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Brad

Charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War’s Greatest Untold Story - The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Patrick K. O’Donnell
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    “If I were God, what would you want for Christmas?” With a thousand-yard stare, a haggard and bloodied marine looked incredulously at the war correspondent who asked him this question. In an answer that took “almost forever,” the marine responded, “Give me tomorrow." After nearly four months of continuous and bloody combat in Korea, such a wish seemed impossible.

    James says: "The boys of Summer Camp….Amazing!!"
    "Some unique points to the story"
    Overall
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    This is a microcosm view of the Korean War. The Coldest Winter is a more compelling, and more complete story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Ghosts

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    Renowned as FDR's favorite warship, the cruiser USS Houston was a prize target trapped in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. Without hope of reinforcement, her crew faced a superior Japanese force ruthlessly committed to total conquest. But the men of the Houston fought back with dignity, ingenuity, sabotage, willpower, and the undying faith that their country would prevail.

    Laurie says: "interesting read"
    "Great story"
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    I hate to admit it, but I was totally unfamiliar with the USS HOUSTON and the fate of her crew. This is an amazing story that keeps narrative coherence notwithstanding the dispersion of the crew and the passage of time. I highly recommend this book for persons interested in the WWII navy, POWs or Japan's attempt to wage war in India by building a southeast Asian railway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bravest Man: The Story of Richard O'Kane & U.S. Submariners in the Pacific War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Tuohy
    • Narrated By E.H. Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Tuohy follows Richard O'Kane, America's undersea ace of aces, and a few fearless submariners, during the U.S. submarine war in the Pacific. This grueling battle saw 10 million tons of Japanese shipping sunk by U.S. submarines, but the cost to the U.S. Navy was one in five of its boats, the highest casualty rate of the U.S. armed services.

    Sheryl Baumgart says: "good book"
    "Great story, but narrative drifted"
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    This was a great story, but the narrative drifted from time to time like tidal eddies. Also, the narrator's mispronunciation of some words (such as Admiral Spruance's name) left me gagging. Great listen, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge.

    John says: "Outstanding"
    "A Good Story"
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    This is a really well-told story, but should be coupled with other books about this battle so that the listener can get a big picture overview of what happened. The author made several jabs at different admirals (Halsey, for instance), but was unwilling to pass his own judgment. Instead, the author attributed the criticisms to others. Enough time has passed and enough details are public where the author should have been willing to pass judgment and critique the big picture of fleet strategies and execution of tactics.

    A key weakness of the audio book is that the battle descriptions cried out for printed maps, something not currently available from Audible. (HINT, HINT, Audible -- how hard would it be to provide supplemental material such as maps? The hardware that we use to listen is significantly better than it was 5 years ago.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4274)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3704)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Long and unclosed"
    Overall
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    How many times did the author refer to Proust? Enough already, we get the point. A good story until the last third or so. A unique story, and way of telling a story, but ultimately a flawed and somewhat unsatisfying story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mission to Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (201)

    At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

    Darwin8u says: "Cary Grant Goes to Paris"
    "Trite storyline and mediocre performance"
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    The main character is totally unbelievable. The storyline is trite. Don't waste your time. There are better books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3306)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1641)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "A Magnificent Story"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shantaram to be better than the print version?

    The narrator brings the main character -- and the other characters to life. The voice contains more emotion than words on the page. Bravo to Mr. Bower for a masterpiece.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The emotional connection that the listener develops with the characters. Mr. Roberts' exquisitely drawn characters, the character development over the course of the book and the narrative drive of the story, coupled with the superb performance by Mr. Bower, make this the most engaging and memorable audio book that I have ever listened to.


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

    I am not aware of having listened to any of Mr. Bower's other performances before Shantaram. I will seek out books that he has performed based on Shantaram.


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

    No. The book is far too long to be listened to in one sitting. Further, why deprive yourself of an engaging story by trying to pour the bottle into only one glass.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Relentless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2979)
    Performance
    (2021)
    Story
    (2039)

    After successfully freeing Alliance POWs, "Black Jack" Geary discovers that the Syndics plan to ambush the fleet with their powerful reserve flotilla in an attempt to annihilate it once and for all. And as Geary has the fleet jump from one star system to the next, hoping to avoid the inevitable confrontation, saboteurs contribute to the chaos.

    Chance says: "Listen to the complete series"
    "Dull, boring, predictable"
    Overall

    Don't waste your time or money.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Orson Scott Card, Rusty Humphries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (219)

    In this sequel to Card's best-selling novel Empire, Averell Torrent has become President of the United States, with enormous political and popular support and, if people only realized it, a tight grip on the reins of both political parties. He has launched America into a get-tough, this-world-is-our-empire foreign policy stance.But Captain Bartholomew Coleman, known as Cole to his friends and enemies alike, sees the danger Torrent poses to American democracy.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Must Read Sequel!"
    "Dull and pedantic"
    Overall

    A sermon rather than a good story.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennet Conant
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    Prior to the U.S. entering WWII, a small coterie of British spies in Washington, D.C., was formed. They called themselves the Baker Street Irregulars after the band of street urchins who were the eyes and ears of Sherlock Holmes in some Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

    Sara says: "Spying in Washington"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    This book is in a genre that I love, yet I quit listening before finishing.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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