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M. Call

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  • None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Hirsh
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan. The first journalist to be embedded with an Air Force combat unit in the war on terrorism, Hirsh flew from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, with the 71st Rescue Squadron to their expeditionary headquarters at a secret location in Central Asia. Unparalleled access to the pararescue jumpers - or PJs - as well as to the courageous men and women who fly them where they have to go, often under enemy fire, allowed Michael Hirsh to uncover incredible stories of courage.

    Vygramul says: "Edge-of-Your-Seat and Sobering"
    "Not what I expected"
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    What was most disappointing about Michael Hirsh’s story?

    I did not get the sense that the author respected the military and wrote the book as a reporter covering a news story.


    Any additional comments?

    The title of this book does not fit the book. The book is just a collection of brief stories from a reporter who happened to interview some of the participants. Based on the stories I am not sure if the PJ's interviewed held back, or if the author just didn't do a good job. After I completed the book I felt that I had wanted more. I am not often critical, but in this case there are many other books that cover our bravest warriors that you may want to consider before you pick this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brandon Webb, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Jon Bailey
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (489)

    Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" that makes his story so compelling.

    Robert says: "Decent story, narration left a lot to be desired."
    "Don't let the narrator scare you off!"
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    There is nothing worse then a audible book with a great story and bad narrator. Due to the negative reviews and lack of a sexy title I hesitated to purchase and listen. I am glad that I did give the book a listen and I can assure you that the narrator does not ruin the story. What makes this audio book special is that Brandon Web introduces each chapter himself and concludes the book with a brief interview. If you are looking for a book detailing harrowing missions there is not much in this book for you. If you are looking for insights into what makes a Navy SEAL a special breed of individual then this book is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roberts Ridge: A True Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Malcolm MacPherson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    For the U.S. Navy's elite team of SEALs, the mission seemed straightforward enough: to take control of a towering, 10,240-foot mountain peak called Takur Ghar, a key post in their plan to smash Taliban al Qaeda in eastern Afghanistan.

    Jeffery says: "It's an Account....."
    "I am not often critical but..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Barrett’s performances?

    Yes, if he promised to just read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not often critical of books and narrators and I realize that it was probably not Joe Barrett's idea to try the accents, but they were bad. After a few chapters I found myself thinking I wish I was reading this book and not listening. The sad part is that it is a very well done book, and the bad performance by the narrator is bringing the book down. If you can get past the bad accents by the narrator it is worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1025)

    When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

    Karen Knabe says: "Truly the story of a Hero"
    "A Must Listen!"
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    Would you listen to Fearless again? Why?

    Yes. Great inspirational story!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for stories of elite warriors and their combat missions this is not the book. If you are looking for the inspirational story of a American Hero this is a must listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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