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David

Linkoping, Sweden | Member Since 2012

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  • The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    The Last Stand of Fox Company is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the battle's survivors, and they narrate the story with the immediacy of such classic accounts of single battles as Guadalcanal Diary, Pork Chop Hill, and Black Hawk Down.

    Stephen says: "Outstanding story, poor narration"
    "Gripping and interesting."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Stand of Fox Company to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Stand of Fox Company?

    The marines having to stack their dead around the foxhole to use as barricades against snipers.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    He did not intrude on the narrative. He did not attempt to use a range of different voices.


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

    Yes, it was.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a gripping narative of a small unit and the experience of being cut off from from friendly lines, and at the same time having to fight at a place and under conditions so very hostile as to be deadly in themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By T. R. Fehrenbach
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    This Kind of War is a monumental study of the conflict that began in June 1950. Successive generations of U.S. military officers have considered this book an indispensable part of their education. T. R. Fehrenbach's narrative brings to life the harrowing and bloody battles that were fought up and down the Korean Peninsula.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "Korean War Classic - The Good, the Bad, the Ugly"
    "Solid, informative but a little repetitive."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, but I would qualifiy it with sttating that the author is making a political point of the narrative, and that, as a result, fast forwarding bits of the book might be advisable.

    Also, the perspective is almost completely on the infantry. Tanks and aircraft are mentioned merely in passing as "Then the airforce napalmed the hills". This is IMHO because of the aforementioned political point which the author presses home ( to the point of sadonecrohippophilia), namely that the US by 1950 had grown weak, leftist and antimilitary and that as a result its soldiers were untrained and ill equipped.

    All in all, it is not bad as a book on the flow of battle during the Korean war, but I would not recommend it as a first book on the subject.


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

    The description of the Korean society and the legacy of the imperial japanes conquest and ockupation was the most interestiong as it laid the foundation for the politics of NK and RoK.

    The least interesting was the lamentation of how the US had grown soft and leftist.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the book was kanid of bland and not so engaging. the descriptions of the battles did not make so much of an individual impression on me.


    Could you see This Kind of War being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (212)

    With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

    Thomas says: "Hornfischer does it again."
    "This is a classic."
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    Where does Neptune's Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High. It is in depth about a phase of the Guadalcanal campaign that has been overlooked, and it also includes enough personal details to be gripping.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different eyewitnesses stories.


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

    Freedom to use my hands. I do not listen to audiobooks for the experience, but for the convenience of "reading" while doing repetitive tasks like piling firewood.


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

    The vulnerability of battleships if the attacker can close the range.


    Any additional comments?

    the narrator is very slow. I recommend 125-150% reading speed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Closing with the Enemy: How GIs Fought the War in Europe, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael D. Doubler
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    Closing with the Enemy picks up where D-Day leaves off. From Normandy through the "breakout" in France to the German army's last gasp in the Battle of the Bulge, Michael D. Doubler deals with the deadly business of war - closing with the enemy, fighting and winning battles, taking and holding territory. His study provides a provocative reassessment of how American GIs accomplished these dangerous and costly tasks.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "Well Done Doubler"
    "Excellent"
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    What made the experience of listening to Closing with the Enemy the most enjoyable?

    This book focuses on how battle-events unfolded, and what consquences they had for tactics and doctrine. Something that is extremely rare even in the military history field.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm going to go with Napalm. Even though HE artillery fire had more overall impact on the story, Every time napalm was introduced to a scene, it was a blast.


    What about Mel Foster’s performance did you like?

    Good pronounciation. Did a decent job at pronouncing non-english words.


    Any additional comments?

    Put your players to 1.25xspeed. The narrator reads with excruciating slowness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16354)
    Performance
    (12823)
    Story
    (12901)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Good story ruined by narrator."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I actually could not finish the series because every twenty minutes or so the narrator would decide to slobber-lisp in a faux scottish accent or badly imitate a shrieking crone voice from Macbeth. Eventually I got so annoyed I could no longer concentrate on the story. Read the book instead.


    If you’ve listened to books by George R. R. Martin before, how does this one compare?

    The story is good and solid. the intrigues are a little less heavy and the story feels more like a dr zjivago than a machiavelli.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    Anyone who does not belive he can shift between thirty voices and eighteen accents when he only has two of each.


    Any additional comments?

    I will never again buy a book narrated by Roy Dotrice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17721)
    Performance
    (13833)
    Story
    (13869)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Great book, annoying narrator."
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    If you could sum up A Clash of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, intricate, engaging.


    What other book might you compare A Clash of Kings to and why?

    Conn Iggulden's A crown of grass. the political intrigue where great houses clash over a trone and control of the vast nation, but inside the houses conflict and politics are as deadly as war. At the same time, the conflict is a vast background to the individual characters relations and development. The characters appear flawed, realistic, trying their best from their point of view. The plot is winding, the luck of war fickle and the balance between honor, decency and love is delicate indeed.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator tries to use different voices for the different characters. The problem is that there are too many characters and the narrator is not very good at it.Often the characters that are temporary are relegated to a slobbering lisping speech that is downright annoying. It gets worse if the character is female as the narrator then tries to sound female. The result is more of a parody than an imitation.Imagine Martin Lawrence in drag as "Big momma" for the pitch, but then talk like this: Phlyouhrth Highngeshhs hithss to khihend! (Your highness is too kind.) I supose that Gollum talking in a falsetto would be an apt descrition.It is both annyoing and for me as a non-native english speaker difficult as I sometimes have to listen to a passage several times to hear what the narrator slobbers.


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

    Five kings, one throne. Winter is coming.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26206)
    Performance
    (20017)
    Story
    (20094)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Annoying narrator, good sword-and-horse story"
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    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Medieval low fantasy. The kingdom of Westeros is a land of rival houses ruled by a weak king. Murder, intrigue and brute force of arms are all interchangable for the noble who wants to succeed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different houses all have good and bad in them. It is not automatically an evil and a good side.

    There are more than two sides, and the political intrigue has a very real feel to it. If the future weatlh or even survival of your family depends on who comes out on top, politics become VERY important long before actual battles.


    What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance would you have changed?

    He tries to differentiate the personae by changing accents and voice. It is a noble effort But after a while it gets very tiring. Especially the slobbering lisping voices of e. g. the eunuch Varius, and the female voices which he as a man cannot do and which consequently sounds like a mockery rather than a mimicry.

    As a non-native english speaker I would much rather that he did not do this as I find it not only annoying but difficult to understand what he is saying when he does.

    When he is reading in a normal voice his pronounciation is wonderful and very pleasing to listen to.




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

    We're talking a very long sitting then.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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