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PICKERINGTON, OH, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • An Irish Country Doctor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (399)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

    Lavonne says: "Delightful Entertainment"
    "A Study in Human Nature"
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    Where does An Irish Country Doctor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Patrick Taylor's Books are meant for some light reading when I need "aMental Pick Me Up" I am "Patatoe Famine Irish" as my Mother's family imagrated to the USA through Canada on a Coffin Ship. These fun stories track my grandmother's old tales told to me in my youth. My children also holler "shu Fairy" to warn the wee ones when throwing things outside (to avoid suprising the Fairies & incuring their wrath.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I very much enjoy the keen understanding of human nature by The Doctor.


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    John Keating knows how to use voice inflections to add reality to the story & it's many colorful characters making the listening very realistic. A fun series.


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

    Yes, this is a Book, among others in the series, that drive me to listen most of the night.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone with Irish heritige will enjoy Patrick Taylor, as will the not so fortunate. ND John

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ann Scott Tyson
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Some have called him "Lawrence of Afghanistan". To the Pashtun tribesmen he is "Commander Jim", leader of the "bearded ones". He is Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant, one of the most charismatic and controversial U.S. commanders of modern memory, a man who changed the face of America's war in Afghanistan when his critical white paper, "One Tribe at a Time", went viral at the Pentagon, the White House, and on Capitol Hill in 2009.

    James says: "True warrior betrayed by political brass"
    "Sad Lesson, No Army betrayal here!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have never submitted a bad review, until now. I feel very sorry for the mental state of Gant. Vietnam had it's John Paul Van (a better man than Gant) & our mistaken Bush/Chenny bigger error in the Middle East, & our last war had Gant, an out of control man with a giant Napoleon complex. At least the author had the honesty to include Gant's alchol & drug abuses! This Book will appeal to the Beer Belly & misgided so called millitia types, but it will scare normal people. I can't makeup my mind to recomend it or not. I just feel so sorry for Gant's mental issues. I am sure he feels he was right, most fools do. Notre Dame John
    PS Chapter 15 woke me up very quickly!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ann Scott Tyson? Why or why not?

    Yes, as she at least is honest. Her intentions are pure but at least in this case her judgement was clouded. I can't understand why she went to Afghanistan under the then conditions! In my 60's War no one would have wanted a person they loved near the place! Human folley.


    What does Cassandra Campbell and Danny Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They made the insanity clearer.


    Did American Spartan inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, it made me wish I was 21 again so as to beat some sense into Gant! He hurt a lot of people with his dillusions. So sad. I can picture my Marine squad reacting to a speach as given by a shrimp in Arab garb before we went to battle. He'd of been awaken much sooner! I fully expected suiside, if he really had the guts.


    Any additional comments?

    The Army should keep a closer eye on damaged goods! When Gant makes his self serving "I am a Warrior" speaches the Army should have steped in then. I just hope Gant some day faces reality, but I doubt it. ND John

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lewis Sorley
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Neglected by scholars and journalists alike, the years of conflict in Vietnam from 1968 to 1975 offer surprises not only about how the war was fought, but about what was achieved. Drawing on authoritative materials not previously available, including thousands of hours of tape-recorded allied councils of war, award-winning military historian Lewis Sorley has given us what has long been needed - an insightful, factual, and superbly documented history of these important years.

    Rodney W. Schmisseur says: "A thought-provoking history of the war 68-75"
    "A Better Book!"
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    What did you love best about A Better War?

    I have never, in many member reviews, rated any Book as a % star, rxcepting this one! Not only is it a terrific story, it is read with feeling. As a Marine Vet I follow Vietbam History very closely. This one is not to be missed. Most revealing. Great Book that should be read by all Historians & the public as a whole. It paints an impressive story to much unpublished materials on this era. I am so glaad I fell into it. NDJohn


    What did you like best about this story?

    Listening to the Veitnam War tume frame of 1969 to 1971. Plus about Nixon. All Vets will enjoy this Book.


    Which character – as performed by Basil Sands – was your favorite?

    General Abrams by far! He gave me renewed hope.


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

    Yes, the Oh so sad ending!


    Any additional comments?

    Please give this Book some attention, NDJohn

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Broken Reed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Arthur Boyd
    • Narrated By Christopher Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    At the height of the Korean War, President Truman launched one of the most important intelligence-gathering operations in history. So valuable were the mission's findings about the North Korean-Soviet-Chinese alliance that it is no stretch to say they prevented World War III.

    Christopher says: "I'm not sure what to believe"
    "War History Must Read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Operation Broken Reed the most enjoyable?

    I do not give 5 stars to many books, this one deserves 6. Very well read, GRIPPING! This is a new look at Korea & how we really came close to Atomic Ruin world wide.


    What other book might you compare Operation Broken Reed to and why?

    I had thought I had known about the Korean War but this one beats all I have read, ever. Very well done & I could not stop listening. I believe this Book to be true! The reader deserves an award!


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Curry – was your favorite?

    As a Marine Vet I associated myself with the two Rangers plus as a Radio Hobbyist, the radioman. I only heard very few tech errors, which is easy to happen with radio transmissions in the era of the 50's.


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

    The parts that gripped me were how Pres. Truman knew he was being fed bad inteligence by the Military before this mission & how the young Americans of the time were recruited into what could only have been perceived as a suiside mission by even the lowest of the ranks in the military. Brave men all.


    Any additional comments?

    I sure would like to have a beer & an hour to speak with the author and, to pat the reader on the back. Well done. NDJohn

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gary A. Rendsburg
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Whether complete or only fragmentary, the 930 extant Dead Sea Scrolls irrevocably altered how we look at and understand the foundations of faith and religious practice. Now you can get a comprehensive introduction to this unique series of archaeological documents, and to scholars' evolving understanding of their authorship and significance, with these 24 lectures. Learn what the scrolls are, what they contain, and how the insights they offered into religious and ancient history came into focus.

    Jacobus says: "A comprehensive overview of the Qumran Scrolls"
    "Very Well Done & Not One Sided"
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    Where does The Dead Sea Scrolls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoy the series as contained in "The Great Courses" series. Of course some of the presentations are better than others. The Dead Sea Scrolls is the best of the many I have purchased.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dead Sea Scrolls?

    I have always had an interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls. I admit that I sort of expected a tinge of Jewish Religion flavor in this course but there was none. A very scholally & honest presentation. Really well done.


    What does Professor Gary A. Rendsburg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This gifted Professor is one I will follow. He is on the side of pure Accidemics. A pleasure to listen to & he has really helped me understand the value of this 1947 discovery. I am not Jewish but this course has greatly helped me to understand ancient thought & practice. The Professor would be a person I'd love to have a coffee with! An honest person! ND John


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

    The Greatest Find of the 20th Century Explained.


    Any additional comments?

    I bow my head towards Professor Rendsburg. He has handled a very difficult subject very objectfully. Thank You, ND John

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dakota Meyer, Bing West
    • Narrated By Zach McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    In the fall of 2009, Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors in a mountain village called Ganjigal. Firing from entrenched positions, the enemy was positioned to wipe out 100 men who were pinned down and were repeatedly refused artillery support. Ordered to remain behind with the vehicles, 21 year-old Marine corporal Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and attacked to rescue his comrades.

    Joseph says: "War! What is it good for?"
    "Not for Head Shed's Nor POAG's"
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    What did you love best about Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War?

    The trueth in this book is a common thread that runs through all the War's in History!


    What other book might you compare Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War to and why?

    I don't rank 5 stars for books, except this one. As an ex Marine it rang so very true, and sad.


    Which character – as performed by Zach McLarty – was your favorite?

    The Captain who never received his just due!


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

    Yes, I could not turn this Book off. I listened from start to finish, listening to Bing West's last chapter 3 times.


    Any additional comments?

    Any combat soldier or Marine will like this book, especially the wrap up. John

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leader of the Pack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (367)

    Over the course of his legal career, Andy Carpenter has lost a few cases. But that doesn't mean he forgets his clients. Andy has always been convinced that Joey Desimone, a man convicted of murder nine years ago, was innocent and believes that Joey's family's connections to organized crime played a pivotal role in his conviction. While there isn't much Andy can do for him while he serves out his prison sentence, Joey suggests that he check up on Joey's elderly uncle.

    Richard Delman says: "Rosenfelt and Gardner do it again; smooth as butta"
    "Andy Carpenter at his best!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    David Rosenfelt is a well educated man with a blue collar heart for sports dogs. His books astound me in his knowedge of legal matters, which I find very interesting. His stong suit is a really good story salted just right with humor, This is a very good listen with Grover Gardner at his best. I don't have trouble sleeping until I start one of David's books, I can't turn off my iPod. The best thing I can say is all David's Books are fun & captivating. If you enjoy a "who done it" that is also very enjoyable & entertaining you will not go wrong with this latest episode of David's best characters. I seldom rate a 5, this one was to me.a 5.
    John T. Wagner


    What other book might you compare Leader of the Pack to and why?

    "Leader of the Pack" is another fun trip with a somewhat lazy lawyer, Andy Carpenter, that has been so much fun in many of David's Books in the past, such as "Dog Tags". While the characters are mostly the same David's Books are not a series by which you need to read in a special order. You can try any of David's Books & not be lost. Theey are all a lot of fun with great plots. The humor David uses is very much like my own. Perhaps that is why I never miss a new offering. He is just plain good & fun.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Grover ranks among my favorite narators. He can change voice to effectivily match the situation. Grover adds much to my enjoyment of David's Books. It takes a "Full House to beat this pair"!


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

    This Book made me laugh much more than usual. One has to experience it to grasp my meaning. David, a person I do not know personally, impresses me as "the perfect person to have a beer & a chat with. He is an all American.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not waste a credit on "Leader of the Pack". Give David a listen! Careful, Andy Carpenter & company are addicting! John

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • South Pacific Destroyer: The Battle for the Solomons from Savo Island to Vella Gulf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Russell Sydnor Crenshaw
    • Narrated By Alan Bomar Jones
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Russell Crenshaw's riveting account of the savage night battle for the Solomon Islands in early 1943 offers listeners a unique insider's perspective from the decks of one of the destroyers that bore the brunt of the struggle.

    Bruce Kent says: "Great History - Hard Listen."
    "Good Story, Expertly Read!"
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    If you could sum up South Pacific Destroyer in three words, what would they be?

    Real Story of Naval Surface Action!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Narrator, Alan Jones, makes an excellent read of an already riviting story. Alan is one of the Best I have ever heard in my 100 Gb book collection. I am well read about WW ll. But, I have always thought most of the real victories came from Carrie/plane actions. I now appreciate just how much Suface Actions our little


    What about Alan Bomar Jones’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Alan Bomar Jones is now my favorite voice. Great Job Alan!


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

    Tin Can War, a Real Life Adventure in WW ll


    Any additional comments?

    WW ll students won't be disapointed.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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