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Ismael

Matthews, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Spymasters: A Men at War Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    It is summer 1943. Two of the Allies’ most important plans are at grave risk: Operation Overlord’s invasion of France and the Manhattan Project’s race to build the atomic bomb. A furious President Roosevelt turns to OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan — and Donovan turns to Dick Canidy and his teams behind enemy lines. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them....

    Michael says: "Spymasters"
    "Excelent book ruined by reader"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no, reader is too bad


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Lane’s performances?

    never, he was terrible


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and storyline ruined by the reader, makes them sound like cartoonish weasels from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Here to Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Jones
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: the Army is their heart and blood...and, possibly, their death.

    Peter says: "Less Would Have Been More"
    "Awesome story - horrible reading"
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    What made the experience of listening to From Here to Eternity the most enjoyable?

    turning it off


    What didn’t you like about Elijah Alexander’s performance?

    His characters are absolutely horrendous. Had to turn this off after a few hours. I tried to listen, but the voices he makes make it impossible to listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (2832)
    Performance
    (2521)
    Story
    (2522)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Not the best Gladwell book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, only the first 2 1/2 hours where worth listening to.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The David and Goliath analogies in the first part of the book are very insightful


    Could you see David and Goliath being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, too boring


    Any additional comments?

    I read NYTimes reviews of the book after being done with it, and those reviews were, for once, dead on for me. Great insight in the first 1/3 of the book information that can be useful for business logic and thinking. After that the book is very very repetitive and gets too dark for me. I would not recommend, one of Gladwell's worst work, and I like all his other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II 

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. Todd Moye
    • Narrated By Brandon Massey
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Freedom Flyers brings to life the legacy of a determined, visionary cadre of African American airmen who proved their capabilities and patriotism beyond question, transformed the armed forces - formerly the nation's most racially polarized institution - and jump-started the modern struggle for racial equality.

    Ismael says: "Great book and story"
    "Great book and story"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up Freedom Flyers in three words, what would they be?

    The storyline follows pre-war through post war events, incredible but true events. Not as much of the exploits of the flyers during the war, very little compare to the rest of the book. The only bad part is the reading, is dry and monotonic. Could have been a lot better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wars of the Green Berets: Amazing Stories from Vietnam to the Present Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robin Moore, Michael Lennon
    • Narrated By Tori Kamal
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (6)

    Authors Robin Moore and Michael Lennon team up in this exciting new novel to tell the "fictionalized" stories of the men who have risked it all for the U.S.A.: the Green Berets. They take us from firefights on the Cambodian border during the Vietnam War to the streets and alleyways of Iraq today. They teach us what it was really like to patrol the streets of Mogadishu in the days of Black Hawk Down. They show the horror that was Saddam's Iraq during the first Gulf War. They take us to the moonscape that is Afghanistan in search of the Taliban. The Wars of the Green Berets continues the saga of Moore's classic The Green Berets, revealing more than a few tantalizing secrets and anecdotes for the first time.

    Ismael says: "Good Stories, well written, messy reading"
    "Good Stories, well written, messy reading"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wars of the Green Berets the most enjoyable?

    The stories traverse various times along the history of the SF group, and is told from their perspective.


    What other book might you compare The Wars of the Green Berets to and why?

    The Green Berets


    What didn’t you like about Tori Kamal’s performance?

    Need someone to learn to read the military info, its very confusing when he reads verbatim and not translates like a reader would. This is the same for all abbreviations. For example "cee pee tee Jones" because he reads CPT Jones should be read Captain Jones. Every rank, unit, etc is read the same way. Can ruin the read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Honor: Honor Bound, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (89)

    The characters introduced in the best-selling Honor Bound - Marine aviator Cletus Frade, Army demolitions expert Anthony Pelosi, and communications genius David Ettinger - encounter intrigue in Buenos Aires in April 1943.

    John says: "Huge disappointment"
    "Great Story and following - very slow narration"
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    Where does Blood and Honor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story continues, that makes the book great. But the narrating is 1/2 speed, the only way to listen to the book is at 2x speed. Gets distorted at times, but sounds almost normal. The narrator, like many of Griffin narrators, try to pronounce Spanish and end up butchering it, which sounds kind of funny. But it is almost impossible to listen to this book without speeding it up


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Covert Warriors: Presidential Agent Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (357)

    At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts.

    Richard Tabisz says: "Disappointing"
    "Good story for WEB books, horrible narrating"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Covert Warriors to be better than the print version?

    The print version is much better, the narrator is like an older version of Daniel Defoe, really bad to listen to


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (316)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Luv2Read says: "Romance novel disguised as a thriller"
    "10% Thriller, 90% Love Story"
    Overall

    this is not 1, but 2 love stories entertwined and mixed with a sob father/daughter story. The description is unrealistic as to the content. If you enjoy pure romance stories, you will enjoy it. For those who don't, will be a painful listen and a long wait for any thrilling part of the story.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5197)
    Performance
    (3177)
    Story
    (3178)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Excellent book and story"
    Overall

    If you enjoy racing or high performance driving, or like dogs, this is a great book. One of my favorites and I highly recommend it. The only con I can find is the stupid muzak between some chapters, unnecessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war.

    Sean says: "A classic narrative of the Pacific War"
    "Amazing story, not great voice"
    Overall

    The story is very good, as it is real and a heck of a human survival and triumph. But the reading voice is pretty bad, almost like listening to a bad baseball game callout

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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