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  • 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
    (3473)
    Performance
    (3160)
    Story
    (3167)

    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"
    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The First Elizabeth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
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    (11)

    In this remarkable biography, Carolly Erickson brings Elizabeth I to life and allows us to see her as a living, breathing, elegant, flirtatious, diplomatic, violent, arrogant, and outrageous woman who commands our attention, fascination, and awe. With the special skill for which she is acclaimed, Carolly Erickson electrifies the senses as she evokes with total fidelity the brilliant colors of Elizabethan clothing and jewelry, the texture of tapestries, and even the close, perfumed air of castle rooms. Erickson demonstrates her extraordinary ability to discern and bring to life psychological and physical reality.

    JustBill says: "Well Researched Book"
    "Well Researched Book"
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    This is by far, the best book on Elizabeth 1, and when you finish it, you will be glad you chose this one book out of many available. You can love or hate Henry V111, but Anne produced the pick of the litter, that changed the face of the earth with beautiful Elizabeth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emergency Deep: One Man's Life in the Submarine Service

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard Alan Smith
    • Narrated By Richard A. Smith
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When Richard A Smith agreed to join one of the most secretive and elite branches of the U.S. Navy, he had no idea how much it would change his life. From the moment he signed the Navy contract, he was drawn into the shadowy world of the Silent Service... and it would never let him go.

    JustBill says: "Dive, Dive, Dive."
    "Dive, Dive, Dive."
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    This book in my opinion, should be nominated for worst book in my entire life, and I am 63 years old. I honestly felt ripped off in even purchasing it, as it added zip to my knowledge base on our submarine force.
    I will be much more careful now in purchasing books written by anyone stationed in the silent service, and in fact the book I believe was written to ride of the coat tails of the very good books written by combat soldiers this past several years. Shame on the author, is all I can say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2642)
    Performance
    (2332)
    Story
    (2337)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "A Good Yarn"
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    Billy has the ability to make old news interesting, so it's worth a listen. We will never know who murdered our good and decent President.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Explorers: The European Discovery of America

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Samuel Eliot Morison
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (18)
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    (16)

    The great voyages of discovery to the New World are here brought to life by one of the 20th century's most eminent historians, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Samuel Morison. A master seaman himself, Morison personally retraced the voyages of the early explorers, charting his travels in maps and photographs and comparing these to the maps and travelogues of the early sailors.

    W. Sid Vogel says: "Most Outstanding History of the Age of Discovery"
    "Marvelous sea knowledge"
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    And I thought I knew all about these brave astronauts of the blue water. This book is for those that know the sea, or thought they did, as this book takes you to the unknown, and the author surely did some great research to pen a book such as this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3086)
    Performance
    (2805)
    Story
    (2824)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Mediocre"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was time we'll spent, as it clearly showed Stephens inner animosity towards Christianity, which always was there, but Stephen has never accepted that his auto accident was not prevented by God.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    His blatant attempt to harm Christianity, and his life long cowardice to approach Islam in the same manner.


    What about David Morse’s performance did you like?

    A great job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen really goes after Christianity, but being an author you can carry this out easily through the characters. Steve is at a point in his life where he is just pumping out stories, as he knows his groupies will suck them up. He has contractual obligations and this book is but an obligation, but if you blatantly go after my religion because he knows Christians won't saw his head off, then in my mind Steve is struggling with his mortality, and no Christian should put a nickel in his pocket until he gos after Islamn with the same mindset. Actually, this is his first failure when it comes to penning a book, but in reality a 8th grade could read and comprehend this book, so I will leave Steve struggling with his religion, if he has any at all. I will not stand by and let my religion be his beating pole.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anthony Bruno
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    At home, Richard Kuklinski was a dedicated suburban family man; on the street, he was the Iceman, a professional hit man and lethal scam artist, a man so heartless he kept one of his victims frozen for over two years to disguise the time of death. His personal body count was over 100, but the police couldn’t touch him. Then undercover agent Dominick Polifrone posed as a mobster and began a deadly game of cat and mouse. The Iceman chronicles Kuklinski’s grisly career and exposes his murderous double life.

    M. Murphy says: "Started out promising, but..."
    "I should ask for a bad book trade."
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    Would you try another book from Anthony Bruno and/or Bronson Pinchot?

    No


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Iceman?

    True crime readers are a special breed.


    Any additional comments?

    This just was a book the Library of Congress really did not need.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Target: Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert K. Wilcox
    • Narrated By Lynn Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    The death of General George S. Patton is shrouded in mystery. While officially the result of an unfortunate car accident, the evidence points to a far more malevolent plot: murder. So says investigative and military journalist Robert K. Wilcox in his book Target: Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton. Written like a WWII spy thriller and meticulously researched, Target: Patton leads you through that fateful December day in 1945, revealing a chilling plan to assassinate General Patton.

    Brian C. Blackwell says: "Poor quality and repeat material."
    "The Iron Wall Was Actually Built By Eisenhower"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend to a friend, and also a Congressional Committee.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Target: Patton?

    The most touching moment was Pattons last leave in the United States, where he said his last goodbyes, as he knew he was going to be assassinated by his own government. I guess you could say Russia was after him to, but there were no Russians involved in his murder.


    What does Lynn Benson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I believe Lynn believed what she was reading.


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

    No, that's plain silly for anyone to do that with any book.


    Any additional comments?

    When Germany surrendered, Patton wanted to push the Russians back to their border, with the Third Army, as they were there for the taking. They had no supplies, plus they are the worst soldiers in the world, and remain so. He told a Russian General just that, and he complained to the US, and they thought Patton was out of order . Churchill agreed with Pat tons mindset, but Eisenhower, the most overated soldier of WW11, knew Patton was resigning, and might have run for President, making Patton a target, and the rest is history. While in the military in 1969, there was still talking about Patton being taken down, and now these books are written about it, and that had everything to do with the Freedom of Information Act, but Eisenhower even ignored that Russia still held 15,000 of our POWs, when he agreed to Stalins demands in carving up Europe. Some of these POWs never were released.The Iron Wall was built by Eisenhower, and he was no soldier, along with Marshall who took great pleasure in humiliating Patton, for speaking the truth. Patton wanted 3 weeks to push the Mongoloids, as he called the Russians to push them back to their border, but they thought Patton was insane, thus we lived with the Iron Wall for 50 years, but make no mistake about it, General George S. Patton was most certainly assassinated. He knew to much, as he told many of his friends on his last stateside leave.What a travesty this was, but there will be no hearings on this. Powerful folks still run this country, and Obama is trying to get around them, but he will fail.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1888)
    Performance
    (1680)
    Story
    (1691)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Tom says: "Really Disappointing and not about what you think."
    "Americans Owe Patton With An Investigation."
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    What did you love best about Killing Patton?

    I have heard the rumors about Patton for years, and laughed it away. Bill has put the jigsaw together, and you cannot ignore this evidence.


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

    It is such an unique book, that I cannot think of a book that I can compare it to, other than the assassination of MLK.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bill makes it crystal clear that Eisenhower could have prevented the Berlin Wall, if he had been more audacious, as he accused Patton of being. We should have prevented the USSR from taking over Eastern Europe, and history would have been very different. Patton had foresight, that only Churchill agreed with, and it would have been a breeze pushing the Russians back to their border. Bill puts it in a form of a military commentator might narrate, with exact times, making it a one sitting book, and Bill has hit a nerve of a nation, or I hope so, as Patton could have shortened WW11 by two years. War is not for second guessers, and have lost respect foe Eisenhower.


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

    When Patton told the Russian General that if any of his tanks fired before 700 yards, he would try the commander of the tank with cowardice, after the General told Patton that there new tanks could lob shells miles..


    Any additional comments?

    Bill is the best narrator on earth when it comes to nonfiction books concerning subject matter , such as this. Historically, he has put all the evidence together, and I think enough, to start a probe of this possible assassination. Bill has shown on how not being firm with the USSR, or a nod of the head, can alter history in a very negative way. Patton was not popular in the White House, but a majority of Americans believed in his reasoning and logic.

    3 of 4 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
    (67)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    PJC says: "A mixed bag"
    "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.

    1 of 2 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
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (521)

    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.

    S. Mersereau says: "Stunning"
    "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

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