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BrentDC

Portland, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Star Trek Memories

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Shatner
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Boldly going where no audio has gone before, Star Trek Memories is William Shatner's own behind-the-scenes look at the legendary '60s television series that continues to spawn movies, books, and series spin-offs 26 years after the last episode aired. Avid Trekkers are sure to be delighted with this first-hand account from Captain Kirk himself.

    Barton says: "good insider view"
    "A MUST HAVE audiobook for all true Trekkers!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Trek Memories the most enjoyable?

    Not only was Shatner's perspective truly informative and a trivia goldmine, his reading of it is witty, tongue in cheek and vastly entertaining!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shatner's insight on Gene Rodenberry, the before-his time genius who created Star Trek was a clear and heartfelt homage to a man he respects and owes so much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Shatner covers so many hilarious as well as touching moments it would be hard to single one out, but the infamous "Green skinned Orion Slave Girl" incident has to take the cake!


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

    Shatner remembers SHATNER! (As well as several other cast and crew!!)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brandon Webb, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Jon Bailey
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (435)

    Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" that makes his story so compelling.

    Robert says: "Decent story, narration left a lot to be desired."
    "The Man that trained Chris Kyle & Marcus Luttrell!"
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    If you could sum up The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen in three words, what would they be?

    Revealing.
    Informative.
    Engrossing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is an autobiography and Brandon talks at length about his life growing up and how early life help shape and instill within him the qualities he would draw upon again and again as a SEAL.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Webb knows his stuff and shares what he can,which is very revealing, but his voice is a tad too "dude" for me.LOL


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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    For a very informative look into the covert world of Sniping and the SEALs this is a book for you. Brandon shares a lot of "bar stories" as well as technical aspects of military sniping and I found his story compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5556)
    Performance
    (5164)
    Story
    (5164)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Another Dresden adventure well worth the time & $$"
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    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    Two things, Butcher's storytelling and Marster's narration! They complement each other so completely I perceive them as a TEAM presenting Harry Dresden's latest escapade!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just about everything, this is Harry being Harry, and since Chicago is once again in peril of being annihilated he gets to unleash his magic AND sarcasm!


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

    As I've said, his narration as Harry makes you believe he IS Harry Dresden! His rendition of Odin was great as well


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Harry reunited with Thomas, his half-brother as well as the ending


    Any additional comments?

    This is a top notch Audio selection! Great storytelling and a narrator totally familiar with the material and delivering great character voices!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3476)
    Performance
    (3029)
    Story
    (3011)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "The LAST Mitch Rapp Novel? Say it ain't so!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Once again Mitch Rapp is hurled into the breach of a National Security crisis and forced to cut through an environment of politically correct horse dung to get the job done! George Guidall is great once again as the narrator, his Stan Hurley is so real I could actually "see" what was happening. A great episode in Mitch Rapp's adventures.


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

    More Stan Hurley & Mitch Rapp taking out the trash.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    As I've mentioned, the Stan Hurley rendition is simply awesome and his grasp of the material and characters adds to listening enjoyment


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The firefight where a long time Rapp ally & brother in arms is killed.


    Any additional comments?

    It's clear Vince was angling the French Assassin for a role in future novels as a Rapp ally as well. Sadly since Vince recently passed away from cancer we may never know how his or Mitch's story will end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Lloyd Parry
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (344)

    Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

    La Becket says: "The best audiobook I have ever heard -- hands down"
    "Evil thrives on ignorance"
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    If you could sum up People Who Eat Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling.
    Infuriating
    Sad.


    What other book might you compare People Who Eat Darkness to and why?

    Helter Skelter. Both are definitive looks at shocking and brutal crimes committed by people given over to evil and the desire to inflict themselves. It is clear Obara, like Manson and his followers surrendered his humanity in his dark quest to satisfy base desires.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they finally arrested this savage lunatic


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How the Japanese regard the separation between themselves and foreigners as hierarchical as part of a "class structure" and act according to a missing persons "importance"


    Any additional comments?

    Obara's evil was endemic and widespread. His victims, dead, that we know of are 2, yet he also drugged and raped at least 90-100 other women.Was his money and influence so wide ranging only the death of a pretty western girl and her implacable family could bring it to light?

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steve Fainaru
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    A parallel army lives on the margins of the Iraq war - nearly 100,000 armed men, invisible yet in plain sight, doing jobs the overstretched and understaffed military can't or won't do. The U.S. media call them "security contractors." They call themselves "mercs," and they operate under their own rules. Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru traveled with several groups of security contractors to find out what motivates them to put their lives in danger every day.

    Joe says: "A must read...."
    "Stunning look at Future War in the Present"
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    Where does Big Boy Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very well, The author does tend to interject a lot of his personal story and life into the narrative as he covers modern security/civilian contractors but that aspect was actually compelling and well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Jon Cote. He was representative of so many of our guys and gals in Iraq.


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

    Good narrative pace and tone.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me MAD! When you use locals as contractors, treat them like garbage and then fire them that SCREAMS to me "security breach!" but many of these guys seemed to be "sleepwalking" their time commitments. The tragedy that occurred was 100% avoidable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer, Jefferson Chase (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sonke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs that had been covertly recorded and recently declassified. Neitzel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in Washington, D.C. These were discoveries that would provide a unique and profoundly important window into the true mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general - almost all of whom had insisted on their own honorable behavior during the war.

    Martin says: "Deflates claims that only a few knew"
    "Chilling revelation of the men of Hitler's Germany"
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Simon Prebble?

    Perhaps, this subject was revealing and exemplary in letting us hear the voices and thoughts of the men that built and were part of the Third Reich.


    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    Yes, as I see the perspective here as vital not well known, how ordinary and plain these soldiers were, yet the Nazi Regime shaped them into people that could obey the unconscionable.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    well enough, though the subject matter is quite dry at times


    Did Soldaten inspire you to do anything?

    Reflect on how precious choice is and I thank God I have the freedom to have many choices.


    Any additional comments?

    The subject matter is dark and dry in it's presentation but was invaluable in showing what happens when ordinary men are compromised by leaders intent on evil. Good leadership is vital

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (988)

    When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

    Karen Knabe says: "Truly the story of a Hero"
    "STUNNING! A life lived with courage and love!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fearless the most enjoyable?

    The story! The fall, rise and struggle of Adam Brown against STAGGERING odds shows a man who went out a winner, patriot(and that is a title you have to EARN) and hero to anyone who has ever fallen but never quit getting back up!


    What other book might you compare Fearless to and why?

    The Last Lion by William Manchester on the life of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill had many failures in life but none personally more painful to him than his Gallipoli Campaign during WWI when he headed the Admiralty. After the crushing, costly defeat, which many thought would end his career he resolved that if he could not end the war he would shoulder a rifle and serve with the soldiers he had tried to save. So he went to Flanders with a Scottish Brigade and saw action. That was the character of the man and his resolve to "never ever quit" makes me think of the Seals.


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    Smooth, easy to the ear but his "women and kids" voice is the same and a little silly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had a stepbrother who struggled with serious drug and alcohol addictions his entire adult life only sobering up literally the last 5 years. The young adult life of Adam Brown is a painful story repeated everywhere but doesn't have the sad and tragic ending of most addicts. We all end, You have no say when you go and usually not how, You only chose how you live. Adam Brown's life is a life of guts and heart that moved me deeply.


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3709)
    Performance
    (2296)
    Story
    (2313)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "STUNNING! Uncovering the man behind the myth!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

    The concise and direct historical presentation of a man lost to myth and legend as well as the refreshing perspective of his policies and rule. The life of Temujin, the boy who grew into the Great Khan sounds like a Hollywood movie! Father poisoned? Captured and made a slave? From that abject state to the greatest conquerer in history!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Surprise! My understanding was his empire fractured and collapsed soon after his death, much like Alexander the Great's. To learn the depth and scope of the Mongol Empire and it's unique longevity even decades after his passing is a testament to his vision and leadership.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When as a youth he single-mindedly forged an alliance to wage war on the tribe that had kidnapped and outraged his young wife, Borte.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Temujin exhibits his ruthless nature for the first time by killing his rival step brother, their mother's grief and anguish at Bechter's loss and her favorite son's cruelty haunted me.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reveals a man that, even in the pursuit of a unified Mongol Nation by fire and sword, forged a Nation that was based on merit, not blood. Believed to be the world's FIRST true Meritocracy (albeit at sword's point!)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kokoda

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Paul Ham
    • Narrated By Peter Byrne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    It was a war without mercy, fought back and forth along 90 miles of river crossings, steep inclines and precipitous descents, with both sides wracked by hunger and disease, and terrified of falling into enemy hands. Defeat was unthinkable: the Australian soldier was fighting for his homeland against an unyielding aggressor; the Japanese ordered to fight to the death in a bid to conquer ‘Greater East Asia’.

    daryl says: "Pulls no Punchs"
    "A haunting history of sacrifice and missed chances"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kokoda to be better than the print version?

    The audio performance is top notch! The Australian accent of the narrator as well as his ability to deliver the Japanese side in a believable accent as well helped make this audiobook on of my most enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Kokoda to and why?

    As far as a book detailing an actual battle this compares to the classic ENEMY AT THE GATES by William Craig, a factual and in depth account of the Battle for Stalingrad. In Kokoda Paul Ham has captured the same amount of detail involving high level military, political and cultural maneuvers without losing the grit and blood of the men fighting to the death along the Kokoda Track.


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

    Again the accents, both Australian and Japanese well read in detail and conversational dialogue make this a fantastic audio presentation


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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