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The Last Heroes Audiobook

The Last Heroes: A Men at War Novel, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

June 1941. Determined that the United States will be prepared for war, Franklin D. Roosevelt and "Wild Bill" Donovan orchestrate the most complex espionage organization in history, the Office of Strategic Services. Young and daring, the OSS assemble under a thin camouflage of diplomacy and then disperse throughout the world to conduct their operations. And no operation is more critical than the one being conducted by hotshot pilot Richard Canidy and his half-German friend Eric Fulmar: to secure the rare ore that will power a top-secret weapon coveted on both sides of the Atlantic - the atomic bomb.

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©2011 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    Scott JUSTIN, TX, United States 05-03-12
    Scott JUSTIN, TX, United States 05-03-12
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    "Horrible acting job by the narator."
    What disappointed you about The Last Heroes?

    The narator's voice was painful to listen to with his nasal twang. He struggled to change his vioce to do different charactors. I couldn't even get thirty minutes into it before I had try another book. Hopefully the book in this series that Scott Brick narates will be better. I've heard him narate in several other books and he does a fantastic job of creating charactors. I have listened to several other books of W.E.B. Griffen and really enjoyed them.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I couldn't finish it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Russotto’s performances?

    Never.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm not sure, I couldn't get passed the narotor.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JR 02-23-15
    JR 02-23-15 Member Since 2015

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    "The Beginnings of another pretty good story line."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Maybe... It is the start of a series, so there is a development of background on the various characters. I have read this series and found it to be pretty good. Somehow, the transition into an audio book seems to fall short of the mark.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All characters are in the developmental stages. Nobody stands out except the central character.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His various voices just left me cold. A few times, I had to turn off the book and come back later. I would allow that the writing may not have translated well to audio. These books should be edited. There are too many "He Said.. She said." phrases. Way too many, I say. If the narrator change voices to match the character, then we know who is talking without the need to add "He said."

    Some of the voices did not match the character. The booming voices used to denote authority just come across as loud, or boisterous. Not as authoritative.


    Was The Last Heroes worth the listening time?

    About 12 hours actual. Much longer with needed breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    W.E.B. Griffin is a great author and storyteller. But, some of his early works do not transition well into audio when read verbatim.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer katy, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-02-14
    Amazon Customer katy, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrator ruined this for me."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    What was most disappointing about W. E. B. Griffin’s story?

    None


    What didn’t you like about Michael Russotto’s performance?

    The narrator was so dull I could not keep listening. I out it on a faster speed and it was better, but not enough of an improvement.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all of the WW2 series. I love them. But if the narrator is the same, i will not buy more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark CHANNELVIEW, TX, United States 11-12-13
    Mark CHANNELVIEW, TX, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worst Narration i have ever heard"
    What disappointed you about The Last Heroes?

    The narrator was worse than awful. First WEB Griffin book i could not finish.... Solely due to the narrator. Please have Dick Hill do these he was fantastic in the Corps and Brotherhood of War series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he was just terrible. almost un-quantifyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Dick Hill!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get him on this one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 07-03-12
    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "like putting sandpaper in your ears"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    While this is a great anthology & story line, the narrator is totally out of his depth.
    The narrator doesn't know the word "caveat" in the military intelligence sense.
    Lots of starting and stopping in the dialogue.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is a do-over of other W.E.B. Griffin books. You know what you are getting into when you start.
    Great to work out with or ride your bike.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get someone like George Guidall to narrate for you.
    I recently listened to another book that had a female & male narrator.
    I thought it would of been great & it did work for the story line, but the had horrendous orchestra music that over-whelmed you.
    The point is that the male/female team would work well in this anthology.


    Do you think The Last Heroes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Duhhh-it's part of a series.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a better narrator.
    But it is a good listen if you like WEB G.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W. J. Young Washington D.C. USA 07-02-12
    W. J. Young Washington D.C. USA 07-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "FIrst time I couldn't finish a Griffin audiobook.."
    What would have made The Last Heroes better?

    A better narrator. I felt like I was listening to a race caller..monotonous and monotone. How could Audible.com have possibly allowed this narrator, Michael Russotto, to read this book. I have never before failed to finish a Griffin story, but by the time I'd listened to an hour or so of this audio book, I was looking for another book to listen to. THe story is fantastic...(I've read the book before)..but the narrating was the worst I've ever experienced in an audio book. Just sad.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Russotto’s performance?

    He has a terrible voice..and his narrating sounds like an old fashioned horse race caller...nasal and monotone. He is the reason I couldn't finish this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer 10-14-16
    Spencer 10-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    the narrators' voice is annoying. long pauses made me think it had shut off. good story.

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    Tom Ringenberg 07-06-16
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    "Poor job of reading"

    This was the worse narrator that I have ever listened to. I am pleased with Audible for the most part. I hope using Russotto was a mistake on their part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erik 04-14-16
    Erik 04-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Poor Narration"

    I've never listened to a narrator who seemed to have no understanding of the context of the story or the emotion of a given section. His monotone delivery was nearly devoid of emotion. He might be better suited to narrating a chemistry text book.

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    William 01-12-16
    William 01-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Delivers as expected!"

    A great storyline that follows in the tradition of this series. Worth listening to several times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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