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H. Connelly

Mojo Risen

Philadelphia, PA | Member Since 2003

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  • 51 reviews
  • 219 ratings
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  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • How Great Generals Win

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bevin Alexander
    • Narrated By James Slattery
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Throughout history great generals have done what their enemies have least expected. Instead of direct, predictable attack, they have deceived, encircled, outflanked, out-thought, and triumphed over often superior armies commanded by conventional thinkers.

    Charlie says: "Intriguing"
    "Absolutely Great!"
    Overall

    I don't know if I agree with all of the Great General selections but this book delivered. I have a great newfound appreciation for Skipio Africanis, Stonewall Jackson, Lawrence of Arabai and Chairman Mao. The narration was good, not great, as you could hear him swallowing, etc. However, it did not take away from the story. If you like military history this is a MUST read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1223)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Knew 1 minute in, it was gong to be a good one."
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    If you could sum up Steel World in three words, what would they be?

    Action, adventure, fun


    What other book might you compare Steel World to and why?

    Mistborn.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last battle scene would be epic in a movie.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    starting book 2 today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3495)
    Performance
    (3247)
    Story
    (3247)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Worth listening to despite other reviews"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon


    Any additional comments?

    Some reviewers suggested skipping because not a lot happens but the story is a good one and I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5484)
    Performance
    (5214)
    Story
    (5222)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Surprisingly Great Book"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you love sci-fi or even science topics, this is a wonderful book.


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    Star Trek type story


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Mark Watney


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

    No too long


    Any additional comments?

    Another great example of trusting the Audible subscriber ratings. I have never had a bad book that was rated more than 4 stars by the subscribers. This was another great example of a hidden gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6523)
    Performance
    (5905)
    Story
    (5906)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Ratings don't lie!"
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    Would you listen to Hammered again? Why?

    Probably not, it's a great episode but having listened once I don;t think I would need to again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great characters and narration


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    His voice of Oberon is just brilliant. When he speaks for Oberon, I can see exactly what the big Irish hound looks like.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I was a litlte concerned I may not like it based on the publisher's summary, but trusted the high Audible ratings and was not disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyce's Ulysses

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor James A. W. Heffernan
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Ulysses depicts a world that is as fully conceived and vibrant as anything in Homer or Shakespeare. It has been delighting and puzzling readers since it was first published on Joyce's 40th birthday in 1922. And here, Professor Heffernan maps the brilliance, passion, humanity, and humor of Joyce's modern Odyssey in these 24 lectures that finally make a beguiling literary masterpiece accessible for any reader willing to give it a chance.

    Peregrine says: "I really recommend this if you're reading Ulysses"
    "A great way to experience Ulysses"
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    Would you listen to Joyce's Ulysses again? Why?

    To pick up on things I may have missed first time through


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    L. Bloom


    Have you listened to any of Professor James A. W. Heffernan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    To get a better understand the book you really need to read the Odyssey along side. I was not willing to do that much work, so this course was the perfect solution. The professor does all the heavy lifting and points out the parallels for you. Thanks!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (804)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "In the same class as Unbroken"
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    What did you love best about A Higher Call?

    Great stories about real people and the decisions they made, that in, turn made them


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realness of the writing, these are real people.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a solid read if you like WWII history. It reminded me in parts of Unbroken, not as dramatic, but gut-wrenching real life people doing things during war time. Franz shows there is a human side, and that honor existed among the Third Reich.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ulysses S. Grant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    Among the autobiographies of great military figures, Ulysses S. Grant’s is certainly one of the finest, and it is arguably the most notable literary achievement of any American president: a lucid, compelling, and brutally honest chronicle of triumph and failure. From his frontier boyhood, to his heroics in battle, to the grinding poverty from which the Civil War ironically rescued him, these memoirs are a mesmerizing, deeply moving account of a brilliant man told with great courage.

    Robert says: "What makes a great commander?? Read this book"
    "Lived up to expectations"
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    What made the experience of listening to Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant the most enjoyable?

    The story itself and the narrator


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant?

    When Lee's Army surrendered, I cheered! I was so sad by the part when Grant learns about the death of Lincoln. Recently saw the movie Lincoln, tied back to Grant's autobiography nicely.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lee's surrender


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

    Simply, "US Grant"


    Any additional comments?

    It's long, no doubt. It never got boring to me and it's amazing to listen to Grant writing in the first person about things that happened 150 years ago.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3842)
    Performance
    (2822)
    Story
    (2824)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Timeless"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Alas, Babylon again? Why?

    Yes, great survival lessons embedded in the story.


    What other book might you compare Alas, Babylon to and why?

    One second after. A reviewer of that book suggested this one instead. Thanks!


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

    character voices and pronunciations.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read this book and were told it was written ion 2012/2013, you would not flinch. In fact it was written n the 1950's, yet it was not dated in its story. Great points about use of cash, material items and finally food as the ultimate currency. Likely true throughout time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Greg Smith
    • Narrated By Greg Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (224)

    On March 14, 2012, more than three million people read Greg Smith's bombshell op-ed in the New York Times titled Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs. The column immediately went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society - and the callous "take-the-money-and-run" mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago.

    Michael Moore says: "Engaging Story; Raises Highly Important Issues"
    "Must Read for any financial professional"
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    What did you love best about Why I Left Goldman Sachs?

    The honesty expressed about what really happens at GS and how the culture changed as the economy got worse was brutally clear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why I Left Goldman Sachs?

    When he sat down at his desk to collect his things and leave. It must have been a powerful moment for him and yet he never seemed to waiver in his conviction.


    What about Greg Smith’s performance did you like?

    As the narrator he was able to use voice inflection and his personal tone to bring the story to life. I have known several South Africans but his accent on some words was really funny.


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

    As a former management intern I appreciated the struggle to get a full-time position and also the cutthroat behavior of many Ivy League candidates.


    Any additional comments?

    It should be mandatory reading for CEOs and interns alike of those who wish to maintain a culture that is somewhat "old fashioned" in the way that it treats its customers. Here I mean "old fashioned" in a positive context. One where the client is not ever a muppet, lol!

    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
    (3370)
    Performance
    (3021)
    Story
    (3049)

    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"
    "Worth it"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    this is too much work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    really, am I in 6th grade?


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't hear any national security secrets but the lawyer said do not shoot him if unarmed and he doesn't fight. He was unarmed and didn't fight but yet was killed. He deserved death for all he did but the author never addressed the discrepancy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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