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Steven

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc - the Rangers Who Landed at D-Day and Fought Across Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patrick K. O’Donnell
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    It is said that the right man in the right place at the right time can mean the difference between victory and defeat. This is the dramatic story of 68 soldiers in the US Army's Second Ranger Battalion, Company D - "Dog Company" - who made that difference, time and again. America had many heroes in World War II; however, few can say that, but for them, the course of the war would have been very different. The right men, the right place, the right time - Dog Company.

    Erik says: "A solid work on a specific topic"
    "A war story"
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    Would you try another book from Patrick K. O’Donnell and/or John Pruden?

    Possibly.


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

    Well, the allies won WW2 so that's not much of a spoiler.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Some of the guys had to relieve themselves at really unfortunate times. That and other details that don't make it into war movies portrayed the men of Dog Company as real people.


    Do you think Dog Company needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I think the material was covered adequately.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated this book because it was a well told story of a generation which I admire. I don't like the reality of war but I value people who do what they can to stand in the way of evil even though the cost to themselves is potentially so great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1026)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Poor investment"
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    I'm surprised that a reader with the reputation of Dick Hill would take on a project like this. Good narrator but crappy material. If you're a prepper buy a paper copy. It's a manual, not a story.

    There are two or possibly three types of readers or listeners for books about disaster scenarios. I'm an ordinary guy who enjoys apocalyptic stories where your average Joe tries to make his way through very challenging circumstances. This isn't written by your average Joe and neither are the characters created by Mr. Rawles in any way average. It's not written for normal people. It's a manual for people who will take care of number 1 in hard times and are willing to kill to do just that.

    That's where I get off the bus. Some of the gun toting anti-government types in this book are portrayed as Christian! The Bible teaches followers of Christ to pray for and obey the government of the land in which they live and the example of Jesus was to lay down his life for others, not blow them to Hell.

    I woke up this morning to see on the news a pseudo military fruitcake murdering police in New Brunswick and that was the final straw that has me deciding not to continue with this book. I'm maybe one sixth of the way through and it's far enough to know that this is a poor investment of my time. I believe I'll learn from Jesus rather than J.W. Rawles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rye Barcott
    • Narrated By Rye Barcott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    In 2000 Rye Barcott spent part of his summer living in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a college student heading into the Marines, and he sought to better understand ethnic violence - something he would likely face later in uniform. He learned Swahili, asked questions, and listened to young people talk about how they survived in poverty he had never imagined.

    Hailey says: "Not What You Think It Is"
    "Thoughtful, insightful and pause full."
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    First, I'd like to congratulate Rye Barcott on both living and telling this story. It's a rare individual who is so "others" focused and intentional in his actions and life choices, especially at such a young age. He's a credit to his parents and the numerous mentors he gathered along the way.

    As for narration, Mr. Barcott has the voice of a marine and it's obvious that he's reading a story that he's lived and that he has a deep connection with what is going on. My only criticism of his reading is that he puts in a lot of unnecessary pauses, kind of like William Shatner, best known and loved as Captain Kirk. I learned to live with that quirk.

    As for the story itself, there were some real gems of insight into the individuals that he worked with and for, as well as what it means to be a soldier who is prepared to kill but has the ultimate goal of peace and a world without violence. Realistically, this is not a gripping page turner as there were also some portions of the audiobook that dragged. Still, not every good thing in life is continually exciting. It's a worthwhile listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2859)
    Performance
    (2050)
    Story
    (2055)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "20 hours! What was I thinking?"
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    OK, I finished it. 20 hours of info that I really don't need. I'm not a geek, nerd, hacker or computer scientist but I'm probably a dweeb for using a credit on this book. Some parts, maybe 6 hours, were interesting which leaves 13 hours of way too much information for the average person. If 2.5 stars was an option, I'd have gone with that but the narrator was OK so a very generous 3 stars it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Really Inconvenient Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Iain Murray
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Iain Murray's exposé reveals how environmental blowhards actually do more to waste energy, endanger species, and kill people than those they finger, while capitalism, hunting, and old-fashioned property rights have made the planet better. Rather than just myth busting and blame shifting, Murray offers applicable and effective solutions for each catastrophe - something the Left has yet to do.

    Steven says: "Fascists are usually inconvenient"
    "Fascists are usually inconvenient"
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    I remember watching Al Gore’s, “An Inconvenient Truth” and immediately afterwards being fairly upset. But as I had time to digest the messages of the movie, research the science a bit and think through it’s claims, the focus of my annoyance has changed. This book confirmed my suspicions that environmentalism has become the religion of choice for many and a powerful tool for proponents of fascism.

    I agreed with the author of this book on most of his points, especially with regard to individual property rights and the natural stewardship that should logically follow having an vested interest in one’s own land / home. On a number of other points I was educated. All in all, this was a worthwhile read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregory Koukl
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to get in the driver’s seat, keeping any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously through the minefields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables and—most importantly—get people thinking about Jesus.

    Borincana says: "Excellent starting point!"
    "Good Book!"
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    This is very well done. A must listen for anyone who wants to take Jesus last words to his followers to heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (1177)
    Story
    (1183)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Another American Apocalypse"
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    I enjoy this genre of books. There's just something about an apocalypse to weed out the extraneous nonsense of life and focus on what's critical. Having said that, there is no shortage of doom sayers these days and I really hope that between listening to stories like this and all the doom and gloom in the news and on the web, that my view of reality isn't being colored in depressing shades of gray.

    As far as this book goes, the story held my attention throughout and I finished it as quickly as was possible. The narrator was pretty good. When he voiced Sarge's lines I thought I was listening to Samuel L. Jackson. The characters tended to be cardboard cutouts but still engaging enough to hold my interest. I don't know beans about guns but there was just enough technical detail to satisfy my innate love of hardware and learning how to survive outside an urban environment.

    I'm not an American and don't live within the USA. I have an opinion on US politics but not so that I read any propaganda into the novel. For me it was mainly about a guy who was prepared when things went bad and his struggle to get home to his family. If the suspension in your mind will not carry you smoothly across the bumps of some imperfect writing, skip this one. If you like life or death challenges for simple characters, go ahead and listen.

    P.S I wouldn't listen to this one out loud in a work place due to some nasty language.
    P.P.S. "A. American" ... seriously?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonah Goldberg
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    "Fascists", "Brownshirts", "jackbooted stormtroopers" - such are the insults typically hurled at conservatives by their liberal opponents. Calling someone a fascist is the fastest way to shut them up, defining their views as beyond the political pale. But who are the real fascists in our midst?

    Randy says: "Like everything you were taught is a lie."
    "A lot of information"
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    First, I'm glad that I listened to this book. It was educational and worthwhile. A credit well spent. The narrator did a decent job with the material. There was a lot of information and most of it was interesting. Because there was a bit more detail than I could make use of there were times that my attention wandered.

    I'm very rarely one for abridged versions of books but in this case I'd have enjoyed it more with roughly twenty percent less detail. Unless you're a devotee of philosophical and political history, you may find the same thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Passion for Souls: The Life of D. L. Moody

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lyle W. Dorsett
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    D. L. Moody preached the gospel to more than 100 million people in the pre-television era. His energy and vision gave birth to fruitful ministries in publishing and education. He was an innovator, encourager and disciple maker. He had a passion for souls.

    Steven says: "Finally, I finished it!"
    "Finally, I finished it!"
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    Yup, I've been struggling with this audiobook for quite a while; since June, 2012 and it's now March, 2014. It is NOT a page turner. My life has been strongly influenced by the ministry of D.L.Moody and so I really wanted to like the book but there's just too much detail. For many reasons, I admire Mr. Moody's life but I just can't make use of this much information on his day to day activities.

    The narrator read the book with a decent voice and without detracting from the text. No fault to Mr. Marosz.

    The chapter I appreciated most was the last, and that is not just because I was determined to finish the book. The final chapter summarizes the most salient characteristics of the man and what made him effective in the service of Jesus Christ. If you get this audiobook, skip ahead and listen to that one first. Otherwise you may never get to the salient bottom line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dutch Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Dutch with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Each lesson in Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.

    Julia says: "Gold Star BEST Language Course"
    "Effective Language Learning"
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    Having previously used the Pimsleur Haitian Creole program, I was not surprised to enjoy the Pimsleur Dutch as well. Pimsleur produces some of the best language learning tools I've ever found and I've tried a lot of methods.

    I have to say that while Dutch is my ancestral tongue, the pronunciation does not come through genetics. Who would ever have intentionally invented some of those sounds & words?!! In any case, if you want to speak Nederlands, this is the course for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rusty Bradley, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (200)

    Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Kandahar Battle Described As Never Before"
    "Real Combat"
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    I'm assuming, having never been in combat, that the author has conveyed what modern warfare is really like from the perspective of a special forces soldier. I think the term Captain Rusty Bradley used with fondness was "warrior". Very intense scenes rich with detail including the tactical thinking of a team leader in battle. Lots of "Rah! Rah! USA" but I could not fault a professional soldier from any nation for being patriotic and proud of his unit.

    The narrator sounded suitably military. I could hear the wop wop of helicopters, concussion of RPG's and the crack of bullets along with the cries of pain or anger on the part of combatants on both sides, but that was just in my imagination. That's quite something for an author / narrator team to accomplish.

    Overall, a worthwhile credit and enjoyable time of listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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