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Gabriel

Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There

LAS VEGAS, NV, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rorke Denver
    • Narrated By Rorke Denver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (401)

    Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs - the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed. Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees.

    AXiD says: "Wonderful autobio,but sort of deadpan delivery"
    "I Like Rorke!"
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    If you're interested in the SEALS, this is another in the well done accounts which have come out recently about the Spec Ops masters. The book is a little disjointed, but thats OK because the author gets his point across. I would have liked to have heard more about his time as a training officer, but overall I enjoyed the book. Some people have complained that Rorke Denver as narrator is a bad idea. I liked it. He may not have the English accent nor the sonorous tones of the professional narrator, but his no frills, direct, and sometimes dead serious narration just adds authenticity, and helps you realize you would not like to be on the wrong side of this guy in a firefight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sting of the Drone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    In Washington, the Kill Committee gathers in the White House's Situation Room to pick the next targets for the United States drone program. At an airbase just outside Las Vegas, a team of pilots, military personnel and intelligence officers follow through on the committee's orders, finding the men who have been deemed a threat to national security and sentenced to death. On the other side of the world, in the mountains where the drones hunt their prey, someone has decided to fight back.

    Gabriel says: "Interesting insight from an inside source"
    "Interesting insight from an inside source"
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    The part I enjoyed about this book was the unique insights which only someone who has been there can bring to this fictionalized account of the US Government's drone warfare campaign. As for the story, I would describe is as simple, straightforward, predictable, and just too conveniently wrapped up and decorated with a nice bow at the end. It's worth the read though just to learn more about how (with room for literary exaggeration) the real drone program works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Matt Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Seth Michael Donsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    The 1989 Ironman World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. In a spectacular duel that became known as the Iron War, the world's two strongest athletes raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles. Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman’s 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record - and cross the finish line a mere 58 seconds apart.

    Gabriel says: "Fine Story....But the Narration!!!!"
    "Fine Story....But the Narration!!!!"
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    I had no problems with the substance and story of the book. Although I think my being an active age group triathlete helps to make the book more interesting than it would be to someone who has never been kicked in the face during an open water swim! The two protagonists are interesting people and their achievements, which are related in the book, are phenomenal.

    On the other hand, the narration is just off. One of the worst of any audiobook I have listened to in 20 years (including back in the audio cassette days). The best way I can describe the narration is that it seemed like the book was narrated by Cruella DeVille. Seriously, listen for yourself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O'Connell
    • Narrated By Santino Fontana
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (212)

    The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports. Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his "mythic, perfect story" as "one big lie."

    Michael says: "Very well written, hard to put down!"
    "Detailed and balanced account"
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    If you want to know what went on behind the scenes during Armstrong's 7 TDF victories, this book does a good job bringing out the facts. It's well organized and give an outsider's view of the details as compiled from the written evidence and participant interviews. You also get to hear about all the people who either facilitated the fraud or fought against it. It's more of a journalists version, and not as "personal" as probably one of the best accounts I've read, Tyler Hamilton's "The Secret Race."

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (913)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Excellent!"
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    This is a fantastic story. If there's a single word I can use to describe the author's handling of the events in this book, that word is "love." You sense the author's respect for these men as you experience this book. As a lifelong student of the war in the air during the World Wars, I can say that the research that went into this work is first class. The story makes you want to meet the German pilot and thank him for his humanity. You'll find yourself making time just to listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marine One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

    Ron says: "Great courtroom thriller"
    "Good listen......to a point."
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    The story is very good. The technical aspects of the accident and investigation are interesting. The main character is very likable and you root for him throughout the book. Overall an interesting story and definitely worth a listen. If the book has any drawbacks, its the lack of exposition of the various characters, who appear and disappear so frequently that they are hard to keep straight sometimes. Also, although the ending is well done and edge of your seat stuff, it seems lacking somehow. It's as if the author had a deadline and had to end the story about a chapter or two early.

    BTW, the narrator is top class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5410)
    Performance
    (3669)
    Story
    (3680)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "One of the better Zombie books"
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    This was my first foray into Z "literature" and it was fun. All around good book. Kept me interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2712)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1445)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Good job Hitch!"
    Overall

    First, this is one person's audiobook review and not a "for or against" religion tirade (which is commonly seen when "atheist" books are reviewed).
    I thought Hitchens narration was good. What is lacking due to his not being a professional narrator is more than made up for by the fact that he is the author and seems to know the material (surprise!). He reads with flair and wit . . . and you get those classic Hitchens deadpan zingers in all the right places.

    As for the substance. This was an entertaining listen with a lot of good ideas. Dawkins' (The God Delusion) is more scientific and Harris' (The End of Faith) is more comprehensive. Hitchens brings his ability to throw literary punches and intelligently rip into religion as the "product of close evolutionary cousins of the chimpanzee" This is a great book, whether you have Faith or not.

    My suggestion is Sam Harris first, then Dawkins, then Hitch.

    (Disclosure: I have been an atheist since I could think for myself and these new series of books on the subject are a godsend. How many times can you read Bertrand Russell and George Bernard Shaw?)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Sea: A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed Off the Coast of Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Frank Pope
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    When Oxford archeologist Mensun Bound, dubbed the "Indiana Jones of the Deep" by the Discovery Channel, teamed up with a financier to salvage a sunken trove of 15th-century porcelain, it seemed a dream enterprise. The stakes were high: the Hoi An wreck lay hundreds of feet down in a typhoon-prone stretch of water off the coast of Vietnam known as the Dragon Sea.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Mediocrity at it's best!"
    "Worth a listen"
    Overall

    For those who enjoy knowing about "things" which most people have no idea about, this is a good book. It delves into the world of underwater archeology and treasure hunting within the realm of 500 year old shipwrecks containing valuable Chinese and Vietnamese porcelain. The personality conflicts and risks involved are all painstakingly laid out. Also very interesting is the description of "saturation diving", which is a requirement during such expeditions. The book kept my interest, mainly because I like to be the only person in the room who can talk about Vietnamese pottery. But if you are expecting "Shadow Divers" part II, forget it, that book was five stars and in an altogether higher classification than this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6284)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1889)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Spoiled by DaVinci"
    Overall

    I was introduced to Dan Brown when I read the DaVinci Code. I thought that was an interesting book which was full of fascinating historical information as well as an effective and substantial plot which, within the world of fiction, was relatively plausible.
    Unfortunately, Angels & Demons is a completely different experience. The trademark Dan Brown "historical scavenger hunt" is thin and easily figured out. Its almost as if Mr. Brown forced this part of the novel to fit the main effort of the book, which seems to be the James Bond style action sequences. The Mission Impossible movies have nothing over this story. The protagonist of the book, Robert Langdon, is portrayed as a college professor, Navy Seal, CIA agent, marathon runner, and Don Juan all rolled into one. Remember that "robot" from the Terminator movies who was made of a space age liquid and indestructable? Well, he couldn't play Robert Langdon in the movie version because he would probably get hurt. This is one of the most implausible plots ever. It really takes away from the story. Dan Brown is definitely a talented author, but this story is not up to par.
    Also, note to Dan Brown: Cell phones don't have dial tones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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