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  • The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Forged a New Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By P.J. Ochlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (281)

    The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the most important mission in the early days of the Global War on Terror, when the men on the ground knew little about the enemy - and their commanders in Washington knew even less. With unprecedented access to surviving members of ODA 574, key war planners, and Karzai himself, award-winning author Eric Blehm cuts through the noise of politicians and high-level military officials to narrate, for the first time, a story of uncommon bravery and terrible sacrifice.

    jrrich says: "Great story about the rise of Karzai."
    "Good story"
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    Would you try another book from Eric Blehm and/or P.J. Ochlan?

    always


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Hard to say without giving anything away, Amazing we have people like this in the military who go largely unnoticed. Sad also to see we still have cowards in positions of power that have more ego than honor. The story was very narrowly focused on this group and there activities saying much more would give stuff away. a good read


    Do you think The Only Thing Worth Dying For needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Nation Forsaken: EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By F. Michael Maloof
    • Narrated By Mike Ortego
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    The United States is more vulnerable than ever to an EMP attack that could shut down the country overnight, resulting in tens of millions of deaths and a 19th-century lifestyle for Americans for the foreseeable future, says a new book, A Nation Forsaken, written by a long-time national security expert. Even worse, the threat doesn't just come from terrorists, but from unpreventable solar activity - and a new peak period is on the way,

    Alan says: "Excellent information and well written book."
    "well written and fact filled"
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    Would you listen to A Nation Forsaken again? Why?

    yes to remember some things


    Any additional comments?

    Good information about our ancient grid and the fact nothings going to be done about it until it fails.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark L. Donald, Scott Mactavish
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    As A SEAL and combat medic, Mark served his country with valorous distinction for almost 25 years and survived some of the most dangerous combat actions imaginable. From the rigors of BUD/S training to the horrors of the battlefield, Battle Ready dramatically immerses the listener in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other. It is also an uplifting human story that reveals how a young Hispanic American bootstrapped himself out of a life that promised a dead-end future by enlisting in the military.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Page Turner/Great Listen/Inspiring"
    "Hero- Read it and feel small"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes some books are hard to believe it was a real life lived this is one of them.


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

    Films are only for short terrible books N/A here


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2880)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1634)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "Jack Reacher what could be bad"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    If you have read a Reacher novel you know whats up


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Who ever turns these into movies was it a joke casting Cruise as Reacher, have you read any of these books?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jason Redman, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (256)

    Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. But his journey was not without its supreme challenges. He was critically wounded in 2007 when he was struck by machine-gun fire at point blank range. During his intense recovery period, Redman posted a sign on his door, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds."

    Richard says: "Not Superman - Real Man With Incredible Courage"
    "An honest account"
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    What did you like best about Trident? What did you like least?

    Jasons ability to be painfully honest about his mistakes and how he overcame them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book had many high points and just like so many others Jason tried, stumbled and failed at times but adjusted, learned and succeeded. A story of success and failure and one of the many inspirational people who serve our country.


    Any additional comments?

    Hopefully honorable individuals like this will storm the gates of Washington and run for election.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4229)
    Performance
    (3793)
    Story
    (3816)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Skip it"
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    Would you try another book from Piper Kerman and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    Nope a kid peddling drugs who was duped by her lesbian friend and went to prison. Rubbish, didn't even finish it.


    Has Orange is the New Black turned you off from other books in this genre?

    pretty much


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cassandra Campbell?

    The narrator was good just stuck with a week story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Orange is the New Black?

    Page one to the end


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Erik Prince
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (252)

    Blackwater is one of the most misunderstood companies of our time. As Erik Prince, its founder and former CEO, writes: "Hundreds of American citizens employed by private military contractors, or PMCs, would lose their lives helping our government wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, only to have their memory tarnished by the unfair and/or ignorant depiction of PMCs as profiteers, jackbooted thugs, or worse."

    Ryan says: "A different look a Security Contractors"
    "From Uncertain of Prince to a supporter"
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    Where does Civilian Warriors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its right up there and you can't help but loathe the media after reading this story. Im glad Prince told his side of the story and in doing so gave us a clear understanding of the risks he took to start Blackwater and the record of success his employees had. If your going to have an opinion on Blackwater or Prince without taking into consideration what he has to say, you have never worked hard or built anything of substance. Should anyone wield the firepower he did as a private company- I just don't know but he was tasked and did the jobs know one else could do and at a fraction of the cost it would have taken the military to do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Prince was simple brilliant a conservative who could have been a lazy trust fund baby who's father had the balls to say this moneys not yours earn it your self and he did. Did he inherit a little money sure and he used to to create an empire that was providing a great service


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Obama and the Clintons publicly trying to destroy Blackwater in the press and then running off to be protected by who- Blackwater
    And why because they were the best and cowards with enemies want to be protected by the best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Target: Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert K. Wilcox
    • Narrated By Lynn Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    The death of General George S. Patton is shrouded in mystery. While officially the result of an unfortunate car accident, the evidence points to a far more malevolent plot: murder. So says investigative and military journalist Robert K. Wilcox in his book Target: Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton. Written like a WWII spy thriller and meticulously researched, Target: Patton leads you through that fateful December day in 1945, revealing a chilling plan to assassinate General Patton.

    Matt says: "Fascinating History - also well read."
    "One of the greatest betrayed and killed"
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    What other book might you compare Target: Patton to and why?

    About Face- David Hackworth both he and Patton were probally the greatest and most feared combat leaders from WW2 to present and both couldn't be silenced and stood their ground.
    About Face is a book without equal and its a shame we continue to allow politicians and PC
    career soldiers to discredit and destroy the people who speak the truth.


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

    "Read the Book"
    good books turned into movies is never a good idea


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Service: A Navy SEAL at War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (640)

    Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.

    Heidi says: "love this book ~ add it to your must read list!!"
    "Impressed as usual"
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    Where does Service rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high these are the people who do not get the attention they deserve


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Service?

    Its all first rate


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Solid job


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7935)
    Performance
    (6779)
    Story
    (6805)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "A lost individual takes a walk"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I generally find bios to be interesting and this one was, Cheryl was stuck heading down the wrong road and changed her life. People that just decide to do something and just do it are pretty rare and the people she met along the way were interesting. A little slow in some areas but overall I enjoyed her story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The most interesting part of the book because there was a rather large chunk of info missing. I would have loved more detail to fill in the huge gap between the end of her hike and the end of the book.


    What three words best describe Bernadette Dunne’s voice?

    ok


    Do you think Wild needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I doubt it but I don't know what Cheryles been up to since the book ended.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14882)
    Performance
    (13553)
    Story
    (13627)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Just ok"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing it was not a very interesting story but maybe my real life experiences prevent me from having any interet in this story line. Probally better suited for a younger crowd


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something that holds my attention


    What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s voice?

    I liked her


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fault in Our Stars?

    I didn't like any of the book and stopped halfway thru only the second time I have done that.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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