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Jean

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  • Fighting the Flying Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eddie V. Rickenbacker
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker, originally from Ohio, was best known as one of the commanders of the 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron, a crack unit of World War I pilots that included many former members of the famed Lafayette Escadrille. The 94th ended the war in France with the highest number of air victories of any American squadron.

    Jean says: "World War 1 ace"
    "World War 1 ace"
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    This book was written in 1919 and tells of his life flying planes during WWI. He was a WW1 ace and won the Medal of Honor as well as awards from France and England. He also wrote a book about his survival in a life raft after being shot down during WW11 his crew was at the time the longest survivors ever recovered alive in WW11. In civilian life he founded Eastern Airlines. He tells the story in a matter of fact way never making himself out to be a hero. He tells of the day to day life as well as the pros and cons of the machines they flew. This is the story of the beginning of what would become the U.S. Air Force. He made a comment in passing about the heroic role played by the U.S. Red Cross and U.S. YMCA in feeding the refuges flooding into Paris and by doing so saved Paris from riots and other problems caused by starving frighten people. There was so much history given in just an easy conversational way. A great book if you are interested in history.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cochrane: The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert Harvey
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (63)
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    (14)
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    The life and adventures of Thomas Cochrane, a young man who rose from midshipman to admiral, are so extraordinary that, to paraphrase Patrick O'Brian, one has to suspend disbelief. In fact, O'Brian admitted to using Cochrane as the model for his character Jack Aubrey. Second only to Nelson among the heroes of the Royal Navy, Cochrane became a household name in Britain during the 1800s as the Admiralty called upon his extraordinary skill as a sailor, his mastery of gunnery, and his daring use of ruses...

    Casey says: "The Real Jack Aubrey"
    "A Complicated Man"
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    Second only to Horatio Nelson, Lord Thomas Cochrane (1775-1860) is considered the most successful Captain in the British Naval history. Cochrane was the tenth Earl of Dundonald. He was from a noble Scottish family.

    Harvey covers the three aspects of Cochrane’s career: fighting Captain in the British Navy, radical politician, he was a Member of Parliament and expatriate military genius who after suffering disgrace in England, helped South American countries and Greece battle for independence.

    Cochrane’s exploits were the inspiration of C. S. Forrester, Patrick O’Brian and Frederic Marryal. As you read this book you can discover the various exploits these authors used in their books.

    The author shows how Cochrane used deception, tactical strategy and expert seamanship to win battles against supposedly unbeatable opponents. His strength was such that Napoleon dubbed him “Le loupdes mers” (the Sea Wolf)

    Harvey captures the excitement of his daring do with gripping prose. The section about his career in Parliament and exploits in South America I found interesting which surprised me as other reviews complained about this section. In keeping the biography balanced Harvey did cover Cochrane’s feud with the Admiralty and the alleged involvement in a stock exchange scandal. Later in his career he was made an Admiral in the British Navy.

    Cochrane inspired a 1967 collection of poems by Pablo Neruda “Lord Cochrane de Chile” which was set to music by Chilean composer Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt. I most enjoyed the section about the Napoleonic wars. The book was narrated by Richard Matthews. If you are interested in the Napoleonic Naval Wars or British Naval history this is a book for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragons of Dorcastle: The Pillars of Reality, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (198)

    The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

    Katie says: "Huh....Well there are dragons. Kinda."
    "Inviting"
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    I am a fan of Jack Campbell so when I saw he had a new book out I got it. Then I started to have doubts, when I discovered it is in the fantasy genre. I normally do not read fantasy books.

    The story is about two great guilds that control the world of Dematr: the mechanics and the Mages. The two guilds are in constant opposition and the only thing they agree on is that the world must not change. A storm approaches that could sweep away everything and only one person has a chance to unit humanity to stop the storm. The Guilds will try to stop her.

    Alain is a young Mage who learned at a young age how to change the world with his mind. Mari is a brilliant young Mechanic who is able to run steam locomotive and repair sophisticated computers. They must learn to work together to save the world.
    Campbell is an excellent writer and is a master of the plot. This book is well plotted out and flows smoothly. This is the first book of a new series so there is a lot of character development as Campbell slowly introduces the new world to us readers. There is no huge battle scene that Campbell is famous for but maybe that will happen in a future episode. I found this book interesting enough to look forward to the next episode release.

    This book is only being released in audio format. The book was released 2 December 2014 in time for the Christmas gift season. Macleod Andrews narrated the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eugene B. Fluckey
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

    This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

    Jean says: "Riveting"
    "Riveting"
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    This is a great story; it is one of those books that grab your attention immediately. Eugene B. Fluckey and the USS Bark sank 140,000 tons of Japanese shipping from April 1944 to the end of the War.

    Admiral Fluckey takes his own memories and weaves it together with a crewman’s illegal diary, reports, letters, ship logs, and interviews as well as archival documents from the Japanese Navy to provide a detailed account of the U.S.S. Barb’s eight through twelfth War patrols. Apparently Fluckey was a brilliant, courageous, fair Captain most concerned about bringing his men home safe. Not a man was wounded onboard Barb while he was the Captain.

    “Lucky Fluckey” pioneered new submarine tactics that are still used today. The high point in the book is a night surface attack through miles of shoal water to attack two Japanese convoys in a harbor in China. Fluckey won the Medal of Honor and the Barb was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. Fluckey won the Navy Cross four times, the Navy Distinguish Service medal with one gold star and many more medals. Eugene B Fluckey was a 1935 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy. In 1989 the Navy honored him by naming the Nuclear Submarine Combat System Training Center after him. The only building named for a living person.

    The narration is clear, concise and vivid. Admiral Fluckey is a good writer and the story is not just about him but all the crew of the Barb. The book is well researched. The hardcover book also has lots of photographs. The book is an excellent study of sub warfare tactics and naval leadership. If you are looking for an excellent book about submarines in World War II this is a book for you. I read somewhere that Steven Spielberg has purchased the movie rights to the story. Corey Snow narrated the book. Corey Snow does an excellent job narrating the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • When the Bough Breaks: The Empire's Corps, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    The Galactic Empire is dying. In their high towers, the Grand Senators plot and struggle to grasp a larger share of power while on the streets, the poor struggle to survive just one more day. Chaos and anarchy are running through the megacities of Earth, while giant corporations tighten the screws and colony worlds plot to declare independence and escape the Empire's increasing demands for resources. Centuries of mismanagement are finally catching up with the human race.

    Jean says: "A great new series"
    "A great new series"
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    This is book three in the Empire series. It appears this book is being used as background filler about the decay of the Empire. Avalon and the Rim colonies are not part of this story.

    Instead we have Marine pathfinder, Specialist Belinda Lawson who survived the fighting on Hon, and is now assigned to serve as a bodyguard to the child Roland, the heir to the Imperial throne. Nuttall portrays him as a puppet and a spoiled brat and a possible addict. Roland is starting to realize the Empire is collapsing but is he too late and too little power to change things? The Grand Senators plot and struggle to gain more power, mega corporation tighten their grips on power, the Empire is corrupt and falling apart. A plot is discovered to assassinate Roland can Lawson protect him?

    The author appears to be creating a world of good guys and bad guys. The character development in this episode is poor. What is going to happen to the Marines? What is going on at Avalon? Guess I will have to listen to next book to find out. Jeffrey Kafer narrated the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, United States, and the World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Graham Allison, Robert D. Blackwell, Ali Wyne
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie, Francis Chau
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990, has honed his wisdom during more than fifty years on the world stage. Almost single-handedly responsible for transforming Singapore into a Western-style economic success, he offers a unique perspective on the geopolitics of East and West. American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama have welcomed him to the White House.

    Jean says: "Thought-provoking"
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    Until I read this short book I did not know much about Yew except that he took over Singapore after World War II and is the founding father of modern Singapore. Yew was Prime Minister from 1959-1990.

    Graham Allison and Robert Blackwell two leading strategic thinkers asked Yew questions and also put together information from his voluminous writings and speeches. The book is mainly in a question and answer format, the result is this concise, but important book.

    I found myself engrossed in the incisive wisdom presented by Yew. I really enjoyed the following comment in the book. “China tells us that countries big and small are equal, that it is not a hegemon; but when we do something they do not like, they say you have made 1.3 billion people unhappy. So please know your place.” When asked if India will match China’s rise? Yew said “Not likely, India is not a real country. Instead, it is 32 separate nations that happen to be arrayed along the British rail line.” I think Yew’s comments about China are right on the mark. When asked by the authors will China accept its place within the postwar order created by the United States? Yew answered, “No. It is China’s intention to become the greatest power in the world—and to be accepted as China, not as an honorary member of the West.” One comment he made has got my attention. Yew said “The United States focuses on individual rights but has failed to pair this with individual responsibility.

    Yew is 90 years old and his comments on the United States are pertinent to many of the debates in which we are enmeshed today. This book has triggered my interest to learn more about this most insightful man. Michael McConnohie and Francis Chau narrated the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Defiant: Kris Longknife, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (362)

    Born into a family of wealth and political power, Kris Longknife turned her back on high society and followed a different family tradition by joining the Marines. But now she finds herself relieved of duty. She's gotten in the way of someone's agenda - to bring down her father, the Prime Minister of Wardhaven.

    Mariya says: "How many of them can we make die?"
    "A page turner"
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    This is book three in the Longknife series. In this episode Kris faces the imminent threat to her planet. Kris is accused of stealing fund that were to go to farmers, while on leave awaiting a hearing her great grandfather King Al sends her to see an old friend of his dying on a different plant. She returns to Wardhaven as an invasion is pending. She skirts the law and organizes a flotilla to defend Wardhaven against a force of hostile warships.

    In this book we see Kris develop her command skills as she takes command of a large force of her own. The humorous prose adds delight to a fast pace, action packed suspenseful story. On the negative side I am getting tired of Shepherd’s constantly repeating the phrase “one of those Longknife’s.” I am beginning to enjoy “Nelly” Kris’s computer. I find Nelly’s development fascinating. Dina Pearlman narrated the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Condoleezza Rice
    • Narrated By Condoleezza Rice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    A native of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues – a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defense.

    J. Chronowski says: "Facinating stories from inside Bush's White House"
    "Stimulating"
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    I have read several biographies about Condoleezza Rice, now I shall obtain the information from her via this memoir. Rice always appears gracious, well poised, intelligent and well dressed. The other books I read provided a good deal of information about her childhood and education. I am most interested in learning about her time as national security advisor and Secretary of State. The book is long at 750 pages. I read these types of books to obtain knowledge therefore I keep an open mind while reading.

    The book appears to be a comprehensive look at the foreign policy strategy of the Bush administration. Rice defends many key decisions; she also acknowledges the mistakes and missteps made along the way. Rice admits that the administration mishandled concerns about the Kyoto climate change treaty and failed to respond positively, after the September 11 attacks, to NATO’s invocation of the “article five” that it was considered an attack on all NATO states.

    Rice reveals that the well-publicized dispute with Cheney and Rumsfeld were not personal but simply business-- policy differences. Cheney and Rumsfeld lambasted Rice in their books. She is more polite than they were insisting the difference were about policy not personality. As secretary of State she points out the nuclear pact with India and the disarming of Qaddafi, to the passionate commitment to Africa: programs to fight AIDS, development of grants, and pressure to reduce killings in Darfur. Rice did not reveal much about her personal life but I did notice two things that were important to her, prayer and exercise.

    The book is written in a matter of fact style of the Academic, which of course, she is, as her professorship at Sanford University indicates. She writes as if she is an ordinary person talking to you over tea. She writes with clarity. One thing I learned from the book is what the National Security Advisor does. I compliment her on the following: that she respected other person opinions and she gave credit to her deputies and assistants, which is rare to see in memoirs these days. Rice narrated the book. I can recommend this book to anyone interested in history or political science.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julian Stockwin
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    This second naval adventure follows the life of Thomas Paine Kydd who sails into Portsmouth a hero after a ferocious battle against the French. Soon the sea beckons and Kydd sets off aboard his beloved Artemis for another adventure.

    Jean says: "A 1790s sailors view of China"
    "A 1790s sailors view of China"
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    I am a big fan of historical “age of Sail” naval genre particularly those set during the Napoleonic era. I enjoyed the first book in this series “Kydd” so I have ventured on to book two in the series. The time frame of the book is 1793.

    Thomas Kydd and his friend Nicolas Renzi is now Able Seaman aboard the frigate HMS Artemis. After a battle against the French frigate Citoyenne which includes hard to had combat the Artemis barely wins the battle. Our heroes are promoted to Petty Officers. Kydd sister arrived in port to tell him their father is gravely ill. Kydd obtain permission for leave to visit his father before the Artemis sails for India and China.

    Stockwin paints a full vivid picture of naval life with lots of attention to detail. It is obvious there is lots of knowledge and research behind this book, as well as knowledge about Royal Navy life of that era. Stockwin is a good writer and drives the story forward at a good clip. The characters are original and interesting. The book is entertaining and educational. I can recommend this book to anyone interested in nautical historical fiction. Christian Rodska narrated the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dad's War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Chris Tarrant
    • Narrated By Chris Tarrant
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)

    Chris Tarrant and his father Basil were very close, they played sport together, watched sport together and shared the same sense of humour. Chris loved and admired his father but it was only after his death he realised that he hardly knew him at all …Basil Avery Tarrant grew up in 1920s Reading, where the smell of beer and biscuits from the local factories filled the air. He worked as an administrator in a local factory and spent his Saturday nights down at the music halls.

    Jean says: "Captivating story"
    "Captivating story"
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    Chris Tarrant says he regrets not asking his father about his service during World War II. After his father did he decided to find out about his time in the service. Like so many men of his generation his father, Basil Tarrant, had fought in World War II and then spent the rest of his life saying nothing about it.

    Tarrant said his father came back battered but unscathed from the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. On D-Day in June 1944 he landed on Juno Beach fighting the Germans through Holland, Belgium and into the Rhineland. In 1945 his arm was shattered when a jeep in which he was a passenger drove over an anti-tank mine. He was awarded the Military Cross for his exceptional bravery in Northern France and recommended for a second one, which in the chaos of the end of the he never received.

    Tarrant says in researching the book, he visited the archives of his dad’s regiment in Salisbury. Then spent hours at the National Archives at Kew in South-west London and then on to the Imperial War Museum. The author said he read countless war books, biographies and autobiographies along with regimental histories. Tarrant said he interviewed men who served with his dad, who’d been through the same things that he had. He also read his father’s diaries.

    The author says his father was seventeen years old when he joined the Territorial Army. He said his father loved the Terriers. On August 25, 1939 he was called up full time with the 48 Division of his hometown of Reading. Four months later he was shipped off to France with the British Expeditionary Force. In 1943 he applied to join the officer cadet training at Sandhurst and in July that year he passed out with flying colors. He then was placed with the 5th Royal Berkshire where he was put in charge of the 12th platoon B Company. For his role on D-Day on Juno Beach Tarrant said he used his father diary. The author said that on the 50th anniversary of D-day his father and friends returned to Juno Beach but never discussed it with him.

    I touched only a few highlights of the book. If you are a World War II history buff this is a book for you. This story provides some guidelines for those trying to search for information about their family. Chris Tarrant narrated the book himself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Last Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By J.A. Jance
    • Narrated By Alison Fraser
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Ali Reynolds is finally getting married to her longtime love B. Simpson. They wanted a simple Christmas Eve wedding, but nothing is ever simple with Ali. Even as a motley crew of her friends—Leland Brooks, Sister Anselm, and others—descend on Vegas, the bride-to-be finds herself juggling last-minute wedding plans and a mystery in the form of a stray miniature dachshund. Ali’s grandson rescues the little dog, but Ali’s not in the market for a new pet right before her honeymoon, and leaves no stone unturned in hunting for the dog’s owner.

    Jean says: "Entrancing"
    "Entrancing"
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    This is a short Christmas novella featuring J. A. Jane’s Ali Reynolds. Ali and B are getting married in Las Vegas over Christmas holidays. Ali’s grandson rescues a miniature dachshund that someone tossed out of a car but Ali is not ready for a dog as she will be leaving on her honeymoon. Ali and family leaves no stone unturned in searching for the dog’s owner.

    The fast pace story accomplished having a wedding without having to deal with it as a full novel and it is a cute story for dog lovers as well. I understand the little dachshund is one of Jance’s own dogs and she decided to write a story featuring it. Alisen Fraser narrated the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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