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Michael

Moreland Hills, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (372)

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Jason says: "A must read!"
    "Could have been so much better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is such an interesting topic. I wanted to like the book so much. I deeply respect the brave soldiers whose ordeals were relayed in this book. The book needed to do them more justice. It seemed to drag. The part where the base was overrun with Taliban fighters was a great piece of story telling. I could not imagine what it would have been like to been there. I only wish that Mr. Tapper could have made this story tighter. Americans need to know about these episodes of success within failure as well. A better book would make this story better circulated. One day we will be speaking to our children and grandchildren about these wars and our decisions to send our children overseas to fight and die in them.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No Easy Day


    What does Rob Shapiro bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    not sure


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness at the loss of life. Unfortunate decisions that are not well grounded end up being defended with blood and life. I am in full support of the military. I would hope that their decisions would consider future implications. I would feel Angry if I had a son lose a life at this base, it seemed senseless. These soldiers are so brave, it makes me feel very proud to be an American.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1425)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1267)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "Tight writing with a river as a main character"
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    Would you listen to Deliverance again? Why?

    Yes. The story was written so well. The story moves and flows like the wild river it takes place on.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Characters were put in a very hard situation where initial choices played a huge role in later options. Leaving the normal workday to go into the wilderness with friends for some adventure. Too bad things did not turn out as expected.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    The protaganist.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither. This was one of those books that I had trouble putting down. The author did a terrific job with tying up loose ends. The entire story was great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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