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Friend, NE, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 7 reviews
  • 159 ratings
  • 450 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Jason says: "A must read!"
    "Reveals the hopelessness and heroism of this war"

    Having never read (or listened) anything that Mr. Tapper had written I figured this would just be another "reporters eye view" of the war. What I found was a jewel that is so powerful I wish every man or woman who might have the power to send our armed forces into battle be required to read it.

    More than once I was brought to tears as Mr. Tapper described the gut wrenching emotions of those who waited at home, and of the incredible personal sacrifice these soldiers were (and are) willing to make for one another on a battlefield whose tactical goals have become so muddled by politicians there can be no good result.

    Woven into the fabric of this book is a look at the frustrating bureaucracy that has evolved due to the United States attempts to mix politics and the use of military force. The blatant disregard for the most basic rules of tactical planning and execution cast a dark shadow over the senior military officers who were at the root cause of this tragedy. It is hard for me, as a veteran, to understand how we can put men and women in harms way and then hobble them with ridiculous rules of engagement.

    War is a very nasty business and needs to be fought with overwhelming force, violence and clear tactical goals. After Desert Storm I believed our leadership, both military and political, had relearned the key lessons of World War II, that being that you simply cannot fight a limited war and expect any good result. It is apparent they have not.

    Mr.Tapper does a brilliant job of making that point over and over again in each of the many battle segments.

    This is a great book and I hope that it will become required reading for both political and military leadership as a tool to remind all of the horrible costs our soldiers must pay when leadership forgets the basics.

    Buy it, read it, and tell your friends about it. The more Americans who become enlightened about what this war has evolved into the sooner, I would hope, we will be able to make the decision to fish or cut bait.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Khan: Empire of Silver: A Novel of the Khan Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A #1 New York Times best-selling author, Conn Iggulden has garnered both critical and popular acclaim for his compelling novels about Genghis Khan. Iggulden’s riveting Empire of Silver—the fourth in his Khan dynasty series—highlights the incredible story of Ogedai, son of Genghis Khan.

    Tundrabeast says: "Great Next Chapter"
    "Best so far and the others were pretty good"

    Iggulden is a great story teller and Ferrone does a super job reading. The characters flow seamlessly through the series. Great book(s) for a relaxing evening away from the turmoil of the day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

    Thomas says: "Hornfischer does it again."
    "Think you know all about the Pacific Theater ?"

    I'll bet you a wooden nickel you will know more about the Pacific Theater in World War II after you read this one. It's a great story, well told. Hornfischer does an outstanding job of laying out the facts and lets the facts speak for themselves. Robert Dean does his usual fine job as well reading the story.

    I was surprised at how close a thing it really was. There is no doubt in my mind now that had the Japanese been more confident and willing to go belly to belly after the initial sparing matches the US forces might easily have been kicked off Guadalcanal, allowing the Japanese to focus on the campaigns to the south and thus prolonging the war.

    I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of the battles surrounding the "Iron Bottom Sound".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

    Casey Ferrell says: "I want longer books!"
    "Another decent installment of a decent series"

    Hey, it's a great series to listen to while you are running down the road, and this installment is actually one of the better ones, although Anderson does tend to get bogged down in character development a little more than I care for.
    He has a pretty good grasp of tactics and a great wealth of knowledge regarding seagoing minutia making the books a great listen. I keep buying them, so they have to be pretty good. I'd like to see a lot less talk and a little more action.
    Mr. Dufris does a good job. Very consistent in the overall cadence and tone of the story.
    If you are looking for a fun series to listen to, one not requiring any "in depth" thinking about, this is a great one, especially if you enjoy a good war story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Torpedo: A Surface Warfare Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeff Edwards
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner

    An accident at a German nuclear plant, an illegal arms deal, and a biological warfare attack on the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., combine to ignite an international crisis that threatens to draw Western Europe, the Middle East, and the United States into all-out war.

    Ron says: "Good Action Thriller"
    "Wow! Right up there with the Hunt For Red October"

    Not since Clancy have I read a techno thriller that held my attention from cover to cover like this one. I even broke by own Audible rule and listened to it at the house instead of reading conventional books!
    Although the underlying plot was a little hard to swallow at first, Edwards did a good job of building it into a plausible deal. His grasp of naval technology is excellent and lends itself well the pace of the book, while not bogging down the reader with too much techno stuff. His treatment of military society is bang on too with enlisted men and women doing the heavy lifting and a few good officers running interference from the living breathing examples of the Peters Principle. A great listen. Can't wait for more from him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bravest Man: The Story of Richard O'Kane & U.S. Submariners in the Pacific War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Tuohy
    • Narrated By E.H. Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Tuohy follows Richard O'Kane, America's undersea ace of aces, and a few fearless submariners, during the U.S. submarine war in the Pacific. This grueling battle saw 10 million tons of Japanese shipping sunk by U.S. submarines, but the cost to the U.S. Navy was one in five of its boats, the highest casualty rate of the U.S. armed services.

    Queenb says: "good book"

    If you have read the Navy Dept.s history of US Subs in WWII, and perhaps George Griders book you will find there is little new info here. Well told just the same. Lots of attention to detail about the Academy lives of the subjects in the book. It was worth the time to listen to it, but the roar of the depth charges comes out more like a "pop".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    John says: "NOT CLANCY'S BEST"
    "Gummed to death"

    Clancy won my admiration for his early works, particularly The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising, but his writing (novels) has continued to weaken over the years. This one looked like he was regaining some speed, but lost traction in the middle, ending so abruptly that I thought that my audio player had skipped part of the book. Great for killing time, but not much else. He is still on my short list, but I do long for the days when I could pick up a Clancy novel and know that I had a winner before I cracked the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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