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Michael

Athens, AL, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Nelson
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (52)

    Immediately after Japan's December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt sought to restore the honor of the United States with a dramatic act of vengeance: a retaliatory bombing raid on Tokyo itself. In those early days of World War II, America was ill-prepared for any sort of warfare. But FDR was not to be dissuaded, and at his bidding a squadron of scarcely trained army fliers, led by the famous daredevil Jimmy Doolittle, set forth on what everyone regarded as a suicide mission.

    William says: "Heroic Attempt"
    "Outstanding - Ranks with Unbroken"
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    What made the experience of listening to The First Heroes the most enjoyable?

    This was an outstanding book undertaking both a panoramic view of the Doolittle raid, and well as a good study of the individuals involved.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really appreciated the fact that the author did not cut out the spiritual aspects of some of the characters. Even including the part of Missionary John Birch's part in the rescue of Jimmy Doolittle.


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

    This is a great story, and well done. Definitely too long for one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ramage's Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Captain Lord Ramage's honeymoon in France is interrupted by a sudden end to the Peace of Amiens. Finding themselves on unfriendly soil just hours before hostilities commence, Ramage and his bride elude the grasp of Napoleon's secret police.

    Michael says: "Another Good Naval Yarn"
    "Another Good Naval Yarn"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Dudley Pope before, how does this one compare?

    I really thought this book did not measure up to the same quality of the other Ramage stories. It was a worthwhile listen, but there were too many spaces that were filled with (for lack of a better term) 'just filler.'


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Crossley consistently gives a good performance, and this was not exception.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Truman Smith
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (320)

    Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

    Ronald says: "Great first hand view."
    "Potential but Needs rewrite & Different Narrator"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was so irritating that it got in the way of the story. This probably would be the greatest improvement.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Truman Smith again?

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Killavey’s performances?

    Definitely not. The cadence, tone, lack of character fullness, made the whole book very irritating to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I love history, especially WWII. There is some potential in this book, A rewrite with smoother transitions would be helpful.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The God Complex: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Murray McDonald
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (159)

    When Cash Harris visits his father for the first time after a 15 year estrangement, things don't go anywhere near as planned. By the end of the night, he finds himself embroiled in a plot to destabilise the government, his father has been assassinated, and he discovers a shocking truth that would have fundamentally altered his life 15 years earlier.

    D. W. Wilson says: "I didn't see that coming!!!!"
    "Super Evil needs Super Heroes"
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    What did you like best about The God Complex: A Thriller? What did you like least?

    The best part of this book was the ending. It did offer an unusual twist at the end, that made me up its rating to a 3 overall. The part I liked the least involved the petty conversations between the main characters in the midst of the time of greatest import and struggle.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Reading the book was tedious enough. Don't think I would give another two hours to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ramage's Diamond

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    The youngest captain in His Majesty's Navy, with a reputation for landing impossible assignments, Lord Ramage is dispatched to the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Diamond Rock. The mission seems humdrum: barricade the French within Fort Royal. But sent to sea in the Juno with a crew grown restless and undisciplined under the prior commmand of a drunk, Ramage realizes his vessel may not be up to battle with the French.

    Dennis says: "Best one yet, alot of action"
    "Another Winning Strategy"
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    Any additional comments?

    It is interesting how Pope can use so many different strategies to bring the desired victories for his hero. To me that is one of the most intriguing parts of Pope's Ramage series. Ramage is able to gain these victories with very little loss of life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ramage's Signal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    With Napoleon Bonaparte at the height of his powers, the Mediterranean can be safely considered exclusive French territory. So when Captain Ramage and his crew are sent alone into Mediterranean waters, they can expect to be outnumbered. But it is the French who discover they have an enemy they had not bargained for.

    Michael says: "A New Twist on Naval Success"
    "A New Twist on Naval Success"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book as another interesting adventure by Pope, with a new twist, in capturing a signal station to get a naval advantage.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike Obrien's Master and Commander series, Pope does not like to kill off his characters. There is a lot of action and strategy in Pope without all the gory blood letting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ramage's Mutiny: The Lord Ramage Novels, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    The vicious mutineers aboard the British ship Jocasta had surrendered their vessel to Spain. Sailing aboard the frigate Calypso, Captain Lord Ramage receives Admiralty orders to recover her by any means.

    Michael says: "Turning Mutiny to Respect"
    "Turning Mutiny to Respect"
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    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Crossley again does a wonderful narration. He keeps his characters separate and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like this entire series. I believe it is every bit as good as Obrien's Aubrey/Maturin series without all the vulgarities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ramage Touch: The Lord Ramage Novels, No. 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Post Captain Ramage is prowling the Tuscan coast and far from English aid when he encounters a daunting French invasion fleet. As the enemy gathers strength, Ramage must decide how to thwart its actions with only the frigate Calypso and a pair of bomb ketches.

    Michael says: "Forget Nelson, This Man has it All."
    "Forget Nelson, This Man has it All."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ramage Touch the most enjoyable?

    The series is so enjoyable, even if somewhat predictable have several books. Even Ramage's mistakes come out good.


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

    Crossley makes this series very enjoyable. He does a great job with the different characters, and his reading style makes the story live.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed this series more than the Aubrey/Martin series, in that the times of boredom from the humdrum of sailing the oceans, takes up less of the book, and moves from plots and subplots easier and quicker. IMHO

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1115)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Great Story of Grit and Heroism"
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    What did you love best about Lost in Shangri-La?

    Even though I have read many books on WWII, this story was brand new to me. It was a great story to read, and the Epilog was a great final part giving us the 'Rest of the Story.'


    Did Mitchell Zuckoff do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Zuchoff was competent in his reading, but became tedious with his soft, breathy narration.


    Any additional comments?

    This story seemed well documented, and really needed no embellishment. Probably th sonly irritating thing about the book was the several reminders of McCollum losing his twin brother. The author seemed to go out of his way to remind us of that over and over again.
    But a great story, and would recommend to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ramage and the Rebels: The Lord Ramage Novels, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    A sinking British ship, her crew and passengers—men and women alike—ruthlessly murdered at the hands of a French privateer. This is the nightmare Ramage and the crew of the Calypso stumble upon while engaged in a sweep for freebooters in the waters off Jamaica. Supported by his men in a thirst for righteous vengeance, Ramage sets sail to bring the murderers to justice.

    Michael says: "Pope Continues the Story"
    "Pope Continues the Story"
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    If you could sum up Ramage and the Rebels in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining new twist.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Steven Crossley is the right man for these novels. He does a good job with the characters, and makes the story come alive.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though it is an entertaining book, the plot twists are somewhat anticipated. I love this series, but the father you get into it, you have continue to endure the old 'get you up to speed' routine for each of the main characters. That does become a little tedious at times. Still, I love the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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