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  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

    Donnie Cooper says: "touching. very touching."
    "Biography of an amazing man, very little SEAL info"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As an unbeliever I found this book disappointing. This man was the embodiment of what it means to be a SEAL but this is a book about the life and faith of a man who also happened to be a SEAL and not much about his actual SEAL experiences. It is almost exclusively about his character, his troubled past and how his faith guided his life. The man was remarkable, no doubt about it, but if you are looking for a book about what SEAL training and life in the teams are all about, look elsewhere. If you want about how this man put his faith into practice, then you'll probably enjoy this book a great deal.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Eric Blehm? Why or why not?

    Possibly. I don't know if all the religiosity in this book comes exclusively from the story or if the author was using it to also further the cause of his own faith. If the latter then probably not.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Michael?

    No. He over dramatized this story and his imitation of other people's voices is terrible. He has a good voice when he's not trying speak in other people's tones. When he does that, he is 3rd rate at best. His female voices were the worst.

    Was Fearless worth the listening time?

    Eh, it was ok. Not a strong SEAL story. I really enjoy the details of what it takes to become a SEAL and then what their lives are like, what they do and how they do it. There was almost none of that here.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • On Stranger Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Tim Powers
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On Stranger Tides follows the exploits of John Chandagnac, who travels to the new world after the death of his puppeteer father to confront his uncle, who has apparently made off with the family fortune. During the voyage, he befriends Beth Hurwood and her father, Benjamin Hurwood, an Oxford professor. Before they arrive at their destination, their ship is waylaid by Blackbeard and his band of pirates.

    Derek B. says: "I have waited for this audiobook for years!"
    "Excellent performance, slow and wandering story"
    If you could sum up On Stranger Tides in three words, what would they be?

    Not terribly interesting.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending wasn't that surprising or interesting, much like the rest of the book.

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

    Not quite Jim Dale but close. Pinchot did a wonderful job with the various voices, moving between them effortlessly and in quite a believable manner.

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


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for something remotely similar to the pirates movie, On Stranger Tides, you will be disappointed. Except for mentioning the fountain of youth and Black Beard, there are really no similarities. How the Pirates of the Caribbean movie was based on this I haven't the foggiest. Also, the story wanders around a good deal without any big climax. There were a couple of small points when I thought that maybe the book was finally getting somewhere. Each time it turned out that it was just a slight up tick in the otherwise slow but not completely uninteresting story. Over all it's okay. I need to listen to more books in the genre I think for comparison but this isn't a must listen/read. I will however be looking for more books read by Bronson Pinchot. He did a really great job with the character's voices and I believe this book gets it's over all better rating in a large part to his performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.

    Kathryn says: "Chelsea, You are HYSTERICAL!"
    "Disapointing, I expected more based on the reviews"
    What would have made My Horizontal Life better?

    A single funny or slightly sexy story.

    What didn’t you like about Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

    It was rote, unemotional, and almost as dry as the contents of the book itself.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.

    Any additional comments?

    From the other comments I expected something funny, erotic and well written. This book contains none of the above... or any other positive traits for that matter. At least I got it on the $4.95 sale. If you love really bad reality TV, you may enjoy this. If you are looking for erotic stories of an adventurous and humorous lady, look elsewhere. She doesn't come across as white trash exactly but she just iterates over the worst of her life without bringing in any redeeming aspects. The book is a downhill read without ever coming up for air. It's not like a bad movie that's fun to watch because of how bad it is. Rather it becomes increasingly sad, embarrassing, and depressing straight through to the end, at which point her dad tells her she needs to write a book. Sadly, she took his advise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Overly dramatized voice acting and overt politics"
    What did you like best about Lone Survivor? What did you like least?

    Best? Hard to say, I guess the general perspective any SEAL biography gives. Least? Everything else. The voice actor is terrible. Completely over dramatizes the story. Because of this its hard to separate the reading from the content. The content did seem to focus an awful lot on the author's hard right wing agenda and less on the actual story. I love SEAL stories from all perspectives but please just stick to the story. Don't inundate me with your constant political criticisms to convince me that your personal views are right and all else is wrong. That's not story, that's being a pundit. Even on issues I would agree with him, it was really hard to listen to.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Collins’s performances?

    Absolutely not!

    Did Lone Survivor inspire you to do anything?


    Any additional comments?

    I love SEAL stories and biographies and I'll put up with just about anything to get the smallest scraps but I could not finish this book. I hate that because I've heard much about what a remarkable story Mr. Luttrell has to tell.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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