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Catherine D. Schafer

Truck Driver

Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 112 ratings
  • 509 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Duped again!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is an entertaining story but it feels contrived. Maybe the significance of the actions are what belittles the story telling. I found the authors disingenuous. That is not to say I didn't believe he may well have done the things he said he did. I just felt that his telling of the story was a version of actual events. It did not feel like the actual truth.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer again?

    I would welcome a more honest book by the authors.

    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    Was not memorable. That is to say I felt the performance was enhanced by the neutrality of the narration.

    Do you think No Easy Day needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It needs a follow up book by another member of the dev-gru team. Not by these authors. I might listen to another tale from the authors however I fear another book would probably only make it to my wish list.

    Any additional comments?

    I was jaded by Bravo 2 Zero by Andy McNab and the controversy that it sparked. I am drawn to listen to the elite world of specialized soldiers, I just wish the amazing skills they have could translate into great story telling skills. I forgive them that it rarely does. I appreciate all they do for the free world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John E. Finn

    The civil liberties and constitutional rights possessed by our nation's citizens-not only in theory, but in the courtroom, where the state can be forced to honor those liberties-are a uniquely American invention.And when we were taught history and learned about the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, we were always made aware of that uniqueness, of the extraordinary experiment that gave to every citizen of this new nation a gift possessed by no others.

    aaron says: "Great Course. Good Narration."
    "Content is great performance is confusing"
    What disappointed you about Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights?

    The professor keeps saying one word or name then quickly changing his mind and correcting his previous statement. It became very hard to remain focused on the lectures content. My poorly equipped mind was still trying to join the dots as the professor changed his mind on what he was trying to say. This lecture could be great if the mistakes were edited out. As it is, expect to spend 50% of your attention being focused on what the professor was trying to say but didn't and then corrected himself.

    Any additional comments?

    I should have asked for a refund. The content is interesting. The performance makes this kind of content difficult to absorb.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Doug Ordunio

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

    Jeremy says: "Informing, Interesting, and Boring all in one"
    "Bloody wonderful!"
    What did you love best about Guns, Germs and Steel?

    Jared Diamond is amazing. He takes highly complex issues and describes them with prose that imply simplicity and dignity. He makes complex and difficult social issues understandable to people like me.

    What other book might you compare Guns, Germs and Steel to and why?

    I purchased this audio book based on an Audible recommendation. I subsequently purchased all other works he has authored on Amazon.

    Which character – as performed by Doug Ordunio – was your favorite?

    The narration is neutral. That is how it should be.

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

    NAT GEO already did. The tag line from that should be: READ THE BOOK!

    Any additional comments?

    He simplifies complex scientific thinking without diluting the important facts.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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