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Morris

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  • 10 reviews
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  • Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rusty Bradley, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (248)

    Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Kandahar Battle Described As Never Before"
    "Does what it needs to"
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    A standard book about today's combat. A lot of words to finally make it to the end of the book with the final battle scene. Nothing wrong with it just that I've read too many books back to back. Having said that, this is one of the better stories.

    The details leading to the battle was excellent, the battle scene details were ok if not a little to John Wayne like but still a good story.

    And Please do not consider my review a comment on the fighting man. What they do for us is unbelievable and I hold them in the highest regard, my review is only about the book, not the man.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5347)
    Performance
    (4525)
    Story
    (4536)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Excellent"
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    Great story and I can't wait for book 3, come on Ken.

    Excellent character development and the storyline is well continued from the first book to the second. I will confess that keeping all the different characters and storyline straight was a challenge and I believe a second reading will be required.

    0 of 0 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
    (1167)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1072)

    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."

    M. Kuhnert says: "Moving"
    "If you only read one war book, read this one"
    Overall
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    Simply the best real story I have ever read. Not sure how Adam Brown did what he did but he did it very well.

    The book is odd in that it doesn't give endless detailed battle stories like the other combat books. This book only has one chapter about combat and that's all that was needed.

    The rest is about what type of man is willing to devote his life to being the best that he can be. That sounds like a cliché but in this case it's very true and more to the point but is very humbling.

    People like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and the like get the headlines but even with what they have accomplished it pales in comparison to Adam Brown.

    I could go on but please read this book, get through to the last 4 chapters, read them in private, have a good cry and when your finished, thank the individuals in your armed forces. It doesn't matter if your from Canada, Britain or any other nation, thank them because we all have Adam Browns in our countries armed forces and they do more then we can ever imagine and thank God they do it for us.

    Thank you Adam for your service and thank you for letting your family story to be told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Stalkers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael J. Durant, Steven Hartov, Lt. Col (Ret) Robert L. Johnson
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    Here are thrilling, never-before-heard stories of the Army's elite aviation unit - the most daring and professional helicopter crews in the world. Special Operations pilots are notoriously reticent; they don't talk about their missions, at least not to anyone outside their small community. But now, with the publication of The Night Stalkers, Durant and Steven Hartov shed a fascinating light on these mysterious super commandos and take readers into a world they have only imagined.

    Robert says: "A book that does justice"
    "They did more"
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    Unfortunately I read this after reading Fearless. A mistake. In comparison the stories were flat and without feeling.

    My other observation is the quality of the fighting man. After reading books from the early days of Iraq to the end of Afghanistan it's amazing the improved quality of the American fighting man.

    Unfortunately this book had stories from these theatres and others and it was very frustrating to hear all the incompetencies and still have compassion for the solders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (834)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "A good use of time"
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    Well writing and a good linear story. Some interesting physic's but it lacked personal development and I didn't connect with the main character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (831)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "Didn't make it to the end"
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    For the first time I didn't finish a book. I can and have soldiered through bad books but I just couldn't with this one. I didn't like the characters or the story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cowboys & Aliens

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joan D. Vinge
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    New Mexico Territory, 1875. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It’s a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend.

    Terry says: "Understand...It's a Hollywood movie, then a book"
    "Not an action story"
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    More about morals then about cowboys and aliens. The hero goes from acting like a hero to being a helpless idiot whenever the author needed to build suspense during the action sequences. Needed to fast forward through the endless internal moral conflict the main characters repeatedly had throughout the book. Think of Freud's works being sold to a Hollywood producer, "if we added a gun fight between the dreams then it should sell"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the T'ang Dynasty, from the birth of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled.

    Chi-Hung says: "Balanced"
    "Don't do it"
    Overall

    An endless monotone listing dates, overthrows and death. Not an easy subject to quantify into a "story" but John Lee english accent just seems to go on and on to the point that I can't tell the difference between the events in Min dynasty to those in Roman ages.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (411)

    This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

    Kent Valandra says: "The Best"
    "Helped with the Pacific series"
    Overall

    Was what it was. Very little about the battles and more about the conditions that he lived through.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In January 2007 the young and optimistic soldiers of the 2-16, the American infantry battalion known as the Rangers, were sent to Iraq as part of the surge. Their job would be to patrol one of the most dangerous areas of Baghdad. For 15 months, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Finkel was with them, following them almost every grueling step of the way. The resulting account of that time, The Good Soldiers, is a searing, shattering portrait of the face of modern war.

    Alan T Alcock says: "Sobering"
    "The true story of war"
    Overall

    Excellent. The story behind the headlines. The story of the men and what happens in war

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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