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Pleasant Grove, UT, USA | Member Since 2013

  • 8 reviews
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  • 403 titles in library
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  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Give it time..."

    This series is over 20 volumes long. To hear others say "I gave up after two hours" makes me want to laugh. Did you not realize there are 20+ books in this series, with antiquated language, sailing ship descriptions and military terms.

    If you plan on getting into this series, plan on not understanding the plot or language for the first half of this book (unless you're familiar with the period or Royal Navy). However, once the action starts and you get into the characters, it's very rewarding. I consider this series the cornerstone of military histories. It is well worth the time and investment in the story and characters. I was depressed when I finished book 21 and realized there would be no more new stories of Jack or Steven...

    I've "read" over 300 books on Audible and these books are my favorites.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

    Kent Valandra says: "The Best"
    "Wow what a book..."

    I started with the Bill Sloan books (you should read this first) then read Bill's two books in order so that you can keep the thread and remember the details.

    In all the other military history books I've read I've never gotten the sense of what the grunts went through, EB Sledge explains the horrors of war in intimate detail. Great read but very sobering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Ill Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1793. John Pearce and his Pelicans are going home - to gain their freedom and put the treacherous Captain Ralph Barclay in the dock. Emily Barclay discovers Pearce has papers that would ruin her husband’s career and her future security. And then comes that dread thing, a fire aboard a wooden ship of war! Cast adrift, Pearce and his Pelicans find help from an unlikely source.

    Craig says: "Better than his last book but..."
    "Better than his last book but..."

    I'm having a hard time wanting to continue with the series as the books are predictable and charters boring. I literally want to b*tch-slap John Piece half the time while reading... oh well... Master and Commander this is not!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson

    In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

    Paul Bennett says: "Fine book, adequate narration"
    "Only okay..."

    The first half is really slow but once the Allies enter Germany, second half of the book, it gets much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "Frank's a jerk"

    This book should have been titled: "why Frank Abagnale is wonderful by Frank Abagnale"

    Having watched the movie prior to reading the book I was appalled by the astounding selfishness of the "real" Frank Abagnale (FA). After reading the book I am convinced he's a sociopath without the violent tenancies. I liked the movie version of FA but the real FA is a man the world would have been better off without. It's too bad he wasn't left in the French prison for a few more years.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"

    I'm at 200 books from audible and this is in my top three. Coming from middle class, white America I didn't think I'd enjoy this book so much. It was spellbinding and the narration was exquisite! WOW.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Admirals' Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Donachie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham

    1794. Lieutenant John Pearce is caught between a feuding trio of admirals. One puts him in a position of danger while another asks him to undertake a hazardous commission in order to protect his friends, the Pelicans. Meanwhile, Pearce is also trying to construct a perjury case against Admiral Ralph Barclay.

    Craig says: "Wow, where did Donachie go wrong???"
    "Wow, where did Donachie go wrong???"

    I have read or listened to, almost every Royal Navy series out there and enjoyed the first three Donachie (Pierce) novels. However, this book felt like 20 middle chapter in a much larger work. Unfortunately, those 20 chapters did very little to forward the story (imo) and were mind numbingly boring.

    I don't have any problems with long charter development books (like Post Captain) but this one was utterly without action and suspense.

    I hope the next Pierce novel is better and actually has some amount of sea-born action or I'll be forced to give up on the series. PLEASE let the next novel be better!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Spartans: The U.S. Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James A. Warren
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    James A. Warren's battle-driven history shows how this elite culture has produced the best warriors in the country, through six decades, several open wars, and many smaller interventions. From their heroic performance in the Pacific War, against Japanese troops on god-forsaken islands, to their "tip-of-the-lance" leadership in key operations in the two Gulf Wars, the Marines have proven again and again that elite men with elite training are worth entire armies.

    David says: "Excellent"
    "The only book I haven't been able to finish..."

    I've currently listened to over 200 books from Audible, and this was the first I couldn't make it through. I felt like this was a text book with little personality and the author seemed to have taken the marine lore hook, line and sinker.

    I have great respect for our military, esp, the Marine Corp but there are many better books that inspire (No True Glory, Black Hawk Down and Flags of our Fathers just to name a few). If you're looking for a text book account of the Marine Corp history this is your book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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