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Pete

Rohnert Park, CA, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (363)

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Jason says: "A must read!"
    "Great introduction to war in Afghanistan."
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    Would you listen to The Outpost again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this again. It's a very complex and interesting story of brave men and women willing to sacrifice for there country. This novel is also great at understanding the cultural differences and how our soldiers tried to win this war.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Book almost reads like fiction, very interesting and easy to get into. The stories of family and friends finding out someone has died was heartbreaking, but necessary. I feel I understand at least a little of how these guys have suffered for this country.


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

    He has a very conversational style about how he reads the book. I can imagine the soldier standing in front of me repeating what he has said.


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

    The lengths we went to to avoid fighting with the afghans, counterinsurgency, etc.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sam Sheridan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (251)

    Sam Sheridan has been an amateur boxer, mixed martial arts fighter, professional wilderness firefighter, EMT, sailor, and cowboy, and has worked in construction at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse, we're all in a lot of trouble. But when Sam had his son and settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. Sam decided to face his fears head-on, embarking on a quest to gain as many skills as possible that might come in handy should the world as we know it end....

    Bradley says: "Well written, well researched, and entertaining."
    "Not what I expected, but ended up being a great bo"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I did not read the description of this book closely enough and thought it was your standard post-apocalypse book, but its not. It does have a story that runs along that line; however, this more about the author describing how he learned his unique survival skills necessary to survive the apocalypse.

    At first, I was mildly annoyed, but kept listening as I was mildly interested. The more I listened the more I liked it.

    This book will truly teach you the skills to survive the apocalypse, or even a Katrina. Lots of really good information reduced to the real skills and info you need.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, obviously.


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

    Really kept the book fast paced and conversational..


    Any additional comments?

    Must read for any preper or post apoc. aficionado.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (343)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Interesting characters and concepts"
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    If you could sum up The Drowned Cities in three words, what would they be?

    Post-Apocalypse future America


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drowned Cities?

    I enjoyed the fighting scenes especially with the genetically altered war animal. Creates a very believable future America with it's roots in today's intolerance (both left and right).


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

    Does a good job of separating the characters, given them there own voice


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

    No, but I was constantly thinking about it when I wasn't listening to it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2119)
    Performance
    (1470)
    Story
    (1487)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Grew to hate this book the longer it went on"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This would appeal to people who like right wing politics and pulp sci-fi


    Has Live Free or Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I won't buy the rest of the series


    Did Mark Boyett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, did a very good job


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Live Free or Die?

    All of the right wing politics


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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