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Jim Braunstein

Levittown, NY United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (1876)
    Story
    (1883)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "Great book about a SEAL's survival"
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    Lutttrell's story is well written and well narrated. It was both fascinating and moving.

    0 of 0 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
    (3451)
    Performance
    (3088)
    Story
    (3118)

    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"
    "The thrilling story of the termination of OBL"
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    This was an interesting book that details the mission that took out OBL. It is quick paced, lacks political bias and tells the story of our finest operator's doing what they love to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11476)
    Performance
    (7458)
    Story
    (7493)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A memorable story of war and survival"
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    This was an outstanding book that tells a memorable story about war and survival against all odds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hawk Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.

    Iain says: "A Modern Classic"
    "Great book about modern combat"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Black Hawk Down to be better than the print version?

    I was only "satisfied" with the performance by the reader.


    Did Alan Sklar do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Mr Sklar did a reasonably good job but it was difficult differentiating some of the characters


    If you could give Black Hawk Down a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Leave no man behind


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2924)
    Performance
    (2643)
    Story
    (2634)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Interesting story...quick listen"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. If they were interested in this subject matter I would certainly recommend it.


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

    I think the author's experiences as a Navy Seal were quite fascinating.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. Good narration.


    Could you see American Sniper being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I'm sure that it would be possible. People are hot on Navy Seals these days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Term Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (776)

    In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

    Tundrabeast says: "IN THE BEGINNING"
    "Great read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fun book Great book if you like governmental intrigue and spec ops stuff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael O'Rourke...and why not? We need more politicians like him.


    What does Nick Sullivan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a fine narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Trust your government...only so much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Black

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1638)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1329)

    Born in shadow and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States. With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the U.S. has ever faced.

    Sean says: "More More"
    "Good listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Full Black to be better than the print version?

    Never having read the print version it would be hard to say. However, I did enjoy this audio book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Honestly...a bit predictable. But very enjoyable.


    What about Armand Schultz’s performance did you like?

    I like Mr Schultz' voice characterization and cadence. I think he does a fine job.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Thor's books are particularly fun to read if you are interested in the manner in which intelligence is gathered (human intelligence, signal interception and analysis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black List: Scot Harvath, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1083)

    Somewhere, deep inside the United States government, is a deadly list. Members of Congress never get to see it and only the president has the final say over it. Once your name is on the list, it doesn't come off - until you're dead. Someone has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath's name to the list. Somehow, Harvath must evade the teams dispatched to kill him long enough to untangle who has framed him and why they want him out of the way.

    Joshua says: "A Worthy Successor to 'Full Black'"
    "Good listen"
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    Where does Black List rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack. Its a good book...just not a great book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brad Thor? Why or why not?

    Yes. His writing style is fun, quick and exciting. However, his books seem to be a bit predictable.


    Which character – as performed by Armand Schultz – was your favorite?

    Scott Harvath.


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

    Not in one sitting (I would not want to listen to a book in one sitting). However, I did look forward to listening to it again each time I had to pause it.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought Armand Schultz did a fine job of narrating this novel. Some people seem to not like his narration. But I think his cadence and voice characterization was excellent.;

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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