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matt stokes

Retired US Navy Submariner. Served in 2 Diesel boats, 2 fast attacks and 2 SSBNs Retired as Master Chief. Worked in civilian Nuclear power plants as a second career.

Apex, NC, US | Member Since 2015

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  • Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By W. Craig Reed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (210)

    Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy.

    SeaDuck says: "Blind Man's Bluff meets Cuban Missile Crisis"
    "great"
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    If you could sum up Red November in three words, what would they be?

    accurate exciting


    Any additional comments?

    As somrone who served on a couple of the boats in this book. I was able to connect.
    the author really knows subs. the narrator actually pronounced "submariner" correctly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Drill: Jack Reacher, Book 18.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (352)

    With nine straight number one New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, as fans anxiously await the next full-length Reacher adventure, Child delivers a riveting new short story featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero, Jack Reacher.

    Jean says: "Too Short of a short story"
    "R.I.P. Reacher"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Lee Child killed Reacher…for me , at least.
    I’ve read or heard all the Reacher books and always pictured him as a 6’5” strong, quiet guy.(like Jim Caviezel)
    This is the first Reacher story after the “movie”, and now I see Reacher as a 5’7” wimp hopping on someone’s couch.
    Goodbye, Reacher, R.I.P.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (230)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "narrator sux"
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    What did you like best about Hornblower and the "Atropos"? What did you like least?

    story was good but narrator puts me to sleep


    What three words best describe Nicolas Coster’s voice?

    boring gay dreary


    Any additional comments?

    I will not listen to any more booke with this narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sea Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Don Brown
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.

    John Gardner says: "The book disappoints on many levels"
    "what a disappointment"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    As a 20 year submariner, this really was a bummer. someone with no knowledge of subs might enjoy it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Don Brown again?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    just wrong accent


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Black Sea Affair?

    all scenes aboard the Sub. The writer knows nothing about subs. We don't use the term :Torp:. No C.O would ever refer to the Chief of the Boat as "Mister". Everything aboutv the sub was wrong.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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