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Stephen

Nolensville, TN, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
    • Narrated By Ken Borgers, Sal Giangrasso, Charlton Griffin, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (86)

    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission, was created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002. This independent, bipartisan commission had the task of producing a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the attack, including preparedness and immediate response, and providing recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

    SLP says: "Absolutely Outstanding Historical Document"
    "Worh it"
    Overall

    Boring as hell, but worth reading.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1561)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (628)

    In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

    Michael says: "Great listen"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    A great read. A must for those of you who struggle to understand the difficulties of combat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army.

    Daniel says: "Good book, painful narration"
    "Excrutiating"
    Overall

    This book is horrible. First, the narrator reads to you as if you are a first grader; extremely condescending and so animated that it's difficult to take him seriously. Second, having been in the special operations community and knowing most of the players in this tragic event, it is quite obvious to those of us on the inside that Krakauer is so jaded that he cherry-picks his facts solely to support his extreme positions. There is no doubt that Pat Tillman was an extraordinary person, but not the superhuman that Krakauer portrays. Conversely, the Army officers, specifically Rangers are also extraordinary people who serve willingly and with distinction. His intimation of the contrary is disingenuous. Sadly, Krakauer is so one-sided in the tragedy and couldn't do Pat Tillman service by providing us an unbiased narrative of what happened. The saving grace in this book is the direct quotes from Tillman's journal which give the reader a glimpse into his soul. Unfortunately, Krakauer's fact vagaries are so egregious, I wouldn't recommend anyone waste their time with this brummagem. Finally, had I the time, I would redress most of the garbage in this book.

    9 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By George Weigel
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Given unprecedented access to Pope John Paul II and the people who have known and worked with him throughout his life, George Weigel presents a groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a man, a thinker, and a leader whose religious convictions have defined a new approach to world politics and changed the course of history.

    Stephen says: "Outstanding"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    This is an incredible story; the story of a man who challenged adversity at every turn and rose to the occasion. I'm proud of this leader and his contributions to the beginning of this new millenium. I wish I could get the unabridged edition.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (281)

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, poor editing ..."
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    An outstanding read; well written and well documented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    Arguably the century's most challenging novel of ideas, The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This unabridged recording of the classic features the voice of actor Christopher Hurt.

    Lisa says: "Amazing!"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    Incredibly well written. Though the book appears to be a soap opera of sorts, Ayn Rand uses her characters as a platform to discuss her philosophies of human life and the human character. You must look beyond and deeper to understand how she conveys her message about human nature and her philosophies. Though I don't agree with all her viewpoints, it is an interesting read that stimulates deep thinking. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1620)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (732)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "Incredible"
    Overall

    An incredible documentary. Long, but worth it for the Civil War enthusiest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Mark Bowden
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    Killing Pablo is the inside story of the brutal rise and violent fall of Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar. Also from Bowden: the best selling Black Hawk Down.

    Bob says: "Relevant Accessible History"
    "Great"
    Overall

    A great book; definately a difficult mission.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2962)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (197)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Well written"
    Overall

    A very well done book; take it for what it is...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Soldiers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    At once a gripping depiction of men at war and a compelling story of redemption, Ghost Soldiers joins such landmark works as Flags of Our Fathers and The Greatest Generation Speaks in preserving the legacy of World War II for future generations.

    Jesse says: "Beautifully written"
    "One of the best"
    Overall

    One of the best books I've ever read. An absolute must!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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