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Matthew A. Comchoc

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 61 titles in library
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  • No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Stossel
    • Narrated By John Stossel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (286)

    The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.

    Daniel Cogan says: "Great Book, Must Listen"
    "Another Great Book by Stossel"
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    If you liked his first book, "Give Me a Break", then you are probably gonna really enjoy this one as well. Lots of specific examples, with great common sense logic based arguments. Plus, Stossel is his own narrator, and I enjoy the measured, even way he speaks, so that was another plus.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (511)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "A Great, and Non-Standard War Book"
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    I loved this book. The author is the narrator, and although his voice isn't the greatest, I 5-starred the performance category because he's good enough, and it's always preferable to have the author read their own books.

    This guy's perspective as a former humanitarian aid volunteer who then became a SEAL commander is very unique. His insights, derived from the unique prism of experience through which he observes things is very very interesting.

    The first half of the book is about his life in general. And like all SEAL books this one seems to have the obligatory large section about BUDS, but this book is about this guy's life, instead of about something else, so it made more sense here.

    I highly recommend this book.

    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
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2632)
    Performance
    (2386)
    Story
    (2379)

    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. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed"
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    I really liked this book. In it, there are snippets that were written by the author's wife. They are read by the narrator in the way that men speak when they are trying to impersonate a female's voice. This bugged me. I would have liked for there to have been a female narrator for those portions. Also, the author used the term "bada$$" at least a thousand times throughout the book. This got sort of old, but also gave the book a conversational feel. Like the guy was just sitting in front of you and giving it to you straight, instead of reading a book. Overall it worked, even though I'm usually annoyed by the overuse of individual words in a book. Oh, and like every other SEAL book, the first half of the thing is about BUDS... be warned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (931)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
    "Good, Detail Filled History of the "Operator""
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    This book was very good, but might not be enjoyed by those without enough base knowledge to understand the detailed level of explanation of tactics and terminology used in the book. The narrator was good, and I had no complaints about him at all. If you want a detailed history of the first unit of dedicated spec-ops "Operators", then this is definitely for you.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Donovan Campbell
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    When Donovan Campbell's platoon deployed to Ramadi in the spring of 2004, they believed they'd be spending most of their time building schools, training police, and making friends with the citizens. But shortly after arriving, when Campbell awoke to the chilling cry of "Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!" echoing from minaret to minaret across the city, he knew they had an altogether different situation on their hands.

    Doug says: "This One is No Joke"
    "A well told story"
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    Overall I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Some overuse of certain terms, and some military terms misread by a narrator who presumably doesn't have a lot of first hand knowledge of them was my only real gripe. Good book, for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Stalkers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael J. Durant, Steven Hartov, Lt. Col (Ret) Robert L. Johnson
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Here are thrilling, never-before-heard stories of the Army's elite aviation unit - the most daring and professional helicopter crews in the world. Special Operations pilots are notoriously reticent; they don't talk about their missions, at least not to anyone outside their small community. But now, with the publication of The Night Stalkers, Durant and Steven Hartov shed a fascinating light on these mysterious super commandos and take readers into a world they have only imagined.

    Robert says: "A book that does justice"
    "Good Overall."
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    I have a big interest in Army rotary wing aviation, and I really enjoyed this book. The narrator isn't my favorite, and I've grown kind of tired of hearing books read by him. Also, there were a lot of words that were used too often in the book, so that everytime you heard them you thought to yourself "didn't the authors have a thesaurus handy?" Other than those two gripes, it was an excellent account of the 160th SOAR, and very interesting and in depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (440)

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "Best Audiobook I've Listened to Yet"
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    I've listened to "Lone Survivor", "The Heart and the Fist", and other books from this same genre, and although they describe actions taken by more 'elite' units, this book tops them. The narrator does a really good job, I love the way he reads it. The author's skill in word selection, and the way he paints word pictures, with interesting comparisons and analogies, really worked for me. Awesome book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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