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Ray

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  • We Were One: Shoulder-to-Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick K. O'Donnell
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company's 1st Platoon became one of the first American forces to enter Fallujah, where they encountered some of the most intense hand-to-hand combat since World War II. Civilians were used as human shields or as bait to lure soldiers into buildings rigged with explosives; suicide bombers approached from every corner hoping to die and take Americans with them; radical insurgents, high on adrenaline, fought to the death.

    Douglas says: "An important story"
    "We Were One: First Person and First Rate"
    Overall

    Simply a great book.
    Even if the reader is not a former Marine or military veteran, the book is written in such a fashion to take both the initiated and uninitiated into the heart of each scene.
    It is obvious the author came to be one of the men - or as close as an outsider could - giving the book both the validity of a first person account as well as his view as a first rate historian.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Execute Authority: A Delta Force Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (431)

    In Dalton Fury's Execute Authority, Kolt "Racer" Raynor and his Delta Force squadron are in Greece, providing VIP security for the newly elected - and deeply controversial - American president on his desperate mission to hold the NATO alliance together. Then, the unimaginable happens. Just as the president is arriving, an assassin's bullet takes the life of the Greek prime minister. The president is safe, but Raynor recognizes the killer - Rasim Miric - by his grisly signature: a bullet through his target's left eye.

    Wayne says: "Book 5 in Dalton Fury's Delta Force/Kolt Raynor..."
    "Good Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like the whole series and re-listen to them from time to time. The only flaw is that the protagonist is a little too "maverick." It gets a silly from time to time, especially when his underlings have to reign him in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Overwatch: The Logan West Thrillers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Matthew Betley
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (452)

    Former Marine Force Reconnaissance officer Logan West emerges from a blackout after drinking away the worries of his ruined marriage and PTSD, an all too familiar scene for the recovering alcoholic. But he wakes to more than a killer hangover: A professional mercenary has been sent to capture him. After an embattled showdown, Logan impulsively answers the dead man's ringing phone, triggering a hasty rescue of Logan's estranged wife and a global race against the clock to track down an unknown organization....

    JP Bachmann says: "repetitive"
    "Decent Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's a decent book. Not a great book, but decent. Overly cliched, a little super-duper, but it was fun like a middling action movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan X

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14597)
    Performance
    (13464)
    Story
    (13434)

    Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

    A. Musser says: "An Excellent Distraction"
    "Great Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When I first considered this book I thought the premise sounded a bit far fetched. Then I heard the author on Jordan Peterson's podcast and decided to check it out.

    Great book. Simple as that, just a great book. Hurwitz does a fantastic job of weaving humanity into the protagonist, and the writing is top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prepper's Crucible Omnibus, Volumes 4-6: Preppers Crucible Omnibus, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bobby Andrews
    • Narrated By Mark Shumka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    This is a compilation of Prepper's Crucible, Volumes 4-6, and the story continues with our cast of heroes facing even greater challenges. They travel to Phoenix to rescue loved ones and encounter horrors beyond imagination. America is invaded by forces wishing to take advantage of our weakness. A second American revolution takes place when Cory organizes the survivors into a force capable of striking back. In the Epilogue, we see an America forever changed, but regaining its greatness.

    anarron says: "Where the heck is Kevin Pierce?"
    "Awful Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Other reviews have said the writing is really bad, and if I hadn't listened to the first release from this author I would agree. But the writing seemed fine (for the genre) in the first. What's the difference?

    The narrator. Top notch in the first release, bottom of the barrel in the second. I couldn't finish reading, it was really bad.

    It is an audio book. Why would someone cut corners on hiring a narrator?

    But the writing does take a bad turn when the Marine corpsman is introduced into the story. There's no such thing, there are Navy corpsmen that serve with Marines, but no Marine corpsmen. That's some pretty basic stuff that author should have known.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Layover: The New Homefront, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Steven C. Bird
    • Narrated By Joshua Bangle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (355)

    The Last Layover is a fiction novel based on real places and potential scenarios where an out of control government pushes America to the brink of financial and social collapse. This vulnerable state allows the unthinkable to happen, causing the comfort, security, and conveniences of our modern first world society to quickly come to an end.

    Debbie C. says: "The Last Layover"
    "Not Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm sure I would like this author if I sat down and had a beer with him but he simply cannot write.

    If your standards are really low you might be able to get through it to glean some info from it as far as setting up some prepper practices, as it is written like a "how-to" pamphlet. But it's just as entertaining.

    There are a lot of good prepper books out there, read those instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Push Back: The Disruption Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By R.E. McDermott
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (686)

    Earth reels in the aftermath of a savage solar storm, a global disaster of unprecedented proportion which leaves most of the world without electrical power or the means to restore it. Across the world, the responses of unprepared national governments are too little, too late.

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "Brilliant second book!!"
    "Great Second Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the first book, and this second one was just as good. Highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This We Will Defend: The Continuing Story of a Family's Survival: Book Two of the What's Left of My World Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By C.A. Rudolph
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (523)

    For a brief period after the world changed forever, the self-reliant community of Trout Run Valley managed to avoid conflict. They practiced subsistence, and found safety and security within their numbers. As the post-apocalyptic timeline moved forward, it began to spiral downward. Takers had made their presence known, and their malevolent intentions clear, transforming the once benign community into a violent battleground.

    Squawkingbeak says: "Totally Enjoyable and educational too"
    "Pretty Good Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'd recommend it but it does suffer some from what seems to be the author's desire to simply make a longer book. There are whole chapters that deal with some emotional, drawn out conversation between two characters that could've been covered in maybe two paragraphs.

    Then there's the odd inclusion of the woman preacher putting her blessing on homosexuality. Not sure why that was even thrown in there unless it's purely some personal thing the author felt she needed to put in there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forgotten Forbidden America: Rise of Tyranny, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Thomas A Watson
    • Narrated By Joel Eutaw Sharpton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (243)

    As the district manager for a sporting goods store, Nelson knows what it takes to survive off the grid. Michelle is a nurse, a mom, and fully capable. Nelson and Michelle are hardworking Americans with a secret: they are part of a circle of individuals who are prepared for the worst. They know that the worst is coming; it's just a matter of time. When the stock markets in Asia crash, the family knows that it is time to pull together with their circle of friends and get to their safe zone.

    Thunderfoot says: "Rich folk strike again"
    "Really, really bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you've ever had to endure a church or school play written by one of the locals, then you'll understand the writing quality of this author.

    It's just really bad. Well over 80% of the book is meaningless filler dialogue as the author struggles to make a very sketchy idea for a book into something he could sell as full length. Awkward, stilted and mind numbing.

    Add to the poor writing skills, the protagonist just happens to have a healthy six figure income as the manager/FFL for a large sporting goods store. So of course when this book hits the fan he just liberates a boat load of guns, ammo etc.

    The positive reviews can only be from relatives of the author or maybe his confederates from his favorite pepper forum, but they are not to be taken seriously. This is the worst book on audible I've come across in years.

    Likewise for the narrator. Very poor performance. I looked up his other titles and was surprised that there were any at all. What other titles had narrated before though you can tell are other low quality / self-published stuff so apparently he's the lowest bidder available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EMP Deadfall: Dark New World, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J.J. Holden, Henry Gene Foster
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (477)

    Cassy and her clan have made it alive to the promised oasis of her farm and prepare for the upcoming winter. But old enemies race to catch up to them and have a different plan in mind. Meanwhile, resistance cells in New York face long odds, including betrayal from within and a tightening gauntlet from the invaders and their quislings. The 20s hint at a plot to level the playing field against the invaders, but their end-game is unclear.

    Brian says: "The continued story of Cassy and "the clan""
    "Too Drawn Out"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Starts out great and I was thinking that this was the best book of the series so far, but then by the last two hours the book just becomes tedious. A nuanced plot line just seemed to get lost on it's way.

    As brutality ruled and trained groups of people looked on, the authors seemed to be looking to stretch the book out a little perhaps? The whole things just started to drag on and I went from being entertained to just wanting to get it over with.

    Still a decent book but their effort at making the book last a certain time so that they can get on to the fourth book really hurts the overall series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Scott Carney
    • Narrated By Scott Carney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2190)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1955)

    Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our forbears? Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology?

    C. Toering says: "Awesome book"
    "Too Long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The pertinent information in this book could have been distilled into a lengthy magazine article. The rest is filler.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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