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Ray

Retired real estate broker. 66 years old married for 44 years to my high school sweetheart. 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I love to read but because of medical issues I had to turn to audio books and I love them.

Marietta, GA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Silent Sea: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (363)

    On December 7, 1941, five brothers exploring a shaft on a small island off the coast of Washington State make an extraordinary discovery, only to be interrupted by news of Pearl Harbor. In the present, Cabrillo, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, stumbles upon a shocking revelation of his own.

    Bill says: "Another Riveting Tale!"
    "the silent sea"
    Overall

    excellent book. enjoyed very much.,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escaping Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    When society ceases to exist, who can you trust? After the collapse of the nation's power grid, America is under martial law - and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting.

    Linda says: "WARNING! DOES NOT END SERIES! CUT FOR PROFIT?"
    "Author was allready thinking about how to sell # 4"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    He just left you hanging so that if you want to know the end of the series you have to buy the next book. I am tempted to never read him again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2640)
    Performance
    (2394)
    Story
    (2387)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "The author is a great american hero. the book suck"
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    Would you try another book from Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan and/or John Pruden?

    no. the man was a hero but he cannot write a good story


    What was most disappointing about Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan ’s story?


    the way the story was written


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Pruden’s performances?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from American Sniper?


    the first part of the book


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Special Ops: Brotherhood of War, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (108)

    In November 1964, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara went to the Congo with two hundred men, intent on making it his first step in taking over Africa and South America. He failed, thanks in large part to the efforts of an intrepid band of Green Berets. Licking his wounds, he retreated to Cuba to recruit more men and try the same thing in Bolivia. He failed there, too. In fact, he died there, and thus, despite his incompetence, became a glorious martyr to the cause. But who was trying to kill him, really - and who was trying to keep him alive?

    Jean says: "The Congo & Che Guevara"
    "This book Sucks."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one. It is boring, boring, boring. I almost threw my phone against the wall in the last hour of the book it was so boring.


    Has Special Ops turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eric G. Dove’s performances?

    Yes. He was excellent


    What character would you cut from Special Ops?

    WEB Griffin


    Any additional comments?

    I belive at least a quarter of the book is taken up with the same old thing. July 27, 1965 Office of the CIA station chief LaPax Bolivia 0815 hours to CIA HQ Langley Va Copy to Sandford T Felter Counselar to the President Room 234 White house office bldg washington DC and over and over again each time he changes locations. The reader is excellent but the story has too much detail on addresses of cables. I like Griffin but his whole story sucks.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3127)
    Performance
    (2726)
    Story
    (2707)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Vince Flynn at his best"
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    Where does The Last Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. I ahve read all of his books and this does not disappoint


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (550)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "One of the best books I have ever read"
    Overall
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    Where does Agincourt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an excellent read. First book I have read by Cornwell but won't be the last


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agincourt?

    The final battle


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (441)

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "Excellent Read"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Excellent story of men at war and why we need out of the middle east


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    What they do too their own people.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    all of them


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    war is hell


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2469)
    Performance
    (2171)
    Story
    (2169)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Disjointed"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was not up to Justin Cronins first book. The first one was great but I could not finish this one because it was so disjointed. I could not follow the story line if there was one. Don't waste your credits.


    Has The Twelve: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick was the only redeaming thing about this book. His performance was great but a poor story line. I very much enjoy listing to him,


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Twelve: A Novel?

    all of it


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste your credits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Captains: The Brotherhood of War Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (272)

    It was more than an incident: It was a deadly assault across the 38th parallel. It was the Korean War. In the fear and the frenzy of battle, those who had served with heroism before were called again by America to man the trenches and sandbag bunkers. From Pusan to the Yalu, they drove forward with commands too new and tanks too old, brothers in war, bonded together in battle as they had never been in peace....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Excellent second book"
    "Some of Griffins best work"
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    Would you listen to The Captains again? Why?

    yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Captains?

    The Pusan break out


    Any additional comments?

    Griffins early work and some of his best. Well worth the listen,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Horse Coming: Earl Swagger, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (40)

    The Thebes State Penal Farm in Mississippi is up a dark river, surrounded by swamps and impenetrable piney woods. It’s the Old South at its most brutal - a place of violence, racial terror, and even more horrific rumors. Of the few who make the journey, black or white, even fewer return.

    But in that year, two men will come to Thebes. The first is Sam Vincent, the former prosecuting attorney of Polk County, Arkansas who, with great misgivings, accepts a job to investigate a disappearance.

    Ray says: "Not Hunters best work but worth the read"
    "Not Hunters best work but worth the read"
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    Where does Pale Horse Coming rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fish. Because he got over on the man


    Any additional comments?

    Good read if you are a Stephen Hunter fan and not offended by his comments about black people which was the way it was at that time in the deep South.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    In this major and wholly original contribution to military history, John Keegan reverses the usual convention of writing about war in terms of generals and nations in conflict, which tends to leave the common soldier as cipher. Instead, he focuses on what a set battle is like for the man in the thick of it.

    Ryan says: "Worthwhile for history buffs"
    "sucked could not finish"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Face of Battle?

    dry! Dry! Dry1


    Any additional comments?

    don't waste your time. I see why the book was only $5.00

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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