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Steve

Strand, South Africa | Member Since 2009

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  • 200 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dillard Johnson, James Tarr
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Dillard Johnson was at the forefront of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But surviving the enemy was only the beginning. Johnson would use the intensity, focus, and humor that kept him alive on the battlefield to fight stage three Hodgkin's Lymphoma. A man determined not to die, Johnson made a miraculous recovery - and then returned to Iraq for a second combat tour as an Army sniper. Funny and exciting, Carnivore offers fresh insight into the mind and heart of a warrior and offers a look at the lives of troops on the ground not seen before.

    Carlos says: "Great for anyone seeking battle stories."
    "An entertaining audio book"
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    I bought and listened to this before reading any reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. Some parts did stretch belief a bit; an armoured vehicle crewman operating in an almost infantry role and racking up a high count of marksman/sniper kills seemed unlikely. Reading others' comments afterwards I learned that he was not well liked by colleagues and considered to be a liar, but this doesn't diminish the fact that I found his story to be greatly entertaining. You'll have to decide for yourself whether the fact that the story is quite fictionalised puts you off or not.

    John Pruden's narration is fantastic as always; this being the third book I've listened to that he has narrated, American Sniper and Viper Pilot being the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    A chain of events that will change the lives of each and every character will leave some of them wiser, some of them deader, and some of them definitely looking for a new line of work. With a wicked wit, razor-sharp observations, rich characters, and a plot with more twists than the Inland Waterway, Dave Barry makes his debut a complete and utter triumph.

    Scott says: "Classic Barry at his Best"
    "So much better than the movie"
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    I saw the movie years ago and when buying the book from a sale, never realised it was the same story. I'm so glad I bought it; it's hilarious. The narration is great and I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of Roger the dog's thoughts, something that never came across in the movie as far as I recall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3104)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2739)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Now what I expected"
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    I'm not a great fan of science fiction but bought this book on a sale and am really glad I did. It's more of a crime story than a space-based sci-fi one and turned out to be just the kind of story I like,

    Wil Wheaton's narration was very good except for one error in pronunciation, that my ears, being Scottish, picked up. In case you ever read this Wil, the name Edinburgh is pronounced Edinburra, not Edinburg.

    After this I will certainly look out for other books written by John Scalzi or narrated by Wil Wheaton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viper Pilot: The Autobiography of One of America's Most Decorated Combat Pilots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dan Hampton
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    Sure to rank as one of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. From 1986 to 2006, Lt. Col. Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, the elite Air Force fighter squadrons whose mission is recognized as the most dangerous job in modern air combat. Weasels are the first planes sent into a war zone, flying deep behind enemy lines purposely seeking to draw fire from surface-to-air missiles and artillery. They must skillfully evade being shot down - and then return to destroy the threats, thereby making the skies safe for everyone else to follow.

    NOKWISA says: "Fast and Furious"
    "Fantastic!"
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    What a great book. This memoir, written in the anecdotal style I love had me laughing a lot of the time. The reading was excellent and the performance of the dialogue during combat gave me some small idea of what it must be like to fly a fast jet in combat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profession: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    In The Profession, Pressfield taps his considerable well of military knowledge to craft a piece of speculative fiction set in 2032. With corporate and private powers wielding their own military forces, an exiled American general plans to return to the U.S. and claim the presidency for his own. Only his closest confidant stands any chance of defeating him.

    Steve says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    After really enjoying listening to Killing Rommel, I was looking forward to this new book from the author. Sadly it didn't live up to my expectations and I found I didn't get immersed in the story and wasn't engaged by any of the characters.

    The narrator was okay but clearly not too familiar with the military theme, mis-pronouncing a number of terms commonly used, for example pronouncing casevac as "case-vac" instead of "cas-evac". I thought he did a fairly good job of accents for the various characters, except for AD, who is South African and is said to have a Johannesburg accent, which jarred a bit. I am South African and there is not really any regional variation in the accents of English-speaking South Africans. There were only a few places where I thought this character's dialogue sounded South African but by and large this was not the case.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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