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K. Winters

California, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Borneman
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (253)

    Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time.

    Andy says: "war wasn't simpler 75 years ago"
    "Fantastic Insight In To Another Side Of the War"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was interesting, had a great pace, and I always felt like I was connecting with and learning about the people involved.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, they're all pretty amazing people, but this book helped me gain a greater appreciation for Nimitz as a person and for his role.


    What does Brian Troxell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration was never distracting, and always engaging. His voice and tone were perfect for the narrative.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well, there were a lot of moving moments, but the part about them dealing with their own family losses in the war was very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't listen to a spot of music the whole time I was reading this book, and normally I switch off between an audiobook and music for my commutes. I didn't want to listen to anything else the whole time. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in history and these great men's place in it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12169)
    Performance
    (8992)
    Story
    (8993)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "World weary Wizard detective fiction? A winner!"
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    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story caught me right from the beginning and had me invested in Harry Dresden's world, problems and story. James Marsters is a fantastic narrator and brings so much life to Dresden that you feel like he's a fleshed out person from the first few minutes. Definitely one of the most fun reads I've had in ages!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresden himself was my favorite character, and why is easy: He's world weary without being too cynical, badass without being a superhero, kind without always doing it for the right reasons, and a fantastic character to lead you through Butcher's interesting world.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    See the above. His narration as Harry Dresden is fantastic and spot on.


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

    I listened to it in just two days, and that says something. I usually listen to audiobooks on my drive to and from work (an hour total each day) and on my breaks at work (another hour) so it usually takes me a few days to a week to complete an audio book of this length. This one only took me two days because I just couldn't seem to stop listening to it. I'd sit in my driveway after getting home and just listen until I realized how weird I must look to the neighbors. I'd say that's a pretty extreme reaction!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Site: A Delta Force Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (636)

    Meet Kolt Raynor. A Delta Force operator and one-time American hero, he is still trying to make sense of his life - and duty - after a secret mission gone bad. Three years ago, in the mountains of Pakistan, Raynor made a split-second decision to disobey orders - one that got some of his teammates killed and the rest captured. Now he’s been given a second chance to do right by his country, his men, and himself. But Raynor’s shot at redemption comes at a price.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Loved the novel"
    "Twelves hours of excitement!"
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    Where does Black Site rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Black Site is definitely one of the most exciting and action packed books I've listened to in ages. The story is very well thought out and moves forward relentlessly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Site?

    I can't really say without spoiling anything, but let's just say that a few sentries had a very bad day.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Racer is infiltrating a Taliban compound when he first get's back in to Pakistan was very, very memorable. That's all I can really say.


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

    There were plenty of moments that shocked me, made me a bit queasy or nervous, and a number of great fist-pumping "Heck yea!" moments. There isn't a whole lot of emotional depth in the book, but what is there is actually extremely well done. His description of a rather hellish moment of PTSD hit me extremely hard and make me empathize heavily with the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very worried that this book would have many, many moments of jingoism and support for some of the horrible things we've done in the "War On Terror", but I was wrong. When there was a hint of anything political I think it was dealt with tact and from the perspective of a man with his boots firmly on the ground. The do mention torture, and there is a scene that contains some in the background, but it is dealt with enough disgust that I didn't hate it. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a love of military action thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Jade: Temeraire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (518)

    When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon's egg, Captain Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain's Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle. But now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands, and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast.

    Nicholas says: "fast forward part 2"
    "Interesting Follow Up, But Not As Fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, it was an entertaining read and I had no problem listening to it on my drives to and from work, and my lunch break every day. It had some points that dragged, and didn't feature some of the interesting characters built up in the first book, so it was a bit lacking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Throne of Jade?

    Well, the end was pretty memorable, and a long protracted battle was thrilling and had me gripped. I didn't want to pause it to go back to work!


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He captures the characters voices and personalities perfectly, and his narration is always a joy to listen to. I've actually bought other books just because he was the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved learning more about dragons and the differences in their integration in to another culture, but I definitely missed some of the characters from the first book. If you go in to the book knowing that it will be different, I think you'll have a great time following Lawrence and Temeraire on this adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Bamford
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    In The Shadow Factory, James Bamford, the foremost expert on National Security Agency, charts its transformation since 9/11, as the legendary code breakers turned their ears away from outside enemies, such as the Soviet Union, and inward to enemies whose communications increasingly crisscross America.

    Joshua Kim says: "NSA Sunshine Policy"
    "Interesting, if scary, read"
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    If you could sum up The Shadow Factory in three words, what would they be?

    Total information awareness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow Factory?

    Any time they talked about how much data the NSA collects and stores.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice with a consistent tone, easy reading style, and clear narration. He definitely mispronounces some technical terms a few times and spells out organization names that should just be said (DARPA for instance), but that didn't bug me much.


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

    How hard wired the NSA is in to the world's communication networks. They're drilled down to the marrow of the systems, and I don't think they'd ever be removed.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Wukovits
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    On October 25, 1944, the Samuel B. Roberts and 12 other vessels stood between Japan’s largest battleship force ever and MacArthur’s transports inside Leyte Gulf. Facing more than 20 Japanese vessels - including the 70,000-ton Yamato - the 1,200-ton Samuel B. Roberts turned immediately to action, churning straight at the enemy in a near-suicidal attempt to deflect the more potent foe and buy time for MacArthur’s forces.

    K. Winters says: "Amazing Story, Heart Rending and Brave"
    "Amazing Story, Heart Rending and Brave"
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    What did you love best about For Crew and Country?

    The story of ordinary men and their extreme, selfless acts of bravery. You get to know the crew, their lives, their loves and hopes, and you see how that affects them in the time of greatest crisis.


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

    I have not, but this one was pretty good. I'd definitely give him another listen without hesitation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Ship That Fought Like A Battleship


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a rather happy book by the end, and many times while listening to it on my lunch break or driving around I had to switch to something more upbeat. Be prepared for that when you give a listen. Despite that (or maybe because of it) I feel that this should be essential reading for anyone interested in WWII, or history at all. It feels like the quintessential story of American heroism, and what we want to be.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26869)
    Performance
    (20633)
    Story
    (20716)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Avoid the narration and read the book"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    Listening to this book was difficult. I tried on many occasions to get in to it, but the narrator grated on me so much that I kept putting it down. I thought I must hate the story and the characters, but when someone handed me the book I read and loved the story.


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    His voices were awful and never felt like they fit any of the characters. The guard sounded like a pirate, and so did the old nursemaid, etc.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (451)

    Jay Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, whom he met during the war when he was penniless. Having made himself wealthy through illegal means, he now lives in a mansion across the bay from the home of Daisy Buchanan, who has since married for money. Holding on to his illusion of Daisy as perfect, he seeks to impress her with his wealth, and uses his new neighbor, Nick Carraway, (our narrator), to reach her.

    Tad Davis says: "Didn't realize how good this was"
    "Great Audiobook, Only Just Appreciated It"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    Well, I was on a roadtrip from L.A. to my home in Northern California and listened to the whole book through. I think being stuck with one story allowed me to follow every thread and subtlety the story had without missing much. The performance was also spot on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The criticisms that the author had of that time, and the attitudes many of the characters possessed, is still relevant and valid today. It really strikes you that we are still very much a culture of those elite, and those who wish they were there.


    What about Anthony Heald’s performance did you like?

    His voice did a good job conveying the right emotion at the right time without seeming forced.


    Any additional comments?

    I hated this book when I was required to read it in high school. I think its because I couldn't relate to the characters at the time, and never have the story much time. It benefits from being able to listen to or read it in long stretches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1812: The Navy's War

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George C. Daughan
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (244)

    At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America's prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean but America's war fleet, only 20 ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war.

    K. Winters says: "Fantastic, if complicated, account of the war"
    "Fantastic, if complicated, account of the war"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely, but it is a complicated book with many names and dates with some intense nautical terms, so I would be careful who I recommended it to. It, I think, would be enjoyable to the regular history lover, but would be loved by someone who loves naval history like I do.


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tone and ability to do accurate (well, to me at least) accents for each person in the book was enjoyable and added to the listening experience.


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

    I found myself very excited when it described the harrowing naval battles and the heroism, and loss they contained.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm actually thinking about listening to this one again. That's how much I enjoyed it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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