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Pete Mypaycheck

SE Michigan | Listener Since 2009

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  • 20 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 136 titles in library
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  • Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Barbara Mertz
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    In this updated version of the classic of popular Egyptology, Barbara Mertz combines her doctorate in Egyptology at the famed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with a life-long enthusiasm for ancient Egypt. Her love of the subject is contagious and makes her the perfect guide to ancient Egypt for the student, the layman, and those who plan to visit or have visited the Nile Valley.

    Ethan M. says: "One of the best history books on Audible"
    "Superlative!!!!"
    Overall

    This was my second download with Audible.

    The writing and narration are terrific. I've always appreciated a witty (and dry) turn of phrase. 'Dry', however, is NOT how I'd describe this audio book! It is rich with imagery and information.

    If you have any interest in ancient Egypt or archaeology, this is a must!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2123)
    Performance
    (1980)
    Story
    (1988)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "An American Hero"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Collins?

    Anybody. Mickey Mouse, perhaps? Bugs Bunny? His narration was so painful, that I couldn't get past the first hour of the audio book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh, Lord, no!!!!!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptian: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mika Waltari
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    The world of ancient Egypt springs magnificently to life in this astonishing historical novel of love, war, political intrigue, and religious revolution. Told from the first person point of view, it is the story of Sinuhe, physician to the royal court of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his successors in the middle of the tumultuous 14th century B.C.

    Fernando says: "Best historical Novel Ever written"
    "An Instant Favorite!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Egyptian?

    I'll start by saying that even as a child, Ancient Egypt has held a special fascination for me; The pyramids, temples, pharaohs, and the Nile. But, I've never really thought about the common person. The Egyptian is a great story of one such common man.

    The narration is great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touching History: The Drama that Unfolded in the Skies over America on 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lynn Spencer
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Lynn Spencer takes listeners right to the front lines as the realization hits that multiple hijackings are underway - and then that the country is under attack. She follows the story all the way through the end of the day, when the fog of war had finally lifted and the country could assess exactly what had happened.

    Laura says: "Riveting book"
    "Overall, quite good."
    Overall

    My only beef with this book is the narrator. There is something that sounds so ridiculous when a woman tries to sound like a man. Seriously, it reminds me of my kindergarten teacher telling a story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Paul Davies
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Fifty years ago, a young astronomer named Frank Drake pointed a radio telescope at nearby stars in the hope of picking up a signal from an alien civilization. Thus began one of the boldest scientific projects in history, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). But after a half century of scanning the skies, astronomers have little to report but an eerie silence---eerie because many scientists are convinced that the universe is teeming with life.

    Gary says: "I love the topic and I love this book"
    "Love it!"
    Overall

    Given the billions of galaxies in the Universe, I imagine the Universe is teeming with life. So, why HAVEN'T we heard from any of them? This book examines the paradox in simple terms that even lay people can appreciate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leslie Kean
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    With the support of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, investigative reporter Leslie Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects - metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics - actually exist.

    Joseph Hayek says: "Most Reasonable Book on UFO's"
    "Very Good!"
    Overall

    I'm one of those people who believe that 99.999% of all 'UFO' sightings are easily explainable as natural phenomena, hoaxes, schizophrenia, or misidentified aircraft. However, there is that .001% that defies explanation...

    This book approaches the subject of UFO's in that same light, using ONLY the most credible reports from people who have nothing to gain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2290)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1617)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    RGH says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "Ugh...."
    Overall

    I read Bourne's first book and wasn't real impressed. I downloaded this one in the hopes of some improvement. I hate to say it, but it feels like a wasted credit.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (475)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Enlightening"
    Overall

    It's nice to see that al-qaeda is subject to the same backbiting, backstabbing, and dissent that any corporation in America is prone to. It's also important for Americans to understand how systemic failures on the part of our government lead to the disaster that was 9/11.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 9-11 Commission Hearings: Panel: FAA Response on 9-11 (6/17/04)

    • NONE (1 hr and 20 mins)
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In this forth and final panel of the 12th hearing, the topic was the FAA response on 9-11. The commissioners heard testimony from Monte Belger, former FAA Acting Deputy Administrator; Jeff Griffith, former FAA Deputy Director of Air Traffic Control; and John White, former FAA Facility Manager of Air Traffic Control Systems Command Center.

    Pete Mypaycheck says: "Very Good"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    I have to give major kudos to the FAA. They did a miraculous thing on 9/11: they landed about 6,000 planes in our nation's skies within a few hours. This was something that had never been anticipated or practiced before.

    It's very enlightening to listen to the politician 'inquisitors' who had months to second guess the FAA's actions. The grandstanding of the politicians is truly nauseating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Bamford
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    In The Shadow Factory, James Bamford, the foremost expert on National Security Agency, charts its transformation since 9/11, as the legendary code breakers turned their ears away from outside enemies, such as the Soviet Union, and inward to enemies whose communications increasingly crisscross America.

    Joshua Kim says: "NSA Sunshine Policy"
    "Pass."
    Overall

    This book doesn't waste any time, nor pull any punches when it comes to getting its digs in on Bush. Enough already. We hear that in the news and from the current administration enough (it's Bush's fault).

    If the author could have stuck more to factual information, instead of his political leanings, it would have been worth the credit.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Matthew Aid
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    In The Secret Sentry, Aid provides the first-ever full history of Americas largest security apparatus, the National Security Agency.This comprehensive account traces the growth of the agency from 1945 to the present through critical moments in its history, from the cold war up to its ongoing involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Pete Mypaycheck says: "A Favorite!"
    "A Favorite!"
    Overall

    Anyone interested in intelligence, spying, and history, will enjoy this book, especially if they come from a technical background (radio electronics, computers, etc). Good narration and well written!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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