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Craig Walker

Traveler, Reader, Political Blogger.

Camarillo, California, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 642 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2015
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  • Outlaw of Gor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Norman
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (172)

    In this second volume of the Gorean Series, Tarl Cabot finds himself transported back to Counter-Earth from the sedate life he has known as a history professor on Earth. Tarl finds that his name on Gor has been tainted, his city defiled, and all those he loves have been made into outcasts. He is no longer in the position of a proud warrior, but an outlaw for whom the simplest answers must come at a high price. He wonders why the Priest Kings have called him back to Gor, and whether it is only to render him powerless.

    michael says: "Gorean Saga"
    "Fun adventure, but Lots of naked women"
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    I like John Norman's books from an adventure standpoint, however, I must admit that knowing that every woman at some point is going to lose her clothes becomes at a point quite tedious. For some the master slave relationships might get on your nerves as well, but happily there is enough adventure to move the story along and keep most readers entertained. This volume tends to lag a bit, but it is important to lead into the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Truman Smith
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

    Marie says: "Why I got it...and glad I did."
    "A most enjoyable book. A Catch 22."
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    I have re read this book so many times. The sardonic tone of the narrator matches the sory perfectly and gives many a giggle. It would be great fiction but better as it is a true account. Only one minor complaint. The author did not need to devote the first three chapters to why he named the story as he did. Beyond thet, the crew of his bomber were just a delight to hear about. A really great addition to anyones aviation library.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Shall Fall: The True Story of a Canadian Bomber Pilot in World War Two

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Murray Peden
    • Narrated By Anthony Haden Salerno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
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    (7)

    During World War II, Canada trained tens of thousands of airmen under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Those selected for Bomber Command operations went on to rain devastation upon the Third Reich in the great air battles over Europe, but their losses were high. German fighters and anti-aircraft guns took a terrifying toll. The chances of surviving a tour of duty as a bomber crew were almost nil.

    Craig Walker says: "Interesting. Canadian account of Bombers in WW2"
    "Interesting. Canadian account of Bombers in WW2"
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    A long but interesting account of a Canadian entering the Bomber force and missions in WW2, and of a rather unique bomber, the Short Sterling in action. A great book to keep with your aviation library.Wll worth a listen and the money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaires' Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Marc Wortman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Millionaires' Unit is the story of a gilded generation of young men from the zenith of privilege: a Rockerfeller; the son of the head of the Union Pacific Railroad; several who counted friends and relatives among presidents and statesmen of the day. They had it all and, remarkably by modern standards, they were prepared to risk it all to fight a distant war in France.

    S.L. says: "But for the Grace..."
    "Hard story to get into."
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    I bought the book with the idea that I was going to hear the exploits of ww1 pilots. Well after 10 chapters I learned about the ways the families got rich. Then there was a little aviation mixed with Yale politics and Frat houses. Finally we get into a little more Aviation from the standpoint of the Yale Frat-boys trying to start the air arm of the US Navy. Really rather boring compared to the active units of American volunteers the French British and German accounts in other books. In the end I was far from inspired. Unless you are into he lives of the elite, and or and college politics, I'd pass on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10486)
    Performance
    (9042)
    Story
    (9030)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "Authentic but Depressing"
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    I am a former US Army medic and Vietnam Veteran. From that standpoint I write this. This is a story of a simple man with simple values and an odd set of priorities, who if you had read the accounts of his death, died as he lived holding true the addage," He who lives by the sword... " One can only hope that he died with the same relish that he lived. As I listened to the book, I couldn't help reflect that if one were to read the accounts of German soldiers of the SS, a similar mindset would be expressed as they invaded Poland and Russia. God help America if we citizens never learn from our mistakes of Vietnam and now the Middle east.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World - from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tom Zoellner
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Tom Zoellner loves trains with a ferocious passion. In his new audiobook he chronicles the innovation and sociological impact of the railway technology that changed the world, and could very well change it again. From the frigid Trans-Siberian Railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the futuristic maglev trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of man's relationship with trains. Zoellner examines both the mechanics of the rails and their engines and how they helped societies evolve. Not only do trains transport people and goods in an efficient manner, but they also reduce pollution and dependency upon oil.

    Craig Walker says: "A wonderful look at Rail travel past and present."
    "A wonderful look at Rail travel past and present."
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    If you are a fan of rail travel, this is a wonderful book reflectingon th origins of rail travel and experiences of a traveler using different systems world wide. A great read for those who love trains and rail travel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2444)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1327)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "Good story, fun characters."
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    A very enjoyable first volume. Easy to follow, lots of action and magic set in modern times. A great book for all ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (824)

    After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home of Nicholas Flamel. Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Niccolò Machiavelli, immortal author and art collector, is after them, and time is running. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year, their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophecy is becoming more and more clear.

    Robert says: "recommended though narrator was switched"
    "A fun read. Very enjoyable."
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    Not a complex plot or a vast number of characters. All enjoyable. lots of action. A great bedtime read for all ages. A fine second volume seamlessly picks up from the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night over Water

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (456)

    On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Fun Listen"
    "A great story and mystery."
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    Well worth the listen. A peek into the start of the glory days of commercial aviation with interesting characters, a bit of a mystery to boot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Wings of Eagles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Marcia Hyde, Larry Robinson, Ralph Williams, and others
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (218)

    When two of his American employees were held hostage in a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran, one man took matters into his own hands: American businessman H. Ross Perot. His team consisted of a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of his corporation, hand-picked and trained by a retired Green Beret officer. To free the imprisoned Americans, they would face incalculable odds on a mission that only true heroes would have dared.

    Tammy says: "Was the narrator in a hurry?"
    "Great story read by an auctioneer"
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    I had to listen to this story at .75% speed on my Ipad and deal with the echo that was the result. However, the story is exciting with plenty of suspense, but the one who did the narration needs to lay off the caffine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4612)
    Performance
    (4294)
    Story
    (4280)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "You can't be serious!"
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    I remember reading a very long winded (many volume) fantasy tale in which over time even the readers began to wonder if the author was writing with an ending and point in mind or just to make money. In the end the author actually died and a stand in had to complete the work. After listening to the whole series, I have come to the same conclusion with Outlander. After the first four books I think all that could be said was said, be it in such graphic and I dare say historically accurate ways that one can only wonder whay a 20th century woman would submit herself to a world of dirty bodies and inadequate bathing facilities, endless manner of brutality and ignorance. If you are a student of 18th century history, I believe you will find this an interesting view of life with a very mild twist. If you are an avid reader of the likes of Patrick Obrian, Alexander Kent, and even the historical -go back in time- historical fiction of Eric Flint you will find the action not the priority of the series. I would suggest thiking of this series as Shades of Grey meets the Revolutionary war. The ending of this book as I had mentioned earlier made me wonder why I started the series in the first place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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