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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
    (119)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    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
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2011)
    Performance
    (1870)
    Story
    (1877)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "Awesome real story ruined by narrator"
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    If you could sum up Lone Survivor in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome true events


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lone Survivor?

    The moment I decided to delete it, sorry, can't listen to the horrible voice reading this wonderful text


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He is horrible, his fake Southern accent is so bad I couldn't finish it. Willl buy and read from Amazon


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the printed copy and read it, dont bother with the audio

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10656)
    Performance
    (9657)
    Story
    (9731)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Not as good as first book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Angry teenage girls


    What was most disappointing about Veronica Roth’s story?

    Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive repetition of repetitive repetitions


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Galvin’s performances?

    Maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Insurgent?

    Most after the 1st hour


    Any additional comments?

    The first book was entertaining, a weaving story with varying plots and turns. This one seems like it is on "rinse-repeat" mode. The spend the whole book fighting the same people over and over, with the same issues over and over. Gets tiring, can complete it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fitness Confidential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vinnie Tortorich
    • Narrated By Vinnie Tortorich
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (322)

    America's Angriest Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich, exposes the nasty underbelly of the fitness industry while getting you into the best shape of your life. For over 20 years, Vinnie has been Hollywood's go-to guy for celebrities and athletes looking to get fit fast. Now, in this hilarious and often R-rated memoir, he holds nothing back. What's the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What's the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots? In Fitness Confidential, Vinnie tells all.

    Robert says: "The best fitness book I've ever read"
    "Eye openning book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fitness Confidential the most enjoyable?

    Vinnie is a very enjoyable reader, and added a few stories to the audible book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fitness Confidential?

    NSNG!


    Any additional comments?

    This book has been an eye opener, a real change that is simple to follow and simple to verify as real and scientific. Amazing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6759)
    Performance
    (6432)
    Story
    (6445)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Great story and narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must for any engineer out there, specially if you are a mechanical engineer and like to work with your hands, you can relate well to the way of thinking of the main character - would highly recommend.

    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
    (141)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    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.

    aaron says: "Genius on Every Level"
    "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.


    1 of 2 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
    (4201)
    Performance
    (3714)
    Story
    (3729)

    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"
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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
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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.

    A . Irborne says: "too much politics and not enough flying"
    "Great book and story"
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    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
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    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.

    Dennis says: "Subseequently C-P-T Smith"
    "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
    (146)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (101)

    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

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