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George

carrollton, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Wukovits
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    On October 25, 1944, the Samuel B. Roberts and 12 other vessels stood between Japan’s largest battleship force ever and MacArthur’s transports inside Leyte Gulf. Facing more than 20 Japanese vessels - including the 70,000-ton Yamato - the 1,200-ton Samuel B. Roberts turned immediately to action, churning straight at the enemy in a near-suicidal attempt to deflect the more potent foe and buy time for MacArthur’s forces.

    K. Winters says: "Amazing Story, Heart Rending and Brave"
    "What a story!"
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    If you could sum up For Crew and Country in three words, what would they be?

    unbelievably scary story


    What did you like best about this story?

    the truthfulness


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

    I prefer audio....Dean is a fine reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The miniscule destroyer escourt attacking cruisers & battleships...the torpedo run.


    Any additional comments?

    This HAS to be one of the best story's ever written about....
    ranking with the Alamo & Charge of the Light brigade in the Crimean war.....
    The unvbelievable heroics of Charles Natter brings tears to the eyes.
    Spartans have NOTHING on these American Sailors...
    George WIlliams QM2 USNR....attached to the USS Whitehurst, DE634 (many years ago)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I'll Do My Own Damn Killin'

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gary Sleeper
    • Narrated By David Carpenter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In the early days, before he founded the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas and became the patron saint of the World Series of Poker, cowboy Benny Binion was a horse trader, a bootlegger, and the "boss gambler" of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. This book traces Binion's rise to power in the Dallas underworld during World War II. By 1946, more than two dozen "casinos" operated illegally in downtown Dallas in hotel suites, and Benny Binion owned at least half of them.

    George says: "Facinating read..."
    "Facinating read..."
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    What made the experience of listening to I'll Do My Own Damn Killin' the most enjoyable?

    Just to know the facts about the start of the dynasty...


    What did you like best about this story?

    How casually Binion could kill his competitors....and vice versa.


    What about David Carpenter’s performance did you like?

    All good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The day Binion & a fellow conspirator planned a murder in downtown Dallas (where I live now) at a bank....and basically get away with it, and many more.


    Any additional comments?

    Pure facination how illegal gambling was tolerated in early Dallas, and what effect it had on Las Vegas....
    What a charactor this man was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1240)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (524)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Read this book.....THIS is a religious war!"
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    Would you listen to The Looming Tower again? Why?

    I never listen to any book twice.


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

    Nearly...


    Any additional comments?

    How anyone could read this book & not understand how we've had a middle ages style religious war thrust upon us, is more than I could comprehend.
    Very riveting....scary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intrepid Aviators: The True Story of U.S.S. Intrepid's Torpedo Squadron 18 and Its Epic Clash with the Superbattleship Musashi

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gregory G. Fletcher
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    On the morning of October 24, 1944, in the Sibuyan Sea amidst the Philippine Islands, VT-18, a close-knit squadron of six young American torpedo bomber pilots, departed the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid on a search and destroy mission. Their target: the super-battleship Musashi, the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The pilots were tasked with preventing the immense enemy warship and the huge naval armada of which she was a part from inflicting unspeakable damage.

    RODNEY K. says: "TRUE PICTURE"
    "Loved this book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Intrepid Aviators the most enjoyable?

    Info I never knew about the sinking of the Musashi


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The pilot who survived & swam miles to be eventually rescued


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

    I always prefer audio books, although I forget more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The actual attack, the unbelievable effort involved to sink the Musashi.


    Any additional comments?

    I always wondered how this fight went down.....
    Hair raising...this was no cake walk!
    19 torpedo's & many brave airmen to sink this magnificent ship!

    Does anyone know of an account of the sinking of the sister ship Yamato?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (349)

    From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.

    aaron says: "Outstanding True Crime Story-- with a twist!"
    "Inspiring story"
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    What did you like best about The Serial Killer Whisperer? What did you like least?

    Best.....inside story's from murderers.Worst...a bit too much personal info on author to maintain interest.


    Would you recommend The Serial Killer Whisperer to your friends? Why or why not?

    Depends on the friend.


    What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

    earthy...good.


    Did The Serial Killer Whisperer inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I know you should never critique a book half way through it....but as talented a writer, and as inspiring as it is.....about half the information about Tony's brain injury & private life could be removed, and replace this space with more on the killers, would make it better for me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (166)

    It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it "the surge". "Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences," he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic Army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers.

    Candy says: "This book is amazing, but brutal"
    "Unabashed anti defense book"
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    Would you try another book from David Finkel and/or Mark Boyett?

    Finkel....only if it was fiction...(and I don't read fiction).
    Boyett....definatly a superlative reader.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Finkel again?

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Boyett’s performances?

    Yes...I will look for his readings.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Good Soldiers?

    It's not what I would take away...it's what I would add....objective depiction.


    Any additional comments?

    The good....the author is a very gifted, colorful writer..... good fiction style.

    However, if you are expecting an unbiased reporting of the 2007 surge that saved America & moderate Iraqi's from almost
    certain ignominious defeat in Iraq.......you will be sorely disappointed.

    David Finkel, a journalist for the Liberal newspaper, the Washington Post has used this book to attack President George Bush...and scare the hell out of any American from fighting the ongoing war on terror....ever.

    This is sad commentary portraying American servicemen as "caught" in "Bush's war", who simply want to go home, due to the hopelessness and poor management of the situation. His total focus on American casualties and failure...virtually nothing on American successes & individual effort.

    To Finkel, there are NO American servicemen who know well that America has had a deadly religious war thrust upon them & understand where their duty lies.

    My recommendation?...you want a good read about this war.....read Chris Kyle's, "American Sniper" or "Thunder Run" by David Zucchino....no politics, just uplifting books about real American hero's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the boss of New York's Lucchese crime family, was a Mafia superstar, responsible for more than 50 murders. Currently serving 13 life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado, Casso has given journalist and New York Times best-selling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen.

    Mark says: "Not very good or thought provoking"
    "Really great book"
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    If you could sum up Gaspipe in three words, what would they be?

    engrossing, compelling, unsetdownable


    What other book might you compare Gaspipe to and why?

    The First Family by Mike Dash....
    Same "personal" connection for me.


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

    I'd probably remember more (as usual) if I'd read it, but it wouldn't be nearly as entertaining....Skylar is a talented reader.


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

    What else, "Gaspipe".


    Any additional comments?

    No book has ever caused me to look into the locations of everything from resturants to "Social Clubs", to infamous "hits", as this book has. I'd highly reccomend using Google maps to view the present day locations of places mentioned in this book, mostly the Dyker Heights area of Brooklyn....mostly between 14th Av & 16th Av on 86th St., Brooklyn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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