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Curt

Retired Army, avid listener

Fairfax, VA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1589)
    Performance
    (1445)
    Story
    (1457)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "400+ books listened too, Top 3!"
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    I have been an Audible listener for over 10 years, this book is at the top of my recommendation list and one of the very few I rate 5 stars all across! Listening to this book was amazing, hit on many emotional levels, great performance, and just what I needed after recent selections that were less than stellar.

    If you like Laura Hillenbrand's books (Seabiscuit, Unbroken) this one will be a winner! I workout on indoor rowers- this book was an incredible description of what it takes to compete at world class levels (which I don't come close too), makes me want to get on the water. Seriously, an amazing story, gave me chills on some passages while doing yard work in DC heat/humidity. If you want to know what some of the greatest generation was doing before WWII, give this book a shot.

    I could go on, I could offer suggestions, but just download this book and enjoy a great story. I hear it is coming out as a movie- I can only hope it does. You will want to listen to the book first, then go to YouTube and watch some of the old footage of the 1936 Olympics! This book should be required reading for every crew team, at any level!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Toymaker

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chuck Barrett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (386)

    Former NTSB Investigator Jake Pendleton faces a dilemma as the line blurs between right and wrong. After his judgment comes into question, Jake is entrusted to his new mentor, an eccentric old man who sees beyond Jake’s flaws. A man who makes ‘toys for spies.’ A man known as The Toymaker. Jake’s first assignment reunites him with Gregg Kaplan in a daredevil mission to rescue a fellow agent held captive in Yemen. He risks his life to stop the first attack of an al Qaeda mastermind.

    shelley says: "Great book"
    "Solid spy novel!"
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    After a steady diet of fantasy I needed to change venues- this book was very satisfying. Good character development, believable storyline- emphasis on technology was not as overwhelming, woven well into the storyline. Overall left me with an appetite for another in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7695)
    Performance
    (7295)
    Story
    (7319)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "This is book 2, if only I had known!"
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    I really don't like starting a series unless all the books have been published- since I usually listen to the first one again before starting on the next in the series if it has been a long time between books. As long as these books are I am hopeful the next one comes out soon while the series is still fresh in my mind. Overall another excellent book by Brandon! Some new twists and turns- some you could see coming from a distance on the 'shattered plains', others a little more difficult to discern, and the pace was just a bit slower as he injects more complexity. The performance was very good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Siegfried Knappe, Ted Brusaw
    • Narrated By John Wray
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (311)

    A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.

    Erik says: "An incredible true story"
    "No Fox news, Germany goes to war...."
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    One of the few books I have read from a German point of view so it was interesting. I think the 'soldier' was especially kind to his experience in hindsight. Obviously he was intelligent, awfully hard to believe he did not have a better understanding of what was really going on politically. If he is truthful, it should give pause to anyone on what a country is capable of when there is no free press to ask the hard questions and hold the political leaders accountable. Think about that the next time you see a politician being asked uncomfortable questions, irregardless of which side, politically, that you are on.

    Let me know if this review was helpful!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1746)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1557)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Great TV Show, Book is pretty good too"
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    I really like "Longmire" on cable TV, A&E. Crusty old sheriff that gets through to the truth with a western theme. The book is pretty good too, reminds me of other classic western series, although the character in the book is not quite up to the same level of integrity as the TV show sheriff. This book was on 'sale' so I bought it even though it was not the first in the series- that was not a problem. Given my familiraity with the TV version probably helped.

    BTW- if you have read this far- I would appreciate a rating if my review was helpful- thanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1406)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1300)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Joe says: "Can't Believe Audible Didn't Announce The Release."
    "Not a complete series"
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    I prefer to select books in a series once the series has been completed, I wish I had known this was not a trilogy.

    It was good, some parts very good, but for me too much time on interpersonal relationships/politics and not enough on the interesting plot line. Worth the time but I really hope the author focuses on more story, less sex scenes and politics. This is about us (humans) versus them, please focus.

    Also- this book especially jumps about in timelines with little heads up it is happening. More than once I had to check to ensure I had the correct book in the correct order. He covers ground from previous books throughout the story, treating some chapters as prequels to chapters from the previous books- sounds confusing(?)- at times it certainly was.

    Based on a google search it looks like the next in the series is going to be a year or more....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8699)
    Performance
    (8273)
    Story
    (8288)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Great SciFi- classic and very entertaining! 4.75!"
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    This book starts off fast and gets you thinking, the main character is worth rooting for from start to finish. Solid story, very believable, and educational as well. Never give in, always think it through, great lessons in perseverance! I have always related to humor under stress- this story delivers both!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3146)
    Performance
    (2743)
    Story
    (2782)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "The Road and The Stand combined"
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    I typically enjoy this type of story, good vs evil, end of world, epic struggle- but not so much this time around. The story borrowed heavily from the "The Road" by Cormack McCarthy and "The Stand" by Stephen King. Same apocalyptic environment as The Road, same kind of journey, same bleakness which I did not enjoy- although at least this time you knew why. Post nuclear war- everything that grows from the earth is dead- yet a horse lives 7 years, eating what? Similar to The Stand in the good vs evil department- similar plot lines, very similar character development- yet just not up to the same standards. Once again- thanks audible for your app that allows listening at an accelerated rate! I did hear The Stand has an new, longer format out- might just have to revisit that book.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8385)
    Performance
    (5075)
    Story
    (5066)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "WW1 History, not a fan"
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    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    Yes, but only because I have enjoyed all his other books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall of Giants?

    The end, finally it came. This was a little tedious for me, it reminded me why I was not enthralled in European history, too many family names to recall and sort out. It is the history of the era, but as a casual listener, meaning while I am typically involved in other activities ( driving, chores, exercise) it was not a great story that cleanly captured my attention. I am a Ken Follet fan, I have the next in the series, but I am waiting a bit before listening to the next book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (548)

    A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.

    Jane says: "Not enough happening."
    "What could have been- if less sex"
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    Would you try another book from Christine Feehan and/or Tom Stechschulte?

    Might try another- but only after careful review of reviews to ensure that the author tones down her emphasis on the lurid sex scenes that never seemed to end. Even at the end of the book when it look like there was going to be an opportunity for a climatic action ending, the ending was climatic, sexually. I have never seen a story that had as much potential drowned in so many explicit sexual scenes. I am no prude but this book was way over the top. If I had a timer I think the sex scenes were more than half of the ending of the book in the last couple of chapters. It was so bad that I had to rely on the double speed option on my iPhone.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The basic story was interesting, more like a comic book theme- how Spiderman gets his powers...


    Was Shadow Game worth the listening time?

    Not really- way to many sex scenes, which were OK the first time but by the end of the book they had me rolling my eyes for all the emphasis.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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