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JerryL

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  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2175)
    Performance
    (1934)
    Story
    (1940)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Good book..."
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    O'Reilly and Dugard do a good job on this book. I truly appreciate the historical insight the authors bring to events leading up to and immediately following President Kennedy's assassination.

    I was a fourth grader when it happened; our class was on the playground for recess when we heard the news. All of us were scared to death to hear about our President’s death. Several of our teachers were crying and hugging one another. I truly hope our children and grandchildren will never see history repeat itself.

    The book is well written and the history is meticulously researched…just wish O'Reilly would have had someone else do the reading...listening to the book was like watching The Factor for seven hours straight.

    16 of 21 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
    (291)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (270)

    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."
    "Good, but not great..."
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    I believe the thesis of this book is somewhat naïve, or perhaps the authors conclusions are based on wishful thinking.

    The book is an attempt to present a moderate view of what could result from the breakdown of societal norms. Honestly, it's not very convincing.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5179)
    Performance
    (1409)
    Story
    (1412)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Fantastic Book!"
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    I have listened to two of Khaled Hosseini's books, must admit they are so good as to be in a class of their own. These two books have given me a completely new prospective of Middle Eastern culture.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is exceptionally well written, the storyline is extremely well developed, incredibly disturbing and unfortunately very believable. The narration is so well suited to the story that you feel the reader is giving a first account of actual events that happened to her.

    I would highly recommend this book for any one who wants to understand what people in a very hostile part of the world have to endure in their daily lives.

    0 of 0 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
    (1055)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (973)

    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!"
    "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
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    This audiobook is probably one of the very best I have ever listened to. In fact, I would go so far as to say this book is on a par with Laura Hildebrand’s phenomenal book titled Unbroken.

    A Higher Call is a true story about two WWII heroes - Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown, who is an Army Air Corps B-17 pilot, and Second Lieutenant Franz Stigler who is a Luftwaffe fighter pilot and one of Germany's most famous Aces.

    The story is incredibly well researched and extremely well written, the narration is near perfection.

    Listening to this book will be worth every minute of your time, the story and the experience will enrich your life.

    If I could rate this book a 10, I would do it in a heartbeat.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Line of Fire: The Corps Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (258)

    While the bloody battle for control of the Solomons rages on, two Marines are trapped at a Coastwatcher station on tiny Buka Island. They are there to report on Japanese air activity, and their position is becoming increasingly perilous, even while their supplies are diminishing rapidly; if they are not rescued soon, they may never make it off the island.

    Stuart Fujisaki says: "In the Sweet spot of this Series....."
    "Great story - extremely well written and narrated."
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    Excellent story - classic Griffin, lots of action and wonderfully developed characters. Most notable, Dick Hill is back to do the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Warriors: A Men at War Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Washington D.C., 1942. With the help of Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy sets up an air maneuver that will drop agents into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore essential to the arms race. But this time, Canidy is not in the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And though he's not used to waiting for something to go wrong, he knows that it will....

    Ken says: "Good Story, bad narration"
    "Story was just OK...narration was terrible"
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    Wasn't one of Griffin's best, but it was OK. The narration on the other hand was awful! I would pass on this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Temple Mount Code

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charles Brokaw
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    An old friend summons dashing linguistics professor Thomas Lourds to Jerusalem to examine an ancient text. But Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also wants the same document. Khamenei and many others believe that the book contains a secret that will allow its owner to rule all of Islam and wage a Global Jihad the likes of which has never been seen before.

    Ryan says: "Good book getting ready to start his other ones no"
    "Terrible Narration"
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    This might have been a good book, but the narration is so bad I couldn't finish - stopped listening after a hour.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Light

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (107)

    An era unlike any in modern civilization is descending without lights, electronics, running water, or automobiles. As a global blackout lengthens into months, the neighbors of Oak Hollow grapple with a chilling realization: The power may never return.

    Lisa Bartholomew says: "Great Story, Powerful Message"
    "A Boring Soap Opera"
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    This is a really boring audiobook with a very weak story line and totally unbelievable characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2403)
    Performance
    (2053)
    Story
    (2044)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Not one of Childs better efforts."
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    I'd pass on this book, it just doesn't pass muster for a Reacher novel. Reacher and Child must be tired from their previous adventures, maybe this is just a short respite for Child to catch is breath...I certainly hope so anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3554)
    Performance
    (3183)
    Story
    (3211)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Great Listen!"
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    Excellent audiobook, there was alot of accurate details about the raid. It's good to hear it first hand from someone who was actually there rather than from some biased Hollywood screen writer.

    Would have been better if Scott Brick or Dick Hill did the reading, but that's a small matter in the grand scheme of things.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful

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