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Cedar Rapids, IA, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
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  • 184 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014

  • Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight.

    Glenn says: "Good Story Line"
    "A hard look at a real possibility"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely, but it's not for those who imagine that civilization and social stability come from government.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Survivors?

    The confrontation with the prissy, upper-class woman on the sailboat who hates guns, but just had her life saved by a guy who knows how to use one, and did.

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

    This is the best of his that I have heard.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The cop in England who befriends the main character out of simple Christian charity.

    Any additional comments?

    For me, Survivors was a very interesting read, even if it wasn't Hemingway or Faulkner.
    Rawles may not be exactly right about future events, but if things do go South socio-economically in a big way, his scenarios would likely not be too far off the mark. The story is believable in many respects, and the author is at his best when describing scenes of a tactical/military nature. It is obvious that he has done his homework in this regard, and lots of it. As for Christianity in the novel, some might view it as too strong, but I would wager that in an apocalyptic event, all of the chic atheists and pagans out there would find that their ersatz morality was as dust in a windstorm. Rawles is something of a cross between the admonition of George Washington, si vis pacem, para bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war), and John Adams refrain that,

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  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Skeptical at first..."
    Where does Going Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This turned out to be much better that I originally thought it would be, especially given the pseudonym of "A. American" (though given the topic, I can understand the need/desire for anonymity). Having read quite a few post-apocalyptic works, this is definitely one of the most engaging.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It was more of a down-in-the-trenches look at such a scenario, concerned with the day-to-day living. Other books of the genre focus more on the various constitutional or philosophical implications of such a circumstance, whereas this was more about the relationships of regular folks trying to survive under tremendous pressure. The main character's heroism was reluctant and born of a practicality to do the best he could for his family and friends.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The comeuppance of the homeland security guards at the camp having the tables turned on them. Gotta love Sarge, Jeff, -well drawn characters.
    In general, the relationships among the characters were realistically drawn...I've known people like several of these characters.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I suppose when Thad's mother passed away...the generosity of the preacher and other friends. Very touching.

    Any additional comments?

    I listened to all 4 books in record time...Duke Fontaine did a great job of reading, really great...good accents without overdoing it...resonant voice, good pacing. Nice job, Duke.

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  • Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jack Coughlin, Casey Kuhlman, Donald A. Davis
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    Now Coughlin has written a highly personal story about his deadly craft, taking readers deep inside an invisible society that is off-limits to outsiders. This is not a heroic battlefield memoir but the careful study of an exceptional man who must keep his sanity while carrying forward one of the deadliest legacies in the U.S. military today.

    Loyd Phillips says: "Definately worth reading"
    "Inside look at war"
    Would you listen to Shooter again? Why?

    Yes, and I probably will, simply because it is an interesting look at war from the inside.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Jack.

    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Drop the accent.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An inside look at war where life and death are decided between heartbeats.

    Any additional comments?

    The US is lucky to have patriots like Jack Coughlin. So many liberals think that Marines and other US military personnel are just unfeeling, unthinking automatons to be pushed around on a world chess board to accomplish a stated mission. That's not the case. These are honorable citizen-soldiers with hearts and minds who, like Jack Coughlin, will do what is necessary to protect the people of United States.
    As someone who did a fair amount of shooting in the Marine Corps, I can attest to how difficult really good shooting is at great distances. Coughlin is like a major-league perfect-game pitcher compared to most of us sand--lot players.
    As for the reader, he has a good voice, but should not have attempted the Bostonian accent. It sounded a bit pretentious and was distracting. If Jack Coughlin had read it with his own accent, that would have been fine, because that's who he is.

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