooks but nothing to the extent that this book captures the pure feelings of the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is a REALLY hard one to answer. All of them were portrayed magnificently by Mr. Pinchot! 2LT Hawke was probably brought to life the best but Lt. Mellis and China were right up there with them.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    2nd LT Hawke!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, when Jayhawke was fragged by mistake.


    Any additional comments?

    "There it is!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10560)
    Performance
    (5446)
    Story
    (5490)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "THIS IS NOTHING LIKE THE TV SHOW"
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    What did you love best about Under the Dome?

    The narrator was phenomenal! He brought every character to life!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Dome?

    The opening scene in Chapter 1 with the woodchuck coming up the side of the road.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the scene where the propane cache / meth plant goes up.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The violent rape of Dodi.


    Any additional comments?

    I watched Season 1 of Under the Dome on CBS and the audiobook is 10 times better than the TV series was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eugene B. Fluckey
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

    This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

    Jean says: "Riveting"
    "You can almost smell the sweat and machine oil."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, if the friend was interested in a chronological account of what patrols on a WWII submarine was like.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that Admiral Fluckey was the "Skipper I Always Wanted", truely in love with his ship and crew and willing to sacrifice his all for their success.


    What about Corey Snow’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration! Perfect inflection in his reading to reflect the feelings of the author in various situations.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end, where Fluckey tossed the final line off the pier and watched "his" sub leave on patrol with another skipper at the helm with his entire crew, who became his 2nd family, waving to him.


    Any additional comments?

    The best book I have read about the submarine service during WWII yet!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What It Is Like to Go to War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (329)

    In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience.

    Lynn says: "Destined to become a Classic"
    "Good Psychology Lesson"
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    Explains in detail the thought processes, human needs, and resultant feelings of survivor guilt. I really don't know what Marlantes' qualifications are to expound on these. Definitely NOT as good as his novel "Matterhorn".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (166)

    It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it "the surge". "Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences," he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic Army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers.

    Candy says: "This book is amazing, but brutal"
    "Another account of the Iraq war."
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    Nothing spectacular about the book but does give a good account of the advance on Baghdad and some of the feelings of the young men that were sent over there to do the dirty work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22421)
    Performance
    (9061)
    Story
    (9275)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Not much to write"
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    This is basically a "welcome aboard" and a good way to test your audible player installation to ensure your downloads work properly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bravest Man: The Story of Richard O'Kane & U.S. Submariners in the Pacific War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Tuohy
    • Narrated By E.H. Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Tuohy follows Richard O'Kane, America's undersea ace of aces, and a few fearless submariners, during the U.S. submarine war in the Pacific. This grueling battle saw 10 million tons of Japanese shipping sunk by U.S. submarines, but the cost to the U.S. Navy was one in five of its boats, the highest casualty rate of the U.S. armed services.

    Sheryl Baumgart says: "good book"
    "I would have liked to have served under CDR O'Kane"
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    Absolutely intriguing account of the war patrols and subsequent loss of the submarine from a defective torpedo guidance system and CDR O'Kane's leadership.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viper Pilot: The Autobiography of One of America's Most Decorated Combat Pilots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dan Hampton
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (243)

    Sure to rank as one of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. From 1986 to 2006, Lt. Col. Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, the elite Air Force fighter squadrons whose mission is recognized as the most dangerous job in modern air combat. Weasels are the first planes sent into a war zone, flying deep behind enemy lines purposely seeking to draw fire from surface-to-air missiles and artillery. They must skillfully evade being shot down - and then return to destroy the threats, thereby making the skies safe for everyone else to follow.

    NOKWISA says: "Fast and Furious"
    "Good book"
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    Very good book, highly technical and accurate bringing to light the life and exploits of an Air Force fighter pilot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (565)

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "Wow!"
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    The story is so real you can almost smell the stench and feel the grime and heat sapping every ounce of energy you have. Welcome home, Brothers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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