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Jonathan Marker

Author of Spyder Sylk

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Men in Green Faces: A Novel of U.S. Navy SEALs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gene Wentz, B. Abell Jurus
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (111)

    Gene Wentz's Men in Green Faces is the classic novel of Vietnam that inspired a generation of SEALs. Here is the story of a good soldier trained to be part of an elite team of warriors - and of the killing grounds where he was forever changed. Gene Michaels carries an M-60, 800 rounds, and a Bible. The ultimate SEAL, he also carries a murderous grudge against a bloodthirsty colonel who was once one of their own.

    Shere says: "Realistic views of Viet Nam missions"
    "Killing, Revenge, and Pabst Blue Ribbon!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Men in Green Faces to be better than the print version?

    I have stopped buying print versions of novels in which I am interested, so I must admit that the audio edition of "Men in Green Faces" stands as my favorite by default.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Willie was my favorite character because, like my affinity for Arthur Dent in Douglas Adams's "The Restaurant at the end of the Universe," he brought a bit of humanity to the war in Vietnam for Gene. When he died and Gene started to unravel into a homicidal maniac bent on revenge, the truth of war being hell became vivid.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Jeff Gurner's other performances before, but I look forward to listening to another.


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

    Blood. Rain. Killing. Loss. The endless cycle of war in Vietnam.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no additional comments.

    2 of 2 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
    (5299)
    Performance
    (3563)
    Story
    (3573)

    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!"
    "A Watered-down After Action Report"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I read the print version of this book, and thought that listening to the audiobook version would be just as interesting. I was wrong. As it says in the headline, it is A Watered-down After Action Report that should have been kept in print form.


    What other book might you compare World War Z to and why?

    The Zombie Survival Guide is an easy comparison to make to World War Z, as they go hand in hand. Luckily, I have not listened to that audio version.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked that star performers were used to narrate each chapter, rather than having one narrator change his or her voice to accommodate the characters/


    Do you think World War Z needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    World War Z does not need a follow-up book. Though the last of the zombies have not been eradicated, simply recounting the troubles of the outnumbered living human beings will be a bore.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not have any additional comments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3352)
    Performance
    (2927)
    Story
    (2906)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Vince Flynn is a Master of Political Deception"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would certainly recommend this story to a friend. (Spolier Alert!) I really enjoyed how "the egghead" - the traitor who seemed to think he could think his way out of a dire situation which he created - got his just desserts at the very end.


    If you’ve listened to books by Vince Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first book by Vince Flynn that I have listened to, so for now this novel is where I will set the standard.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of George Guidall's other performances before so, as with Vince Flynn, this performance is where I will set the standard.


    Was The Last Man worth the listening time?

    The Last Man was worth 8 hours of listening time. I found the end a bit difficult to finish, as I think the author was lacking prose that was as gripping as the first 8 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no additional comments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Bruce Henderson
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    In February 1966, U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler was shot down over "neutral Laos". He crashed deep in territory controlled by North Vietnamese army regulars and the communist Pathet Lao, who would eventually capture him and hold him prisoner in a fortified jungle prisoner-of-war camp.

    Matthew says: "Extremely interesting and well-written!"
    "Boring Story, Boring Narrator"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story was difficult to focus on, considering the spotty narration performed by Todd McLaren. I hated the affected accent he took hold of when quoting characters and so, after 20 minutes of gritting my teeth out of sheer boredom, I stopped the file from playing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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