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Ron

American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer.

Allons, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Captains: The Brotherhood of War Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (340)

    It was more than an incident: It was a deadly assault across the 38th parallel. It was the Korean War. In the fear and the frenzy of battle, those who had served with heroism before were called again by America to man the trenches and sandbag bunkers. From Pusan to the Yalu, they drove forward with commands too new and tanks too old, brothers in war, bonded together in battle as they had never been in peace....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Excellent second book"
    "Soldier's Stories that hold on to you!"
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    The second in the Brotherhood of War series that picks up on our favorite characters and moves them along in our hearts and mind. I am addicted to this W.E.B Griffin series, and I can only express satisfaction with this listening experience. The narration by Eric G. Dove continues to be superb in the delivery of character voices. If you like military stories, such as the Band of Brothers, etc, then you will enjoy these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (514)

    They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

    Rochelle says: "Not just a Novel about War"
    "Soldier's Stories at their very best"
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    I do not know what took me so long to find the Brotherhood of War series, but now that I have, I cannot pull myself away from them. I read and listen to military history with an insatiable desire. I tend to stay away from fiction, but I must say that W.E.B. Griffin weaves a great story line through historical periods, with great characters that draw you in and make you care. He gets it right in both history and mindset. The narration by Eric G. Dove, is very good, however, his pronunciation of some of the German could use some help. In my opinion there is no way your coming away from the Lieutenants, without going on to the next book in the series. Listening entertainment at its best...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler.

    Kenzibit says: "All for the PEACE & FREEDOM we enjoy today."
    "What war and leadership are all about!"
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    If you want to know what men look for in leadership when going to war, this book is for you. The personal account of Col. Sparks war experiences in Italy and Germany relate the true cost of freedom paid on the battlefields in Europe during World War II. Recounting the loss of so many of his men in the 500 days of brutal combat, Sparks leaves for future generations a record of the sacrifice and bravery needed to defeat the true evil that seemed to be enveloping our world.

    Fred Sanders narration was superb, Alex Kershaw's story excellent, and the cost of freedom well documented!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (576)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "To be all in"
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    Tuesday and Capt. Montalvan's story, hit home in so many ways. My P.T.S.D hidden and controlled for many years after returning from two tours of duty in Vietnam, surfaced into full blown nightmares after open heart surgery later in life. I learned from the heart surgeon afterwards, it is something that happens quite often to veterans after undergoing such an event.

    Capt. Montalvan's journey to function in society, with the help of his dog Tuesday confirmed my belief that you must be "All IN" in the relationship between dog and person. Those events in Tuesday's life of bonding himself to his handler's during training, only to loose that connection at some point, underscores the issue that dog's are fully aware emotionally who is committed 100% to a relationship. I too have a service dog for my PTSD, and I cannot imagine my life without him. I am "all in," and so is he. Thank you Captain for explaining so well that bond and relationship, and the importance of service dogs to veterans that suffer from the trauma of war for the rest of their lives. Most of all thank you for your service to our nation, and for the issues concerning veterans you so gallantly and intelligently speak about and support. I salute you!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3080)
    Performance
    (2785)
    Story
    (2776)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "An American Patriot"
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    If you want to know what it is to be an American Patriot, who would do what ever it takes for God and Country, then read or listen to the story of Chris Kyle. Our nation and the soldiers he served with, were lucky to have such a superb warrior to look after them. I loved his honesty about the places he served and those he fought against. His descriptions of respect and camaraderie for all soldiers he served with was inspiring, while a sense of humor and humanity sparked interest in the composure he carried while dealing death to the enemy. Excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3906)
    Performance
    (3477)
    Story
    (3496)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Thrilling Account of history"
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    Well researched and crafted in relating the events and characters in this American tragedy. I must state up front, that I am negatively biased in my feelings toward the narrator, and did not care for his performance very much. The narration flowed through the voice and character of a modern day sensationalistic television reporter. From my personal point of view, I thought the matter of fact delivery, took away from a very good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (388)

    Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001, marked the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Very, very good, but very, very long."
    "If Teddy does't inspire you, no one will"
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    First of all let me say that Mark Deakins did an excellent job of giving Theodore Roosevelt voice. Superb job! I like details, and the thoroughness and detail by Edward Norris gave me all that I could ask for. Certainly I am ready for the next chapter in the three books Mr. Norris so masterfully crafted about this true American icon, and much revered and respected man of the world. Colonel/President Theodore Roosevelt was a man's man, and the telling of his story left me truly inspired.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Ransom's Diary: Andersonville

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Ransom
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    Overall
    (48)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    This book is an extraordinary day-to-day documentary of the Civil War's most infamous Confederate prison, Camp Sumter, better known as Andersonville.

    John says: "John Ransom's Diary - A Great Listen"
    "Prisoner of War - A worst case scenario"
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    The Ransom Diary should be considered an historic treasure in its chronicle of suffering and death at Andersonville during the American Civil War. David Thorn gives a great feel to John Ransom in his narration of the story. The story hides nothing, recounting raids among prisoners themselves to take what they can from those too weak to resist, the struggle to exist when nothing is given to exist on, and the humanity of others in the least likely of places. A sobering account of a worst case scenario in prison life during the Civil War.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3478)
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    (3143)
    Story
    (3211)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Brilliant"
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    Answers the age old question, if a person talks to them-self, and the answer comes back, Huh? Are they truly nuts? Not at all it seems, as Mr. Sanderson has so entertainingly and creatively found the perfect character in Mr. Leeds to explain the unexplainable. We will need more of Mr. Leeds in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Black Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Black Hawk
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1037)

    This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history - a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis. Perhaps no Indian ever saw so much of American expansion or fought harder to prevent that expansion from driving his people to exile and death.

    Darwin8u says: "A NO HOLD BARRED and unflinching narrative"
    "An ugly truth"
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    No surprise in this tale. It is what you would expect to find in an autobiography of native American peoples who were used, cheated, abused and degraded by the migration of the white European settlers to North America. An ugly truth of American history. Descriptions of life, strife, and politics amongst the tribes, and learning more details about native American culture was the most interesting for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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