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John

Hawthorne, CA 90250 | Member Since 2004

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  • Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (84)

    Written by Robert Leckie, whose wartime exploits are featured in the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg HBO miniseries The Pacific, Strong Men Armed is the perennial bestselling classic account of the U.S. Marines' relentless drive through the Pacific during World War II.

    John says: "Great story"
    "Great story"
    Overall

    Outstanding overview of the Marines in WWII. It covered all significant actions in vivid detail yet provided great strategic overview. Highly recommended

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Siegfried Knappe, Ted Brusaw
    • Narrated By John Wray
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (305)

    A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.

    Erik says: "An incredible true story"
    "Outstanding Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Soldat the most enjoyable?

    This was an interesting look at a soldier who made it through the entire war and Russian captivity - and came home.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Robin Bowerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    While the major fighting of the war moves to the south in the summer of 1779, a British force of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry, backed by three sloops-of-war, sails to the desolate and fog-bound coast of New England. Establishing a garrison and naval base at Penobscot Bay, in the eastern province of Massachusetts that would become Maine, the Scots - the only British troops between Canada and New York - harry rebel privateers and give shelter to American loyalists....

    Clayton says: "I've loved 35 books by Cornwell: this one -- no"
    "Cornwell's worst book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Fort better?

    An ending.


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

    Outstanding reading - really brought many different characters to life.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - Cornwell is one of the best authors ever, but this is clearly his worst book. A rambling story without an ending. Unlike all his other books.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip the Fort and listen to the Richard Sharpe series instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc A. Thiessen
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Marc Thiessen knows more than almost anyone outside the CIA about what went on at CIA “black sites” and at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As chief speechwriter for President Bush, he was given unprecedented access to some of the most sensitive intelligence our government possessed on al Qaeda terrorists. He has since spent countless hours interviewing the men and women involved in the interrogations at every level—from Vice President Dick Cheney to the interrogators themselves.

    Earl says: "Courting Disaster"
    "An important message for all"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book as it tackles a very important yet uncomfortable topic for all of us - torture. Or maybe


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    The reader did a good job, especially emphasizing points as I'm sure the author would have wanted.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific - Saipan to Guam, June to August 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Victor Brooks
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    June 14, 1944, just nine days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own D-Day landing. A huge U.S. flotilla of 800 ships carrying 162,000 men was about to attempt to smash into the outer defenses of the Japanese Empire.

    John says: "Great story of an important battle"
    "Great story of an important battle"
    Overall

    Brooks account of the various battles in the Marianas is compelling and well researched. And very readable. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the Pacific campaigns.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (319)

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    Elizabeth says: "Fascinating!"
    "super!!"
    Overall

    Spell binding, super book well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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