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Michael

Virginia Beach, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Special Ops: Brotherhood of War, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (144)

    In November 1964, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara went to the Congo with two hundred men, intent on making it his first step in taking over Africa and South America. He failed, thanks in large part to the efforts of an intrepid band of Green Berets. Licking his wounds, he retreated to Cuba to recruit more men and try the same thing in Bolivia. He failed there, too. In fact, he died there, and thus, despite his incompetence, became a glorious martyr to the cause. But who was trying to kill him, really - and who was trying to keep him alive?

    Jean says: "The Congo & Che Guevara"
    "Tedious at best"
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    Most boring W.E.B. Griffin listen ever. The incessant message traffic while OK for a print book was exasperating for an audio book. With a print book you could gloss over the message headings with an audio book you had to listen to each and every message heading about 66 aggravating times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shooters

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (307)

    In a dangerous world, only extraordinary people can keep America secure. The #1 New York Times best-selling series returns with a story as up-to-date as the headlines.

    Ed says: "I am still waiting to meet The Shooters"
    "DULL...DULL...DULL!!"
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    I kept waiting for it to get better but ended up just wanting it to end. Worst Griffin book to date.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16008)
    Performance
    (13284)
    Story
    (13911)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Redundant Tripe"
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    The incessant emails and redundant dialog will drive you crazy. The whole plot would have difficulty filling a magazine article let alone an entire book.

    30 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • D.C. Dead: A Stone Barrington Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (242)

    After a shocking loss, Stone Barrington is at loose ends, unsure if he wants to stay in New York and continue his work as a partner at Woodman & Weld. It comes as a welcome relief when he's summoned to Washington, D.C., by President Will Lee. The president has a special operation that calls for Stone's unique skill set, and it's a mission that will reunite him with his former partner in crime and in bed, Holly Barker.

    William says: "The Stone Barrington Series Seems Back on Track"
    "First and Last Stuart Woods Book"
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    I bought this book by mistake thinking I had selected another. However I listened to it anyway and that was my second mistake...I won't make a third.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the US government for over a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy's best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist. There are no better warriors on Earth.

    Carlos says: "I hated the darn Bleeping!"
    "Annoying!"
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    Apparently the original book was redacted and in the audible version they have chosen to use an annoying tone where the redacted material exists. I would never have bought the audible book if I had been aware of this. Especially since the redacted material in most cases is public information. The story is OK but be prepared to be very, very aggravated!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5466)
    Performance
    (3448)
    Story
    (3479)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Thought Provoking No Doubt"
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    Having been a career sailor I went through the EMP hardening drill of the 80's, since that time I've heard very little about it. I think it deserves another hard look and perhaps a little preparation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2031)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1547)

    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    Allan says: "unique among these books"
    "American Hero"
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    Great read! Howard Wasdin is a true hero that doesn't forget his friends like his Uncle Earl...another unsung American Hero!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5616)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3586)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Henrik says: "What an incredible audio book"
    "Happening today!"
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    I loved the premise but hated the narrative...I found myself screaming "Just get to the point!" The book could have been half as long.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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