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Jim Braunstein

Levittown, NY United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Black Hawk Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent "page turner""
    "Great book about modern combat"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Black Hawk Down to be better than the print version?

    I was only "satisfied" with the performance by the reader.


    Did Alan Sklar do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Mr Sklar did a reasonably good job but it was difficult differentiating some of the characters


    If you could give Black Hawk Down a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Leave no man behind


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (498)

    Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a classic," The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001, marked the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Very, very good, but very, very long."
    "Great biography of a great man"
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    This thorough, thoughtful, well rounded biography would have surely earned a shout of "bully" from Roosevelt himself! A fascinating book about one of the greatest characters of the American milieu.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1931)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Mel says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Great read/listen"
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    Very well written and an amazing narration. A fascinating story about a lost part of our American history (well, I had been pretty much unaware of it and can only assume that the average person would share that sentiment).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1075)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Bully!"
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    An outstanding book, masterfully narrated that tells the fascinating story of Roosevelt's exploration of one of this planet's most inhospitable environs. I couldn't put it down...and I'm confident that you will be drawn into the story in similar fashion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21306)
    Performance
    (19666)
    Story
    (19674)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Great book"
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    Great story, Well read. Both fun and gripping. Good for space geeks and non space geeks alike! I can't wait for the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (3461)
    Performance
    (3149)
    Story
    (3157)

    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"
    "Great book about a SEAL's survival"
    Overall
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    Lutttrell's story is well written and well narrated. It was both fascinating and moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4142)
    Performance
    (3687)
    Story
    (3716)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "The thrilling story of the termination of OBL"
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    This was an interesting book that details the mission that took out OBL. It is quick paced, lacks political bias and tells the story of our finest operator's doing what they love to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21497)
    Performance
    (16088)
    Story
    (16152)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "A memorable story of war and survival"
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    This was an outstanding book that tells a memorable story about war and survival against all odds.

    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
    (12519)
    Performance
    (10780)
    Story
    (10771)

    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"
    "Interesting story...quick listen"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. If they were interested in this subject matter I would certainly recommend it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I think the author's experiences as a Navy Seal were quite fascinating.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. Good narration.


    Could you see American Sniper being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I'm sure that it would be possible. People are hot on Navy Seals these days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Term Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (963)

    In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

    Tundrabeast says: "IN THE BEGINNING"
    "Great read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fun book Great book if you like governmental intrigue and spec ops stuff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael O'Rourke...and why not? We need more politicians like him.


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

    He's a fine narrator.


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

    Trust your government...only so much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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