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  • House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

    Robert says: "As raw as it gets"
    "Wow, Best of this type!"
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    Where does House to House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very near the top. Story is just amazing and author brings you along so well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of House to House?

    when author fights by himself in the house near the end of the book. Also when he recounts his interactioins with his son it just tore me apart. Reminded me of my son and having to leave him and his mother when I travel.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to one of his other performances but this was truely stellar.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You bet....but I forced myself to break it into little pieces to make it last.


    Any additional comments?

    I was thinking this would be similar to many other similar books I read but I was absolutely floored by the emotion, and the feeling that pours forth from this book. Only regret is not purchasing sooner. You will judge other books of this type by this book from now on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3233)
    Performance
    (2911)
    Story
    (2935)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Just Ok, nothing to get worked up about."
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    What disappointed you about No Easy Day?

    Typical of this genre...author tells us about his life and tries to personalize story but never really engages the audience. Gets boring and slow. Also, the risks he took producing the book are just hype to make you think you were getting something original but its the same blather present in most books of this type except for the book "House to House" which stands alone as the best book ever of this type.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer before, how does this one compare?

    no comparison this is first and likely the only


    What didn’t you like about Holter Graham’s performance?

    His performance was okay, well read but material killed it sorry Mr. Graham but an excellent read still cant shine a turd.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment works.


    Any additional comments?

    To the author, try harder and maybe you'll hit the mark next time. The book wasn't bad, bad it just was like a jelly donut minus the filling...kept waiting for the story to start. The raid on OBL compound was the climax but even that was written so dispassionately it kind of killed the ending of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (936)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "Pageturner....you feel like your inside the story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version but this was a very good audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor?

    The attack to retrieve the CIA agent and the funeral procession at Coronado.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First book read by Weber but he did an excellent job with changing characters and keeping the listener engaged.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You bet, great story


    Any additional comments?

    buy this one...cannot say that about many books of this type but this was an excellent story well read..

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1028)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Excellent subject material, but boring overall"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I purchased book hoping to learn more about the aspects of my religion and it did acomplish this but reader was painful to listen to and the book should be edited to remove the obvious writer page fill material...


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting part is the author's description of the beginning of the new testament. The least interesting part was how he painfully repeats the modifications and differences of various versions of letters in each testament. I think this could have been summarized better and more effieciently to capture reader's intrest. This part felt like just filler lots of words with little content.


    What didn’t you like about Richard M. Davidson’s performance?

    Honestly very little. It was the part of audiobook that dragged. I think authors should test drive readers prior to commiting to use one particular reader for the audiobook. If this author did this, he would have immediately seen how tedious this particular reader was in comparison with just about any other reader I have heard on audiobooks. Maybe the reader just didnt like the material...I do not know but it hurt the presentation of this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Misquoting Jesus?

    already described above....


    Any additional comments?

    author should consider abridged versions for this type of material for audiobook format.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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