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John S

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  • Hornblower and the Hotspur

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (301)

    April 1803, and the Peace of Amiens is failing as Horatio Hornblower takes a three-master on a vital reconnaissance mission…. On the day of his marriage to Maria, Hornblower is ordered to take the Hotspur and head for Brest - war is coming and Napoleon will not catch His Majesty’s Navy with its britches round its ankles.

    John S says: "Good narration but series limited in availability"
    "Good narration but series limited in availability"
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    I am a big fan of this genre, and have listened to many different authors. C.S Forester is perhaps the best know, but there are also the Dewey Lambdin series which is also good, Peter Simple, and the Mater and Commander Series. I would rate C.S Forester as among the better, but slightly more serious than the others. For more fun and spice I like Dewey Lambdin. This is book 3 (can't purchase book #2), and is a good sequel to book #1, Midshipman Hornblower. The problem with this series is that many are not available in Audio format, so if you start listening, you will soon have to transition over to written word.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    The Last Stand of Fox Company is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the battle's survivors, and they narrate the story with the immediacy of such classic accounts of single battles as Guadalcanal Diary, Pork Chop Hill, and Black Hawk Down.

    Stephen says: "Outstanding story, poor narration"
    "The forgotten war, Korea."
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    Most people, especially those under 40 probably don't know we fought in a war in Korea. I could barely remember it. But this book of a fight to the death between Americans and North Koreans in a frozen battleground that is haunting. Vastly outnumbered the Americans hold their positions against fanatical North Korean troops. It is a battle to last man. Great for history fans, but it is rather graphic and almost sad because it was a war that was fought to just end in stalemate. Forty years later North Korea is still there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4511)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1885)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "Stop Smoking"
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    This is mostly a funny book about quitting smoking. If you smoke (which I never have), listen to it. It makes fun of the lengths you have to continue to smoke from confined smoking rooms in airports, to standing on the street outside of office buildings during a break, to having to stay in crappy airport motels so you can smoke in your room. Funny, funny, funny if you do not smoke. If you are hooked maybe not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6550)
    Performance
    (2664)
    Story
    (2693)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Pulitzer prize and it deserves it."
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    I bought this and put aside for several months. When I was out of books to listen to, I picked it up again. This may be one of the best written novels I have listened to. It takes some patience to get into story, but once you do, you will be hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14447)
    Performance
    (6742)
    Story
    (6821)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "I can never get this book out of my head"
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    I listened to this book several years ago, and I can never get it out of my head. It's a testament to " you only live once", so take chances and enjoy life as it comes. The novel begins in a nursing home (where we all will wind up some day) and goes back in time to life in a traveling circus in the 1930s. Join a circus, how great is that. Superbly written and narrated. On my top ten list of best audible books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memory Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (928)

    Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

    Big jim Picotto says: "Good character, bad plot, worse narration"
    "Wish could forget . Lucky I am not a Memory Man"
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    I normally like the author's books. This one not so much. It has a great premise, a man who is a savant and can remember everything. I like that. But how this plays out is rather odd. It's a combination Silence of the Lambs, and Dustin Hoffman in Rain man. The villain is out to destroy the "memory man" but the reasons for doing so are just plain unbelievable.

    The narration is fairly good, it usually is when you have 2 narrators (which I think is cheating).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    Overall
    (2144)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1293)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "True Grit and True Spunk"
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    I normally don't like westerns, but this an all time classic. After reading it I watched original movie with John Wayne on Netflix.

    Narration is great since it is a woman narrator and most of the dialogue is from Maddie. Well worth the credit and I would rank this with classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and East of Eden. Great book for teenage girls because while Brewster Cockburn shows true grit, Maddie shows true spunk. Set a goal and do everything you need to achieve it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By A. J. Baime
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    The Arsenal of Democracy tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a “bomber an hour”. Critics scoffed: Ford didn’t make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his father’s resistance, Edsel charged ahead.

    TG says: "Edsel Ford, a tragic hero"
    "A bomber per hour"
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    I enjoyed this book because I like history and I like business. This combines both fairly well. As other reviewers have pointed out its sort of a history of Ford. It was the car company and still is, but during WWII they made nothing but weapons. Planes, tanks,trucks, and aircraft engines. The numbers are just staggering. 10,000 bombers plus countless other weapons. The battle was fought in Europe and Japan but the war was won at home. Raids of 1000 bombers a day destroyed nazi Germany. Ford had a goal of making a bomber per hour. By the end of war they were hitting their goal. Imagine a factory that rolled 8 huge air force bombers a day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • California Fire and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Jon Lindstrom
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Jack Wade, a claims adjuster for California Fire and Life Mutual Insurance Company, is one of the best arson investigators around. He's a man who knows fire, who can read the traces it leaves behind like a roadmap. When he's called in to examine an unusual claim, the tracks of the fire tell him that something's wrong. So wrong that he violates his own cardinal rule - "You don't get personal, you don't get emotional. Whatever you do, you don't get involved" - and plunges into the case.

    Tim says: "Fire, life.... Living in So Cal"
    "A book about an insurance adjuster, oh yea."
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    If you read the synopsis of this book you might want to say, that looks uninteresting. Actually it is one of my favorite books in the last few months. Both the narration and writing are superb. The author has an "ear" for dialogue. so you will find yourself laughing at some times. The plot twists and turns so it is often suspenseful. . But the major good point of the book is that main character is just a regular guy who will not compromise his morals. No Jack Reacher kind of character bent on killing about every third person he meets, but someone just dedicated to his job as a fire claims adjuster who will not tolerate fraud and an underlying murder.

    So good I think I listened to entire 13 hours straight.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (634)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "Great Listen with Excellent Narration"
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    I have listened to many of David McCllough books, actually my first audible book was his novel 1776. Although nonfiction it reads more like a novel with an excellent description of the devastation created by the Johnstown flood. If you like American history this is a must listen.

    About a third of the book is a lead up to the flood, about 1/3 is the flood, and the reminder is the after investigation of the flood. In the end one can suppose mother nature was mostly to blame. THe description of a eighty foot wall of water that tore down the valley after the collapse of the dam is gripping. It is interesting to here the tales of what separated the living from the dead, mostly plain dumb luck

    Worth the credit

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thin Dark Line

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Karen Peakes
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (796)

    Terror stalks the streets of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana. A suspected murderer is free on a technicality, and the cop accused of planting evidence against him is ordered off the case. But Detective Nick Fourcade refuses to walk away. He’s stepped over the line before. This case threatens to push him over the edge. He’s not the only one. Deputy Annie Broussard found the woman’s mutilated body. She still hears the phantom echoes of dying screams. She wants justice.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Exciting Mystery"
    "Unlikeable characters"
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    I listened to the author's other book, Cold Cold Heart, and enjoyed it much more than this one. Although well written, the suspense is not that suspenseful and most of the characters mostly unlikeable. The main character, Annie, gets in trouble on the local police force for arresting fellow policeman, Nick Fourcade, for beating a murder suspect senseless. He is a cop gone wild, justifying terrorizing just about anyone who he suspects of a crime. He would be right at home in Ferguson, MO.

    Most of the book seems to be about the petty revenges among the police force. They treat her badly she just responds with really vicious comments. No wonder they don't like her, I wouldn't either.Then you have two really unrelated stories of a murder and multiple rapes in the town. Characters are introduced which have no point in the story, and only a minor twist at the end makes it slightly interesting. I only paid $3.95 on a daily deal so I am not that disappointed. At full price I might have returned it.

    The narration was just ok, having liked the narration of Julian Whelan better in Cold Cold Heart. The female voices are good, but the narrator adds too much a New Orleans French twang to the male voices making the narration difficult to understand

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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