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Andrew

Wadsworth, OH, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (255)

    Gates of Fire puts you at the side of valiant Spartan warriors in 480 BC for the bloody, climactic battle at Thermopylae. There, a few hundred of Sparta’s finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading Persian millions. The time they bought enabled the Greeks to rally - saving, according to ancient historian Herodotus, “Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.” How did the Spartans accomplish this superhuman feat? This is what the King of Persia hopes to learn from the sole Spartan survivor.

    Darwin8u says: "Tell the Spartans, stranger passing by"
    "A great story"
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    Where does Gates of Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1


    What other book might you compare Gates of Fire to and why?

    I don't think you can compare it with anything. The history can be compared to the events that took place at the Alamo but this is an epic story. The story line was well written and enjoyed how it flowed.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots: With a Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Hollerman
    • Narrated By Kent Clark
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (81)

    EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots is a harrowing story of survival after the destruction of the electric grid and nearly every electronic device in the country. Jonathan Hollerman paints a vivid and disturbing picture of society falling apart after an Electromagnetic Pulse attack against our nation.

    reena says: "Dont Waste a Credit"
    "Terrible performance. Author is trying too hard"
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    What could Jonathan Hollerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author tries hard to write an entertaining story and at the same time make the book educational. It would have been better if he just stuck to the story and not tried so hard to write a survival manual.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was horrible. His deep voice was painful to listen to as he attempted to change from character to character. It was painful to listen to and this was almost the first audio book I returned for a refund.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots?

    If I could have edited this story I would have drastically changed the main character. The main character comes across as know it all. In the scene where he gathers his coworkers and tells them he thinks the country was attacked by an EMP he starts rambling about survival skills. It was ridiculously stupid.


    Any additional comments?

    I was more disappointed in the authors opinions and suggestions of survival and equipment during the story. I have served in Military Special Operations, currently work on a SWAT team and own my own firearms training business. The opinions expressed by the author concerning gas impingement weapons is false and he is spreading the myth that there is something wrong with gas impingement weapons like the standard AR15. Additionally he discusses the use of his "sniper rifle" and clearly does not have any reputable training in that skill set. At the end of the day I would rather have the author write a survival manual and detail his opinions more clearly or write a good book and not try to express his uneducated opinions.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6638)
    Performance
    (5032)
    Story
    (5112)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "On the edge of my seat!"
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    Any additional comments?

    No matter how far fetched the story line the book is chock full of historical accuracy mixed with wonderful fantasy. You want so much to believe that Lincoln was this much of a bad @ss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Slavomir Rawicz
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (150)

    Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom.

    Roger says: "Good story, well read"
    "Great story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Long Walk the most enjoyable?

    This is a story you want so much to be 100% true. Regardless it is a great story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Rommel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Acclaimed author of Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield vividly dramatizes epic military conflicts. In Killing Rommel, Pressfield again combines historical accuracy with edge-of-your-seat battle scenes to create riveting fiction. Bythe fall of 1942, Rommel’s Panzers have routed Britain’s Eighth Army in North Africa and are poised to capture Egypt, the Suez Canal, and the Middle Eastern oil fields. To stop Rommel, England deploys a new breed of highly mobile, heavily armed “scorpion” commandos.

    Michael says: "Boys own adventure but best of all, it is true!"
    "Loved it!"
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    What did you love best about Killing Rommel?

    This was an awesome book from start to finish.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story drew me in and was difficult to walk away from.


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

    YES!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (370)

    Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

    John says: "Outstanding!"
    "Long and to often boring."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a long and all to often boring story. Small pieces grabbed my attention but the story failed to draw me in.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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