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Andrew

Wellington, New Zealand | Member Since 2011

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  • Intrepid Aviators: The True Story of U.S.S. Intrepid's Torpedo Squadron 18 and Its Epic Clash with the Superbattleship Musashi

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gregory G. Fletcher
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    On the morning of October 24, 1944, in the Sibuyan Sea amidst the Philippine Islands, VT-18, a close-knit squadron of six young American torpedo bomber pilots, departed the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid on a search and destroy mission. Their target: the super-battleship Musashi, the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The pilots were tasked with preventing the immense enemy warship and the huge naval armada of which she was a part from inflicting unspeakable damage.

    A User says: "TRUE PICTURE"
    "A good story that got buried in detail"
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    While I don't generally like abridged books, this book could have been successfully shortened, keeping the great story line, but skipping the very detailed explanations of aircraft and ship performance specifications and dimensions as well as minute detail about ships courses and the like. In summary, the details sometimes got in the way of a good story.

    This is generally easier to filter out in a print book, but doesn't transfer easily to an audiobook,

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Come Up and Get Me: An Autobiography of Colonel Joe Kittinger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Joe Kittinger, Craig Ryan
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    A few years after his release from a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp, in 1973, Colonel Joseph Kittinger retired from the Air Force. Restless and unchallenged, he turned to ballooning, a lifelong passion as well as a constant diversion for his imagination during his imprisonment. His primary goal was a solitary circumnavigation of the globe, and in its pursuit he set several ballooning distance records, including the first solo crossing of the Atlantic in 1984. But the aeronautical feats that first made him an American hero had occurred a quarter of a century earlier....

    Andrew says: "A rewarding read"
    "A rewarding read"
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    In my youth I read of Crossfield, Yeager, Grissom, Glenn, Shepard, Kittinger and the others who had "the right stuff". The "mission" related stories are all great, but this book gave me some depth and breadth across one of these characters, and it is a very enjoyable read. I'd like to see similar books from the other heros of this era.

    Some may not like Joe's free and frank patriotic expression. For me Joe tells it like it was in that era. Ours it not to judge, but to appreciate what they lived through.

    I really liked and recommend the later chapters. Joe and his wife keeps on giving. This book will not disappoint a historian, an adventurer, or any flyboy or flygirl.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1030)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Wonderful narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jules Verne's books are classics, but the language of the time makes them a little inaccessible. This narration added life to the language of old, making a classic enjoyable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing really. The text is what it is. The narration makes it accessible to today's audience


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

    Pronunciation, timing, character.


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

    Others have already made the film, which I watched many years ago. This story allowed me to finally read (listen to) the book behind that movie


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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