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Allen

EVANSVILLE, WI, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 86 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

    Thomas says: "Hornfischer does it again."
    "Gruesome realities of battle vividly described."
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    What made the experience of listening to Neptune's Inferno the most enjoyable?

    I'd like to say it's a great story however it's the horrific truth revealing what many of our Grandparents endured if they were involved in the fighting in Guadalcanal during WWII. The moment by moment descriptions of each battle. The men and vessels involved and the aftermath of those battles are the nightmares so many have lived with their entire lives while trying to be normal, raise families and simply live beyond the horrors they faced.

    It was well told and my hat is off to anyone having to participate in these actions, these men from the front lines are a breed of heroes not likely to be found today. Today has its own heroes from war and fighting in the Middle East, Afghanistan etc and someday the truths from their hellish battles will be told.

    The meat of the story can be hard to follow at times, It's easy to get lost in the details of what ship, what commander, which battle. The pictures painted by the author are gruesome realities of shipboard warfare and are not for the feint of heart. If your relative was lost in Guadalcanal don't read this book. Just remember him as a hero lost in action in WWII.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (6447)
    Performance
    (4442)
    Story
    (4420)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Cool storyline."
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    Would you listen to Killing Floor again? Why?

    I've enjoyed a couple of Jack Reacher stories so I thought I'd go to the first one and start weeding through them in order. Jack is pretty cool, always gets the girl, always gets laid and rarely winds up in trouble. If anything Jack might come off as arrogant, a bit too cool.

    One of the first things i noticed in comparison to later books in the series is that there is a key character in this story whom is killed which apparently gets resurrected for later involvement in the series.


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

    Dick Hill owns the Reacher series and does it well. Although all of the female leads in the series have sounded the same so far. To be fair I've only listened to 3 of them and will continue to pick through them.

    I've listened to one other novel outside of this series with Dick's narration and didn't care for him at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2628)
    Performance
    (2119)
    Story
    (2120)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Clint Eastwood says Grayman?? Never heard of her."
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    What did you like best about On Target? What did you like least?

    The headline may be a bit harsh but I just couldn't resist.

    I did enjoy the book and the narration is well done. He did a great job of creating each character and it's easy to differentiate between them.

    If you want an absolutely unstoppable good guy the Grayman series is for you. It's pretty graphic and becomes somewhat predictable after about the ohh twelfth life or death battle scene how things are going to play out.

    I've listened to the first two of this series on my own dime, if Audible gives me the third one i will probably listen to it. Otherwise no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trident Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rick Campbell
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    The USS Kentucky - a Trident ballistic missile submarine carrying a full complement of 192 nuclear warheads - sets out on a routine cruise. Not long after it reaches the open sea, however, the Kentucky receives a launch order. After receiving that launch order, it is cut off from all counter orders and disappears into the Pacific while it makes the eight-day transit to the launch site. What the Kentucky's crew doesn't know is that those launch orders didn't come from the US government.

    Jeffrey says: "Satisfying High Tension Thriller!"
    "Meh..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I've probably read too many submarine warfare novels so the details and storylines tend to bleed together or overlap. I've seen the theme of "Ballistic Missile Submarine gone rogue" worked from about every angle possible. Crimson Tide has already went here and done this.

    Pretty soapy with alot of drama building recapping leading into each action sequence. I actually caught myself yelling "PUHLEASE" get on with it.


    Could you see The Trident Deception being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Noooo.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (354)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
    "Holy Crap!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story, great narration. The subject of atomic energy/weaponry does require some pretty indepth explanation so at times it can be boresome while leading up to the meat of the matter.

    How we haven't managed to blow ourselves to Kingdom Come is a nuclear accident in itself. Drops, planecrashes, fires, it's not like we haven't tried or actually dared a multiple megaton warhead to detonate in our own backyard.

    Scary stuff, I couldn't put it down.
    Read this book if you're even remotely intrigued by atomic weaponry, their handling and management throughout the course of the cold war.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1012)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Excellent from beginning to end."
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    If you could sum up Red Sparrow in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent storyline, characters and naration. I usually don't get real stoked up over a book but for me this one had it all. The narrator did a great job differentiating the characters and projected their personalities well. CIA vs Reincarnated KJB, The cold war seems only forgotten by the media because the intelligence communities on both sides are as busy as ever snooping, recuiting and sleeping with the enemy.
    The only questionable moments are a couple where our sexpot female double agent is somehow able to singlehandedly neutralize 3 trained Spetznatz assassins without having any specialized combat training or experience. The plausibility of the story wasn't compromised so I was able to get over it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Sparrow?

    Not giving anything away.


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Bobb – was your favorite?

    They were all good but Gable's sarcastic humor is well portrayed by the narrator.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Comanche Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry, Frank Muller
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (302)

    We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him -- when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Even for those that don't like Westerns"
    "Long winded but good"
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    Would you listen to Comanche Moon again? Why?

    A great story with great narration. I have listened to and enjoyed the entire Lonesome Dove Series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The U.P. Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Zane Grey
    • Narrated By Robert Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In 1865, a party of engineers toils in the Wyoming hills on a survey as dangerous as it is difficult: preparing the way for the Union Pacific Railroad. Young surveyor Warren Neale’s hunger for adventure and his desire to see a railroad connecting East and West earn him a job promotion. Soon he will marry beautiful Allie, a girl he rescued after her wagon train was raided by the Sioux. But Neale is outraged when he discovers corruption among the railroad construction companies. And when Allie is kidnapped by ruffians, he loses his will to succeed.

    Allen says: "It's not you, It's me"
    "It's not you, It's me"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys the sappy side of cowboy romance novels.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Morris’s performances?

    I Might, he was doing the best he could considering the story he had to work with.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (25065)
    Performance
    (18955)
    Story
    (19017)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Long winded but good"
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    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    I would listen to another. The story and narration were both excellent. I'm just unsure when I'll be ready to commit another 34 hours of listening time to one story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (490)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Great story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gods in Alabama to be better than the print version?

    Not just Chick Lit. I enjoyed the whole menu, the narration, the characters, the story. What more could you want? There's sex, violence, suspense and humor all rolled into one. I would listen to another book by Joshilyn Jackson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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