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Daniel

Roswell, GA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2692)
    Performance
    (2476)
    Story
    (2486)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Good Book. Kevin Collins needs to take lessons."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it tells a great story of what happened during Operation Red Wings. However, there is a LOT of Navy recruiting going on during the book. I understand Marcus is proud, and rightfully so. But I can not help but wonder if during the editing by the Navy if it was recommended to amp up the bravado.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The fake Texas accent put on by Kevin Collins was horrible. I got use to it about a 1/3 of the way into the book. There were times when he was talking about his fellow Seals screaming out that Collins cocked it up pretty good. The dramatic flare in points was less than desirable.


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

    I listened to the book in 2 days. Once you got past the Seals training, which was necessary to understand the relationships, the actual story of Operation Red Wings was captivating.


    Any additional comments?

    On a personal note. What Marcus Lattrel and the rest of his Seal brothers endured and went through was saddening. There are highs and lows in the story and it makes you understand A. What it takes to be a Seal. B. What those heroes went through on the top on that mountain.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Holding Their Own V: The Alpha Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Nobody
    • Narrated By Dave Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Word of Alpha's recovery spreads throughout the region. The news is welcomed by most - but not all. Some see the small Texas town as a threat, others want to dominate the prosperous community. Often, it's difficult to discern friend from foe, and miscommunication can be deadly.

    placencia says: "Decent story, questionable narration..."
    "Good Book, But the tones between paragraphs suck."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Holding Their Own V to be better than the print version?

    No. The fact that the folks use different voices does not match what was in my head. They have changed the reader on every book. One just sounds like a big wuss. I think it was in book III or IV.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Terry, she takes no guff from anyone. She is tough and funny.
    Nick is awesome.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dave Wright’s performances?

    Yes.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1604)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Ken Kilban ruins a great book."
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    If you could sum up Separation of Power in three words, what would they be?

    Espionage
    double-cross
    Action


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rapp is great. I like Kennedy as well.


    What didn’t you like about Ken Kilban’s performance?

    He is REALLY nasaly and makes Mitch Rapp sound like a whining wuss. Additionally, there are certain words that he miss pronounces Live (L eye v) not (L ih v) There are a host of other words that he uses the hard vowel rather than the soft like it should be.

    Of all the books I have listened to this guy is the WORST.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5804)
    Performance
    (3272)
    Story
    (3282)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "First exposure to Vince Flynn. WOW!!"
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    What other book might you compare American Assassin to and why?

    So very much like Brad Thor and Clancy but with some funny characters that just drip with the GI smart@$$ness I use to deal with in the Army. I cracked up so many times it made my side hurt.


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

    Even though he is an older narrator. He really does help to make the characters come alive. I like his animated way of reading.


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

    YES... YES.... YES... If I did not have to work to pay for these audiobooks I would have finished it in one day.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be getting the rest of these, either in book or audiobook. Fantastic writing and I am excited to read the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3946)
    Performance
    (3458)
    Story
    (3475)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Lou Diamond just didn't do it justice"
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    What made the experience of listening to Threat Vector the most enjoyable?

    Lou and some of the content made it mind numbing at times. I am a huge Clancy fan... But this one missed it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney before, how does this one compare?

    The narration was a bit eh... Also they tend to get really long and boring in setting up some of the characters. Actually made the book boring. I guess I just need to stick to Clancy classics.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Order

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (996)

    Action-packed from the start, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the "master of thrillers". A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C., in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror. In Brad Thor's riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.

    Kennard says: "Not what I expected from the author"
    "Another great story by Brad Thor"
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    Where does Hidden Order rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scott Horvath. He is the lead character, and one bad dude.


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

    He is a fantastic narrator unlike others. Listening to him is not mind numbing. He makes the book that much better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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