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  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Good story, great narration."
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    The narrator! I still am not convinced there was not more than one.

    Any additional comments?

    A well done sci-fi novel that takes one back to earlier times of the genre. Fast paced and riveting enough to make some very implausible situations forgivable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    Spring 1916: the horror of a stalemate on Europe's western front. France and Great Britain are on one side of the barbed wire, a fierce German army is on the other. Shaara opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare as seen through the eyes of a typical British soldier who experiences the bizarre and the horrible - a "Tommy" whose innocent youth is cast into the hell of a terrifying war. In the skies, meanwhile, technology has provided a devastating new tool, the "aeroplane", and with it a different kind of hero emerges: the flying ace.

    Suzanne says: "To the Last Man"
    Where does To the Last Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best military history book I have experienced in print or on Audible.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    With a handful of historical figures, from lowly privates and high flying, dogfighting aviators to the famous and infamous generals and political figures who, for better or worse, led the troops to glorious victories and bloody failures, Jeff Shaara has laid out a rich tapestry of World War I and what it was like in the filthy, stinking, many times gory, usually muddy, wet trenches in the fields of France and Belgium. Trenches, providing the most disgusting living conditions imaginable and even during lulls in battle a place where the troop knew at any second an artillery shell could be falling toward them. Shells filled with marble sized shrapnel or poisonous gas that would begin another round of terror and death or horrendous injury to themselves or their comrades.

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

    This book provokes anger directed toward men long dead, the architects of the first modern technological war and using tactics of a by-gone era when soldiers would fire single shot rifles at each other and as horrible as those battles may have been, they pale when compared to fields of battle where the weapons are accurate artillery fired from miles away, machine guns capable of rates of fire unimaginable in earlier conflicts, diabolical chemical formulation delivered in gas form to battlefield and newly invented aircraft capable of raining death and destruction from above. The politicians and generals answers to these horrors: Rise from your defensive trenches and walk, run, crawl through these murderous weapons to gain a few hundred yards of "dying grounds". Ground that few of them would see but instead, receive and review reports and statistics representing the results of “their" efforts.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a great history lesson of the War to End All Wars. It provides insight into what the American military brought to the conflict and its part in the outcome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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