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S. Aldridge

Savannah, GA

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  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (863)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Great read, astounding reader"
    Overall

    This is a great story or perhaps series of stories about a family from down under. Washed in the Australian dialect which made Crocodile Dundee a popular hit.
    But the best part of this read is the reader. How did God grant one human such talent to provide a dozen or more distinct voices, each of which is perfect. Well done

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (354)

    It was just another day on the job for 53-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.

    AudioAddict says: "Pirates of the ... Gulf of Aden"
    "Lucky Hero, mediocre book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Most would consider author to be a hero. He seems to deny being hero but describes many instances of heroic contact and significant luck. In any event, strong character with high Cajones factor. This is his portion of his tale of standing up to the first Pirates to seize an American ship in 200 years.

    Surprisingly little about the Navy Seals whose conduct was reported in the media as just short of miraculous ( three simultaneous successful sniper shots in rolling seas.) and virtually nothing about the rest of the Navy. Sure this is Captain Phillips portion of the story but more of the Navy and Navy Seals and less of the filler on how Phillips became a merchant marine would have made a more interesting book.

    Book is informationally interesting but a bit slow with much filler material. Greatly admire the author whom I would consider to be heroic. For that reason I gave it a four although it is a rather mediocre listen. Narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4774)
    Performance
    (2887)
    Story
    (2888)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "One of best ever"
    Overall

    I did two tours in the 'Nam but this is the story of those who were really there. We saw these fellows when they came in from the bush and this is their story. I remember them well. This work reflects the look in their eyes and their attitude. It also reflects the politics of wars, good and bad leadership. In its way, as good as To Kill A Mockingbird, Caine Mutiny, Gone With The Wind, In Cold Blood. Narrator is superb.
    If you were not there, you should read this if only to understand sacrifice, loyalty, honor, duty, and the stupidity of wars such as VN. If you were there, you need to read it if only to remind you of the lessons you learned early in life when you were there.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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