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Rex

Rosetta, South Africa | Member Since 2008

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  • Combat Pay

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Curt Messex
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Few civilians realize the immense role the brave pilots in C-130 aircraft played in the Vietnam War. Now, Major Curt Messex tells the hair raising tales he experienced piloting a C-130. Imagine flying a boxcar with four engines, loaded with high explosive fuel, at night, low, over a jungle with numerous Viet Cong shooting at you with 23mm, 37mm, and 57mm guns.

    Russell says: "Real Life in the military"
    "Combat Pay (unabridged)"
    Overall

    This was one of the best books I have listened to. It was told in a matter of fact way that understated the seriousness of the situation the author was going through. A very good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eugene B. Fluckey
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (126)

    Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

    This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

    Boone says: "Action, Excitement, & History. A great read!"
    "Wow! There were brave men in WWII"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Thunder Below! again? Why?

    Yes. I enjoy military history. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was stunned at the bravery of the men that went out in submarines


    What other book might you compare Thunder Below! to and why?

    The Bravest Man - another submariner's tale, Neptune's Inferno on the naval battles around Guadalcanal and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors of the heroic stand by destroyers against battleships in Leyte Gulf


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

    no


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

    I think the title sums it up: Thunder Below!


    Any additional comments?

    An above average tale well told

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Soldier: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    Centuries in the past, mankind fought a seemingly unbeatable adversary from sector to sector across the Spiral Arm until the war ground to a standstill and the Enemy withdrew. Believing that they had won, the citizens of the galaxy rebuilt. The Inner Worlds, which had escaped the worst of the war's ravages, became even more insular, while the Rim worlds adopted a free and easy way with law and order. Now, hundreds of years after their withdrawal, the Enemy is back - and this time they'll be satisfied with nothing less than the extinction of the galaxy.

    Shawn says: "A good introduction to Lianden"
    "Good sci fi story that keeps up the tempo"
    Overall
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    Where does Crystal Soldier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    about top third


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept up. It has an interesting story line and I did not get bored listening to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight scene where the hero and heroine nearly get hammered!


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable story. I want to read the rest of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viper Pilot: The Autobiography of One of America's Most Decorated Combat Pilots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dan Hampton
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (195)

    Sure to rank as one of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. From 1986 to 2006, Lt. Col. Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, the elite Air Force fighter squadrons whose mission is recognized as the most dangerous job in modern air combat. Weasels are the first planes sent into a war zone, flying deep behind enemy lines purposely seeking to draw fire from surface-to-air missiles and artillery. They must skillfully evade being shot down - and then return to destroy the threats, thereby making the skies safe for everyone else to follow.

    Frances says: "Fast and Furious"
    "Great aerial combat descriptions"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Viper Pilot to be better than the print version?

    Dont know as I have only had the audio version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reality of the scenes describing how combat pilots fly an F16


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

    Expression is always good. I think he does a good job.


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

    Viper!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the book. I have listened to it twice already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great North Road - Part One

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, AD 2142, Detective Sidney Hurst attends a brutal murder scene. The victim is one of the wealthy North family clones - but none have been reported missing. And the crime’s most disturbing aspect is how the victim was killed. Twenty years ago, a North clone billionaire and his household were horrifically murdered in exactly the same manner, on the tropical planet of St Libra. But if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted? Tough and confident, she never waivered under interrogation - claiming she alone survived an alien attack. But there is no animal life on St Libra.

    Simon says: "A very Peter F Hamilton book!"
    "fantastic imagination"
    Overall
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The story is very involved and the plot is woven in leaf after leaf. I love Peter Hamilton's stories and look forward to his next book.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I first saw a tome in a book shop with the author Peter Hamilton. Out of curiosity, I got one of his books and have been fascinated by his imagination and depth of description ever since. I almost wish I could be alive when we will be able to travel to his worlds...


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Peter Hamilton has a wonderful imagination. He is able to describe his worlds in a very clear manner allowing one to imagine what he is driving at. He is also able to disguise his plot so that you only find out at the end how it all ties together.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I love John Lee reading Peter Hamilton's books and was initially disappointed to see he was not reading this one. However, Tony Longworth has more than stepped up. I like his voice, his intonation and his ability to read the words to tell a story.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    A good read. A bit tough if you like short works...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Department of Mad Scientists: Inside DARPA, the Path-Breaking Government Agency You've Never Heard Of

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Belfiore
    • Narrated By Michael Belfiore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    The first-ever inside look at DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars

    Roger Smith says: "Outstanding!"
    "Keep up the good work!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Department of Mad Scientists to be better than the print version?

    I have not seen the printed version. The audio was great!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gives me heart that money is being spent on true research. Our planet can only really progress if we harness the power of the imagination. DARPA's flying insects are amazing!


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

    Dont know


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was great to listen in chunks


    Any additional comments?

    heartwarming story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Baggott
    • Narrated By Mike Pollock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    Utterly beautiful. Profoundly disconcerting. Quantum theory is quite simply the most successful account of the physical universe ever devised. Its concepts underpin much of the 21st-century technology that we now take for granted. But at the same time it has completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at its most fundamental level.

    John says: "Not for the Casual Reader"
    "Update your Quantum knowledge"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Quantum Story?

    It was able to get me up to date from high school physics to the current state of play. Jim Baggot did a wonderful job of providing very high brow physics in a way that made it make sense. I wanted an update: I got it in spades! I will read more of his books.


    What other book might you compare The Quantum Story to and why?

    none that I know of


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

    He has a good way of reading very difficult and thoughtful material that did not shut me off.


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

    Finally understanding Schroedinger's Cat


    Any additional comments?

    A well written story of a complex concept that kept the reader along even if you started to lose some of the concepts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enterprise: America’s Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Barrett Tillman
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    America’s most decorated warship of World War II, Enterprise was constantly engaged against the Japanese Empire, earning the title “the fightingest ship” in the navy. Her career was eventful, vital, and short. Commissioned in 1938, her bombers sank a submarine just ten days after the Pearl Harbor attack, claiming the first Japanese vessel lost in the war.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Great Bio of a Truly Remarkable Ship"
    "What a remarkable ship!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Enterprise again? Why?

    Yes. This ship seemed to have a divine hand putting it in the right place at the right time. Anyone who has read Flashman will have the same feeling of "you're kidding me right" as the Big E heads into yet another major battle much like Flashman accidentally being at the the Charge of the Light Brigade.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The ship. It had a soul of its own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several. Whenever the Enterprize took a big hit, you hold your breath which is silly seeing as you know she survived. But, that is the gut feel.


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

    No. It did remind me that sometimes life is tooooo coincidental to be mere coincidence.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Craig L. Symonds
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (135)

    There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever. In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds, paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice.

    Jeremy says: "A unique tale of tactical wars"
    "Good read (listen) for history buffs"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History) the most enjoyable?

    This is a tale told over and over again. This version was told in a very fresh manner and I enjoyed the narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nimitz: did he have balls!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The absolute divine intervention of getting the right mix upstairs and on the deck.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not realise how badly the Hornet flyers actually did... I was not aware of the Flight to Nowhere

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sniper: American Single-Shot Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gina Cavallaro, Matt Larsen
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin, Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    From Afghanistan's Hindu Kush peaks and sunbaked Helmand Valley to Baghdad, Mosul and Ramadi in Iraq, American snipers have braved heart-pounding situations to hit their human targets dead-on. Few military feats stir the imagination like the image of a pair of riflemen waiting quietly in a building, a bomb crater, or a mountain pass for a Taliban or Al Qaeda fighter to walk into their crosshairs. Sniper presents real-life tales from the military's frontline snipers---their hits and their misses, the anguish of loss, and the anxiety of the first kill.

    Igor says: "Possibly the worst narrarators on the site!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. Given the amount of material available, it was less than satisfactory


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

    Most: based on fact
    Least: boringly described and performed


    What aspect of Jo Anna Perrin and Johnny Heller ’s performance would you have changed?

    They did not excite


    Could you see Sniper being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hellfire

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ed Macy
    • Narrated By Ed Macy
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    May 2006. Pilot Ed Macy arrives in Afghanistan with a contingent of Apache AH Mk1. It's the first operational tour for the deadly, difficult machines and confidence in the cripplingly expensive attack helicopter is low. It doesn't help that for their first month 'in action', Ed and his mates see little more than the back-end of a Chinook.

    Gavan Lim-Joon says: "Outstanding Non-fiction Military audio book"
    "Hellfire (abridged)"
    Overall

    This is an interesting and stark story of what happened in the early days of the British going into Helmand Province in Afghanistan. It also gives you an insight into how easy it could be for a helicopter to fire on friendlies. The discipline of the Apache pilots is very impressive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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