You no longer follow Ryan

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Ryan

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Ryan

"The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain

Fairbanks, AK, United States | Member Since 2012

192
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 34 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 180 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
10

  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (431)

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Jason says: "A must read!"
    "Good, could have been great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outpost?

    The bravery of the men was remarkable. They should not be forgotten.


    Any additional comments?

    There are several errors in the audio file, where the narration will skip or bounce around. I re-downloaded the book thinking that I had an erroneous file to no avail. The story is great, and as I mentioned, I applaud Jake Tapper for telling that story. My only complaint lies in the errors of the audio file, and the fact that the book jumps around from character to character so rapidly that it is often difficult to track.

    God Bless our Troops, thats all I have to say.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (183)

    General Dwight Eisenhower once again commands a diverse army that must find its single purpose in the destruction of Hitler's European fortress. His primary subordinates, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery, must prove that this unique blend of Allied armies can successfully confront the might of Adolf Hitler's forces, who have already conquered Western Europe.

    Richard says: "The Steel Wave"
    "The best kind of WWII history book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The Steel Wave is the second in a trilogy (which ended up being 4 books) Shaara wrote about WWII, the first three about the war in Europe and the fourth covering the latter end of the war in the pacific.
    The Steel Wave picks up right where The Rising Tide left off - with the Normandy invasion and Patton's sweep across Europe. These books have been some of the best resources I have come across for learning WWII battles, major players, and timelines. The book effectively conveys the horror of these key battles through the eyes of several main characters.
    And unlike many war novels, Shaara is fairly clean in his writing. He doesn't go over the top trying to mimic soldier-speak or the language any one of us might use if under fire. In other words, the books are a great way for teens or young adults to learn history. That's not to say the books are too polished or boring - they're exciting and well written. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1304)

    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

    Jacobus says: "A quality production of a gripping tradegy"
    "A haunting reminder..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book is raw, and sadly very real. The thought of some of the things described in this book makes me cringe, and yet I would not hesitate to recommend this book as required reading for everyone. It reminds us of what men are capable of doing and the undying strength of the human spirit.
    The book is a history of one mans (then a boy) journey into Auschwitz-Birkenau. A journey that VERY few lived to tell about. Elie Wiesel has lived an inspirational life (he's still alive) and has written several other books. I encourage anyone who has the time to take a minute and Google him - he's truly an amazing man.
    After finishing the book, I told my wife some of the things I had learned. She stopped me before I could finish - it was too graphic. And it is graphic, and it is real. But it's my opinion that we need to realize that this really happened. We all know that millions of people were killed in these concentration camps, but what we sometimes forget is that these were real life people, each an individual with a story of their own. It's books like this that bring some of those individuals back to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Child Thief: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dan Smith
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (171)

    A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

    David says: "Brilliant--both the writing and the narration"
    "Even bad men can do good things"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled upon this book because I'm a fan of Bronson Pinchot - the narrator - and I'm happy I did. This book has all of the action, suspense, character development, tragedy, and .... you get the point.
    The story builds slowly. It is based in post war Ukraine, the story of a war veteran who, after a gruesome discovery, is taken on a brutal journey across the steppe to find his kidnapped niece. What evolves is a game of cat and mouse set against the dramatic political background that enveloped the blood lands after WWII. It is the story of how good men can do bad things; and how bad men can also do much good.
    My wife thought the book was too slow, and in parts, that might be true. But the story has depth, as good books often do.
    Secondly, Bronson Pinchot was amazing. He does narrate the book in a heavy Ukrainian accent and is soft spoken, almost in the way I would imagine a weathered, battle scarred veteran of this time and place might have spoken. It took a few minutes to get used to, but was masterfully done.

    Five stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2067)
    Performance
    (1640)
    Story
    (1643)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    Christian says: "Audio quality quite poor"
    "A serious book, but the narrator made me laugh..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    As everyone has said, this is the fantastic story of a rogue Russian submarine commander attempting to defect his nation's newest and most advanced submarine, the Red October, to the Americans. Top notch book and a great movie, to boot!

    But the narrator J. Charles botches his reading about a thousand times during the course of the book. As someone mentioned, he makes every Russian character sound like Count Dracula and every American commander sound like a backwoods hillbilly. It was beyond ridiculous. And I'm not usually very nitpicky about pronunciation, but Charles mispronounces such common words that the narration almost became comical. Simple words like "known" are pronounced "know-when", or FLIR (forward looking infrared - usually pronounced "fleer") was pronounced "fluur" throughout the entire book. The list could go on.

    Suffice it to say this is a great book with sub-par narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories. Now, in the tradition of Moby Dick comes a New York Times best seller destined to become a modern classic. Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating scientific data about boats and weather systems.

    Ryan says: "Fact is better than Fiction"
    "Fact is better than Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    My favorite thing about Sebastian Junger's book "The Perfect Storm" was that it wasn't fictionalized in any way, which can make the task of reconstructing the last few days of six men on a fishing vessel very difficult. But through a thoughtful examination of the events on and off of the Andrea Gail, Junger recreates the gripping story of what happened in late October 1991. It was known as the Perfect Storm - a freak meteorological marriage of two weather events that culminated in wave heights over 100 feet, sustained winds of 75mph, and over $200 million in damage along the eastern seaboard.

    Great narration and an interesting, hair-raising story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (215)

    A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the 20th century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation's most poignant chronicle of World War II.

    C. McCoy says: "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    "A front row seat to history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I want to start by saying that Paul Michael is one heck of a narrator. By the end of the book, I could audibly distinguish between characters just by the various accents spoken by the narrator. How anyone can keep two dozen different character accents clear and consistent throughout a 25hr storytelling is beyond me. Five stars!!

    The book was great. A few commenters complained about the fact that the novel doesn't concentrate on one character - that it is too broad of a narrative and not enough of a story. But the book wasn't written to be about one or two men. It covers the North African campaigns and the plights of several key figures from that period, and judged in that light, Shaara wrote an amazing novel. From the frustrations of Rommel to the brashness of Patton, to the as yet untested Eisenhower trying to make the coalition function - it's all there.

    I'll definitely be ordering the next book in the trilogy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3641)
    Performance
    (3214)
    Story
    (3221)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "36 hours of political soapboxing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Like many listeners, I have been waiting for Ken Follett to release this book for a few years now. I am a huge fan of some of his other works, particularly his first two books in the Century Trilogy. But let me join the crowd by saying that this book, in my opinion, was a dud.

    First off, its easy to tell that Mr. Follett is a devoted liberal. He talks quite often in his books about liberal causes and the "evils" of those that oppose those causes - which is completely fine since everyone has their viewpoint. But The Edge of Eternity was a 36 hour preachers sermon on liberal topics and demonizing the "idiot" conservatives. Again, in any novel, the author's opinion obviously shows through, but I felt this novel went over the top to the point of being annoying. Follett went out of his way to attack anything conservative.

    Secondly, I don't think that Follett is inaccurate in his research, he is just incomplete. He paints only a small part of the picture that he wants to paint, which I suppose is his right as an author to do, but its pretty obvious to the listener. It frustrated me while listening to the story, and I was tempted to return the book a couple of times.Anyway, if you're set on completing the trilogy and finishing Follett's trilogy, then purchasing this book might be a good idea. Otherwise, I would save the credit and avoid the 36 hour selective history lesson.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gods and Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (237)

    Shortly after the death of King Solomon in 931 B.C., the Promised Land is divided into two separate nations: Israel in the north, and Judah in the south. Hezekiah is the second son of King Ahaz of Judah. As he comes to power, he must navigate a troubled path to reunite his wayward people with Yahweh.

    Wolfpacker says: "Engrossing Book, Not Just for Female Readers"
    "A fun way to learn Biblical history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    For me, reading the Old Testament is...difficult. I have a tough time piecing together the major events while navigating the "so and so begat so and so" chapters. And as a consequence - I don't know much about the Old Testament.

    Lynn Austin brings the Bible to life by piecing together scripture and filling in the gaps. Like all good historical fiction writers, Austin uses the facts where available and sews them together with a plausible and interesting storyline. This was my first Lynn Austin listen and I have since completed several more books in this series. They're all interesting and they're all beautifully written.

    This book covers the early life of Hezekiah, future King of Judah. This youngster will eventually change the course of history and this book leads up to that. So if you're like me and sometimes struggle reading scripture, give Lynn Austin a listen. You'll enjoy the story and find out that you're learning along the way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (963)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Horror and beauty in the same book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I can't say anything about this book that hasn't already been said. It was fantastic and horrifying, tragic and redemptive. It was men and women of true merit and courage that overcame the unspeakable evil of Nazi Germany, and books like that bring them to life.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (1082)
    Story
    (1093)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "John Jakes is one of the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    What can I say about this book and it's author that haven't already been said?

    The North and South series is fantastic. It's the story of two families intertwined by friendship, love, and marriage; separated by being "northerners" and "southerners", and ultimately by civil war.
    I couldn't help but love the characters. They are well developed and intertwined, but not in such a way that would make the book confusing. John Jakes is the PG-13 version of Ken Follett - just enough to keep the story interesting, but not enough to make it pornographic. Those who have read both authors know what I'm talking about.
    Its hard to imagine what life would have been like living during the civil war period. Your friends - and even some of your family - suddenly your "enemies", all because of the evil ideology of slavery, corrupted power structures, culture, and simple geography. The veins of slavery ran deep enough to turn a nation against itself, resulting in hundreds of thousands dead. It's books like this that help you see the victims on both sides.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.