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Pete Mypaycheck

SE Michigan | Listener Since 2009

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  • 22 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 139 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Aaron J. Klein
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    1972. The Munich Olympics. Palestinian members of the Black September group murder 11 Israeli athletes. Nine hundred million people watch the crisis unfold on television, witnessing a tragedy that inaugurates the modern age of terror.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "History of the Israeli Secret Service"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    Very well written and superbly narrated. A great story of the Mossad and their determination at meeting out justice. If you liked the movie "Munich", you'll love this audio book. Striking Back goes into far more detail than the movie could. You won't be sorry!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Earthquake Storms: The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Dvorak
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The lives of millions will be changed after it breaks, and yet so few people understand it, or even realize it runs through their backyard. Dvorak reveals the San Andreas Fault's fascinating history - and its volatile future. It is a prominent geological feature that is almost impossible to see unless you know where to look. Hundreds of thousands of people drive across it every day. The San Andreas Fault is everywhere - and primed for a colossal quake. For decades scientists have warned that such a sudden shifting of the Earth's crust is inevitable.

    Jean says: "informative"
    "INSTANT FAVORITE!!!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Earthquake Storms in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome Earth Science


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so, but I really like his delivery. Great job.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who is in awe of the incredible forces of nature, this is a great listen dealing with tectonics in general, but centered around the San Andreas fault zone. The book has a great balance of technical information (explained for laymen like me), and the history of various earthquakes that have occurred.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Stumpf
    • Narrated By Douglas R. Pratt
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A comprehensive study of the missile system that formed a critical component of the United States' nuclear arsenal. The Titan II ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) program was developed by the United States military to bolster the size, strength, and speed of the nation's strategic weapons arsenal in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Greg says: "Disappointing: Lacks a coherent story"
    "Abort the launch!!!!! This book is a no-go!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Just about anything would be an improvement. Sadly, almost the ENTIRE book is a list of dates and associated activities, such as one missile being removed from its silo and placed into another, or a new replacement part being installed in a given missile. It actually sounds like the narrator is just reading down a maintenance log.


    What could David Stumpf have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    At the risk of repeating myself, the author could have written something that was far more pleasant to listen to than a seemingly interminable laundry list of missile maintenance, upgrades, movement, etc. I don't think the audio sample on Audible.Com was representative of what the rest of the audiobook is like.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. I hate to say it, but I think I wasted a credit on this one. The audio sample sounded great.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, I've never written a book, so I have no idea how difficult it is. I admit it. But, it almost sounds like the author just grabbed reams and reams of Air Force missile maintenance logs, placed them in chronological order, then called it a book.

    0 of 0 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
    (2376)
    Performance
    (2217)
    Story
    (2228)

    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.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "An American Hero"
    Overall
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    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
    (501)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    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!"
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    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
    (64)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    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
    (99)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    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.

    Mike says: "Equal parts history, science, informed speculation"
    "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
    (193)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    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
    (2372)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1693)

    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
    (1240)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (524)

    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
    (24)
    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

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