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  • Boone: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Morgan
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Robert Morgan's Gap Creek was an Oprah's Book Club selection and a phenomenal New York Times best-seller. Here he turns his talent to chronicling the life of American frontier legend Daniel Boone.

    C. Telfair says: "More than a Coonskin Cap!"
    "A Quiet Man brought to life by a great read."
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    What did you love best about Boone?

    Every American 8th grader should read this book, but that will not happen.


    What other book might you compare Boone to and why?

    Northwest Passage, as it tells you about men that will not accept a horizon.


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

    No, this book is meant to be absorbed slowly and to be truthful those that read or listen to a book at one sitting miss so much.


    Any additional comments?

    A true American icon this Boone was, but children will never know how important he was in opening up the West.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miklos Nyiszli, Richard Seaver (translator), Tibere Kremer (translator)
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Simone says: "Bad Narration"
    "Miklos Nyiszli _The Butcher Of Auschwitz"
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    If you could sum up Auschwitz in three words, what would they be?

    An Active Participant.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Bible


    What about Noah Michael Levine’s performance did you like?

    As good as you would expect, for such a hellish book, but a lack of empathy.


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

    Yes, but not because it was good.


    Any additional comments?

    Have you ever robbed a grave? This is a book that might be a best seller in the "Skinhead World", but if you have never experienced the underbelly of the Devil himself, stay away from this book, as it will make you ill, and if it does not, then you might need help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (372)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
    "Mind Blowing Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It should bevrequired reading to obtain your drivers license, as its that important to every American, as I am convinced after listening to it twice, these scientists and military officers, are beyond incompetent, and may be responsible for over half of the cancer deaths world wide. Hey Folks, We have lost nuclear weapons out there!!!!!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The USAF men that gave up their lives in a silo, out in the Plains.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I believe Scott understands the extreme danger we are in right now, and his material was read and researched to convey the seriousness of the material in this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have never read a book in which I said to myself, "What!" So many times, as it was mind jarring material.


    Any additional comments?

    Why does an American have to read a book to find this out? The Press are not doing their jobs.

    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"
    "Publishers Summary Was Way Off Base"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am actually blown away by the average rating on this book, but different strokes for different strokes, surely applies on this rating, versus my own. The description of the book implies that the listener would learn much more about 9/11, and you did. It was air traftic controllers doing a good job, and thats the whole book. Repetitive verbiage drives you a bit off kilter, but I know books, and this was no book. Do not get the idea that you will enjoy this book, and the commenter was the absolute worst on this entire site, using probabilities.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lynn Spencer again?

    Never


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joyce Bean’s performances?

    You got to be kidding, other than a woman on testosterone treatments.


    Did Touching History inspire you to do anything?

    It did inspire me to write a review.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not fond of someone taking advantage of 9/11, to line their pockets, and part of the profit should be donated to NYC Firefighters Union. You can obtain the exact same material for free from the 9/11 Commision Report.

    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
    (2125)
    Performance
    (1982)
    Story
    (1990)

    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"
    "This book should be a prerequisite for graduating"
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    What did you love best about Lone Survivor?

    The unholy bond between these men is beyond a normal mans comprehension, but did learn that Dick Marcinko left a mindset, that the SEAL of today has taken to another plane.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I served in the US Navy, and for the first time cried while reading a book. It taught me that the Afghan people are not all terrorists, and that was a huge lesson learned.


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

    When the Afghan village took on the Taliban devils really moved me, but the downing of the Chinook made me ill, and the movie did this book justice, for the first time, that I know of.


    Any additional comments?

    The Spartons could not approach a USN SEAL, making them the greatest combat soldiers in the history of man kind. Loved the book, even though it was very emotional for me at times, as all us sailors are very proud of these special men.
    On a footnote though, their was a huge mistake in deciding to go ahead with the mission, but this showed the humanity coming to the surface with a US soldier, and that is the difference that make the SEALs, that more special, as they knew this mission was doomed when they let the Taliban goat herders go on their way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1422)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1254)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Why Didn't I Think Of This Ruse ?"
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    Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

    I am the fool in this tale, as I have bought all of Bill's books, but have finally figured this out. I believe Bill gos on Wikipedia and looks up subject matter for his books, and merely copies and pastes the information, and calls it a book.


    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    The New Testament gives you all the facts, and I ask myself once again, " Why did I purchase this book"


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Bill has a pleasing voice, so he gets five stars for that alone.


    Did Killing Jesus inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Bills books come out now, as soon as he thinks about an interesting subject matter, but you will NOT learn anything new in any of his books. Do not fall for this folks.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jason Redman, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. But his journey was not without its supreme challenges. He was critically wounded in 2007 when he was struck by machine-gun fire at point blank range. During his intense recovery period, Redman posted a sign on his door, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds."

    Richard says: "Not Superman - Real Man With Incredible Courage"
    "A Book with some Unanswered Questions"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Authors


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    That's impossible.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Bergmann’s performances?

    Yes


    Do you think Trident needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


    Any additional comments?

    I want to thanks the authors for serving this country, first and foremost, but the book itself tells you a whole lot about Jason. I do want to correct him and several other SEAL members that do Dick Marcinko an injustice.
    Dick served while I was serving, and these stories about him have taken on a life of their own. This author was not even born when Dick was serving, and these were the days when if you called in air support, more often than not, if they hit within 1000K, that would be called successful.
    Yes, Dick played hard, but he served hard under circumstances that no combat soldier today could ever imagine.
    This author is an outstanding man and a true patriot, but all through out the book he fluffs himself up at every opportunity, but then again, what sane soldier would walk up to a General and ask him why he is not in the action?
    I never knew one until this book, and that alone should tell you volumes on the man and what makes him tick.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (817)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "Foot Soldeirs Beware"
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    What made the experience of listening to Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War the most enjoyable?

    It reinforced my feelings over political appointees being dangerous to the men and women that are professionals of the highest order giving up their life's, all because "Gates" knew better than the officers of our Armed Forces.


    What was most disappointing about Robert M. Gates’s story?

    He has served tis country honorable, so I will not question that fact, but he continually fluffed himself up. He handed out tax dollars to thugs posing as they were part of the collateral crowd. Dick Marcenko, the man that basically formed Seal Team Six spent money to get needed equipment for his men in the 70s, did jail time for that, and who go's to jail for walking around with millions of dollars passivizing the civilians.


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

    It moved me, but the move was that Gates was disingenuous when it came to his take on the grunt on the ground. When he repeatedly reinforced his feelings that Generals needed fired, I wondered out loud, what gave him the impression he knew more than those Generals?


    Any additional comments?

    One day, we will enter a war in which the actual professionals (Military) will run the war and set the rules of engagement. This book over and over, shows the cost of politicians interfering with the art of war. Gates surely is smart, but he always has been someone that needed stroked
    He was over concerned over collateral damage, thus making our pilots and the grunts to take unneeded risks to hold collateral to the minimum. The piece in the book where we made payments to so called civilians, for collateral damage made me ill, and especially so, wit no investigations involved.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By William David Griffith
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (145)

    Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.

    T.K. says: "It's about time..."
    "Fooled once again."
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    What did you like best about Complications? What did you like least?

    Have you ever left the doctors office feeling you did not get what you paid for? I felt that exact feeling at the end of this book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by William David Griffith?

    No


    Could you see Complications being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I just might recommend old Ben Casey episodes.


    Any additional comments?

    What a disappointment.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2301)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1096)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Disengenuious"
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    What made the experience of listening to In Cold Blood the most enjoyable?

    Capote surely cannot be denied accolades for his writing skills, but by leaving out the fact that he persononly financed the defense for the monsterous thugs that carried out these outrageous murders, it surely tells you a lot about his personal beliefs, which I disagree with.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In Cold Blood?

    I personally felt no pity when they met the hangman, and will ponder on exactly what that means to me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There can never be a favorite part of a book like this, other than the hanging.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read, but no Pulitzer Truman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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