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DAVE

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  • Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, Anthony Flacco
    • Narrated By Anthony Flacco, Candace Thaxton, George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    On October 25, 2011, aid worker Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by an organized band of Somali land pirates. For the next three months, Jessica was terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters. Every terrifying moment Jessica spent suffering in captivity was matched by that of her adoring husband working behind the scenes to deal with her captors. Finally, on January 25, 2012, President Barack Obama ordered a rescue operation by a team of 24 Navy SEALs. Impossible Odds is a harrowing and heart-wrenching memoir of Jessica's kidnapping, her three months in captivity, and her rescue by the Navy SEALs.

    Philippa says: "Well Written & Surprisingly Interesting"
    "Captivating and informative."
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    I watched the movie Captain Phillips and finished this book in the same week. It gave me more insight to what life in Somalia is like. There are a lot of Somolians that live near hear. I was in the Marine Corps during the time that Blackhawk Down took place. I had a lot of resentment toward the Somolian people that I see in public, because of the pictures I saw of our men being dragged through the streets by the crowds of crazy people. This book gave me a better picture of what life is like there and why some Somalians do the crimes they do. It has also helped me put the Somalians that have moved into my area in a better light. I enjoyed the book very much. Jessica's part was well written. What was apparent in her life with her captors is the fact that it takes more than just whit and grit to get through an experience like that. I think she was divinely protected from being harmed more than she was. Once again the men of the spec ops community showed great bravery and professionalism. My thanks to them for another job well done. My hat of the people like Jessica and Erik for working toward making life better for all in spite of the many threats that they face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With the Lightnings: RCN Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, David Drake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (232)

    Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father. Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar. Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.

    E. Atkinson says: "Master and Commander in Space"
    "Warning, Space OPERA!!"
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    When they say something is a SPACE OPERA, I should listen. I could not stomach this book. From the rich brats bringing their servants on a warship to the main character have not many redeeming qualities. Then the struggle of an interstellar, stuck up librarian. Also going on, on about nobility that may or may not have had anything to do with the story. Needless to say I did not finish this book. The narration was pleasant though. If you are into military scifi or like action in your stories, do not get this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Muscle Myths: 50 Health & Fitness Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making: Build Healthy Muscle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeff Justus
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    Muscle Myths was written to debunk the most commonplace and harmful gimmicks, fads, myths, and misinformation in the health and fitness industry. With the information in this book, you can save the money, time, and frustration of buying into misleading diet plans and products that promise unattainable results. You can become your own personal trainer and start getting real results with your diet and exercise.

    Jonathan H. Paullin says: "Another great one by Michael Matthews"
    "Practical health and fitness knowledge."
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    I did not get the feeling that the author was trying to sell fitness voodoo magic with this book. This book has a lot of good do's and don'ts for anyone beginning a workout program to someone more advanced. It gave me some good insight into everything from training to nutrition. Although I did not agree with everything the author said, it did give me some new ideas. The narration was not award winning, but better than a lot of novels I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Resolution for Men

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick
    • Narrated By George W. Sarris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    From the New York Times best-selling authors of The Love Dare comes a strong resolution of faith, family, and fatherhood that sets men on a course toward long-term success — the kind that breaks the chains of your past, earns the loving trust of your wife, wins the hearts of your children, and prepares a legacy beyond what your father could leave for you. With a clear resolution, you’ll be able to see exactly where you’re going. Straight ahead into a life marked by renewed faithfulness.

    ronnie says: "Outstanding!"
    "Good guide book for any man."
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    Word of God inspired. If all men lived like this the world would be a better place. If I lived like this my life and family would be better too. Real wisdom to think about, but not a replacement for the Bible in a man's life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sun: Star Force, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (932)

    Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are. The Dead Sun is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally finds some peace"
    "Military sci-fi craving? Come get some."
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    As with all the Star Force books, I devoured this one too. This has been a great series and I have really enjoyed it. I'm going to miss Riggs and his crazy robot. I liked this book a little more than the others. The others got a little bit monotonous. A few of them seemed like I was reading "1000 Ways to Use Nanites" and that got a little old, but I still enjoyed them. This one was not like that. It was fast paced and seemed better balanced. I recommend this book and series to any one that craves military sci-fi.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bastard: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (281)

    Set against the colorful tumult of events that gave rise to our fledgling nation, this novel of romance and adventure introduces Phillipe Charboneau. The illegitimate son of an English nobleman, Phillipe flees Europe and, as Philip Kent, joins the men who set our course for freedom. The Bastard is the first volume in the Kent Family Chronicles, a series of novels that details one family's journey in the early years of the American nation.

    will says: "An Amazing Tale"
    "Entertaining story but too coincidental."
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    Jakes did a good job of making the main characters in this story enjoyable and memorable. Character development was good and I think Jakes excels at it. I would really like to meet these characters again in the next story. But I have not bought another as of yet. What keeps me from listening to another one of these is the line of events. The story line is too coincidental. Our hero and antagonist seemed forced into meeting again. The events are too contrived and unnatural. Never the less, I did give it a 4 and I enjoyed it. I was even a little moved by the romance in the story. Something that I usually don't get caught up in. As for narration, I thought it was good and characters were very distinguishable. This listen was not a waste of time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (637)

    Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!"
    "Full of information."
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    There is a lot of good information here. I might have to go back and listen to it again so more will soak in. I agree with Dr. Perlmutter’s view that Americans eat to many carbs. I can see some of his findings in some of the older people I know and their diets. I agree that there is a connection with eating too much sugar and carbs and Alzheimer’s. For this I would have given the book at least 4 stars. I don't agree with his stand on how people evolved not eating wheat and that we are all gluten sensitive. I am a creationist and think that people were eating grains since we were. People have been eating grain in the bible for at least six thousand years. You think there would be more tolerance for gluten by now. I am not disagreeing that gluten is messing people up. I just think that the blame can be attributed to modern farming and gene manipulation. There are other reasons why grains don't agree with people. Many other books have been saying the same thing about gluten, so it's not totally original. That’s why I only give this book a three. Aside from that there is so much good information in here I have to recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of the Nephilim: Cradleland Chronicles #3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Hirt
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Five hundred quiet years had passed, and then for only the second time within the collected memory of man, the earth shook. Footsteps froze and eyes went wide while birds exploded from treetops and filled the sky in frenzied flight.

    Gregory T. Wallace says: "Non-Darwin Biased Biblical History Fiction"
    "This is what "original" is all about."
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    This whole series is original. Douglas Hirt's take on pre-flood history is one of a kind and truly inspired. I loved all three of these books. I am not one to watch or read something again, but this series is one I make an exception for. If we are on a drive and my kids want to listen to it again, no problem. The narrator of the first book is hard to get used to and annoying at times, but the story makes up for it. Narration on the next two books is great. I recommend this series to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prime Suspects: A Clone Detective Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    Homicide Detective David Bagini awakens in a strange world only to discover that he is, in fact, the 42nd clone of the Bagini line. With no memories of why his Prime entered into a clone contract, he wants answers. The first problem is his Prime is dead and Bagini 42 is in charge of the investigation. The second problem is all the clues point at a clone from his line and they already know all his tricks. How can he solve his own murder when every suspect has his name and face?

    John C. says: "We have met the enemy and they is us."
    "Witty and entertaining."
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    I'm not real big on the idea of clones, but I have a hard time turning down a sci-fi mystery. I loved the main character's point of view. From the very beginning I was intrigued by his insights. The descriptions of the other clones and their antics kept me rolling. The plot line in the story had some good twists and will keep you guessing. Narrator Jeffrey Kafer did a good job and I'd listen to other books performed by him. A very entertaining little book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lines of Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (365)

    Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system.

    Jean says: "Action packed story"
    "No sci-fi barriers broken, but a good listen."
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    This book does not break any sci-fi barriers, but is you like military sci-fi it is a good listen. Kloos has an interesting view of humanity in the future. Things in the galaxy are falling down all around the humans and we just keep fighting each other tooth and nail. There is no good and bad, just different points of view. Each faction had its own take on greed. The main character has changed some since the first book and I like the evolution. The author did a good job of showing that Andrew had grown up and is not the punk kid that left home at the beginning of the first book. The book was kept me entertained and seemed like it was over in no time. I'll definitely read the next in this series. Once again the narrator did a good job and I would listen to him again.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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