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R. Hornung

Work is Way Busy. Relaxation with a good book is mandatory. Audible lets me get into many more books per year than before.

Midland, Michigan, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3250)
    Performance
    (2412)
    Story
    (2400)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "What an awesome duo - Child and Hill"
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    Would you listen to Persuader again? Why?

    No doubt about it !


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No doubt about it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one between "This is Audible" and "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program."


    Any additional comments?

    I am not able to critique a piece of art (any media) but I know when something is good enough to keep me paying attention for 14 hours with only a few interruptions. That isn't an easy task, but Lee Child, Dick Hill and the fictional Jack Reacher have no problem - No Doubt About It!

    9 of 11 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
    (3599)
    Performance
    (3219)
    Story
    (3248)

    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"
    "Americans Should be Proud - Thank You"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    This book is an inspiration to trust and believe that our Armed Forces are not only trained to keep us safe but also that their incentives come right from their hearts and not from the politicians or even the various ideologies of this world. I'll listen again when ever I think that there are missions around the world that our leaders think cannot be controlled by military force.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It struck me from the beginning that the author had absolutely none of the animosity that the US press and his fellow military folks accused him of. Listening to the entire story - especially the last five minutes - proves to me once again that most journalists shoot their mouths off without doing their homework. No secrets are revealed, this guy is not out to make a buck for himself, and the various operations which are described are great adventures. Not to mention that the taxpayers of the USA are about the only ones kept in the dark about these operations. Congress and usually the enemy are all generally fully aware.


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

    Mr. Graham does a great job with the material but the story didn't lend itself to choosing any one particular character.


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

    I didn't want to but that didn't help me shut down, except for a meal, and then come back for the climax and ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome weapons experience. Although we know these arsenals are available to our guys, its nice to hear the funds being spent in a manner that protects our men and allows them total advantage day or night - over the enemy. $80,000 Night vision units - Awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eli Pariser
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (103)

    In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for each user. Instead of giving you the most broadly popular result, Google now tries to predict what you are most likely to click on. According to MoveOn.org board president Eli Pariser, Google's change in policy is symptomatic of the most significant shift to take place on the Web in recent years: the rise of personalization.

    Brian Esserlieu says: "Now in the top 3 best books I've ever read"
    "A Horror Story for all."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Filter Bubble the most enjoyable?

    Perhaps enjoyable is not the word so much as shocking but the material was well researched and therefore was hard to pause for any length of time. Even as a bit of a geek, there was much information that surprised me. The extent of internet information collection and usage as described in this story scares me more than a nuclear warhead in Iran! It even makes me worry more about the next generation and how little it would take for the wrong people to get their hands on the power of this information for bad purposes. The suggestions for solutions seem lame and difficult to assure.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    In my opinion, there are very few performers who can read these non-fiction titles super effectively. The average reader tends to sound less than excited or perhaps the rehearsal time is shortened which leads to gentle ennui.


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

    Even without paranoia, this book can make the world scary.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed learning all that was in this book as well as the potential solutions. It is another book that I feel should be mandatory reading at some level in the educational system.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sarah Palin
    • Narrated By Sarah Palin
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    America by Heart is a highly personal testament to Sarah Palin's deep love of country, her strong roots in faith, and her profound appreciation of family. The book includes brief readings from classic and contemporary works that have moved and inspired her, as well as other Americans, both famous and obscure, whom she admires.

    Jackie says: "Another excellent book by Sarah"
    "Superb follow-up to "Going Rogue" - for Patriots"
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    I'm sorry folks, but never has there been a potential national candidate willing to tell us virtually everything about her life and loves. Add her Television show (yea, I know it was created as entertainment by the producer of "Survivor") and you can't help but realize that her extended friends and family over generations have created a real gem in pretty Sarah.


    Although she has said she didn't intend to let anyone know if she was running in 2012 until the end of September 2011, our "terribly rude" press continue to act as though she has missed her time. I feel she is saving us millions of dollars while stringing along the press who haven't got anything nice to say about a person who truly wants to make a real change. After she announces her candidacy (I'm assuming) she will hear nothing flattering about anything connected to her. I call this the Kate Smith syndrome - as in the shampoo ad where she said "Don't hate me because I'm Beautiful!"


    In this book I also, like others writing reviews, thought that she was a bit heavy on religion during the second half of the book. This will certainly also be used against her - BUT - she continues to refer to the founding Fathers and the Documents which all refer to our God, our Guide, our Protector. These thoughts simply tell me that she agrees with Jefferson and Monroe and FDR, we need someone who can head us back in that direction. In fact, after reading the book, I still do not know what Religion she ascribes to. Simply Christian values. I would love to work with her campaign.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plugged: Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    Lincoln McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino, the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind. That is, until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly Linc's got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops, and his man-crazy upstairs neighbor after him, and he still doesn't know what's going on.

    R. Hornung says: "Very Fascinating - memories of "Vegas" TV Show"
    "Very Fascinating - memories of "Vegas" TV Show"
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    It never ceases to amaze me how an Audible "reading" of a story makes it come so alive. The Irish accent of this narrator is one of my favorites - I suppose it could bore others. But, honestly, after reading the brief and listening to the clip, I can't wait to hear where this story is going. This will be my next purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3628)
    Performance
    (2096)
    Story
    (2110)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Awesome Book"
    Overall

    Anyone who has wondered how criminalists, CSIs, cops or any first responders can do that job - an obviously fascinating concern to television viewers - will find this book nearly impossible to pause. I will definitely read other Mary Roach books to see if her humor related to such abnormalcies carries on. Ms. Frasier's read actually makes me feel much better about our impending demise. We won't go to waste!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Panama Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Matthew Parker
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The building of the Panama Canal was one of the greatest engineering feats in human history. A tale of exploration, conquest, money, politics, and medicine, Panama Fever charts the challenges that marked the long, labyrinthine road to the building of the canal. Drawing on a wealth of new materials and sources, Matthew Parker brings to life the men who recognized the impact a canal would have on global politics and economics.

    Charles M. Hughes says: "Good book, marginal narrator"
    "True History-so amazing you couldn't make this up!"
    Overall

    Politics, Business, Horror, Geography, Travel, Ecology, Science, Mystery, Economics; this story has it all. Incredibly well narrated. Very apropos to current events - ecological troubles, businesses too big to fail, politics controlling events rather than logic and economics, the cost/benefit of "Big Science", labor problems of all types, and entire nations' economies dependent upon this project and it's jobs.

    Surely, during the time period over which the canal was created, the project was on a scale of and maybe larger than America's effort to "land a man on the moon and bring him safely back to earth..."

    The connections that I learned during this story that I had never known about. The Soo Locks (I'm in Michigan), health discoveries, the French architect, Eiffel, and the connection with the Suez canal. To think that these 150 year old structures and designs are still working splendidly and how dependent the world economy is on them. Totally amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Rogue: An American Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sarah Palin
    • Narrated By Sarah Palin
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (167)

    In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics - from patriots dedicated to "Country First" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost.

    Mike & Jan Geihsler says: "Needed unabridged"
    "VERY UNIQUE"
    Overall

    It becomes a very exciting book when read by the author herself. Mrs. Palen can read to me any time she wants! One has to wonder what this country could be with a hockey Mom in charge. Lawyers have done terrible, businessmen not much better, actors have done okay, perhaps it's time for someone honest and down to earth. But I'm certainly biased toward strong beautiful women. And the press is really biased against them.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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