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Vtkarl

Anderson SC | Member Since 2015

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  • Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By W. Craig Reed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (210)

    Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy.

    SeaDuck says: "Blind Man's Bluff meets Cuban Missile Crisis"
    "Another unique submarine book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It is fascinating, and I do not know of any books on the primary subject, which is radio direction finding of Russian submarines in the Cold War and the effect on the Cuban Missile crisis. The story from the Soviet side matches well with RISING TIDE, which is based on interviews with the Russian skippers. I would recommend this book to my submarine qualified friends. It is pretty technical, and not dumbed down, which I consider a strength. The only criticism is that as a conner he should steer clear of engine room issues and also theories about SCORPION that are unprovable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If you are in the Navy or wear Dolphins, be prepared for some very weird pronunciations, for instance "Mar-eh" Island instead of Mare Island (like the horse), and "g'dunk" instead of gee dunk. I blame this entirely on the reader for not picking up the phone and asking about an unfamiliar word.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jack the Ripper - Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Slemen
    • Narrated By RK Meier
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this groundbreaking investigation into the unsolved Whitechapel Murders case of 1888, Tom Slemen uncovers a shocking possibility - that the Jack the Ripper murders were executed by a military-trained assassin hired by the British Intelligence Service.

    Michelle says: "Farfetched and without evidence"
    "The narrator has a computer voice..."
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader has very weird pauses, which are distracting.


    Was Jack the Ripper - Secret Service worth the listening time?

    Yes, because I knew almost nothing about Jack the Ripper. The factual part of the story is very complete.

    However, the secret military connection is speculative, which the author admits.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2141)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1872)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Baldacci thinks people exhale carbon monoxide."
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    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Baldacci has written an ok draft to give to a screenwriter. It is amateurish. Orlagh Cassidy is great as usual.


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

    Get better editors - one for his high school English, and one for the technical content.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Orlagh Cassidy is the best part of this performance. Ron McLarty is ok...if he meant both Wingos to be annoying, he really hit the mark. You get used to the sound effects, but they are sort of funny after a while.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from King and Maxwell?

    The whole book needs a really good scrub. The man writes in a string of idioms. The story is pretty good, if you can stand the conversation and suspend your disbelief. Stop using the word "protocol." The word you mean is "procedure." In the of the military, protocol means how to be polite to senior Admirals. Just to check myself, I read Dept of the Army Pamphlet 600-60: "Protocol is the combination of good manners andcommon sense, which allows effective communications between heads of state and theirrepresentatives." It is the FIRST Google hit for a search of Army Protocol. The military technical advisor the Mr. Baldacci thanks in the last chapter should know this. Speaking of which, the last chapter thanks all the wonderful publishing promoters that made him #1 in Denmark, etc., etc. It's pretty crass.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Baldacci, people exhale much more carbon dioxide than carbon monoxide. When people are trapped in a small enclosed environment, it is carbon dioxide buildup that threatens them, not oxygen depletion or carbon monoxide poisoning. Let's just stay away from underwater scenes, diving, recovering sunken treasure, or anything to do with submarines until we get you some help on this stuff. Also, people can't hear very well right after explosions. A shotgun blast, oxygen tank explosion in a sealed pressure vessel and you swimming to safety? This is action fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (841)

    The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

    Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Gurmukh says: "Absolutely Wonderful!"
    "She's really not funny."
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    What was most disappointing about Mary Roach’s story?

    Ms. Roach's constant struggle for humor dilutes the research and is really bad comedy. It's an inherently interesting and funny subject, so it is hard to make it an annoyance, but she and the narrator manage it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21342)
    Performance
    (15950)
    Story
    (16013)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "The best of my 67 audiobooks"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried 4 times. I missed interstate exits. I nearly ran out of gas. I have told everyone I know who will listen about this story. I am in awe of Louie as a man, a runner, a Christian, and an officer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape from the Third Reich: The Harrowing True Story of the Largest Rescue Effort Inside Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sune Persson
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Swedish Red Cross expedition to the German concentration camps in March-April 1945 was the largest rescue effort inside Germany during World War II. Sponsored by the Swedish Government and led by Count Bernadotte of Wisborg, the mission became known for its distinctive buses. Each bus was purposefully painted entirely white except for the Red Cross emblem on the side so that they would not be mistaken for military targets.

    Vtkarl says: "This story deserves better."
    "This story deserves better."
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    What disappointed you about Escape from the Third Reich?

    The is a fascinating story that deserves better treatment. The author sounds like a good historian but a poor storyteller. There was never a moment where I thought, "I just have to know what happens to this person." I stopped listening about halfway through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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