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Mike Vendetti

Florence, Colorado, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Street Without Joy: The French Debacle in Indochina

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bernard B. Fall
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (36)
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    (35)
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    (36)

    In this classic account of the French war in Indochina, Bernard B. Fall vividly captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the savage eight-year conflict in the jungles and mountains of Southeast Asia from 1946 to 1954. The French fought well to the last, but even with the lethal advantages of airpower, they could not stave off the Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists, who countered with a hit-and-run campaign of ambushes, booby traps, and nighttime raids. Defeat came at Dien Bien Phu, in 1954, setting the stage for American involvement and opening another tragic chapter in Vietnam's history.

    Troels says: "Street Without Joy: The French Debacle in Indochin"
    "In 1964 this was our Vietnam textbook"
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    September 1964 I graduated from Infantry OCS at Fort Benning Georgia. The US involvement in Vietnam consisted of Special Forces advisors, but we were fairly certain that we would end up in Vietnam. We knew very little of how the Viet Cong or the North Vietnamese regulars operated, and this was our textbook, but I failed to pay attention. I was ready to go to war. November 1965 I was a platoon leader in the First Infantry Division, the first part of our buildup in Vietnam. Two months later I was at Walter Reed Army Hospital after encountering an anti-personnel device. Three months after that my replacement was killed in an ambush. Indeed our involvement in Vietnam was a Street Without Joy. An excellent book, and a very professional narration by Derek Perkins. Just learn from it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2982)
    Performance
    (2694)
    Story
    (2685)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Interesting story but narrator poorly cast"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Like I say it was an interesting story, and although John Prudin did a technically excellent job, he was badly cast, and I did not find him believable as a Navy Seal credited with killing 160, and possibly 255 human beings. Also, those whom I have met who have "Seen the Elephant" and especially elite forces are not as glib as Mr. Kyle about their experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By John Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Napoleon Hill teaches the famous Andrew Carnegie formula for money-making, based upon the "Thirteen Proven Steps to Riches". Originally published in 1937, this classic took 25 years of research, in collaboration with more than 500 distinguished men of great wealth, who proved themselves by their own achievements.

    Mike says: "A Perfect Voice for This Amazing Audio Book"
    "A Perfect Voice for This Amazing Audio Book"
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    John Michaels the narrator of this classic, is an excellent choice of readers. He obviously becomes caught up and inspired by the words of this amazing work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Badge of Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stephen Crane
    • Narrated By John Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Stephen Crane's classic novel gives us a glimpse into the mind of a young soldier as he passes through the experience he will never be able to forget, and possibly awaken him from his slumber in a sweat and panic for years to come.

    Jefferson says: "From the Farm to the Inferno"
    "Excellent Narration of a Classic Novel"
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    John Michael's resonant baritone rolls like the sound of a distant canon bringing this Steven Crane Classic to life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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