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Larry Woodson

MESA, AZ, US | Member Since 2011

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  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (520)

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "Excellent introduction to the power of audio books"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlaw Platoon to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Ray Porter + downloaded maps make it come to life/death


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honesty Pure honesty about war/combat/leadership delivered with LOVE about how combat creates relationships few get to know, and even fewer talk about.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    This man can read the wrapper to a candy bar and make it interesting, funny, and sad at at the same time.
    Good inflection and his breathing technique heard just below the surface of the story is incredible, restrained for some sentences, bursting forward with attitude at other times to make the story a living thing not an artifact.


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

    That Love in the end makes the most powerful leadership, combat unit, and fighting possible. That this love that each member of the platoon had for each other and the unit as a whole was in the end greater combined that the total possible.That made this more than a Band of Brothers story, but oddly enough a love story in the midst of pain, anger, shame, betrayal, death and destruction.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book to give to anyone who wants a perspective devoid of politics about this war. Give this book to anyone who wants to understand the power of love in war and leadership. Give this book to anyone who wants to know what a real hero is, not the PR baggage the media loads us down with but real unselfish love for your fellow man and maybe even your country.

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  • Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (96)

    One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their sixyearold daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears - either into thin air or under thin ice - leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realizes that people are not telling him all they know....

    Jennifer says: "Delightfully Creepy"
    "Considering ambiguity well written enigma."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you can follow a question that never gets answered then yes I would recommend this dream.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Ajvide Lindqvist again?

    Yes a lovely voice to hear


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The disappearance in the first chapter, left me confused and angry for more!


    Who was the most memorable character of Harbor and why?

    The town of freaks.that inhibit this world


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the stories were either tighter or looser but as written they never have a chance to either totally connect or live on their own I would have preferred less obvious connections and more mystical relevations, there is no need to wrap an enigma in reality!

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