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  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2530)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1367)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Great insight, boring and long as heck"
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    There were pieces within here that are priceless. But it drones on, and the changing in narrators was strange. There was "too much" of the author's likeness in the narration.
    The droning wore me down. I had to break for a week and come back for 4 or 5 hours, then break away again.

    Some of the stories are magical - fantastic to listen to.
    I wish the production and narration, plus the length, were more appropriate.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Zero: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    A marine sniper team on a mission in tribal territories on the Afghan-Pakistan border, Whiskey 2-2 is ambushed by professionals using the latest high-tech shooting gear. Badly wounded, the team’s sole survivor, Gunnery Sergeant Ray Cruz, aka “the Cruise Missile,” is determined to finish his job. He almost succeeds when a mystery blast terminates his enterprise....

    Jesse says: "Some issues with places and people"
    "Disappointing an shallow listen"
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    Performance
    Story

    There are a doen authors who can catpure your attention far more effective than Hunter.
    The storyline has potential, but seems very contrived and unnatrual. Character development lacks setup and its like watching a quicky TV show than a real novel.
    The story is superficial at best, I'm afraid.
    The reader just doesn't have that interesting voice to capture my attention.

    This was a recommended read, but I say stick with the real writers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1981)
    Story
    (1989)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "Masterful! My hats off to you!!!"
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    Heart wrenching, heroic, grueling . . .and its true.
    I don't know Marcus, but I know someone who does, and they say he's a true hero.
    He's strong in every way.

    This story has so much information in it - Patrick Robinson really helped fill out this story into something that paints the full picture.

    Unbelievable. You can't write fiction that can create this scenario.
    Unbelievable, yet true.

    It got a little "conservative" and "overly patriotic" at times. One step beyond what I think what middle America is about. But regardless, he shares his true feelings and deserves a pat on the back (and more) for it.

    Definitely get this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2061: Odyssey Three

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Arthur C. Clark, creator of one of the world's best-loved science-fiction tales, revisits the most famous future ever imagined in this New York Times best seller, as two expeditions into space become inextricably tangled. Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monloiths, must again confront Dave Bowman, HAL, and an alien race that has decided that Mankind is to play a part in the evolution of the galaxy - whether it wishes to or not.

    Gary says: "This guy is just phenomenal!"
    "This guy is just phenomenal!"
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    I read this book out of sequence - the last - because I didn't have it.
    And it stands on its own.

    Imaginative but based on real science. It takes it beyond into science fiction,
    but the planetary and physical science of "what if" is what you see on Discovery and Science channels every day.

    Superb!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3440)
    Performance
    (3055)
    Story
    (3066)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Wow - that is really interesting. Arrogant."
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    OK - the story is fascinating. How easy it actually was.
    Social Engineering - I've done it a lot, but not anywhere near this guy's level!

    My problem is that he still thinks he's innocent.
    He really is disconnected from reality in that sense.
    What he did was wrong. Just flat out wrong.
    He needed therapy! Whacko!

    However, it is interesting to note that there wasn't mis-use of information, and that it
    an understood truth. But really, man?
    Law or not, the moral and ethical "sense" just wasn't there for this guy.

    I think that alone makes this an interesting book.

    History, insight, mixed with a typical maniac who couldn't control himself,
    was a bit out of touch with reality.
    This guy was one step away from serial killer, except he directed it into hacking.

    I like the story a LOT!

    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
    (1267)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1085)

    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"
    "Very fascinating. Very insightful."
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    It was a pleasure to listen to and to hear about.
    I think all aspects of this book are commendable.
    I had no idea this guy had experienced so many of those critical missions.

    This is THE dude to get the story from!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gorky Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (322)

    At first, the case of the bodies found in a Moscow park looked straightforward: a "troika", probably three on a bottle, drunk together and then frozen to death together in the brutal Russian night. But Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko hits a sharp and complicated turn with the arrival of the KGB's Pribluda. Suddenly, his access to a routine investigation is blocked. Why?

    IVAL says: "Still the BEST"
    "Wow - this is slow. But . ."
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    I was about to fall asleep in the completely unnecessary details in between actual story. The core story isn't so bad. But it just falls together in some convenient way. How the detective just magically is able to speak with these people.

    It is just barely worth listening to, but get the abridged version.

    The narrator isn't too boring, but it is hard to tell between the characters at times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Blaine Harden
    • Narrated By Blaine Harden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (487)

    North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped - but Shin Dong-hyuk did.

    Amanda says: "Worthwhile, but difficult on many levels."
    "Interesting and heartbreaking"
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    Can this be true? Its ridiculous that a human condition and psyche can be created like this.
    Its a fascinating story and worth listening to.

    The reader was a bit monotonous and there were clear audio edits all the time with different quality and mics.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1003)

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "What insight!!!!"
    Overall
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    I could have used a little more excitement from the narrator's voice.
    I think the history was incredible.
    For those of who dig this - fantastic.
    So I'll put my recommendation strong towards those of us who like this.
    I'm not a conspiracy guy, but do find these overbearing attempts at hiding stuff fascinating.
    The insight is great.
    Strongly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sammy Hagar
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (211)

    Loud rock, fast cars, and Cabo. This is the life of Sammy Hagar. For almost 40 years, Sammy Hagar has been a fixture in rock music. From breaking into the industry with the band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, Sammy's powerful and unforgettable voice has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written - songs like "I Can't Drive 55", "Right Now", and "Why Can't This Be Love".

    Hillary says: "LOVED it Twice"
    "Good!"
    Overall
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    I don't know who the narrator was, but I really thought it was Sammy when you get into it. Sometimes, Sammy comes across as a child in what he did, even as an adult. But compared to what I know of Van Halen, he's a freakin' genius.
    The stories and history are fantastic.
    Maybe a bit too much "patting himself on the back", but what can one expect from someone who is going to be a front-man in rock and roll, plus someone that successful.
    Well worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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